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Comment: Re:Ok.... (Score 1) 142 142

I've lived in a house old enough to have windows that have 'sagged'. There's little difference between the two other than times scales (the glass was well over a century old. I don't know for sure how old, But part of the building was built in 1684. Looking at it, there's no question it is flowing under gravity. This was in the North of England, where temps do not get especially high.

Comment: Re: Citation Needed (Score 1) 354 354

Event diven functional language by default with json being a rather beautifully simple transport and object description, does actually make for an excellent stack for web apps. Also the speed of high concurrency request serving on node is superb. Yes you can do all these things with damn near any language, but nothing is as easy to do all of it so scalably, fast and well. IMO.

Comment: Re:Familiar with image recognition at all? (Score 2) 259 259

It's actually very difficult for the text to be read and filtered by a computer using this form of obfuscation, as long as there are enough variants of each letter, and they are well randomised throughout the content. However, you don't actually need a special font:

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 4, Insightful) 157 157

I'm also excited by this. Especially as to what this could mean for Text to Speech. Generating more organically modeled TTS could really push it out of the uncanny valley. Currently if you ask a tts engine to say a word or phoneme, it is identical to the last time it was made. What if it were generated in realtime with the same variances as a human voice.

Comment: Re:Examples? (Score 3, Insightful) 167 167

they make so much money from ads, in part, because they are trusted by customers to be clever enough to magically put the right ads in front of the right people, and enough right people. Their other products may not make a lot directly, but boy are they strategically beneficial. Search is absolutely key, obviously, but youtube is the second biggest search engine. Gmail puts ads infront of people but also aids the AI behind context aware smarts.Everything they do can be said to help those ads become more effective, larger in volume, more trusted and seen by more people. Their may be some obscure contradictions, but name a few. I bet we can see how they help their ad revenue.

Comment: Re:The enemy of my enemy (Score 1) 693 693

Why "on US citizens"? Seriously. If you are American, you are far more likely to be killed by an American. Even if you are in the army! So why feel so strongly now this is about shooting citizens on your soil. One of them might have killed you. That drone is killing them down the street so you don't have to kill them in your house. Right? Or how about we stop playing computer games where real people really die. Anywhere.

Comment: Re:Oh give them a break (Score 3, Interesting) 644 644

Would you call the war in a subsidy? I would. And trillions are spent there. So if 0.1% of energy is produced by subsidising to the tune of billions, but the rest by subsidies of trillions... The orders of magnitude kinda balance out.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 5, Interesting) 780 780

me. I do. I could play all kinds of games to get out of the 40% rate I pay on half my salary. But I'd rather the NHS got it, than a private healthcare system I sponsored with my avoided spend on tax. Because thats better for me? No. Because that's better for the country I live in and the the one my daughter will grow up in? Yes.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker