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Comment We forget the role of emotions and instinct. (Score 2) 421 421

In the discussion on Artificial Intelligence, we totally forget that the human behavior is driven by emotions and instinct and not by intelligence.

People are bad not because they are highly clever but because they enjoy being bad.

Without emotions/instincts, a machine cannot be bad or good. It might be exceptionally clever though, combining facts, extrapolating and discovering new facts and solving problems much better than humans.

Comment Re: I have an idea (Score 3, Interesting) 743 743

Greek here as well.

We are indeed lazy, and we simply are unaware of that.

We think that spending a day in the office is what productivity is about.

Number one rule amongst us greeks is this: if nobody is watching, then don't do the work.

It is no coincidence that the word we use for work also means slavery. We equate work with slavery in our minds.

And that is why there is no real progress in Greece the last few decades.

Comment Can't prove quantum entanglement is real. (Score 1) 157 157

Science has not proved and cannot prove that Quantum Entanglement is a real phenomenon, because it cannot be measured: as soon as one measures the particles, the entanglement is destroyed.

Furthermore, science has not proved that quantum entanglement is particles linked or particles created symmetrically. For all we know, entangled particles may be born in symmetrical state and not be linked at all.

Thirdly, we haven't even proved that a single photon is a wave. We have shown that a stream of light particles acts as a wave, through the double slit experiment, but not an individual photon.

We also have not proved that the interference pattern we are seeing in the double slit experiment is not due to spacetime ripples that create certain paths for photons to travel to instead of photons being waves.

In the double slit experiment, if the slits are turned sideways or become circular or rectangular, the interference pattern on the projector changes accordingly.

However, if the slits are enlarged, the interference pattern ceases.

This means that what actually happens is that there is a collision of photons with the slits, when the slits are small enough. When the slits are enlarged, there is no collision, and therefore no interference pattern.

When we put a detector between the electron/photon gun and the slits, the electron/photon emitted by the gun is absorbed by the detector and reemmited from the other side of the detector in a straight line, because the detector and the slits form a straight geodesic line, and thus the emitted electron/photon goes straight through the slit and does not collide with the slit walls.

I bet that if the detector is placed right where the opening hole of the electron/photon gun is, and the slits are moved slowly away from the detector, the interference pattern will reemerge, showing that there is no wave function to collapse, and thus proving that QM is the best error mankind ever did.

Comment If the Japanese didn't built the Yamato... (Score 1) 114 114

...we wouldn't have gotten Space Battleship Yamato, one of the most epic stories ever written.

If one wants to understand the Japanese mentality, they can start with Space Battleship Yamato. The mixture of violence, romance, war, and the fact that the heros of the show would rather die than surrender to aliens, are some important aspects of the Japanese culture.

Comment Sega failed for the same reason the Amiga died. (Score 1) 153 153

Sega failed for the same reason the Amiga died: they both failed to catch the 3d boat at home.

Sega was the king of 3d in the arcades, with sprite-based and vector-based graphics.

However, on the home front, they totally missed the boat. The first console that could play a decent version of Outrun was the Sega Saturn, whereas the PCs of the time and the PS were used and promoted for playing 3d games.

Comment Re: D has problems, and not just a few (Score 1) 386 386

Amen brother.

I was saying almost exactly what you just said but no one listens. Almost everyone thinks D is better than C++. In reality, D is far worse than C++, with twice the inconsistencies and gotchas.

What C++ needs to really make D obsolete is: a) concepts, b) modules, c) put all of C's unsafe operators inside unsafe blocks. Then it will really shine.

Comment The debate is actually Framework vs Library (Score 1) 551 551

SystemD takes the Framework approach: it provides a set of features and a way to use them. The user of SystemD cannot escape that.

On the other hand, SysV init takes the Library approach: it gives you the tools that do a specific job, but organizing them and putting them together is a job for the user.

In that light, SystemD is actually anti-Unix, because the Unix way of doing things is the Library approach, i.e. a set of tools that one can use in whatever form they need.

Now that I've said the above, the real question is the following: is Init served better by the Framework or the Library approach?

Comment The iTunes UI sucks big time (Score 1) 598 598

I installed iTunes last week on my Windows PC in order to search for some iOS games I saw on Android...my God, the iTunes UI sucks a lot!!!

First of all, the different areas of the Window are no longer cleanly separated. Trying to find where each UI element starts and stops was near impossible without mouse over.

Secondly, the scroll bars appear only on mouse over. In order to scroll, I had to constantly move the mouse over the area to scroll in order to make the scroll bar appear.

Thirdly, for some odd reason, scrolling lists in iTunes are horizontal.

Forthly, I could not find where games were. I uninstalled iTunes, thinking that games were removed from it, but then after seeing that Apple still does not have their game catalog online, I had to install iTunes again. I then found out that iOS games are listed under the Apps section.

Comment Logic certainly proves that there is no God. (Score 1) 755 755

The 3 properties that God has, according to Scripture, is that he is omnipotent, i.e. can do everything, he is omniscient, i.e. he knows everything, and he is omnipresent, i.e. he is everywhere.

Logic (of the mathematical kind :-)) says the above cannot exist, because it is contradictory to itself.

If a being is omnipotent, then it certainly can create something stronger than itself, can it? But then it is not omnipotent. But if it cannot create something stronger than itself, then it is also not omnipotent.

If a being is omniscient, then it certainly knows every person's future, and hence our future is prewritten, and so it is also prewritten if we are good and go to heaven or bad and go to hell. But the scripture also says we should try to be good...but if the future is predetermined, the word 'try' is completely meaningless.

If a being is omnipresent, can it create anything? If it can, then it is not omnipresent, because there was free space for creation. If it cannot create anything, then it is not omnipotent.

The above might sound like wordplay, but it is not. It is actually math disguised as wordplay. It is math that talks about sets and infinity. And it is indisputable mathematical proof that there cannot be an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God.

Comment Cool, but not as cool as the N9 series... (Score 2) 60 60

As a user of several devices, I can tell you that the N900 was the only device that actually felt like a pocket computer.

For us computer geeks, the concept of N900 was the ideal device: quite open, based on Linux, accessible from the command line, with a nice keyboard you could use to program for, etc.

There are millions like me who are waiting for the successor of N900. It is a huge lost opportunity for Nokia. Bringing out tablets with Android is cool, but what they did with N900 was way cooler...

Comment Legit reviewing can be done using electronic keys. (Score 1) 88 88

Fake reviews can be eliminated by forcing the reviewers to post a key code along with the review.

The key codes would have been given to the reviewers by the hotel.

The hotel would have gotten the keys from Trip Advisor.

Therefore, TripAdvisor can then check if each review is legit or not. Non legit reviews would not contain the appropriate keys, and the keys would be expirable after a month.

Comment Seriously, Vin Diesel as Picard would kick ass. (Score 1) 332 332

Since we are in a different universe, they might as well do a Picard movie, and their is no better actor to play him than Vin Diesel.

The great Diesel could kick some serious Borg butt in this movie, and destroy the Romulans/Klingons/Kardassians as well in the proceedings, leaving the door open for the Federation to anex the whole galaxy.

Joking aside, Diesel would be a much more believable Federation Officer than a 30 year old with a 15 year old face...

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