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Comment Re:The Less You know, The More Scared You Are (Score 2) 74 74

Maybe the press reports on the people who are more famous (who tend not to be AI researchers). But Stuart Russell, UC Berkeley AI researcher and co-author of the best selling AI textbook of the last two decades, has concerns about the matter, too.

In any case, when you're close to the project you can tend to lose sight of the big picture. Probably few scientists at Los Alamos thought of the long-term consequences of the weapons they were designing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that hardly anyone believes that we're close to creating human-level artificial intelligence, particularly AI researchers.

Comment Re:The sky is falling! News at 10. (Score 1) 117 117

IPv4 should just go away already. Linux, Mac, and WinDOS had had IPV6 forever. Whatever doesn't support IPv6 should just go away as well. All that old shit is hackable virus prone garbage anyway.

The problem is that numerous companies haven't invested the time or money in ensuring their network can speak IPv6 or to the IPv6 world. The main issue has probably been that it was cheaper to do business a usual. Until major services do an IPv4 blackout day or ARIN raises the prices of the remaining IPv6, companies will be dragging their feet.

One site amongst the feet draggers is /. Sure there was a bug in some of the Perl code used by /. a number of years back, that apparently prevented supporting IPV6, as an excuse, but should that still be a reason today?

Comment But 32 bits is enough for anybody (Score 1) 117 117

I am wondering whether at this point ARIN would be justified to raising the price for remaining IPv4 addresses and offer IPv6 addresses at a lower cost? And then raise cost as a ratio of remaining IPv4 addresses available to hand out? I am sure this would change business perspective on how much to delay IPv6 adoption?

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 3, Informative) 117 117

There aren't four billion public IP addresses in use. The problem is that in the early days they handed out class A subnets like they were candy, wasting millions of IP addresses with every one. Most computers don't have their own public IP address -- they have a private IP address and access the Internet via NAT.

Comment The ISS is in a pool, not in space! (Score 0) 16 16

Both the US space agency and the Chinese space agency have these troubling issues with their "space" footage: bubbles are seen escaping from the suits! This is evidence that the footage is being taken underwater, rather than in space. In fact, in one of the US space agency's "space walk" videos, a person wearing scuba equipment can be see hiding out in the hatch!

NASA lies. Once you know you're dealing with a liar, everything else they say is suspect.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 300 300

Copyright is covered by international treaties; that is, it is mutually recognized everywhere. It is under those international agreements that Hong Kong agreed to cooperate with the US.

There has never been an actual conviction and yet the assets were seized. It was extraterritorial, extrajudicial enforcemnet of holywood lobbyist whims.

The equivalent here would be for France to ask the US government to help with enforcing France's privacy laws against a US company operating outside France.

That's not remotely equivalent because google has operations in France via a subsidiary.

Comment Re:Hmmmmmmm (Score 1) 30 30

It's similar to how they developed their high speed trains. The government did the basic research and development, and then it grew into a huge business where Japan lead the world for over 50 years.

Interestingly that's the exact opposite to the way the UK works. You see we put in all the risky research money to develop tilting trains. Then because "reasons"[1] it was shut down and sold off and we're now buying tilting trains from Pendolino (a foreign company which bought the rights cheap) at great expense. The original tilting train still holds the speed record on the relevant routes.

Which is a better investment, I shall leave as an exercise to the reader.

[1]The reasons were bogus. Some people claimed it made people feel ill. There was an early problem because the tilting compensation was too good. Dialling it back a bit solved the problem and the trains became no worse than the modern ones in that regard. Basically the reason is that no matter who is in power, parliament hates local industry for some reason.

Comment Re:This test was flawed (Score 1) 345 345

Using error correction to achieve 0% loss over cheap ethernet cables is cheating.

Cheating how? This is a test of network cables. If the cable gives you 0% errors by any usable meant then it works perfectly. If I want my 60 kbit MP3s transferred losslessly over the network, I really don't give a crap if it's using trellis codes or retransmits.

Comment Re:sometimes it seems to me (Score 1) 345 345

[**NOTE: To be clear, I am NOT saying all wine is the same. There are a lot of different varieties and flavors. But I do believe you should just buy what you like. There are $5 wines that have easily beat out $100 wines at blind tastings. So, if you like a wine and discover it's only $5, keep buying and enjoying it. If you like the $100 wine, and you like the taste enough to pay $100, fine.]

I keep hereing this, and where can I find these cheap wines? Or is it that plenty of $100 wines come with a lingering afterburn too?

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 2) 345 345

As with many things there's a grain of truth, which is enough to get someone hooked. Oxygen free copper is a real thing and you can buy it in bulk. The main property is that it has far fewer small inclusions of copper oxide (hence oxygen free). While this does lower the elctrical resistance very marginally, that's not what it's for.

The problem with oxyide inclusions comes when working with compressed hydrogen. The hydrogen diffuses through, and slowly strips the oxygen from the copper creating tiny pockets of very high pressure steam. This causes serious embrittlement problems.

So unless you're operating your hifi deep on jupiter, in the native atmosphere, you probably don't need oxygen-free hifi cables.

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