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Comment Re:Is this really important? (Score 2) 317

Some vegetarians don't eat meat because they don't like it but for many that isn't the reason. They like the way meat tastes but they refuse to eat it for a variety of other reasons. It might be moral (they don't like animals being slaughtered for food), due to health concerns (meat is often said to be bad for you, although this is generally not true if you eat it in moderation), or because meat production is horrendously inefficient (usually out of some concern for the those starving in poor countries, even though in reality this is a distribution problem and not a production problem at all).

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 842

If I suddenly came into that kind of money I would use it to realize all of my creative dreams. I would start a computer game company, hire people to create one or more TV shows that I have ideas for, and more. I have millions of ideas for things that I would like to create that would just need some capital to get going. Sure some might turn out to be awful but it wouldn't matter with that much money to back me up. Once those are up and running I would set up my own set of charity organizations targeting what I think are the worlds biggest problems. I would also invest in nuclear R&D and push for more nuclear development and a move to electric cars to finally tackle the CO2 problem.

That would be for a start. I'm sure I could come with a million other things to spend the money on too. What I wouldn't do is buy a mansion and a bunch of sports cars, that's just stupid. A nice house and a good electric car sure, but nothing ostentatious. I've never understood the whole "conspicuous consumption" thing.

Comment Re:A "phone" is already obsolete. (Score 2) 138

Agreed. The faster we move to all telecommunications being treated as raw data the better. Of course the old telecom giants hate this idea and are fighting it tooth and nail but it's inevitable. Give it a few years and there will be no more phone lines, no more "talk minutes", no more SMS. Just plain old data, and everything else will exist on top of that. Developing countries like Cuba have a chance to get ahead of the game without the inertia of decades of shitty business practices by the telcos.

Comment Re:If you cannot answer your own question.. (Score 1) 296

To be fair it is still somewhat simpler to get networking going in C# than in C++ with something like Boost. I ported a simple TCP/IP server from C++ to C# not long ago and it certainly was easier to get working in C#. It's not a massive challenge but for someone not terribly familiar with C++ it might take a while to figure things out.

Personally, by the sounds of this project, I would probably code it in C# (or Java if that's your thing) and then bind in anything that those languages can't do using the native interface and a small C library (probably easiest to stick with straight C when doing native interop, though you can go C++ if you feel you really need it). For small projects I feel like going full native is rarely going to be worth it.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 121

Intentions matter more so than just raw numbers. If you kill 10 people by accident, even negligence, that is generally considered as not being as bad as killing one person on purpose. The vast majority of deaths attributed to communist regimes come from incompetence and mismanagement resulting in mass famines.

Furthermore, the reason the Nazis are so hated is not because they killed a lot of people but because they targeted people based on racism and prejudice. Communists killed people they saw as threats (real or perceived) to their ideology and power, and not because of their race, religion or because they were disabled. Again, this makes a difference. Historically we don't have much of a problem with the state killing enemies of the state (how many people shed a tear when Osama Bin-Laden was executed by the Navy Seals?). Obviously the scale on which the communists executed people was far greater, and there's no way that those millions killed by Stalin were all legitimate enemies of the state but there is an emotional difference that exists here.

It should also be pointed out that comparing Nazi Germany to communism in general isn't really a genuine comparison. Communism in Stalinist Russia was very different from the later years of the Soviet Union after Khrushchev's de-Stalinisation. It was still a brutal, repressive, and totalitarian regime, but nothing like it was under Stalin, or what Germany was under Hitler. A more fair comparison would be communism to fascism in general, and so including Mussolini's Italy and Franco's Spain. Both of these regimes are considered bad in comparison to capitalist democracies by most, but neither is seen as the same sort of evil as Nazi Germany. That's because it isn't about being a brutal oppressive regime or how many people you have killed (do you count the 465,000–2,500,000 civilian dead during the Vietnam War against the USA?). No, the reason the Nazi's have a special dark place in history is because they engaged in genocide and because they invented a whole, gruesome, machinery of death to accomplish that goal.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 110

No matter what Nvidia themselves say this isn't a gamer targeted card. It simply doesn't make sense for a gamer to buy, they are far better off with GTX980's in SLI (which outperforms the Titan X in gaming benchmarks significantly).

Lacking in DP performance does make it less attractive to most GPGPU researchers, but some cases do just fine using SP and most graphics related research certainly does. So let me reiterate: if you are working on research for next generation games and you are working with massive assets that may or may not be compressed down in the future this card is interesting. If you are doing other graphics research in raytracing or voxel cone tracing or the like then this card is interesting.

