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Comment Re:The Singularity (Score 1) 177

I did, and I found it quite difficult to believe that the authors had read any of the originals, let alone any notes. They completely missed all of the subtlety from the originals and made all of the characters painfully two dimensional. Reading the bit in the foreword when Brian Herbert opines that Kevin J Anderson (who has yet to write a single book with an ending that didn't feel like he got bored and had 5 pages to tie up all of the loose ends and is best known for some embarrassingly bad Star Wars novels) was the only person who could write something on a scale of the Dune sequels tells you that it's not going to go particularly well.

Comment Re: IRB approval? (Score 1) 116

I know, but strange things happen near absolute zero. Just look at Helium. Maybe at that temperature, there's no need for chemical impulses to fuel the production of electricity - whatever electricity was there would just continue to circulate, same as vortices don't break down in superfluids like He.

Probably not, but imagine the horror stories possible. Cryonically frozen, successfully revived, but every single one is totally insane after spending years with no outside stimulation. They go around killing people and eating their flesh. Maybe we could call them, I don't know, zombies? :-)

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 145

That is an obsolete gaseous diffusion plant which is no longer operating, and the contamination is of a sort which may be found at many a large industrial site.

Yes, I am aware it is no longer in service. I took the data while it was operating.

As such, it isn't the best example, unless you are looking for something nuclear to complain about.

No, it's the example that I had used. If I had picked fracking or coal or anything else I would like the data to be available on that as well.

Fortunately, there are better ways to enrich uranium today,

What are they?

and a LFTR won't need any enrichment at all.

How does that address the issue of the radioactive waste from the current fleet of nuclear reactors. Do thorium reactors burn up DU and plutonium.

Providing data is a useful service, and should be unrelated to climate science, even for a refrigerant of concern.

We should have data on all industrial pollutants in the environment.

The summary doesn't make it clear if this is also gone, and it seems disingenuous of the summary to conflate the two.

Well, as long as we have the data available.

Comment Re: Well it's easy to show superhuman AI is a myth (Score 1) 177

Exactly. It's something that works at the level of a human subconscious: the leftover bits of evolved junk in our minds from before we developed sentience. The sorts of things that let us shout at the sky before a thunderstorm and then assume that we've made Thor angry, not the sorts of things that allow us to build a modern technical society.

Comment Re: But how will I trick investors!?! (Score 2) 177

Except that the claims of strong AI 'real soon now' have been coming since the '60s. Current AI research is producing things that are good at the sorts of things that an animal's autonomic system does. AI research 40 years ago was doing the same thing, only (much) slower. The difference between that and a sentient system is a qualitative difference, whereas the improvements that you list are all quantitative.

Neural networks are good at generating correlations, but that's about all that they're good for. A large part of learning to think as a human child is learning to emulate a model of computation that's better suited to sentient awareness on a complex neural network. Most animals have neural networks in their heads that are far more complex than anything that we can build now, yet I'm not seeing mice replacing humans in most jobs.

Comment Re:What it does and why it's (partially) useful (Score 1) 111

It would seem like it but: a) this doesn't need to be applied at a filesystem level and b) it isn't encumbered by licensing issues, a dead project, or an experimental filesystem, in respective order.

Okay so it is actually experimental, but not be filesystem wide it is also much simpler and able to contain failures.

Comment Re:A refresh isn't going to fix what's wrong. (Score 1) 104

It just means that everybody who really wanted one already has one

I know several people who showed interest in them and I've advised them to hold off or wait until holiday discounts (of which there have been none this year). The Surface Pro 4 is effectively 3 year old hardware at brand new prices and a new model is due to be released shortly. You'd be mad to buy one now.

A lot of the industry is expecting an announcement of a new model in 3 days at MicrosoftEDU.

Comment Re:A refresh isn't going to fix what's wrong. (Score 1) 104

A refresh isn't going to fix what's wrong with the Surface.

Sure it is. If mine breaks right now I'm not going to go and buy another given that the next one is anticipated to be released in a few months. Are you telling me you'd be okay paying silly amounts of money (the Surface Pro line hasn't gone through a discount in a long time) for 3 year old hardware which is beaten in performance by all the competition and then call the concept broken? That's absurd.

It may surprise you to know that sales for everything tend to drop right before the next version is released. Either that or everything you know is a broken concept.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 104

Nobody I've ever known has owned one

Hi, Pleased to meet you.

Of course, because it's a craptastic piece of shite that costs too much

There's a lot of clone devices out there. Funny enough when you match the specs up they cost just as much, except half the time they end up having quite a few dealbreakers in the process. e.g. the HP Spectre X2, frigging horrible keyboard and touchpad, horrible sound, battery life is miserable considering it has the same size battery, but one killer feature it does have is an LTE modem.

I've never seen one used in a business setting in the wild

My wife has taught at 2 schools which use them, one for just staff, the other for staff and students. It is the main PC used by most of the Queensland government, the docking station for it is actually quite awesome in this regard because it gives users an instant second monitor. We just bought 15000 units after a 1 year trial (I'm currently in the chemical industry).

Oh, I'm sure they're out there, just like are probably people still clinging to their Zunes

Microsoft is making billions in revenue on the Surface line. Yes they are definitely out there. Maybe you should look a bit more. Unlike Apple users we don't actively go around and flaunt them. Okay I may have on occasion done so, and when I did I was met with "oh yeah I got one of those" though I like my blue one better than my colleagues purple one. Why do I have one? Well it was shown to me by someone else.

But hey if it is such a spectacular failure than surely no one would try to copy it right? Surely. We wouldn't see HP or Dell release clones. Nor would Apple consider creating an iPad with pen support. Nah. Zune style failure. Yessirreee.

Anyway at least now you have met someone who has one (Surface Pro 3).

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