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Comment: Re: AI is always "right around the corner". (Score 0) 564

If you take an AI course, they usually focus on algorithms. Machine learning is a type of AI and at least at my university had a separate class for it. I think doing an intelligent thing should be considered intelligent. Being able to translate text is something that a human would consider intelligence if they saw someone else do it. So a machine doing it should be intelligence just the same. Its artificial perhaps because we taught it.

Comment: Implementation Detail (Score 1) 327

Random thoughts on it.

1. You can click on the domain and see the full url. It's not hidden completely, just have to click to see it.
2. URLs other than the domain name are an implementation detail. They mean nothing on their own, but only what the webserver behind that domain decides they mean. There's no url standard to adhere to. It's just chrome hiding unnecessary information and providing an easy to click search/url bar. While my initial reaction to seeing it was "WHAT?" after thinking about it a second I realized that I mostly ignore the url bar and just care about the domain most of the time. If I want to copy the link I can click on the domain and the whole url appears and is highlighted, or I do what I actually do and hit ctrl+L ctrl+C.

When I watch a tv show, I don't see all the details about what information is being passed to/from the cable provider and my box. Just the channel name. On the web, we don't see all the urls that are flying by with ajax, or iframes. We just see the main url which is usually not that helpful. This seems like a cleaner approach long term.

Comment: Re:Could somebody explain wayland, please? (Score 2) 77

by biojayc (#46372545) Attached to: Official Wayland Support Postponed From GNOME 3.12
Please watch this video: And then shut up about how Wayland is crap. Seriously. The people that wrote X and maintain it say that X is crap and are working on Wayland... X is nonsensical and is the reason that linux UIs struggle to not suck. Wayland will bring things FORWARD not backward.

Comment: Re:Has Google become EVIL? (Score 1) 480

by biojayc (#42628353) Attached to: Google Declares War On the Password
From the article: "So they’ve developed a (as yet unnamed) protocol for device-based authentication that they say is independent of Google, requires no special software to work — aside from a web browser that supports the login standard — and which prevents web sites from using this technology to track users."

Which part of this sounds like Google being evil or or trying to control everything?

Comment: Career (Score 3, Interesting) 338

by biojayc (#42478647) Attached to: Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming
I'd love to see someone try to make a career out of this! Pick a game like WOW and then advertise that you will make the game hell for whoever for a fee in an attempt to get them to quit. Two main clients I'd image: dad's and girlfriends. Wonder how long before Blizzard or lawyers step in.

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 2) 245

by biojayc (#42241615) Attached to: FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

If there are only BSD like licenses, what is the incentive of any corporation to give back? The thinking will be "look here's this awesome tool that we can take, modify and use for ourselves. Let's do that" and giving back won't even be a part of the thought. Energy behind the free version will wane and Open source will disappear. The GPL like licenses helps us know that there WILL be current open source software out there because anyone who wants to use it as a starting point has to give back.

You could argue that some that work on BSD software DO give back, but I think the presence of the GPL has helped the culture form and I'm just not sure that without it's presence that the pattern would continue to long.

I could be wrong, and maybe I am, but I am glad for the GPL and fear the rise of BSD. Perhaps it's best to have both and allow them to co exist, but BSD only I'm afraid will slowly lead to only proprietary software. If someone could help me see the other side, I would certainly listen.

Comment: Re:A small matter of priorites. (Score 1) 383

by biojayc (#41928303) Attached to: Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

You just paid for being a dumbass with the life of your child. Why do I have to give up my magnets as well?

Because a child's life may be of more value than your desktop toy?

If buckyballs were the only dangerous thing for children, then yes I would whole heartedly agree with this! Let's ban them and save the children. The reality is, however, that there are many many things that are dangerous for children and it isn't feasible to tidy up the world so no child gets hurt. Do we rip all trees out of the ground because some kid might climb one in a public park and fall and hurt himself? Or perhaps a child was at a pool and couldn't swim so he drowned. The pools serve no purpose but pleasure, and since they kill kids, ban them all. It's just a question of how far do you go? Ultimately the safety of children rest with the parents.

Certainly there are times for things to be banned because they cause harm. Such as the baby doll a few years ago that was supposed to simulate eating and ended up munch on little girls' hair instead. A product that was marketed directly for kids and causes them harm is not good. But a product that is not marketed directly for kids, and only causes harm if eaten? Come on...

I realize I'm making the same argument that everyone else is making so perhaps I'm not really adding anything to the discussion, but I just can't be okay with that line of thinking, and I probably lean more towards government regulation than the one you are quoting does. I do think there are times that it is important to protect children from things at a government level because parents in many cases obviously won't and it's not fair for the children. There are just much bigger and more worthy fish to fry than buckyballs...

Comment: This vs asus transformer prime (Score 0) 283

I bought an asus transformer prime rather than something like this thinking it would be better because it has a browser the whole android Ecosystem and could easily be detached from the keyboard to be a tablet. However I have found the browsers to be incredibly slow compared to laptops or even an iPad. Not sure why this is the case, I'd expect the browser app to be super snappy as it would probably be the most used, but it just wasn't the case. I downloaded Chrome on it as well and it ran worse. I was quite surprised I must say. Side note, does things like Hulu and Netflix work on these?

Comment: Re:Nokia destroyed low end for others. (Score 0) 247

by biojayc (#40974289) Attached to: Motorola To Cut 4,000 Jobs, Focus On High-End Devices
I agree. This is why IMO Microsoft is so mobile focused with Windows 8. Bridging desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, and xbox into one common interface paradigm. It won't be long before they are all essentially the same device, just different docks for different purposes. Android is moving in the same direction but backwards, as in developing the phone and tablet and then watch as it starts to move into the PC and gaming spheres. The danger in it is heavy vender lock in, and a loss of control of the hardware. I agree. It's not far away.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.