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Comment Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (Score 1) 194

I don't know exactly how this verification is usually done but I would assume it would involved a more relaxed search checking for instance that the same system calls which are implicit in the source are in the provided binary (and only those), or that the symbol table matches what is expected. An not a direct byte to byte comparison.

But I could be wrong so I hope someone else with experience in this area can enlighten us further.

Comment Re: I don't get it. (Score 1) 69

They only get the goods *after* you pay, so it is safe for them. If you go to a store and take a product home they will give you other payment options instead such as credit/debit, cash or some other type of *ensured* payment. Or they will collect all personal information (including your CPF (SSN equivalent)) which is all they need to the hell out of you if you don't pay (much like if you payed with a cheque and had no backing funds).

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 136

I would imagine his intent was not that the machine would achieve success, the experiment is simply a nice framework to analyse weather the machine is able to comprehend information. Weather the machine is convincing or not, if the machine can abstract concepts in the same we do then you'd have a thinking machine. The pretending scenario seems just like a simple way to make it harder for someone to make a cheap solution to the problem (i.e. a chatbot).

Ultimately producing real intelligence is what is sought, not passing the damned test.

Comment Explicit memory management. (Score 2, Insightful) 407

You could just 'force' people to use a language with explicit memory management, like by offering [better] support for that particular language (C/C++ is best but I understand people do not enjoy these lower level languages as much). I always thought that the best form of garbage collection is not having garbage collection at all, but managing your memory efficiently and having good allocators. Yet even on languages such as Java/Javascript you can be smart about your objects so to minimize the underlying allocations. I would suppose javascript may be a little harder since it's not strongly typed but it should still be possible.

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