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Comment: Re:Was cool in 2010 when foss BigBlueButton did th (Score 1) 99

by doug141 (#48609117) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

nothing I saw that indicates how much training the speech recognition needs.

Translators as a whole will never have enough training, since it's an art not perfected even by humans. When an idiom's literal translation is nonsense, the translator's job is about imperfect trade-offs.

Comment: Re:Academic Beclowining (Score 1) 213

by doug141 (#48494151) Attached to: Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Nice strawman and ad-hominems. What I got out of the article was "So we see complicated dynamics when we allow the full range of payoffs to evolve,” Plotkin said. “One of the interesting results is that the Prisoner’s Dilemma game itself is unstable and is replaced by other games [stag-hunt & snowdrift]. It is as if evolution would like to avoid the [Prisoner's] dilemma altogether."

Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by doug141 (#48423151) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Oops *soldier. Anyway, John offers to work (40 hours a week?) for rent. Bob says ok. After they have an agreed upon deal going for a few days, Bob says "Our deal was 40 hours a week 'for rent' (he made air-quotes and smiled). You have not been paying for my food that you have been eating. It'll be 80 hours a week now, making goods and services for me. Or get off my island."

John's move.

Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by doug141 (#48422079) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

John is shipwrecked on a raft. He heads towards an island. He approaches, he sees coconuts and small animals, he knows he can make a life here. He also sees another man pulling his raft onto the beach.

John gets to the beach and meets Bob. Bob says he got to the island first and owns all the property. John says that's BS. Bob shows proof he was born there. John wasn't going to go along with that system when he thought Bob just washed up, and he's thinking about living on an island where he is going to be Bob's financial slave. Bob sees his hesitation, and says his ownership is backed by power: in this case, a fancy gun and a solder who washed up yesterday and agreed to work security to pay for his own room and board (half of it, anyway).

What should John do?

Comment: Re:Oh no (Score 4, Interesting) 297

by doug141 (#48350527) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Food calorie content is commonly measured in a bomb calorimeter, using a energy-release process totally different from the human body, and in some cases giving very different values. For example, Olestra releases calories in a bomb calorimeter, but not in the body. Same with sawdust, or "microcrystalline cellulose" as the fast-food places call it.

+ - Low-Cost 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand to be Tested on Amputees in Ecuador->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "A PhD candidate and six undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UCIC) have created a low-cost, programmable, 3D-printed prosthetic hand that may soon change the lives of amputees in Ecuador. The hand costs just $270 to manufacture, making it a small fraction of the cost of a typical prosthetic of this type."
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+ - First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Back in 1947, a pair of physicists demonstrated that when a beam of light reflects off a surface, the point of reflection can shift forward when parts of the beam interfere with each other. 60 years later, another group of physicists discovered that this so-called Goos-Hanchen effect could sometimes be negative so the point of reflection would back towards the source rather than away from it. They even suggested that if the negative effect could be made big enough, it could cancel out the forward movement of the light. In other words, the light would become trapped at a single location. Now, physicists have demonstrated this effect for the first time using light reflected of a sheet of silica. The trick they've employed is to place a silicon diffraction grating in contact with the silica to make the interference effect large enough to counteract the forward motion of the light. And by using several gratings with different spacings, they've trapped an entire rainbow. The light can be easily released by removing the grating. Until now, it has only been possible to trap light efficiently inside Bose Einstein Condensate at temperatures close to absolute zero. The new technique could be used as a cheap optical buffer or memory, making it an enabling technology for purely optical computing."

Comment: Re:That's Kinda Creepy... (Score 1) 110

by doug141 (#48323217) Attached to: Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

The article doesn't say though. Some neuroscientists argye that the initiation of action may preceed the initation of the perception of "willing it":


If that is the case, it could be there's a method of forcing movement that would be perceived as your own actions.

It could be that every action you've ever taken fits that description of forced movement. Forced by the way your genes built you, or the way your environment influenced the build, or by the resident influence of memes.

From a certain perspective, a social organism is just the interface between genes and memes. Both use you to replicate, both often fool you into thinking a threat to them is also a threat to you.

I have not yet begun to byte!