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Comment: Re:Isn't that the only way to beat it? (Score 1) 309

by ShadyG (#47206019) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

There would have to be some tricking involved. At least it would have to lie about whether or not it is a piece of software. It would have to slow its answers and make mistakes sometimes. It would have to appear to be much less capable of number crunching and other things that computers do better than humans. I would assume the most useful artificial intelligence wouldn't appear to be human at all, but would be the best it could be in all aspects.

Comment: Re:cause and effect vs commonality (Score 3, Insightful) 326

by ShadyG (#40530435) Attached to: Why Mark Zuckerberg Is a Bad Role Model For Aspiring Tech Execs

There probably isn't much cause and effect between degrees and one-in-a-billion success as an entrepreneur. I imagine Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others would do about the same either way. The degree is for finding your footing when life informs you you're one of the other 999,999,999.

Comment: Re:Why not use it as a bargaining chip? (Score 2) 735

by ShadyG (#37639020) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

I personally would not use the new job as a "bargaining chip", in that I'd bring it to the old boss and try to get them to match or beat the deal. IMO that has the potential to create bad blood. Instead, without ever mentioning any other opportunity I would just ask to open up negotiations for a raise. Focus on what your value to the company is and has been. You're training a couple of junior developers, so why not ask for a manager position with those two your first direct reports? No doubt such a position has additional responsibilities commensurate with the raise you're seeking. It will also reflect better on your resume when you do eventually seek out another position.

If you and they cannot agree on an acceptable solution, then you should definitely not feel bad about jumping ship. It may very well be that your actual value to the new company is simply more than it is to the old. Everyone wants to be valuable, and maybe this new company can better utilize your skills and experience. Their offer appears to indicate at least they think so.

Comment: Good luck launching it (Score 0) 273

by ShadyG (#37241216) Attached to: Developing Nuclear Power Plant Tech For the Moon and Mars
The same people that won't allow a reactor anywhere near their backyard will never allow a launch with radioactive materials onboard. It's a political non-starter, unless they can come up with some really creative spin that avoids using the words "nuclear", "radiation", "reactor", etc.

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