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Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 2) 148

by Ralph Wiggam (#49133091) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

At high levels, Jeopardy is all about who presses the button first. Watch a Tournament of Champions. All 3 people buzz in for pretty much every question.

The trick is who can parse what the "answer" is really asking, recall the fact required, and then buzz in before the other players can do all 3 things. If Watson can do those things faster than a person, it won fair and square. Just being able to parse the "answer" was an incredibly impressive achievement.

Comment: Re:How is this even remotely legal? (Score 4, Informative) 192

by Ralph Wiggam (#49091707) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Gemalto is in the Netherlands. It's entirely legal for the NSA and GCHQ to do anything they want outside of their home countries. They were both chartered 60+ years ago to spy on foreign communications. You can certainly argue that this attack was unethical, or a bad idea, and it was definitely illegal under Dutch law- but it was legal under British and American law.

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1) 145

by Ralph Wiggam (#49083319) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies

Petrol companies have been buying up alternative energy patents and sitting on them since the 60s.

Besides Chevron owning NiMH battery patents, what other examples can you cite?

Because I can cite a big fat counterexample. Lithium Ion batteries strong enough to power a car were developed by Exxon.

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