Of course some of these cards will simply end up in the hands of gamers with more money than sense, but I imagine the majority will find their way into universities in the hands of researchers who need large amounts of onboard memory and high amounts of single-precision performance. Not a big market for sure but I doubt that any of the Titan line of cards are really profitable on their own anyway, they exist primarily as PR for Nvidia (which is why they are always surrounded by big PR events).

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 5, Informative) 110

In case people are confused it is important to point out that the Titan cards aren't aimed at gamers. They are partly a PR stunt for Nvidia (look, we make the biggest, baddest GPU out there), and partly of interest to developers working in graphics research (either developing tech for next gen games, GPGPU research, fluid simulations, and other projects). When you are raycasting massive voxel scenes for example, the 12GB can look rather attractive.

At the end of the day it is very much a niche product, and calling it a "consumer card" is perhaps a bit of a misnomer. If all you are looking to do is to consume content (i.e. play games) this isn't the card for you, just SLI as many GTX980's as you can afford together and be done with it.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 667

While historically language has changed a lot over time and it may well do so in the future I wouldn't necessarily bet on it. Never before in human history has there been this level of global communication or this level of permanent record of communications (including audiovisual records). While small changes are a given (new words and expressions enter common parlance all the time), a wholesale shift in language may (or may not) be prevented by future generations continuing to read, watch, and listen to media produced over the last century.

Comment Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420

I'm still befuddled by what the deal with this picture is. All I can see are the colours that you can confirm by going into any image editing program and checking the pixels: i.e. a light blue and a golden/brownish colour. Now some people are saying you should make some sort of judgement as to what colour the dress really is, when compensating for the bad exposure, to which I can just say: I don't know. There isn't actually enough information in the picture to make that call. I wonder why this isn't a more common answer; when you can't be sure of something "I don't know" is perfectly acceptable as an answer.

Comment Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 531

They also killed countless people with nasty practices like bleeding sick patients and prescribing all sorts of other counter-productive remedies, all the while preaching that only God can heal and we are at His mercy. That sort of stubborn attitude born from religious stupidity set back possible advancement in medicine by decades. Any good that did come out of it was entirely despite the religious nonsense, not because of it. Not to mention the church burning so called "witches" who were frequently wise women that actually did help people with their primitive herbal medicines (not that all of their remedies were efficacious either of course).

Comment Re:Very informative article (Score 1) 71

The reason you don't hear a ton of interesting stuff coming from strong (general) AI research and interest in the field is limited is simple: strong AI is pretty damn useless until you reach the critical point where it matches (or really exceeds) human intelligence. An AI program with the effective intelligence of a worm/mouse/rat/monkey or whatever isn't interesting outside of academia.

I suspect that when strong AI comes around it will be rather sudden for most people, who simply won't see it coming. I doubt it will take long after computers reach the point where they can match the human brain in raw computational power, there is simply too much interest in the field, and honestly human intelligence is really rather unremarkable no matter what some people like to believe.

Comment Re:If I were a publisher, I'd definitely agree (Score 2) 261

Get a Kobo, turn off WiFi and drop the ePubs onto the device via USB. That's what I do and no publisher has any control over it whatsoever. Currently reading World Without End this way, which clocks in at nearly 1000 pages and having seen the paper version I'm damn glad I don't have to read it that way. I'd probably sprain my wrists if I did, hefty as it is.

Comment Re:NASA Doesn't Think So (Score 1) 667

The solution to global warming is simple and we have the technology to slash carbon emissions right now. All it requires is a willingness to replace all fossil fuel fired power plants with nuclear plus some additional capacity, investment in a more robust power grid, and huge subsidies for electric cars combined with slowly increasing taxes on petrol.

Not only would this solve the global warming issue, it will also cut off the money supply to many of the Islamic terrorist organizations and undermine the power of several pathological governments such as Russia and Iran. In fact, it might even end up being cheaper for the U.S. in the long run than fighting constant wars in the Middle East.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 640

I don't get it. I've been using Win8.1 for about 4 months now after my trusty old Vista box gave up the ghost and I haven't used a single metro app, and have only really seen the start screen when I accidentally hit the Windows key on my keyboard and to search for stuff maybe twice. I'm annoyed that they didn't include the option to switch back to the Aero glass window scheme but other than that it's fine. To me it operates the same as Windows always has. It is possible that I'm just weird though, since I never really used the Start Menu much either. All the applications I use are sorted into categories as a toolbar menu on the Taskbar (or pinned to the Taskbar for the most frequently used ones).

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