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Comment: Email anger management (Score 1) 234

by quax (#49485403) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

'We're all guilty of pressing send on an angry text or email that, had we had to put it into an actual letter and proofread, we probably wouldn't have sent,'

Ah, lawyers, thinking since they represent the highest infallibility standard, they can speak for all humanity?

Did you ever sent an inappropriately angry email or text? I don't recall that I ever had that problem.

Comment: Re:Either fast breeder or thorium (Score 0) 417

It's really not all crackpotty. After all you can drive the reaction with a particle accelerator to create a non-critical reactor design, a design so flexible it can handle all sorts of nuclear fuel while also allowing for the transmutation of nuclear waste.

From my point of view the latter is much more environmentally sound than to bury the crap.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

A friend of mine who works in IT a the German Railways company (DB), tells me they are regularly scouting in Spain/Portugal where unemployment is high to convince talented IT folks to move up to Germany.

So while there is a shortage of IT specialists in Germany this is too a large extent mitigated by inter-EU mobility.

Comment: Re:Quantum Computing Required? (Score 1) 294

by quax (#49330785) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Your priors need updating.

After all you can buy a machine now that solves numerical problems with qubits (no transistors involved).

The quantum speed-up evidence is still shaky, but this is not nothing, and the speed-up conjecture for the gate model is as ironclad as physics can make it, nor is there any reason to think it cannot be built. It's just much harder to scale up than quantum annealing.

+ - Steve Wozniak now afraid of AI too, just like Elon Musk

Submitted by quax
quax writes: Steve Wozniak maintained for a long time that true AI is relegated to the realm of science fiction. But recent advances in quantum computing have him reconsider his stance. Just like Elon Musk, he is now worried about what this development will mean for humanity. Will this kind of fear actually engender the dangers that these titans of industry fear? Will Steve Wozniak draw the same conclusion and invest in quantum comuting to keep an eye on the development? One of the bloggers in the field thinks that would be a logical step to take. If you can't beat'em, and the quantum AI is coming, you should at least try to steer the outcome.

Comment: It is surprising to me that this is news (Score 1) 274

by quax (#49281107) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Would have expected this to be already extensively studied. C'mon humanities there must be already some linguistic research on this?

Being fluent in English and German I know exactly what this refers to, in fact it is so glaringly obvious that it simply must have been studied before now.

The first time I really became aware of this is when doing product management in a role that required me to sometimes position products in English and sometimes German. I was startled how much easier marketing spin works in English.

Nothing succeeds like excess. -- Oscar Wilde