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Comment: Re:Missing the key point (Score 1) 414

by MrL0G1C (#49804145) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

All we have to do is set an AI towards self improvement/production of better AIs.

All we have to do!!! - We have absolutely no idea how to do this, so how could a AI do this if we don't know how to do this?

Chicken and egg without a chicken or egg or anything remotely like either.

'set an AI towards self improvement' That's like asking a rabbit to design and manufacture a better rabbit - the rabbit would not comprehend what you are asking of it.

Comment: Re:Fuck 'em (Score 1) 231

by vadim_t (#49802833) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Sure, it's a net win. The assets will be sold, and the employees will be paid their severance package. They also get paid for unused vacation days, and after the vacation days are over they also get paid unemployment benefits.

You seem to be suggesting that failing to pay what is owed to some (and maybe more than the initially laid off people if they would have run out of money later anyway) would somehow have been better.

Comment: Re:I don't really buy it (Score 1) 231

by vadim_t (#49802799) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The most likely reason why they got sued and lost is because they screwed up something related to the layoffs.

My impression is that in Europe people are generally less litigious than in America, but the employment laws have big, sharp teeth and it's very unwise for employers to try to ignore them.

Comment: I don't really buy it (Score 2) 231

by vadim_t (#49802591) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

If that was it, they didn't have much left to live. Sure, if you ignore laws and costs, you can make a business profitable that otherwise wouldn't be, but you don't get to ignore what you owe.

Now I'm not familiar with the laws in France, but in general I expect this was something like not paying a severance package, or not giving adequate advance notice. Those things are part of doing business and any employer should know about them. You can't just pretend they don't apply to your company.

Comment: There are reasons for 12-TET (Score 1) 101

by Sycraft-fu (#49799983) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

It is a good balance between getting a good 3rd, 4th and 5th and not getting too complex. You have to go to 29-TET before you get a better perfect 5th and 41-TET to get a better major 3rd. Gets a little complex musically to represent and deal with all that, not to mention design instruments that can play it back.

So remember that ultimately music is all math, and as such some things do end up being "better" than others musically. I'm not saying we shouldn't have the capabilities to use other scales, I mean computers are more or less unbounded in their capabilities and samplers can microtune to any required setup, but 12-TET has a reason for its prevalence.

Comment: It is also still what computer music uses (Score 1) 101

by Sycraft-fu (#49794281) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

If you compose music on a computer, you almost certainly still do it with MIDI. All the new highly advanced synths and samplers still use MIDI as their input for data. Everything from big dollar stuff like Native Instruments Komplete down to freeware. MIDI goes in, sound comes out.

In some ways it surprises me since you'd think they would get around to improving it (there are some things MIDI leaves to be desired) but on the other hand it does work well for nearly everything and there's something to be said about keeping things standard. You can literally take one of those old General MIDI songs and feed the data in to a modern sampler. I do just that all the time to remake old game soundtracks because I enjoy it.

+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Spin everywhere... (Score 5, Informative) 155

by MrL0G1C (#49769155) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

RTFA and you might then understand the issue.

What they don't clearly say is the real reason they dropped the bans is because the bans would likely not be legal if TTIP were implemented.

TTIP removes the ability of the gov't and EU to protect people and the environment in many ways. ISDS allows companies to sue governments if some new law causes them to lose profits. In effect, new laws to protect people can not be written if they impinge on some corporations TTIP given right to make profit at any expense.

TTIP is insanely bad, it is undemocratic, written by The Commission and corporations in order to help corporate profits at the expense of jobs, health, public serivces and the environment.

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you - Comment - Voices - The Independent

UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses | Global | The Guardian

New trade deal with U.S. will open the door to inferior food pumped with growth hormones and pesticides warns Jamie Oliver | Daily Mail Online

TTIP will cost one million jobs: official | War on Want

Email MEP (not mp) (sorry UK only)

This capitulation is very much proof that there will be a race to the bottom with regards to standards, there will be a corporate orgy of cost-cutting at the expense of our health and product quality. All of this cost-cutting will of course cost jobs.

Stop TTIP, sign the petition

Air is water with holes in it.