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Comment: Human Intelligence (Score 2) 68

by Elledan (#48441045) Attached to: Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0
All I can think of while reading up on the Turing and related tests is how many humans would fail such a test.

With the many assumptions made about what constitutes 'true' intelligence, how sure are we of the assumption that a human being of at least average intelligence would pass it? What's the research telling us there so far?

Or are human and artificial intelligence somehow considered to be mutually exclusive?

Comment: Amazing progress... (Score 4, Informative) 120

by Elledan (#48061833) Attached to: First Birth From Human Womb Transplant
Amazing progress, but it would be nice if the attitude within the medical scientific community to for example intersex-born individuals wasn't still stuck somewhere in the 19th century. Progress is relative.

How many people here actually know what intersex is? I didn't know it existed (among humans at least) or what it was called until I was 21 and I was born intersex (hermaphrodite).

Don't get me wrong, it's great that these women born without certain reproductive organs are getting them transplanted, but on the other side doctors are also chopping up the genitals of intersex infants and manipulating intersex adults like yours truly into 'normalization' surgeries.

Heck, after consulting dozens of 'experts' in about a dozen countries I honestly couldn't tell you which reproductive and related organs I do or don't have exactly. I also meet so many others who had to discover as a teenager or adult that their parents and medical file have withheld details about surgery being performed on them as an infant.

So yes, happy news for some, but just a bitter feeling for many others who had the misfortune of not being born a 'normal' male or female even one missing some bits...

Excuse the brief rant :)

Comment: Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (Score 2) 125

by Elledan (#47954043) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs
Not true, each DisplayPort 1.2 output on a GTX 980 card can drive up to two monitors daisy-chained, so with a single GTX 980 you could have up to 6 displays with DisplayPort alone, more if the other outputs are independently driven (haven't checked into this yet).

+ - Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead->

Submitted by Elledan
Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Erm, not so much. (Score 2) 142

by Elledan (#47686021) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
True, the US kinda switched to natural gas and are now shipping coal to Europe :) Here in Germany we got 26 new coal plants built or under construction in the past few years alone.

So the problem in the end is largely a logistics problem which should become less of an issue if more nuclear plants were being built due to the parts becoming less specialized. That's good to know, I guess :)

Comment: Just red tape? (Score 1, Interesting) 142

by Elledan (#47685819) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
It always amazes me to hear about cost overruns and delays with new nuclear plants considering that in essence they're little more complex than coal plants, which keep popping up everywhere without any apparent issues.

So, is it just the red tape causing delays, or is it something else which make a nuclear plants so much more complex than a coal or gas plant?

Comment: Re:Nuclear is no good match for variable renewable (Score 1) 409

30-100% load cycling, according to Wikipedia:

Also this link:

Much depends on the exact reactor type, but for Gen II PWR/BWR reactors and up load-following is most definitely a realistic proposition. As the second link notes, German reactors were forced to switch to load-following mode due to the disruptions on the grid caused by the large-scale unbuffered PV solar and wind turbine fluctuations on the grid.

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

They could have changed it for different countries, yes. Yet the thing people seem to kind of forget here is that it's more of a cutesy little game, not anywhere as fundamental as say one's gender designation on a social networking site. To me it seems like a massively overblown issue which might have warranted possibly an email to Nintendo asking them politely to maybe change this, or even humorously file it as a bug report. Shaming Nintendo into changing this isn't very mature or helpful in my eyes. Humour tends to be more effective in cases like this, leaving a more pleasant aftertaste, if you catch my drift :)

As for my electronics projects, I sadly don't have much/anything online about it as I only recently have begun to get some time to do anything with it again, especially after moving to Germany :) I got some FPGA dev kits and other assorted equipment trickling in over the coming weeks to do fun stuff with and hopefully not releasing any magical smoke. Stay tuned, basically.

Thanks for the interest at any rate :) I guess this kind of goes to show how my approach to making an important but unknown topic known works.

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

Well, the sticking point here is that I don't think it's entirely fair to blame a Japanese company for publishing a game in which homosexual marriage is not possible when the very country they're operating from has made this thing illegal.

To me this seems more like a case of shooting the messenger when it's the Japanese government which should be seen as discriminatory and outdated with this position on marriage. To be honest I'm not sure whether it would be legal for Nintendo to publish this game in Japan if they had made homosexual marriage possible.

As for the further point of making more people aware of intersex, I'm definitely trying. Through media appearances (see my site for examples) and possibly in the future through some games I wish to develop and publish via my own software company or in cooperation with other studios/publishers. The last thing I want to do, however, is to antagonize or be seen as a complainer. Issues like this should be approached in a level-headed, rational manner to have the proper impact.

Just my opinion on the matter, of course :)

Comment: Re:Overreacting (Score 1) 384

Well, there are people in the game. Male and female. Yet there are also people who are neither male or female such as yours truly. Are we intersex people represented in this game or games in general? Movies? Media? No way.

Yet we're not complaining about most of society not even being aware or caring about our existence. Not too much at least. I'd definitely call the complaints about this Nintendo game asinine as there are countless other games where one could complain about in the same manner, but what it comes down to it in the end is that it is a choice by the creator of the game which one has to respect as an artistic choice unless it's obviously discriminatory (e.g. having anti-homosexual marriage messages in the game).

Any given program, when running, is obsolete.