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Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 45

I don't mean to suggest that "anything goes" will become the motto of software testing(at least not more than it is today); but unless all the neural networks deliver extraordinarily erratic behavior despite all effort to the contrary, I agree that it will be a difference of degree(we will test them a lot more rigorously than humans); but not of kind(humans also experience 'edge case' behavior, whether it be an aneurysm hitting them at the hardware level, a psychotic break, a murder-suicide, some ill-conceived plan that involves plowing into a group of pedestrians, whatever).

We have less historical familiarity with these hypothetical computer systems, so we'll want to test them more carefully; but unless something makes them fundamentally more unknowable and unpredictable than people, my suspicion is that we'll decide to put up with some uncertainty if the alternative is not getting to use the new toys. We don't(and rightly so) put up with uncertainty in life critical systems merely because we want to save a few bucks or shave a few months off development; but if the only entrants are big, hairy, not-really-comprehensible designs that isn't the choice. It will be "you can have this now, or you can hope that we actually understand the problem at a much deeper level within not more than a few generations." There will be grumbling; but unless a real breakthrough allows us to have our toys and understand them, we'll opt for the toys.

Comment Re:Would prefer to know before the transplant. (Score 1) 21

Presumably depends on the location: major population centers or noted transplant hospitals can probably get the runner-up in pretty quickly(if they aren't already hospitalized because of the effects of needing a lung, there's nothing like the prospect of horrible death to get somebody moving); and presumably the ethics of not providing the original first-in-line with an organ that will kill him and giving it to #2 instead are pretty straightforward.

If the donor hits a tree and suffers massive head trauma out in some rural area, logistics may become considerably more challenging. Even for effectively unlimited money you can only get transport lined up so fast.

Comment Re:Can you do this pre-mortem? (Score 1) 21

My (layman's) understanding is that viability is a factor of interaction between the recipient and the donor organ, not merely a function of the donor, so would be tricky to label ahead of time.

For grafts where they have the luxury of (relatively) large amounts of time, and a non-fatal donation process(like bone marrow), they will screen for recipient/donor suitability ahead of time; but for donor organs where the donor is supposed to die first, time is very, very, limited and supplies are extremely tight. Much harder to preemptively do any substantial testing and a much greater incentive to shovel the organs into someone before they expire, since odds are good that that person won't get a second chance.

That's why this high speed method is so valuable: since the organs are so scarce, you don't want to waste one if it will just kill the patient anyway; but the clock is ticking from the time the organ becomes available until it becomes nothing but meaty medical waste.

Comment Re:Avoid INTERCAL (Score 1) 427

Avoid INTERCAL job postings at all costs.

So, you mean the fact that I wrote a c-intercal parser that used obscure opcodes to actually perform the interweave and or and xor isn't a good thing to put on my resume?

Also, my favorite obscure language is LIRL, and that has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH ME BEING THE AUTHOR... rather, it's an interesting concept of, "what if Perl raped LISP and LISP was forced by the republican state government to carry that baby to term?"

The answer is: implied parentheses. To be clear, the language is absolutely context sensitive...

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 1) 339

I ended up booting into DOS directly for most of these reasons.

Oddly, I barely even use 95... went straight from 3.x to 98. Where I still booted into DOS to do my gaming.

Ah... back in the day... I had to tetris my drivers to make sure I had enough conventional and XMS memory for the game I wanted to play... BOTH WAYS!

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