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Comment Re:Donna Ford (Score 1) 444

Another of the LTBO crowd (Looking To Be Offended). Make excuses instead of looking for root causes and tackling those ... but that would be work, wouldn't it? That would be hard, so much harder than just placing blame on the evil white people.

Excuses and complaints don't cut it. There are minority members who rose from difficult circumstances and made it big. Here's a hint: they didn't rise to the top by complaining.

Comment Re:School isn't there to enrich lives (Score 2) 246

Somehow, though, in our society --- and this has persisted for centuries, it seems --- there is the idea that getting up early is somehow meritorious and more "moral" than getting up later. Maybe it started with the needs of an agricultural society, but today is seems really misplaced. I get up at 5 am and you get up at 9 so I'm a better person than you are? I hardly think so.

Comment Re: It's not just IT (Score 5, Insightful) 152

When I was managing multiple groups and couldn't possibly understand everything about everything that everyone did, I handled the "grapevine" problem in a very simple way. When I had a meeting with my bosses, I brought along the person on staff who knew the topic. Sometimes I had to do a little coaching, reminding them that the next level up really had no background in his or her area, but it nearly always worked out and we avoided the delays and miscommunications otherwise encountered.

Generally, the staffer liked the idea of being trusted and getting positive exposure with executive management. And in giving a voice and giving credit to the people who actually knew the topic, I definitely looked good in front of my bosses. It was almost always a win-win.

Comment Re: Unsourced claim (Score 1) 402

I wonder what it means to have "detected the AGW signal." Was there a repeated electromagnetic pulse in some high frequency band that, properly decoded, represented pi to ten thousand decimal places? Was it engraved on two tablets taken down from the mountain? Or sung by a chorus of angels floating on cumulus clouds? Remember, this was pre Al Gore, so it couldn't have come from the Oracle himself.

Come on, really. Provide some detail and make this credible. It's offhand stuff like this--- "the science is settled" --- "the signal was detected" --- "the scientists have voted" --- that doesn't help anything and just gives ammunition to those who want to ignore the issue.

Comment Re:The dream of the 80s is alive at Google! (Score 1) 96

What I've found interesting is that neural nets are getting better at deterministic games. It's no news that neural nets play backgammon at and beyond world championship level, but if I understand the literature correctly, neural nets are now playing Go better than programs based on just calculating move trees. I also understand that there have been inroads into chess (even though chess already is played beyond world championship level by computers).

So no, Google has not found something at all new here, but they seem to be generalizing and extending the approach.

Comment Re:Watching games is like watching movies (Score 1) 151

I think what's missing here is that in "protecting" their "rights" the game companies don't care if they destroy the fun. It's true in this case, it 's true with always-on and other intrusive DRM, it's true in numerous other ways.

It's almost as if they think we just owe them money in return for whatever crumbs they care to drop off the table. I understand that producing games costs money, I understand being in business to make a profit, and I don't support piracy. But there are two sides to the equation, and killing the fun changes the equation into an inequality ... the very thing that promotes piracy: "If you don't care, I don't care either."

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