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Comment: Re:They reall don't mean this (Score 1) 73

by rtb61 (#49618559) Attached to: AI Experts In High Demand

AI is actually far different to data analysis, it is all about different layers or levels ( ;) ) of decision making. So you start off with very simple solutions and if they are good enough you stop there, if not enough you use those outputs in the next higher or adjacent level or and add more different levels for more outputs, until your arrive at the answer. Not based upon the current level of analysis only but also on all the previous ones, it becomes a composite solution, which readily varies processing time with regard to the complexity of the question and complexity the final solution. The greater the number of possible solutions you can generate, the greater the ability of the artificial intelligence, by using composite outputs from different levels analysis, you greatly increase the number of potential outputs.

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 520

by rtb61 (#49618491) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

You do understand in the world of statistics and reality, you represent the trailing edge of the bell curve for your age group. You can readily guess my age and I distinctly remember for decades going through that cringe when people my age and quite some years younger seemed to want brag about their lack of computer skills, how their children knew more, a badge of ignorance. Things are tough out in the employment market and there are a whole bunch of unemployed, past middle age computer illiterates and you don't want them clogging up your recruitment process. Having been on the other side, all those applications are a real pain and the reality is you want only one application and one interview, the right one and how quickly you can thin down hundreds or even thousands of apps down to that right one is useful. So yes, toss out a few of the good because you can get rid of a whole lot of the futile at the same time is going to happen most of the time. Just sucks to be associated with digitally inept but that is the way it is.

New employment question, what are your gamer tags on what game servers, we would like to see how you play (this is actually far more accurate than looking at social media and will reveal far more about a person over an extended period of interaction). Steam in reality does count for far more than other social media sites, how well people play together will define how well those people will work an old rule that works well in the digital era, if you pay attention. In a digital sense, Geeks tend to hang well together regardless of age, nerds not so much.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 304

by rtb61 (#49608473) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

The biggest energy demand in a house, air conditioning (fully air-conditioned, not just one room), any idea at all how many HP (horse power for slow Americans, rather than kW) a large domestic air conditioning unit is (single digits) and now compare that to the HP of car (triple digit). So power to spare in some locations, not all (yep, snow is a real problem). So for most locations no if and you choose whether or not to take the risks but when others don't that energy insurance will get expensive (likely over the long term cheaper to buy a second smaller stand by battery for lighting). Flip side of course brown outs or black outs of mains, no longer a problem, this will get much worse over time, as they take more short cuts to maintain profit with reduced revenue, especially maintenance and customer support short cuts.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 1) 84

Face, the target should be thankful, that a major corporate political player is not claiming the defendant murdered the data and should be executed. Clearly they feel infringed upon and are using their control of the US department of in-Justice to persecute the individual. I am surprised they did not go the espionage route if the code just appears in another country.

Comment: Re:Lies, all lies. (Score 1) 168

by rtb61 (#49608395) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

Cough, cough, IBM did the work, M$ just ran off with the benefits due to a very, very shonky contract. IBM could have still wiped M$ out if they had not been stupidly greedy when they released their own much better OS. Lotus blew it by not reducing prices to compete, same with Word Perfect. Xerox also gave away ideas for free. So rather than M$ success it was others failures. So luck and yeah corruption with regard to corporate lawyers had a lot to do with.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 2) 121

by rtb61 (#49608365) Attached to: How Silicon Valley Got That Way -- and Why It Will Continue To Rule

Cheaper to live there brings to the fore, desirability of location to attract employees (cheaper to live there not so much, as cheaper to live means it likely sucks, supply and demand you know). So can companies attract better people and at lower costs by providing a better live, work and play environment, not only within their facilities but in the community at large. So locating according to this, likely makes the most sense if you want to attract and keep the best people. Ain't the bosses that make companies (time to drop the main stream media celebrity illusion), it's the workers (that is the reality).

Note, one huge advantage with locating at the best locations away from major competitors, it makes it much harder for staff (and their families) to leave to go to those competitors especially if those competitors are in cheap ass undesirable locations in the middle of a desert (you'll keep the most long term productive and lose the greediest often medium term destructive).

So pick a city from the lists, check regional language use, check for competitors and, then check costs. Equipment can go anyone, good staff will be much more choosy and where does count a lot for them. Give the staff good quality of life and they are unlikely to leave to go to a competitor at a worse location, you might still lose them to local industry at that location but at least they will not be going to major competitors. Don't forget things like universal health care (means you don't have to pay for it and can discount their wages because they don't have to pay for it either). Climate, beaches, parks, recreation, choice of schools etc. (smaller capital cities will generally work best).

