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Comment: Re:so SkyNet is really a Wall Street computer? (Score 1) 331

by Evangelion (#37353690) Attached to: Algorithmic Trading Rapidly Replacing Need For Humans

Thanks for not understanding how evolution, or the mind for that matter, works.

We have facilities for communication and self-identity largely as a result of being hunters -- being able to "run a model" of our prey in our minds was massively useful. This structure then got applied to the self, and so the ego was born. (This is one of the currently en vogue evolutionary explanations for the rise of consciousness -- obviously not a subject you can create causal experiments to test easily).

What evolutionary pressures are there for creating self-awareness in algorithmic trading applications (given that it would necessarily be less efficient, and likely introduce errors)?

Comment: So what does this do different? (Score 5, Insightful) 250

by Evangelion (#37352256) Attached to: Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart

I'm kind of confused as to where google is going these days.

Is this just a side effect of hiring too many bored CS graduates -- put enough in a room together and they come up with their own languages?

I just can't see this being used outside of google -- Web Programming is largely a solved problem, and there are already a plethora of options. Since MS and Apple won't touch anything that comes out of Google, it'll only ever be relevant on the server side -- which is where there are already too many options.

Unless this does something radical -- and judging by what Go was, I doubt it -- this will probably be a niche thing they use internally.

Comment: Re:Nothing to surprising (Score 3, Insightful) 1271

by Evangelion (#37326784) Attached to: Marx May Have Had a Point

Who was "we"?

Wealthy capitalists pretty much spent the first half of the twentieth century indoctrinating every western culture they could into believing communism and socialism are capital-E Evil. Some places the propaganda took better than others.

This is a direct factor in why the healthcare debate in the states is so broken. When a good portion of your culture genuinely believes that socialism is absolutely Evil, trying to build a modern system to help them is difficult.

The silly thing is, is that there are huge sections of the US that are entirely funded by tax dollars (and they aren't necessarily what you think), but to ever acknowledge that in public, and to try and make it better, given that it is what it is, is heretical.

Comment: Re:We're being weened of MacWorld (Score 2, Interesting) 1079

by Evangelion (#26348321) Attached to: Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Well, no.

One of the unintended consequences of releasing a new model is that people will then proceed to buy up last years model, as the remaining stock has probably been reduced in price.

They do want people to buy their laptops for September -- they would just rather they buy them at the older, higher price if possible.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.