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Comment: Re:A legend of OS design (Score 1) 92

by retchdog (#47425481) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

no, you have it all wrong. traditional education is just state power keeping progress down.

true capitalist geniuses like Linus would have done just as well, and even provably better because of free markets, if we abolished education completely. imagine how much better Linux would be today, if Linus were not shackled by the vestiges of religion.

Comment: Re:Red notice (Score 3, Interesting) 70

They're not always effective; governments seem to be free to ignore these things if it appears to be politically motivated.

INTERPOL itself has no teeth. It's left to the nations themselves to decide if they care what it has to say on a case-by-case basis. It permits information sharing (etc) but does not require it. Their goal is "To ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and not to enforce laws themselves.

Comment: Re:Buy a netbook (Score 1) 156

by drinkypoo (#47424727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Nope, but a chromebook gives 2GB of ram.

Yes, and so do many netbooks. My Acer Aspire One D250 only came with 1GB, as did my EEE 701, but those are old. My LT31 came with 2GB. I upgraded the dimm to get lower-latency memory, mostly to speed up the integrated graphics. Most of the machines that will support 1GB will support 2GB and some of them will even take a 4GB SODIMM, but don't count on it.

Comment: Re:As plain as the googgles on your face (Score 1) 53

by drinkypoo (#47424069) Attached to: The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

The difference is that we know what a store security camera is going to do with the recording: record over it in XY days.
We don't know what [random glasshole] is going to do with the recording they make of us.
So it really doesn't matter what the recorder's unspoken intent is, what causes discomfort is the recordee's uncertainty.

Except the idea that Glass is constantly recording is unsubstantiated hysteria and has no basis in reality.

Straw man. As any idiot can clearly see, that point was not even raised. The point is that Glass is always pointed at something interesting, and you don't know when it's recording. You don't know if it's been altered so that the LED doesn't activate. If you have a valid argument to make, then make it. But we know you don't. That's because anonymous cowards are less capable than any idiot.

Comment: Re:Brasil futbol is national disgrace. (Score 1, Insightful) 116

Besides, the "play", such as it is, in American "football" stops every 5 seconds, I doubt your 300 pound piece of spray cheese can run much longer than that.

Even though they never actually run for very long on the field, they still have to be able to pass a fairly strict standard in training. They want guys that they don't have to worry about, because what they're doing is strenuous and dangerous, and they will still have to worry about them — if only as assets. If you put futbol players in a handegg game they would be fucking evaporated. If you put handegg players in a futbol game most of them would be fairly cumbersome, but any "accidental" contact would still be likely to result in a futbol player injury.

Don't get it twisted, handegg players are amazing athletes, even the ones shaped like a brick.

Comment: Re:Buy a netbook (Score 1) 156

by drinkypoo (#47423997) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

It seemed to me like netbooks stagnated pretty badly...

So what? A dual-core atom is actually pretty snappy. I personally have a crufty single-core atom, that is quite pathetic and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone. What I actually use for a 'netbook' is a Gateway LT3103u with the L110 chucked for an L310. Since Gateway finally released windows 7 x64 drivers and a BIOS with AMD-V it blew the hacks wide open. I haven't done a custom DSDT yet (though I should) but I do have SATA running in AHCI mode, necessary for automatic TRIM support. That took a hacked BIOS, but they're not too hard to find any more.

I wouldn't actually suggest anyone buy one of these and mod it because the X1250/X1270 graphics are woeful, but if you have one lying around the upgrade is actually pretty easy. A dual Athlon 64 at 1.2 GHz is not too shabby, and you can get the CPU for ten bucks.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 258

by retchdog (#47423441) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

it's worth being skeptical whenever someone's argument involves their not being able to comprehend the magnificence of their own creation (it's a form of argument from ignorance). i'm pretty sure that a serious assembly hacker could have completely traced out the reproduction mechanism within a few hours.

you see this with children too: "oh, my kid is so smart, he (did whatever) the other day and i'd never have been able to figure that out at his age."

Comment: Buy a netbook (Score 3, Informative) 156

by drinkypoo (#47422223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

You can get a netbook that will draw around 5-10W. If you get one with intel cpu and chipset you will have the advantage of massive compatibility, especially if you skip the original Atom chip. Once the dual cores came out it was pretty well abandoned by everyone.

That, or get one of these ~$100 android units which also runs Debian. But I don't really recommend that. The only one which seems very performant and yet inexpensive is the mk908 which is a bit of a turd reliability-wise and which doesn't yet have complete hardware support, e.g. http://www.cnx-software.com/20...

I stand by the netbook

Comment: Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (Score 1) 258

by retchdog (#47421519) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

and there are quite a few human pairs for which one would not be able to convince the other that they were speaking intelligibly, either.

it is irrelevant. it is only necessary for one computer (however that's defined) to pass this test. i don't see how it's really any better than Turing though. it's a nice idea, it seems even more vague than the Turing test.

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