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Comment True dat. (Score 1) 717

Gravel roads are cheap to build, cheap to maintain, and represent an extremely sensible kind of cut that does not have a major quality of life impact. Arguably they also have a rustic beauty, and look much nicer than a pot-holed, badly deteriorated paved road.

True that. Hopefully the rest of the western world will take its decline this gracefully.

Comment Memristors (Score 2, Interesting) 521

Every time any story mentions them, their potential applications are reduced to the staggeringly, criminally mundane "could lead to faster computer memory". Standard von Neumann computer memory. A shame.

The brain is not a sequential Turing machine. Has any form of finite connectionism even been proven Turing-complete?

That (if I understand this story correctly) they here have been able to do what they have using components suited for our "traditional" computing architecture rather than the raw connectionist architecture of the brain is wonderful. It sounds like they're emulating synapses and plasticity/learning.

But the right memristors wouldn't be an emulation -- I'm not sure if they've actually made memristors with memristance profiles specifically for mimicking biological synapses, but THIS is their utility and the future. ... I'm not quite sure how this article tripped this indignant rant. I suppose I always figured I'd see this story using memristors first, but I guess that's just the next step.

Comment Offtopic (Score 1) 766

Great point. Following from that and off-topic, it just made me think: in English, I guess the definite article is implicit.

So how would languages without an indefinite article make this same suggestion/distinction? It seems kind of important to distinguish "Comrade Stalin made top general disappear" -- "Stalin made a top general disappear" vs "Stalin made the top general disappear"


Comment Firehose:Skynet Comes Online, Becomes Self-Aware (Score 1) 65

All of this was done very extensively within concentrated groups of use-map-settings Starcraft map makers. There was one calc map capable of simple math and even algebra. There were also chess, custom user built skill sets and spells that were tagged to your controllable character. this was in no way part of the original game. There was one which my friend made that you could paint pictures, make animated minimap clips, stage firework displays, and even play short movies drawn with sprites and explosions set together pixle by pixle.

All these things were controlled by simple move, kill, spawn, and count triggers which were all linked to areas the player would position a controlable unit to start whatever programed trigger set was needed. we had hidden computation areas of the maps where creatures would spawn and die and move to work the trigger math out. we used a simple center view trigger to prevent these from being viewable(lagged like nuts with thousands of creatures spawning and being moved etc.

this is cool and all but its not really NEW news.

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