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Comment: Zealots (Score 1) 531

by blang (#49139105) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Well, I imagine a religious zealot would want his Robot indoctrinated with the exact same doctrines as himself.

So this is just a way to make robots less perfect.

If you want to create a good AI, as in one similar to a human, you have to give him human imperfections. It woulde more like a beer burping neighbor than a Jeopardy Winner.
Such as lying, bad memory, guessing and bullshitting when he doesn't know the answer, jumping to conclusions, failure to understand statistics, but might be obsessive of knowing all the stas for red sox last 100 years. Forward the occasional chain letter and MMF scheme.

Comment: Re:Watches (Score 1) 141

by blang (#49125985) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Same, but involuntarily, I developed extremely sensitivity to nickel. and could no longer wear anything on my wrist except gold or titanium. I bought skagen titanium watches, but first one they had used stainless steel for the claps, so it game me a horrible itch, next one the glass broke, and last one the latch broke. That some $300 wasted on low quality Danish junk that looks nice but can't stand up to normal wear. I still look for watches, but they all advertize their material for the face side. The back is usually steel. So have not worn one for many years now. I am sure there will never bee any smart watch that has a back with no metal, or a clasp with no metal.

Comment: Re:The problem (Score 0) 194

by blang (#49110441) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

Serious inferiority syndrome going on here.
The classical trait of someone extremely unaccomplished, is to try to diminish the greatness of those that are great.
Either you are inferior, or you come from an inferior country. Possibly a country that really hates gays, such as Russia?
I've found Russians in general to be very unpleasant and arrogant, and not at all as smart as they think they are.
A Russian with money is even worse than an Arab.

If nothing else, Turing really brought to light what can be called a general computer. Sure, Charles Babbage was important, Sure, Ada was important, but he really got into the matter of what a computer's limitations are, and what it could possibly do. That elevates one from being just a mechanic to being a real thinker and philosopher. My cell phone , if it had been sent in time back to 1975, would have passed the Turing test with flying colors by a baffled audience. Today however, everybody knows something about search engines and voice recognition, and with the addition of some grammar and heuristics, so we would not so easily say the test has been passed. Today's Turing test would have to involve a human control group. The computer would have to be dumbed down, with a less perfect search engine, but with better heuristics for guessing, lying and bullshitting etc, and more refined voice engines.

Comment: Idiotic review - pure garbage. (Score 1) 194

by blang (#49110351) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

The movie was titled ":The Imitation Game", and is a feature film, with a script adapted by a person of same persuasion as Turing.
As with all feature films, that are not called flat out documentaries or biographies, there tends to be historical inaccuracies, fro dramatic effect.

It was not funded by North Korea with the title. " A Patrotic Biography that shall be used as propaganda to inspire more young patriots to become computer scientists in the service of the great leader, and which also would be pleasing to certain film critics"

No wonder critics are considered the scum of earth.,

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 674

by blang (#49110283) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

While I know perfectly well how a computer works, that is a far cry from being able to build a computer from scratch (and that means designing all the silicon etc, nit just remembering from CS class about binary arithmetic and assembler programming) .
As more and more advanced programming and design tools become available, and ideas can be abstracted at higher and higher levels, there is actually less NEED for a software designer to know how a computer actually works. It might even be beneficial to not know how it works, or even need to think about algorithms, but work with abstractions at higher and higher levels. But it will always be beneficial for a software designed to know basic science, such as physics, and statistics. But even more important than knowing computer science, is to know the domain, whether that is business, chemistry, manufacturing. Statistics and probability is where most people draw a short stick causing them to make poor design decisions, making software that is not future proof or scalable. Too many experts lack any insight outside their little turf. If you try to design a system strictly on specs, you already have lost, The business analysts or consultants who have handed down those specs, don't know all the important questions that need to be asked. A great architect would have a decent grasp of both the business domain, and of the technology (and its limitations) used to implement the solution.

I know scores that went to MIT and Harvard, and while a few of them are outstanding, the smartest people I have met went to other schools.

Comment: Re:That's not the point of fitness trackers (Score 1) 128

by blang (#49038639) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

" I don't know about you, but sometime I put my smart phone on the table for extended periods while I move around!"

Jimeney crickets!

So you would lose out on dozens of steps, and maybe 2 calories worth of tracking. That's a complete disaster.
How the hell are you now going to know how many calories you have burnt today. You might have to walk an extra 50 meters tonight to be on safe side.

