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Comment: Book about Watson & Jeopardy (Score 1) 70

by SethJohnson (#48908351) Attached to: Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters
Having worked at IBM Research and wondering if your contribution played a role in them developing Watson... You should check out this book. I'm reading it now and am enjoying reading about how the team(s) developed all the tech beneath Watson in preparation for the televised match.

Comment: Re:Lack Of Faith (Score 1) 71

by Tom (#48907991) Attached to: Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Are you aware that BMW and Mercedes reliability has gone into the toilet since the 1980s?

The M3 I drove last year begs to differ. As did the SLK the year before. :-)

Maybe they have problems, I don't know, I don't own a car, I just rent them pretty often, and I'll take one of those every day over almost any brand. At least until my car rental company gets Teslas.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 468

I don't understand the point of buying a non-Google Android device.

I've looked at them, and I just never saw anything that made me think "that's clearly so much better and cheaper than the Google device that I should be reliant on the manufacturer and carrier to support it."

When my Nexus 4 went tits up I bought a Moto G 2014. It's got an SD slot, it's got KitKat (now) and it's unlockable/rootable. Indeed, unlocked and rooted. It was under $200 with a ringke slim backing added, from Amazon. That was pretty compelling. I miss the GB of RAM but nothing else.

Comment: Re:BUT - will it auto-calculate folder sizes? (Score 1) 318

by drinkypoo (#48907897) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

It's too slow to be useful


and will utterly kill network drives.

Seems like Microsoft can address this one of two ways. One, just don't do it to network drives, the OS knows which those are. Two, by now they ought to have been able to implement this in SMB or whatever it is called now, where the client just asks the server for the size of the directory so it doesn't have to do all the calls manually. The server can prioritize that stuff last.

Comment: Re:Oh please, you act as if they're computers (Score 1) 70

by drinkypoo (#48907823) Attached to: Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

A modern smart phone can barely compete with a desktop PC from 2000 (CPU wise anyway, smartphones do have much better GPU's).

Gee, is that all? I remember doing quite a lot on my desktop in 2000.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if a 1GHz Pentium 3 could beat a dual core 2GHz ARM CPU. Sure the P3 would be chewing 30W and the ARM only 6.

I'm betting it would depend on which benchmark you were running.

Comment: Re:what about liability? and maybe even criminal l (Score 1) 71

by Tom (#48907729) Attached to: Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Just think of a auto drive loosing control and plowing through a school crossing killing a dozen children. Who or what is responsible? The passenger? Or the computer?

The school that put its children on the fucking Autobahn, a high-speed road that is by law off-limits to pedestrians, bicycles and anything else that can't reach and maintain the minimum speed of 60 km/h.

Comment: targets (Score 1) 364

Intelligence agencies are not going to give up trying to get the bad guys.

I'm glad to hear that as I'm sure everyone else is.

Now if you could give up trying to spy on all the other guys, we could become friends. You see, the problem is your "kill 'em all, let god sort 'em out" approach of just vacuuming everything in and leaving the decision about who the bad guys actually are until later.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1, Insightful) 364

Which is a form of democracy...

In theory? Sure. In practice? Not so much. Oligarchy link is already provided on a comment very near to this one, but here 'tis again. Direct democracy or GTFO. For anyone who wants to cry "mob rule", quick quiz before anyone should give a shit what you think: 1) how many times in history has the electoral college disagreed with the popular vote? 2) what were the last two times that happened? The results should shut you the hell up, if you find the correct answers.

In countries where the people get to vote on bills, there may be democracy. I don't know, I don't live in one of those. In countries where more than two choices working for one master are presented, there may be democracy. I don't know, I don't live in one of those either. Here in the USA, we have two different colors of wolf arguing over one sheep.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.