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Comment: Re:Who likes their utility? (Score 1) 110

It's quite possible. I have a choice of power companies (and am planning to change some time soon.)

Here, generation, and retailing are all split up (not sure how lines maintenance works, I think that might be regional, but done though your retailer.)

This means a) I can pick my retailer, and b) they can compete, along with the generation companies.

(I'm not really contributing much here, just adding a little bit of possibly interesting information.)

Comment: Re:... I need to filter out the apple posts... (Score 1) 214

by Eythian (#47347779) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

There's a section 'Dynamic Index', but I just noticed that it also opens in the lightbox, which still has no obvious way to actually add a term. ...oh, maybe it's a data loading error. I poked around the tabs in the lightbox for a bit, and then it populated. It seems to be coming up empty otherwise though.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this happened a bunch of times? (Score 1) 432

by Eythian (#47192559) Attached to: Turing Test Passed

The point of the turing test is that it's a thought experiment that says (loosely) that if you can't be sure if something is human or not, then you might as well consider it an AI. It might be a parlour trick, but that doesn't matter. If it can behave intelligent, then it effectively is. If it can have interesting discussions about the last GoT episode, or help you with that tricky bit on your maths homework, then it is effectively intelligent. Regardless of whether it's an algorithm or a squishy meat-based neural network.

Comment: Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (Score 1) 183

by Eythian (#46811723) Attached to: The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

There are societies that have this sort of thing as their purpose, for example the IITP, though not so strong. I don't think there's any need for a requirement that software development become a regulated profession overall, however I think there some cases where it might be a good thing: in particular, things where failures could cause injury or loss of life (which doesn't apply to most jobs.)

To use the example of the medical field, it's not regulated to take someone's temperature to see if they might have a fever, or to give them a panadol. But it is regulated to prescribe medication, or perform surgery. The consequences of failure are potentially much higher in the latter case.

Comment: Re:Acorn Risc Machine (Score 1) 111

by Eythian (#46329221) Attached to: The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

You could jump in and start writing applications on RiscOS directly in BASIC if you wanted. I dabbled a bit with it, but didn't have any access to documentation, so only got so far from reverse-engineering (by which I mean reading the source once you figure out shift-double-click shows you inside the !Application bundle.)

It was a very well done OS though. In some ways, it feels like systems now are only just starting to catch up, and in other ways are still a fair bit behind.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.