Comment: Re:Poor testers! (Score 1) 128

by blang (#49038625) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

That seems to be the entryway though. The fitness gadgets (trackers, mp3 players) are the gateway drugs that potentially can lead to an exercising lifestyle.
Once you start exercising, at first you can only do it indoors, because you are ashamed of your physical appearance or poor fitness.
When you graduate to move outdoors, you will need gadgets to get you going. Track the progress, see the improvement. And the mp3 player to distract you from the rote of moving around. After a year or 2, you can drop the mp3, and save your knees by actually hearing how your feet strike the ground, instead of lady gagas latest dance tune. Soon enough you will be addicted to the activity itself, and all the gadgetry is just a chore and in the way, and will soon enough end up in a drawer.

Comment: Re:Sunk costs (Score 1) 128

by blang (#49038523) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

But if you are a user of a fitness tracker, you are also possibly a novice exerciser, and bring an mp3 player. Now you have 2 devices that could be replaced with a smartphone. And the smartphone can call 911, and take a picture of that man biting a squirrel on the path. There are tons of reasons to bring along the smartphone, even if you did not use as a tracker.

Comment: Re:Is FitBit *TOO* accurate? (Score 1) 128

by blang (#49038503) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

On phones, most apps tend to ask for more permissions than they really need, and if you don't accept it, the app will not install.
Your friend sounds extremely paranoid, possibly for a reason. I doubt letting the battery run out is not going to erase any data, though.
And "The Company" is not the one thing to worry about. Rather how well they can keep the data secure, and out of the hands of potential stalkers.,
Some people have experienced rape and violence, and have PTSD. This paranoia is just a way of coping, last thing they need is to worry about the perpetrator having yet another possible way of finding her.

Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 2) 128

by blang (#49038365) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

The price for adding fitness tracking to a smartphone is normally $0 if you already own one. Most users would need just a free app.
There are very few people that do not own a smartphone these days, and also there are very few that leave their house without it.
They want to be reachable, and they want to be able to call 911 when something bad happens.
Or navigate, if venturing into unknown territories,.
And they also double as mp3 player and camera, should you encounter an interesting motif.

But I agree though, partly, that a phone is a drag to drag around.
But one you start dropping gadgets you no longer want to drag around, you will also drop the fitness tracker, and enjoy your rides or runs unencumbered by pulse meters and gps coordinates, and just enjoy the act of running,or riding not just how many calories you burn, or how fast you can do it.. Listen to your own breath and footsteps (or for attackers sneaking up from behind) instead of some massproduced pop tune,


Comment: Review scores are very useful (Score 1) 135

by blang (#49035861) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

The audience for any review is 2-fold.
The buying audience, advice whether to bother downloading, signing up, or learning,
and the developer, to provide feedback what worked what didn''t and what's wrong with their .game.

I am not an avid gamer, don't own a gaming PC, nor any consoles, but I do enjoy the occasional strategy game.

Scores on reviews are good for filtering. That's whether I buy a game, for download, or any other kind of product.
For products that are hard to find and few users, I also look at products with low scores. The low scores on specialist products are usually because of user error, or someone who bought the product for a different purpose than it was made for. Yes, racing bike saddles are uncomfortable when riding in jeans. They are supposed to be used with padded shorts, dummies. Yes, biking shorts with padding will give you chafing if you wear underwear. They are supposed to be worn commando, dummies. Etc.

Anyone who is not an imbecile should after narrowing down the selection, consider some more points.
How many persons posted reviews. Anything with just a handful reviews, all positive, is probably posted by the developer and nearest family.
Anything with lots of positive reviews, but with the full text having odd language issues, odd and repeated wording, might be astroturfed.

The read a few of the worst and the best reviews. Using your own knowledge in the area as a reference, make an assessment of whether the revievre is competent and truthful.

Sure, you can miss out on some gems when filtering out only high scored games. However, if a game is specialized enough, you would know about it anyways if it was your cup of tea, since there would be so few to chose between in a search, And for more popular genres,a very low score probably meand the game has poor playability or lots of bugs, and you can save yourself some time and not even bother looking at the full reviews.

I don't read gamers magazines. I imagine if I had paid the $$ fro a magazine subscription I'd at least skim every review of games that fit my genres, regardless what the score was.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad