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Comment Re:like no problem humanity has ever faced (Score 1) 197

Humanity has never faced superhuman intelligence before. It is a problem fundamentally unlike all other problems. We cannot adapt and overcome, because it will adapt to us faster than we will adapt to it.

The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbors were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests. (Banks - Excession)

Comment Re:network config (Score 1) 127

True enough. Just out-and-out assuming that they arrived at a legitimate result is a rookie mistake. The comment in the article "receiving at least 3 bars of service" makes me pretty worried that they didn't control for constant UeTx power particularly well (some tests might have 3 bars, some 4, some 5 - and yeah, reported bars are based on DL measurements, but there is a good correlation between RSRP (or RSCP) and UeTx Power)... So, another meaningless result due to failed experimental design.

Comment Re:the return of the Start button (Score 2) 505

Exciting times we live in, when I can have 2 apps running at the same time, side by side on my desktop, and even resize them! C'mon, this is ground-breaking. Though I guess it's not entirely novel, since I could do this with EMACS (and presumably VI), but it's pretty cool to see in a GUI.

True, that said - EMACS is still pretty much the most advanced OS on the planet.

Comment Re:Wrinkle (Score 1) 295

Meh - to each their own. The first three (Ender's Game, Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead) were entirely readable and even enjoyable. I personally thought Ender's Game was the most entertaining (the implication that any of them were cerebral is laughable) but could happily entertain the idea that other people might have enjoyed either of the other two just as much. The remaining ten books (with the exception of a couple of the short stories) I personally thought had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but hey - that's what makes subjective opinions so much fun, hey? I should probably throw them at my daughter to read so that I can work out whether I've just got terrible taste in books :)

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?