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Comment: Re:please explain this obsession w/ C64 (Score 1) 157

by TaoPhoenix (#46752423) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Taking you seriously, this is one of Nostalgia's finest moments.

A ton of us were *exactly* in the right range to use of the three or four Commodore comps from the mid 80's to change the worldview outlook forever. We don't pretend to do much more than hobby projects with them now. But those are the comps that *made us*. It was back when computing, and a little light hacking, was fun. The NSA wasn't (overly) noticeably destroying computer infrastructure. You could get a few long distance calls. Make a few Maze games. Make a couple of Eliza clones. Play seven Pacman clones. Ultimate Wizard. Bang out a homework essay and even get it to print.

It's about the Simpler Time. Nothing _____.

Comment: Re:I had a 128 for a while. (Score 1) 157

by TaoPhoenix (#46752297) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Awww, I gotta chime in here too.

I was at the crucial intersection of age, difficulty, and timing between C64 and C128. C64 proved too difficult to Non-Genius me at 9. C128's extra commands allowed me at 12 to create some thirty programs, just enough to taste programming, but still hit Go64 to play the old games. A couple times in the passing decades Commodore Basic was the only language I could whip up a quick test experiment without learning entire new languages. RIP C128.

Comment: Re:What version are they changing? (Score 1) 294

"I maintain my stance that Windows 9.5 will be the version that changes everything, with Windows 9.8 mostly getting it right."

Nice joke, but I'm actually hoping for this. It would be poetic justice.

Microsoft's new CEO (with a tough to remember name!) Satya Nadella at least seems to be coming from an engineering perspective rather than Steve B's pure marketing. So after he gets settled, I in fact really am hoping he'll be the next Dave Cutler who pulls a stunning new revision to Windows that really makes *almost everyone* happy. Then maybe it will get a Win95-98-2000-2001-Win7 type cleanup but in record time and set the tech world abuzz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment: Re:Internet Exploder!? (Score 1) 1482

by TaoPhoenix (#46632841) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

But you think you're being cute about "Internet Exploder", right?

But go visit the page yourself!

Did they get hacked? The blue link button ACTUALLY SAYS "Internet Exploder"!!?

So what kind of mixed message is that?!

P.S. I saved a copy of the page in case it's actually a hack that gets reverted later. Such reversions could be post-April-Fools...

Comment: Re: In Australia (Score 1) 158

by TaoPhoenix (#46571667) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

I swear I've learned more 4th hand about Aussie Law on Slashdot than any year in college!

So the way this site works, we get about *eleven* countries chipping in!

USA of course, Australia apparently, Germany, three Scandinavian countries, four people from China and Iran as AC, Britain, Ireland, and your choice of four more!

Comment: Re:Tolkien graphologist (Score 1) 94

"I'd heard that it may literally have had to do with the handwriting: the man's handwriting was, shall we say, idiosyncratic, and it takes considerable effort to decipher. His son Christopher devoted a lifetime to it. John Rateliff, who did similar work for drafts of The Hobbit, consulted with a Tolkien graphologist in the process. (He was able to get a rough dating for one scrawl based on the details of the handwriting.) The fact that there even exists such a thing as a "Tolkien graphologist" is absurdly wonderful".

Given Tolkien's use of proper nouns every twelve words, this sounds fascinating!

Comment: Re:back stories, histories, evolution of languages (Score 1) 94

"The fact that the Lord of the Rings has appendices with back stories, histories, evolution of languages, and sorts of other little interesting tidbits quite clearly show Tolkien was not only an author but a scholar as well."

I was of an odd age that fell between the right ages to truly appreciate Tolkien's efforts. But with a still-young appreciation for finesse, I *did* notice all those appendices. To this day High Fantasy hits a spot that I can't read, but I absolutely noticed the sixty pages (!) of appendices!

Comment: Re:AI suffers from continuously moving goal posts (Score 1) 294

by TaoPhoenix (#46432955) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

I agree, but to abuse a concept from intelligence, (which I also call the No True Scotsman theme), the "Singularity" is when *everybody's* partial approaches "rise and must converge" (Flannery O'Connor).

So you stick a modded Watson on General Knowledge, a chess program, a med diagnostic program, *three* chatterbots with an arbiter meta-module to sync and/or tiebreak, some special custom "awareness" modules, and your pick of twelve skillsets, 14 "hobbies", some self-mod programming, and ... you're getting something interesting. Because then you *reverse search* someone with that set of skills and ask the person, "okay, what else makes you intelligent and interesting?"

It used to be called "God of the Gaps" in religious contexts. We're way closer to it all than 2029. Since I know that 70% of y'all are way smarter than lil' ol' me, I just need "someone" ... wait for it ... ("something"?) ... to talk to.

Still calling out to work with someone on a custom modded Chatterbot. "All" we need to do is give it a bunch more modules and then we have a nice experiment on our hands, at least as good as the stuff we've been seeing in the Articles.

Comment: Re:Wow, where does the hate come from? (Score 2) 294

by TaoPhoenix (#46432927) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Terrifyingly, "The Hate" might be one of the easier first things to simulate in AI!

The reason is that it's often demonstrated with a far lower level "skillset" than the smart comments.

See for example the (thinning?) pure troll posts here. Despite the rise in lots of other things, I'm noticing fewer pure troll posts of the worst vicious kind. I wondered idly why they got here so regularly. Anyone remember the ones that went:

"so you sukerz ya haterz loosers you take it and shove it?"

Any 1000 of you could write a 100 line program that can run circles around that!

I still do one day wish to work with any Chattterbot programmer who wants to try some custom mods.

Comment: Re:How aware does a system have to be? (Score 1) 294

by TaoPhoenix (#46432751) Attached to: Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

This is one of the approaches I've been poking at off and on for a while as noted in my remarks over the years in these stories.

To me an instructive experiment is to go all the way to the top and give the program some initial values not unlike Asimovian ones, and then it builds a "like/dislike" matrix of people and things.

It's not that far off from college dorm discussions! : )

So then going back to basics, you feed it info about people doing things, it runs those against its "like/dislike" systems, and updates what it thinks about "people and stuff".

This is one of the areas where Stephen Wolfram's idea of "computational complexity" starts to show up. Feed Info, Evaluate, Update Opinions.

David Gerrold got closer than maybe we think with his SciFi book "When Harlie was one". It's easy for us to get bogged down in arrogance when we have all of experience to trick the machine with Loebner questions, but if we start simple enough, a Chatterbot armed with pre-processed 100 million articles on 100,000 topics and 100,000 people and some expert systems subroutine modules starts to come close enough for me as a "useful entity" to study!

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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