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Comment: Re:Mind games (Score 1) 89

Exactly. I think the whole point of a good AI is that it will be able to simulate these 'mind games' and take advantage of whatever data the interface gives it. Unfortunately, I see no indication that the computer will have things like cameras and microphones that could allow it to look for tells other than the opponent's play action. No indication it can talk to the players either. So not as interesting a test as it could be.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by RoverDaddy (#49551295) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg
It really does seem like an odd 'adventure'. The guy is basically sentencing himself to a year in solitary confinement, with the added bonus of possible catastrophe at any moment. No indication from the article that he's doing it to raise awareness of global warming, or to raise money for some cause, or even to gain some scientific knowledge. I can't even imagine a particularly good book deal coming out of this.

I think he could accomplish as much by spending a year in a Schrodinger box.

Comment: Re:modern...ftp? (Score 1) 263

A lot of people have mentioned this, and I think the proper reply is: If this is they way the restaurant management is thinking, then they are misusing the web, not understanding what the customer really needs/wants, and are not going to be successful.

As somebody else said up above, restaurant web sites are often terrible because they value form over substance. My favorite sites have a PDF of the menu, or an HTML menu available. The menu on the web site should be accurate, up to date, readable, accessible (to the blind for instance) and searchable. These are the proper priorities. Having it look like handwritten text on a chalkboard? Not so much.

If you -are- using a chalkboard inside the restaurant, is retyping the menu onto a device for upload to your website more work? Of course it is. Too bad.

Comment: Re:200 dollars is too expensive (Score 3, Interesting) 94

by RoverDaddy (#48154183) Attached to: Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)
If you'll read my other comment you'll see that I basically agree with your assessment. However, for a consumer product, this amount of markup is probably reasonable. You'll never get a raspberry pi, wifi adapter, bluetooth adapter, battery and video screen to fit into that form factor. That's where engineering design and packaging, and custom circuit design come into play. And the software has a price too. Even if you or I could cobble up the basics of this product on our own, it still might be useful for the average consumer.

All that said, I do wonder whether the market can bear a $200 price for this device.

Comment: Interesting project for Rapsberry Pi (Score 1) 94

by RoverDaddy (#48154015) Attached to: Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)
Almost everything (maybe everything?) this does could be done with a Raspberry Pi, but the result would obviously be a bit larger to carry around. It does seem like they've added some nice polish to the software in the form of the automatic data gathering (from a USB connected device), and they obviously need a back end system to give each Egg a subdomain under eggcyte.com.

Comment: Computers computers computers... (Score 1) 209

by RoverDaddy (#48015623) Attached to: My toy collection is ...
I'm sitting right now in a room with about a dozen 'obvious' computers. Let's see: 3 PCs, one laptop, one Mac Mini, 2 Raspberry Pis, 3 Android tablets, one iPhone, one iPad. Yep that's 12. And of course there's also the wireless router and cable modem. And I'll go ahead and count my LCD TV since it's clearly a computer as well (especially when it locks up). Oh, and I shouldn't forget the Wii and PS2 even though I don't use those very often.

Clearly computers -are- my toys.

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.