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Comment: android is disappointing (Score 2, Interesting) 324 324

Google's Android is a huge let down, mostly because of Google's policy of rolling over and allowing us to get fucked by the other supposedly more traditional corporations. Apple says "please don't do multi-touch", they take it out (and fuck us), T-Mobile says "we don't want our customers to tethering" and so Google make it so no-one can tether (and fuck us - I am not even a US customer - how is this happening). Fuck Google and their phones (I have a HTC magic which I will need to hack to get it to do what Rogers told me it could before I bought it - i.e. tether - Rogers don't understand this either). I am saving my pennies and waiting for a Nokia (and maybe the next iteration which will hopefully be lighter). I was always a big fan of Google but they are too big and too much like every other corporation.

Science

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment: Re:First... (Score 1) 357 357

I understood it the same way. I ticked "1" as even though I have had lots of crappy jobs in school and college, I interpreted the poll to be about real jobs - "conventional paid position" - and not: delivering papers, temping in a warehouse, life-modelling for art students, dealing weed to your friends, working for your own business, lap-dancing, being a lab rat etc. I had one real job in Montreal in which I had to get up at the same time 5 days a week and I was dealing with clients and helping grow the company etc. all very grown up. The rest, including my current, much better paid and higher profile, contracting position don't really count as I understand it.

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 881 881

I think that's what the suicide offers are for - to reduce the number of stupid people. Seems like a naturally self-correcting system to me. I say let it run its course. Next thing we will have 10foot disclaimers on the entrance to cinemas telling the dumb masses that its just pretend.

Comment: "cord cutting" (Score 1) 675 675

I cut the cord and I don't miss it. The funny thing is the cable company keeps calling me up and offering me free cable. I tried it over summer and my wife and I made a concerted effort to watch cable. The thing is though, and I expect you're not going to believe me when I tell you this, they expect you to organise your life around their schedule if you want to watch a specific show. I know! Also, the amount of adverts just made it completely unwatchable. So I took the box back. Since then the cable company still calls me up offering free cable and I tell them we're not interested. They said if I ever change my mind I can have another two months of free cable and again with no obligation. I'm thinking maybe I'll let it in the house for the NHL playoffs.Then again....

The world has changed. Cable companies haven't and wont. They will go the way of the newspaper and the dial-up internet ISP.

Comment: Re:So, basically, this is Steam for movies? (Score 1) 498 498

I prefer the steam way because I don't have to keep CDs/DVDs and look for keys all the time. I can move to a new PC and everything just downloads and works. Once, I had a gaming session planned with mates from the UK and my PC was at my girlfriends in Montreal and she was out of town for the weekend. I just took a machine from work, went home, installed steam and a couple of hours later I was ready to play.

Also, Valve used to let you install the same game on up to 5 PCs and play on them all simultaneously so I trust that they are fundamentally not morons. If you are still in love with Mickey Mouse then good for you.

Steam has had its hiccups but it seems rock solid for the past few years. I'm happy with it but you can go get your games where you like. If Disney has their way they will be the only show in town. TV is crap though so am not sure I care.

Nick

Comment: Re:So, basically, this is Steam for movies? (Score 1) 498 498

That's what I thought too. However, there is one important difference and that is that I trust Valve to not be complete cunts. Yes sometimes they are stupid or unreliable but never evil whereas Disney could be argued to be completely evil in that they are 100% against our interests as consumers and citizens to the extent that they can change international copyright law to suit their own interests and thus deny us content that should by now be in the public domain.

So yes, this system is just like steam for movies but I for one will not be buying in as I don't trust Disney the way I trust Valve.

Nick

Comment: he's exactly wrong (Score 1) 482 482

Surely the whole point of AI is to create something that isn't selfish, shortsighted, ego-driven. We don't want to create another us. For a start, another human type intelligence will wipe us out as its first motivated action. Boyden has hit on a very interresting idea but he has drawn the completely wrong conclusion. Motivation is what we want to miss out of our AI. Let it find its own motivation or let us try to persuade it that our motivations are the ones worth following. One greedy, destructive, genocidal intellignce is enough for any solar system. If it has a tendency to boredom and nihilism as Boyden suspects then lets allay that by filling the remainding billions of years by fixing mortality and scarcity and exploring the universe together.

Comment: Why are we argue the definition of "Premium" (Score 2, Insightful) 475 475

when surely the bigger question here is who was dumb enough to believe that fucking stupid and clearly made up statistic in the first place? I will eat my PCs if anyone can prove that Apple get anywhere even close to 91% of all PC sales over $1000. Remember folks, approximately 87.93% of statistics are made up on the spot.

Nick

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