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Comment: Thanks Ubisoft! (Score 1) 262

by Zalbik (#48386841) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Well thanks for owning up to the fact that it's all AMD's fault!

Given that fact, there is absolutely no reason for me to buy Far Cry 4 next week since my console and PC both use AMD processors.

As the problem is AMD's fault, I guess Far Cry 4 is going to be just as buggy.

$60 saved. Thanks again!

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1) 138

by Zalbik (#48372785) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

So based on this,the story is basically as follows:

- Google decides to lease an airfield from NASA for corporate jets
- NASA agrees to sell Google fuel at discounted rates (no state or local tax) in exchange for Google planes collecting climate data
- After 6 years of this, a NASA auditor notices ALL Google planes receive the discount, not just those carrying out NASA experiments.
- NASA stops selling them discounted fuel in September of 2013.
- Google now wants to renew the lease (without the discounted fuel)
- ???
- Therefore, evil!

I seem to be missing a step in Consumer Watchdog's logic here. Anyone able to fill me in?

If NASA was inappropriately selling discounted fuel, that is NASA's fault, not Google's. It should have nothing to do with renewing the lease now.

Comment: Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (Score 1) 525

by Zalbik (#48372355) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Ahhh....so basically:

- creating a new UI and standardizing it across platforms is evil. Riiigggghhhht.

- listening to your customers and reworking disliked features (XBox One / Windows 9) is evil

- Creating UX = Owning all of life.

Is there a magazine I can subscribe to in order to hear more of your views?

Comment: Re:Did Hugh Pickens RTFA? (Score 2) 264

by Zalbik (#48327357) Attached to: We Are Running Out of Sand

However, the referenced NY Times article does indicate:

"As a result, the desert state of Dubai brings sand for its beaches all the way from Australia."

However, I can't find any good references to back this up.

Also, the NY Times article is an opinion piece from a history professor....additional evidence required.

Comment: Re:Haleluja ... (Score 1) 669

by Zalbik (#48265279) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

That's all well and good, but if something can't exist that's unobservable; then the assumption must be made that our ability to observe the universe is absolute.

No, the assumption must be made that the universe only consists of observable things.

i.e. that unobservable things do not exist (note: unobservable, not unobserved)

Comment: Re:I'm a big Elon Fan but... (Score 1) 583

by Zalbik (#48246011) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Should we wait to have these discussions until then, or should we be having these discussions now so that we can provide a good framework, some good philosophy, and some well thought out answers to the next generation?

Yes, damn those ancient greeks for not considering the plight of anthropomorphized global warming, or the tragedy of the commons!

If only they had been having these discussions, we would have some well thought out answers!

That's an exaggeration, but not much of one. We know so little about how intelligence works that answers we came up with would likely be laughably wrong.

We are a long way from creating an AI.

Comment: Re:Active imagination (Score 1) 583

by Zalbik (#48245623) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

1) Computers don't have anywhere near the same processing power as the brain. They are many orders of magnitude better than us at one very specific task (moving numbers around). We have no idea to what degree "really fast number shuffling" factors into intelligence.

2) Why would we hook it up to the internet? We could easily provide access to whatever knowledge we felt it needed, but still leave it air gapped.

3) Why would it have an motivations whatsoever regarding humans unless these were programmed in? Our motivations are the result of billions of years of natural selection (things that want to survive are more successful than things that don't). A "created" AI would be motivated by whatever we had built into it.

4) Why would it necessarily be able to replicate? There is no reason to think it would understand any more about it's own intelligence than we understand about ours?

5) Why would be give it the access required to replicate? Unless we gave it permission and access to a text editor / compiler and execute permissions on the code it generated, and access to hardware to run it on, replication would be a problem.

Hollywood stories are all good fun, but stories about AI typically don't stand up to any sort of reasonable analysis. IMO, our first AI's will be like very intelligent friendly dogs, willing obey master in order to get the reward that satisfies whatever "need" we have built into them.

Treating it "poorly" is an interesting question. Is it unethical to "enslave" an AI if it has been designed to get the most satisfaction out of "enslavement"?

Comment: Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (Score 1) 372

by Zalbik (#48221723) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Possibly...but just out of curiosity, how often are you directly exposed to the bodily secretions of other people, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not?

Do people sneeze directly in your face that often?

It's not a matter of "how much of the virus" the person carries....it is a matter of exposure to bodily fluids. Symptomatic people are a higher risk for spreading the disease as the symptoms involve the nasty discharge of numerous fluids.

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.

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