Comment: Time (Score 4, Insightful) 304

by rtb61 (#49608221) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Time will alter everything. Reality is, the more batteries produced the cheaper they will become and much more interestingly, the more batteries installed, the fewer people paying for electrical mains infrastructure, the much more expensive per user it becomes. That economic boulder rolling down a hill, faster and faster and faster, inevitable. Tesla still needs to do a complete system, ready to install by franchised installers (ensure quality installs), keep it simple. Not to forget, the Tesla power pack would be a strictly utility device, much like adding air conditioning, or a verandah, it adds capital value to the property. So forget the incumbent PR=B$ about measuring it against electricity charges because that is only part of it's value, it has real capital asset value and that value also needs to be added in, to more effectively compare it what is in affect rent and burn (rent your part of the infrastructure and burn your capital inputs).

Comment: Re:CHANGE EVERYTHING! (Score 1) 608

by rtb61 (#49608183) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Who cares about the emotive content of the image. That makes absolutely no sense at all. Why isn't a more effective image sought, one that will more effectively test video compression techniques, specifically to make flaws more visible, in pattern and colour transitions. Holding to that image is a stupid as holding to QWERTY keyboards.

Comment: A New Hope (Score 5, Interesting) 179

by rtb61 (#49603465) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Hopefully this is a sign the space race is back on. Far more to do out there, then to squabble back here with, who can destroy the world the most number of times with their military, a real dead end and I mean dead end. Something is needed to drive humanity, to focus it's efforts and who is the greediest and most selfish or who can kill the most, are insanely, stupendously pointless and self destructive of society.

Making use of the resources of the solar system, is not about bringing stuff back to earth, it is about humanity expanding it's horizons further out. The difference between dwelling upon your genitals (hollywood et al) or dwelling upon your mind (NASA et al).

Comment: Re:Cost of Programmers Cost of Engines (Score 1) 124

by rtb61 (#49603335) Attached to: Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?

Upfront cost? Most engines are charging percentages of revenue which means they can quite readily chew up 100% of the profits ie if your margins are only 10%, then 5% of revenue means they will be demanding 50% of your profits. How can programmers be so bad at math. If anything the crytek models looks suspiciously cheap. Can a programming house with 100 programmers get one subscription or do they need 100. How far out into the future will the subscription and its conditions hold, ie at least 3 years and preferably ten years but the customer can drop it at any time.

The current percentage of revenue model is nuts and should only be around .1% not 5%. Imagine M$ bringing in that model on spread sheet software, we demand 5% of your revenue if you want to use our software.

Comment: Re:They are burning down a city (Score 1) 200

by rtb61 (#49603255) Attached to: Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies On Baltimore's Rioters

Kind of late for that mate, it is already happening and unless you intend to pass on shortly you will be a part of it getting much worse, good luck, you'll need it in America. Emigrate early, rather than late because whilst the asshats that caused it all the 1%, most certainly will make sure they can leave with a substantive portion of their wealth intact, their victims the 99% not so much. Collapsing Empire's trying to force the continuance of their waning dominance, inevitably become self destructive. The US is becoming such a laughable example of this it will simply be easier to refer to them as characters out of star wars, the evil empire, the president as Emperor and his Darth as vice president and futile and corrupt congress and senate and of course the US military, the storm troopers, "the tighter you squeeze the more they will slip through you fingers".

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 390

by rtb61 (#49603199) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

'ER' Dude you are electing a representative president that is meant to implement and administer the laws provide by the senate and the congress, not fucking god. What the fuck are you talking about except typical PR=B$ hyperbole ad hominem attacks. Yeah sure, a bunch of very corrupt rich exploiting the poor laws need to change in order to rebuild the core, the middle class, but all the president can do is implement the policies provided and either do that well or do it incompetently or do it some what competently but extremely poorly because actions where based upon very unsound and corrupted information designed not to provide solutions but feed insatiable vested interests (corrupt advisers produce corrupted outcomes).

Comment: Re:I want this to be true, but... (Score 1) 471

by rtb61 (#49603161) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Easiest hypothesis to explain the reaction, a teeny tiny undiscovered particle, likely it would explain a lot of other things as well. So the real question is, could a particle be small enough that it is impossible to directly observe outside of it's interactions with other particles. It is there because we can observe the outcomes of interactions but it is not there because it is simply too small to directly observe. Those interactions would likely be indirect field actions rather than direct actions. The measure of the engine less likely to be concentrated power output but how large an interaction the engine can produce, an engine that operates more outside of itself rather than within itself.

It's currently a problem of access to gigabits through punybaud. -- J. C. R. Licklider