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Comment: Re:seriously, fuck this guy (Score 0) 666

by punkr0x (#45304433) Attached to: Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH
I'd rather have a team of racers in a car specially designed for racing whizz by me, as opposed to the typical SUV, with a coffee in one hand and a cell phone in the other, who has no reason at all to be travelling 90mph in the first place. Ed Bolian was probably being as careful as he could be, a crash would definitely ruin his shot at the record.

Comment: Re:Been there, seen it (Score 1) 593

by punkr0x (#37897558) Attached to: Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers
When you consider the overhead they're saving - the contractor takes care of interviewing, hiring, benefits, etc. this is the direction a lot of employers are going. It saves them a lot of time and liability, assuming the contractor is competent. This guy you describe may have started out at Best Buy but he turned out to be useful so I guess the contractor did their job.

Comment: Re:If that is representative of watson's capabilit (Score 1) 164

by punkr0x (#34550696) Attached to: 'Jeopardy!' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
If you read the full article, Watson was regularly crushing human competition. They've been testing it. They also mention Watson takes a "room full of servers" to run, so I doubt you're actually playing against it on the NYT site. Finally, that game was quite a bit different than jeopardy in that there are no timers and you get to answer every question or pass before Watson has a chance to buzz in. It should be interesting to see how Watson does in February.

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