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Comment: Re:Language is not truly unique to humans (Score 1) 154

by JigJag (#48810843) Attached to: Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

The summary highlights that humans are very special: no other species can communicate as sophisticated concepts as humans can.
What you say makes sense and in a way I agree with you, in the same way that an abacus and a microchip are alike since they can both do calculations.

Comment: Re:permanent death? no save points? (Score 1) 222

by JigJag (#48574291) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I'd love to find an RPG with the depth and detail of rogue/nethack/angband/etc but with the same learn-as-you go vibe, where everything has more depth than it seems at first. (Wait - you can eat your kills? And there are so many different effects depending on what the critter was? Now I have to try every one! Everything was like that.)

Try Ultima 6 or 7.

Comment: Re:...and also not true (Score 1) 249

by JigJag (#48309179) Attached to: New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

"Perfect means zero error"

Years ago, I used to think like you, but now I disagree with this statement. For me, perfect means meeting the requirements. Zero error is a requirement but not a reasonable one. My life got much more pleasant when I realized I should aim for meeting reasonable requirements instead of an elusive zero error target.

Comment: Re:How does it handle the unexpected? (Score 1) 506

by JigJag (#47765787) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

if it can stop at a red light by _looking_ at the lights, then it has a level of 1) vision 2) rules, and 3) "understanding" (in quotes since it's just an algorithm).

So if the road is blocked, the car will see it and adjust appropriately. If it's not in this revision of the code, it will be in an upcoming one.

As for the best ever use, here it is: you tell your car to drop you at the restaurant and go park kilometres away where parking is free. When done dinner, you text your car and it comes get you.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann

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