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Comment Re:Spaghetti sort (Score 1) 82

To sort spaghetti by size, doing it by hand sounds very inefficient.

A sorting method where it slides down a plane with slats that increase in size until the entire length can fall into a slot, much like a method for sorting coins, sounds a way to solve both the length and order problem. Of course that will never scale 'faster' than the number of sorting elements you use.

Comment Re:science is inherently political. (Score 2) 127

Until you have unlimited energy, unlimited storage, and unlimited time, science is going to be political.

There are unlimited truths out there, you have to somehow decide what and where the available resources you have will be expended. One person may not want to die from old age, another wants to avoid dying of AIDS. Now you have a conflict for resources based on differing goals. How are you going to decide who gets the funding?

Comment Re:All things are political (Score 1) 127

>How on earth could observing world and recording said observations be POLITICAL?

First question.

How much time do you have? How much energy do you have to expend? How much can you observe?

Now, you should easily see that the answers to those questions are 'exceptionally limited'. To further observe the world you are going to need to convince others that they should share your same goals on what you want to observe. Once you have more than one person involved in a project, politics is involved.

You: But science is observation, bro.

Right, and getting any science done in a possibly limitless universe means filtering out massive amounts of information. That filter works at many levels. From limitations in tools that gather data, to inability to store it, data that is useful but doesn't lend itself to the goal at hand, etc. How those filters get applied, what subprojects are funded, where manpower is assigned is all political.

Comment the story of our lifelong learning (Score 1) 102

As always, it's the small-thinking idiots who start such pissing contests. E.g., they read some articles, take it as being some sort of unusual accomplishment and think, hey we should record this somewhere so we can brag about it to the other idiots out there. Meanwhile, real people read, watch, think, learn, and get by just fine without such lunacies, while these flocks of idiots spend their time gathering whatever idiotic records of their perceived accomplishments and whatnot.

Comment Re:Not many morals in the federation really (Score 2) 485

I could go buy a boat now, but I don't. So everyone's wants are different. Post scarcity is still a somewhat loose term. Yes, everyone's needs can be met, but not everyone's wants. To become a captain, for example, you either go through the ranks in Star Fleet, or you somehow have the capital or connections to get a ship otherwise.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 346

It's fair to suppose they hate large volume torrenters, but seem to want to cut down on every big user. So, why don't they just limit torrent use and aside from that, leave the plans unlimited for any other use (e.g. constant netflix/hulu/youtube watchers)?

Anyway, 2TB seems pretty big to me. I'm following about a dozen shows at any given time, and, adding all my other internet activities, I hardly ever reach 100GB a month. I'd have to really think hard to come up with legitimate uses (besides home-run public servers, most of which are not allowed on non-business connections anyway) for 20x that data amount.

Comment future? (Score 1) 45

Well, FPGAs being the choice for NN implementations is just as a reiteration as the whole deep learning and convnet field is - which is quite OK, since we have now computational tools and resources that we never had before, thus a lot of the NN/convnet/deeplearning theory suddenly became applicable. However, FPGA implementations of artificial/cellular neural networks and convnets dates back something like 20-25 years now, so it doesn't sit well to suggest it's a new direction. What's new however, is that while they could only do max. ~30 fps template matching with FPGA-based NNs back in the days, on very low resolution images, today's FPGAs are real monsters and we can do a lot more now.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 588

"Well, I know that in public schools they will compromise the health of the rest of the student body by removing healthy nuts from the menu due to one child's allergy, so I would not be surprised if they required the school to hardwire every classroom."

Well, if they manage to actually reliably prove the kid's electromagnetic intolerance, which I don't think anyone ever could prove before, then yeah, they might make all schools rewire every classroom, plus they'd be the most famous people on the planet.

Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 1) 519

Bye free content, don't let the door hit you on the ass when you leave.

This is just like saying "I shouldn't leave my abusive spouse because they pay the car payment". Yea, we might (and probably not) be without free content, but the abuser will be gone.

Anyway, sites won't go away, they'll just adapt. The ads will become part of the content, or something that we've not even thought of yet.

Comment Re: Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Indust (Score 1) 519

> I really can't wait until everything is a pay service and everyone is complaining.

Won't happen. As storage, processor time, and bandwidth gets cheaper a site like ./ will cost almost nothing to run. Some business will figure they can run a social media site like this with embedded employees flogging their goods and be able to profit from it. Yea, maybe free video will die, maybe free images will, but text is so cheap to transmit and manage that what you're talking about just won't happen.

Comment giving up ... again (Score 1) 515

"This may cost us some amount of privacy, but we'll tend to get something in return: software that can do more things and that works better.

Well, crazy a** stupid. First, one should prove that what they expect us to give up is less than what we can expect to gain. We are _very_ far from that, oh, so very far it's not even funny. Also, I call bollocks on the quoted line of reasoning - what history has taught us repeatedly, so many times over, is that giving up our freedom and privacy for that "something in return" is not worth it.

And well, let's be honest, is Win10 really worth giving up anything? At all? Bleh.

Never trust an operating system.