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Comment Re:Power (Score 1) 62

If only 5% of users have their CPU and data currently in use, then why wake up other phones? You don't need data from literally everyone who's running it, and it doesn't need to be going all the time. Besides, I bet a lot of phones wake in SOME way when they start moving.

The only useful signal is when a phone goes from "long-term stationary" to "moving": if someone is carrying their phone, actively using it, or riding a vehicle, data from them is worthless. Send one signal when the phone first starts moving after, oh, 2+ minutes of being at rest, and only alert if you see a large spike around a single cell tower within a five-second window. Data use would be very low.

Comment Neurotypical is too much to hope for right now (Score 1) 146

If a conversational bot can get to the level of Aspergers (I know, I know, who the hell cares if it's in DSM-5) then I'll be awfully happy.

Though...if you're using it less for conversation, and more for fact scraping, I guess that makes things way more important. Trying to think of how people recognize sarcasm, and it seems to be "a person is stating--without expressing uncertainty or hedging--something that I have good reason to think they don't believe". It seems like every culture also has their own shorthand for sarcastically agreeing with someone, but the shorthand isn't always recognizable cross-culturally (Americans visiting England have a big problem here).

The big AI problem here is, you have to be able to model the writer's thoughts and guess what their opinions are. Ask your stereotypical left-winger and right-winger about gun control and they might both say "Oh, yeah, that's exactly what we need", but you need to be able to predict their actual opinions in order to know if there's dissonance or not. Makes it hard to detect sarcasm in people you don't know anything about, unless they're using shorthand ("yeah right", "great idea--let's discuss it later")

Comment Re:Unpopular opinion (Score 1) 72

Who said anything about banning? This doesn't ban drones. This regulates where and how you can fly them and mandates registration...just like we have traffic laws and mandate car registration. I doubt the first cars had license plates either; now they do.

It's not like they're mandating drone pilot licenses, either.

Comment Unpopular opinion (Score 1) 72

Those restrictions sound 100% reasonable for all outdoor flight, period, without specific commercial licenses. The golden days of drones, where most users were hobbyists who cared about safety and were few in number, are over. As much as I'd like to keep flying a craft with totally automatic gps guidance outside of my line of sight--it's irresponsible these days. It only takes one collision between a couple of heavy craft over a crowd of people to cause a crackdown much worse than this.

Comment Re:Still going to be optional (Score 1) 46

No, this system doesn't inject new stuff. It reorganizes people you already follow. If you use Twitter to follow a bajillion human rights or news feeds (like a big part of their userbase), it means you'll mostly see the stuff with a lot of likes up top, and junk tweets with no info probably won't spam you. If you don't follow them you won't see them, aside from the sponsored stuff, and everybody's gotta make a living.

Comment Still going to be optional (Score 0) 46

Yes it'll be opt-out eventually, but (as someone who's definitely keeping this feature off) I'm not convinced that this isn't what a majority of users want. Vocal power-users who use it to keep close contact with friends, sure, but those aren't a majority. I'm pretty sure that important stories and world-news stories are going to keep getting enough likes to keep them on top.

It would be really nice if there was a feature to display all tweets from specific users, and only high ranked ones from other users...would cut down on spam a lot. As it is, it's really hard to follow lots of people because the signal to noise ratio is just that bad on any kind of social media.

Comment Re:I can give input there! (Score 1) 224

MindRover: The Europa Project was actually pretty good! And I'm working on a...well, not clone of it right now, but directly inspired. You program it with transistors and stuff. It's not computer-newbie friendly like MindRover was, but it's kinda fun to implement super-tiny computers out of bare metal.

Comment Re:I can give input there! (Score 1) 224

I tweaked a ROM2.4 mud very mildly so that it exposed monster and item ID numbers (so bots wouldn't have to actually understand English), and had my bots go in without any knowledge of areas/monsters/items. The goal is that they would explore the world themselves, and learn their own fastest way to XP and gold at whatever level they were at, finding the correct weapons and the correct monsters and the right times to use them, cataloguing it for their second run through. Forming parties when appropriate would be the obvious expansion to that--especially if they were less efficient for grinding, but could be a way to get gear of higher level than you are intended to have at the time.

Yeah I miss that project.

Comment Okay, let's play Devil's Advocate (Score 1) 158

In a hypothetical (impossible) universe where you could actually prove that certain levels of encryption cost certain levels of lives in crime and terrorism, I wonder how many lives are worth protecting your many lives are worth transactional security...etc.

Though if you open things up too much I guess it goes the other way, since if people can't hide anything you wind up with a ton of political prisoners, and way more crimes of opportunity.

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