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Comment "teaching itself" (Score 3, Insightful) 75

> DeepMind learned to beat the best go players in the world by teaching itself through trial and error.

AlphaGo was trained on databases of historical games. It looks for moves that are similar to what a human pro would play, and then reads out sequences to score the strength of the resulting position. It did not learn by itself from scratch. Once proficient, it was played against itself to improve.

Comment possible firefox fix (Score 1) 208

The page you linked loads and performs fine for me, but I had a similar issue recently. My Firefox install is relatively ancient, and it began taking ages to load and then incorrectly render one particular site. What ultimately fixed it was creating a new profile, switching to it to test, and then switching back to my original profile.

Comment persistent default comment threshold (Score 1) 1839

I always want to read freshly opened pages at score 5/4 for full/subject comment thresholds, but if I modify the slider to see more, future pages will open at the last slider setting, not the 5/4 originally set in my preferences. Please prevent the per-page slider form changing the D2 comment threshold option, or add a mode that does this.

Comment Re:Now they just need intensity from the actors. (Score 1) 165

Star Trek TNG is science fiction because it explores the social issues of living in a future with FTL space travel, alien life, teleportation, replicators, communicators, tricorders, holograms, AI, androids, insecure computers, and so on. The science in science fiction can be fictional. More notably, Trek content routinely features scientists and engineers as main characters, with exploration and scientific and social progress as core themes.

Comment Re:Brazil (Score 1) 312

Brazil is my favorite movie, and I will take your reference one step further to point out another scary thing that people tend miss on their first few viewings: there are no terrorists in the film, only routinely failing infrastructure, and the oblivious bureaucracy that places the blame on terrorism.

For completeness, I should say that Harry Tuttle does engineer one small disaster out of spite, but in general his M.O. is to go around fixing things without filing paperwork, and Sam Lowry sabotages the pneumatic tubes in his new office, but it's not suggested that everyone is as fed up as they are and therefor actively revolting against the system. The SWAT-style police entry and arrest of Buttle is also very destructive, as they fail to repair the damage, and then neglect it.

The real world does have actual terrorists, but they are similarly less threatening than our government and police and infrastructure.

Comment Yes, GE/Durham does something similar (Score 1) 522

Fast Company published this article about GE's Durham, NC jet engine factory:

The plant opened in 1993 and is still running. The factory had 1 boss and 170 employees in 1999 when the article was written.

It predates Valve but tells the same basic story: doing a very hard thing in surprisingly smart ways with extraordinary people yields success. GE Durham also delivers on schedule, but they're engineering and manufacturing, not making creative entertainment on Valve time.

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