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Comment: Re:must be a black box! (Score 1) 283

by GuB-42 (#47426177) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

But, of course, the ultimate test of machine intelligence is when the computer can sue your ass off and win in the Supreme Court.

Well, I expect computers to become really good at law.
The big idea with legal systems is to refer to some written laws and precedents rather than the whim of the judge. Basically it's a search problem and it's one of the things that computers do best.

Comment: Re:Virus Writers.... (Score 1) 283

by GuB-42 (#47409057) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Writing small, tricky, code require a certain set of skills but I believe that the mark of great programmers is the ability to scale up. That means writing clean, efficient and flexible code even on large projects.
Demos for example may look impressive but due to their non-interactive nature, they can use plenty of tricks that won't work in more general cases.

Comment: Re:Need doublethink training (Score 1) 376

by GuB-42 (#47352107) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

I believe that the reasoning is :
- diversity is good
- finding minorities with the required skills is hard
- hiring under-skilled people just because they are minorities is bad
=> we need to give minorities the required skills

I think it is some kind of a long-term experiment, an attempt to increase diversity without compromising skills.

Comment: Re:How effective can the spying be? (Score 1) 104

by GuB-42 (#47351823) Attached to: Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

If you have a light aircraft you can pretty much bomb anyplace you want. Areas directly over sensitive facilities are usually prohibited zones, which means that if you penetrate them you may be "pulled over" by a fighter jet and face big trouble after you land. They won't shoot if they can avoid it.

Trouble is, these zones are usually pretty small compared to the speed of even a small plane. For example, if you have zone with a 10 NM radius and you are flying at 120 kts, it only takes 5 minutes to reach the center. During this time, they have to notice you, dispatch an interceptor airplane, intercept you, send you a few signals, notice that you don't intend to comply and finally shoot you.

Comment: Re:Probably not (Score 3, Interesting) 198

by GuB-42 (#47346441) Attached to: Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

When Google still owned Motorola they tried to make some quality designs that had a lot more polish than the typical Android phone.

I don't consider phones without user replaceable batteries "quality design". For real quality oriented design, the goal should be "as long as a network exists". And considering that batteries are expected to last for about 3 years, they make for an obvious planned obsolescence.
My old Nexus One is still in use today( although not my me and with a new battery) and there is no reason to dump it as it still works as well as it did when I bought it. The 2 or even 3 year smartphone is a pure fabrication. For normal (non-geek) people, keeping a smartphone for 5-10 years should be the norm.

Comment: Re:Warriors, unite! (Score 1) 208

by GuB-42 (#47314435) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

The idea of opportunity cost is valid, however saying that all pirates would have bought the game is wrong, and that's how they inflate their numbers.

If we somehow managed to make piracy impossible, would be pirates could simply not play the game.
- because they don't have the budget
- because it's not easily available
- because of restrictions (invasive DRM, internet connection, ...)
- because the competition is cheaper (Photoshop piracy probably hurt Paint Shop Pro more than Photoshop itself)

Comment: Re:More common? (Score 1) 195

by GuB-42 (#47298739) Attached to: Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

It may not be a bad thing you know.
Strict timing rules provide a clear separation between work time and personal time and it can be beneficial to both the employer and the employee. Basically trading reactivity for consistency.
Not all companies want "110%" and "amazing work ethic". Many prefer a good "100%" and "do what I pay you for" instead.

Of course, a company closely monitoring things such as break time shouldn't expect (or even allow) their employees to work overtime. It means that what you did is normal. No need to be defiant.

Note that it is not how I like to work. But it is a matter personal preference. Many people I know are more than ready to give up flexibility in exchange for well defined work hours.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by GuB-42 (#47263007) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Men and women are different you know. Different bodies, different brains, so it's only natural that men and women want different things and tend to have different sets of skills. Just because men and women deserve the same rights and opportunities doesn't mean that we are the same.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt