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Comment: Re:Friendly AI (Score 1) 581

by FooAtWFU (#48240507) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Why would it be different? I don't know, maybe because mammalian brains' learning mechanisms and the way they react to stimuli are shaped by a series of useful heuristics that arise from the bio-chemical structure of their brains, and it's not at all clear that there would be direct analogues in an artificial brain?

Comment: Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (Score 4, Insightful) 84

by FooAtWFU (#48185623) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

THAT's better than simply taking that money and investing it into the division?

I don't know, that could just be throwing good money after bad. This isn't a software division, it's not even like their server hardware division, it's chipmaking. It's kind of a go-big-or-go-home game where your competitors -- well-funded types like, say, Intel -- can easily pour many billions of dollars into next-generation fabrication processes and equipment which will readily put any half-assed investment to shame. I don't think IBM's chip business has the customer base to make "go big" profitable, or any reasonable plan to acquire new customers, so "go home" makes a lot of sense here.

Now, the wisdom / folly of gutting the rest of IBM's various divisions is left as an exercise to the reader.

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score -1, Flamebait) 447

by FooAtWFU (#48130235) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
I think a premise that people go to a church to inculcate themselves with a certain set of values that place marriage and God on the same page is a little bit stronger than your vaguely-implied "religious people are sheep whose convictions are substantially a function of the local popular opinion". But trust Slashdotters to discard informed rational thought concerning irrational behavior like religious belief...

Comment: Let's get our priorities straight here! (Score 3, Funny) 367

Google feeds their employees dead cows and chickens on a regular basis. They should have used plants. These days, quinoa is in common use in foodservice, as are beans and eggplants, and lentils could also have been easily used instead. Google should leave beef out of its activities altogether.

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Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 4, Informative) 447

by FooAtWFU (#48130009) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
Forget the stigma of divorce. In some places there are still different social values involved. These people aren't spineless or mere slaves to the apparent popular opinion of the local population (which would be a fragile situation circular, since they are the local population); they believe that marriage is a holy, sacramental bond which does things to your soul. If present, this conviction is a far stronger reason to avoid divorce than social pressure.

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