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Comment Re:Scott Adams said it best... (Score 1) 492

clarify please... keep Poe's law in mind.

Fair enough. I'll try to steer clear of Godwin's Law, though.

The way Scott Adams lays it out, I'm not 100% sure that Trump is a total nincompoop anymore. This whole act may in fact be a carefully calculated and very shrewd act, designed to steer the election in whatever direction he wants. Which may or may not include putting a terrible hairpiece in the Oval Office.

Like I said, I'm still not entirely convinced and need to think about everything some more. Will probably re-read Adams' article, just for good measure. Hope that satisfies the Poe conundrum.

Submission + - Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss on the Peter Principle (dice.com)

Nerval's Lobster writes: You've heard of the Peter Principle, which suggests that all employees manage to rise to the level of their incompetence. (That is to say, everybody is promoted until their skills and strengths no longer align with their current position.) While the Peter Principle is often treated as a truism, a recent Gallup study (registration required)—the result of four decades’ worth of research, involving 2.5 million manager-led teams—suggests that it holds a significant degree of real-world truth (registration required). “Gallup has found that only 10 percent of working people possess the talent to be a great manager,” the study mentions in its introduction. “Companies use outdated notions of succession to put people in these roles.” In Gallup’s estimation, there are so many bad managers out there that one out of every two employees have “left their job to get away,” according to the study. “Managers who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. economy $319 billion to $398 billion annually.” In other words, there are a lot of pointy-haired managers out there.

Submission + - Trapster Guru Pete Tenereillo: Google Should Close Waze

ashshy writes: In an interview with The Motley Fool, Trapster founder Pete Tenereillo says that Google just can't afford to let its controversial Waze service to exist. Long story short, 50 million Waze users can't compare to the value of Google's "don't be evil" image. But Google still got plenty of value for this $1 billion buyout, Tenereillo says.

Comment Re:No programming? (Score 2) 200

If you call copy-paste programming. They took an "executable", dumped it from the worm's brain, put it in a robot and found it acts like a worm. The behavior emerged through evolution and was encoded in the neurons by nature, not the researchers. If you could dump a human brain, put it in a robot and have it act like a human without ever "reverse engineering" it that would be most impressive.

All of this is true, but the inputs and outputs still have to be mapped to the appropriate endpoints. Unless, of course, mapping them at random still produces the perfect Lego/worm beast after a little bit of real-world action. The article doesn't talk about this, so I'm assuming the sensors and effectors were hooked up to the proper Lego tools by hand.

Which, in my book, counts as programming.

Submission + - What Will It Take to Make Automated Vehicles Legal in the U.S.?

ashshy writes: Tesla, Google, and many other companies are working on self-driving cars. When these autopilot systems become perfected and ubiquitous, the roads should be safer by orders of magnitude. So why doesn't Tesla CEO Elon Musk expect to reach that milestone until 2013 or so? Because the legal framework that supports American road rules is incredibly complex, and actually handled on a state-by-state basis. The Motley Fool explains which authorities Musk and his allies will have to convince before autopilot cars can hit the mainstream, and why the process will take another decade.

Submission + - Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

ashshy writes: Swedish Internet services run both cheaper and faster than American ones. For example, many Swedes can pay about $40 a month for 100/100 mbps, choosing between more than a dozen competing providers. It's all powered by a nationwide web of municipal networks in direct competition with ex-government telecom Telia's fiber backbone. The presence of regional government in the Swedish data stream makes many Americans uncomfortable, to say nothing of the very different histories between these backbone buildouts. The Motley Fool explains how the Swedish model developed, and why the U.S. is unlikely ever to follow suit.

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel