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Comment Re:And nothing of value was lost... (Score 2) 330

I'd like it to be open, but at the very least it HAS to be less privacy invasive than Skype. I'm not ditching skype for Google+ Hangouts or Facebook Messenger or something like that.

Honestly, I'd say Skype and Google Hangouts are equally invasive. In both cases, your conversation goes through $BIG_CORP's servers and gets data mined. That said, I would trust Google over Microsoft or Facebook - the latter will happily sell my data to other companies, but it's worth more to Google to keep it to themselves.

On a more practical note, I've found Google Hangouts to be the easiest to get working cross platform, and it has better audio/video quality than Skype too. I actually tried using XMPP/Jingle before this, but there are no good FOSS cross platform clients for it - you need to use different software under Windows and Linux, and good luck getting video to work under Windows. Hopefully someone will eventually write a WebRTC frontend for it to simplify things.

Comment Re:Physical keyboard (Score 1) 112

The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter--or something not yet thought of!

Submission + - Debian to Adopt New Init System (

rdnetto writes: Debian developers have been in a very polarized discussion recently about replacing their default SysVinit system with a more modern init system; namely, Debian developers are evaluating whether to use systemd or Upstart.

Debian wants to switch a modern event-based init system that is more robust and provides more features, provides stable support for advanced environments (e.g. SAN), being more similar to the likes of Ubuntu and RHEL, and modern open-source packages like GNOME 3.x are easier to package. Among other reasons, Debian hasn't been quick to switch init systems over lots of work needing to be accomplished.

In one of the latest init system discussions, it was stated "since the init system strongly shapes many other packages, there has to be only one and no other supported options."

Comment Re:jerk (Score 1) 1440

Latin/Greek seems like overkill. Why not just use Prolog, or some other logic programming language? Then you'd get the benefits of unambiguous propositional logic, the familiarity of English, and the ability to perform automated queries on the law. Propositional logic is much easier to teach than Latin/Greek, and would probably be beneficial to cover at some point during primary/secondary education anyway.
For an example of how this might work, see the classic 'Colonel West sells missiles to Nono' example. (slide 17 here).

Comment Re:GMA 600? Last years Atom? $200?!? (Score 1) 214

The ethernet on the Raspberry Pi is provided via a USB-to-ethernet chip.[1] USB devices on the Raspberry Pi have been known to give all sorts of problems when there is insufficient power,[2] which was likely to happen if one powered it using a standard compliant hub which only provided 500 mA instead of the requisite 700 mA. Since the network connection was provided via USB, it was also affected.

[1] no Gigabit Ethernet?

Comment Re:NOT machine learning (YAMH) (Score 1) 250

From the article:

This isn't like a machine learning task where we collected a limited corpus of real data and then we're trying to make statements about our ability to perform on future data, yet-to-be-collected.

My (rather limited) understanding of it is that within the field (i.e. to people who actually know what they're talking about), the phrase 'machine learning' refers to the above case; using a training set of real data to develop a model, then applying that model to real problems.

In contrast, Remy takes a (stochastic) traffic model, rather than raw data, which would make it a different kind of AI.

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