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Comment: Re:Following Betteridge's law of headlines (Score 1) 92

by g4b (#43269887) Attached to: Can Innovation Be Automated?

i had the same answer, without the link planned.

not only this, but there is already a good way of increase innovation... by doing other stuff not related to the problem, but indirectly related to problem solving. may it be cooking, playing, reading, taking a walk or making sports.

so increasing innovation cannot be automated. any human with a critical amount of life experience understands this.

Comment: Re:This headline pops up every few years (Score 3, Interesting) 95

by g4b (#43244851) Attached to: DARPA Tackles Machine Learning


the research field of AI already considered the idea of "artificial intelligence" to be more "solutions based on imitating intelligence", and it has long been postulated, that while the dream is still the real thing, it probably will not be possible with electronics (which do great in calculus, but still have problems with parallelism).

the results in the last decades were OOP, neuronal networks, or the good known Spamchecking algorithms.

But the approach to learning in all these cases is still very different each time. I am e.g. not sure, if spam filters really use neuronal algorithms - it mostly concentrates on the relations of words in a text, or the alterations of a word in a text, and how to use the statistical data about these relations to flag content which is probably spam.

Since humans (or any intelligent mammals) learn to learn by playing, both establishing recognition of rules, and the usage of data, I wonder if it will be ever possible to have an abstract learning machine, which not just "learns", but also learn "what to learn", and "why to learn" on its own. But each respective problem is getting addressed.

Oh yes, and the latest implications, like gamification in industry, and the revelations of the true meaning of "playing", researched more in social and psychological sciences is maybe also an indirectly linked to the field of AI. Which still has a long way to go in a society, where "playing" is associated with "kids", and a waste of time.

Comment: Re:What happened to you Linux... (Score 1) 458

by g4b (#42655461) Attached to: Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

being historically accurate, gnome is actually the anti-kde

born out of doubts about the qt license, gnome since then was hijacked by the ideas of a little corporationist weasel, first trying to reimplement more "windowsness" and since the ongoing success of apple, trying to imitate that.

in this sentiment, i always hated gnome, especially in the years, where it was the default desktop on all the major distros. Too many options is what life is about, as long as the important ones are still there, there is no problem of complex user interface settings.

While I still silently hope for gnomes complete demise, I wont say KDE is perfect either, but for the intellectual and creative mind, who tries to mold the desktop system to his will, it has "almost enough" options. How to categorize settings and hide those which seem "over the top" in "Extras" is another topic.

Comment: Re:I must agree (Score 1) 458

by g4b (#42655385) Attached to: Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

True, there is also a community behind it, many people who contribute on their own, still, Ivan's job is to review and test and be critical, for his audience, so an ongoing discussion about who made Fedora is useless at this point.

Even if tastes sour, Critical Reviews are a help for an open minded development team.

Comment: Re:The problem never seems to be the guns.... (Score 2, Insightful) 1388

by g4b (#42537073) Attached to: Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Availability creates possibility.

He isn't an idiot. You are.

Making guns available to anybody is a stupid idea, except if fighting a corrupt regime.

Most of the world has not such big problems with gunshot kills, because guns are not available.

Of course, the mental ones still kill. But it's not just mental ones, who kill, sometimes it's people who call others idiots and getting angry with a gun, they are not supposed to have.

Comment: Re:Uh...it's still there, you know (Score 1) 255

by g4b (#42292129) Attached to: The Web We Lost

i see this much simpler. trillian had a pro version, costed money, and even if it looked hackier, miranda was faster in keeping up. windows geeks chose miranda, and they were the only ones interested in multi-ims anyway.

not to mention the zeitgeist of computing in that era. putting stuff on your desktop which can change its color or appearance was the toy nowadays given to you more commonly in software designs. so while trillian looked cool, miranda could look cool too and worked and had all those badly programmed sad plugins you could try through.

it is kinda similar to the fight between winamp and sonique.

Comment: Re:Crikey Cheryl thats a Crock! (Score 3, Insightful) 64

by g4b (#42082129) Attached to: Another Player In the World of Free, Open Online CS Courseware

really liked it actually, thank you for flaming a good episode.

hash tables are pretty important, and he almost covered everything quite entertainingly. He definitely makes his students listen, very good teacher.

I agree, MIT and CMU do brilliant stuff too, but I am not sure, if watching the best will help you understand them, especially after reading your comment

Comment: outsource software (Score 1) 653

by g4b (#38281298) Attached to: Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

software is alive and needs constant maintenance.

if you want to win the "company has more income" game, its good for you. if you want to use your energy to create things worthwhile, and you know, you will still earn enough if you do it full heartet, then outsourcing is a danger to your software, since you cannot maintain it, rewrite it or make it better. if somebody is taking part in a softwareproject, he has not to be a programmer, he can even be a manager, and still will know a lot about the software he is participating in.

so it depends, if you already have seen through the momentary "wisdom of the hour" the human race plucks from the tree: business for money is just a global game nobody really wants to play, but work and creativity are necessities of every human being. so if you outsource, you can give other people chances, but if your project is important to you in more ways than money, you should try to be as local as possible.

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