If I round up, it makes the game look better than it is. If I round down, I am being giving an inaccurate portray of how I really feel.
You are but one drop of rain in a monsoon. Ratings *should* appropriately dither over the aggregate, so the few who are in the middle will likely half vote up, while half vote down.
While up/down may not be entirely fair, there's really more options for manipulation in a star rating system. By removing zero-star ratings as an option, they can artificially inflate scores. By changing the textual labels (what if 4-stars was described as "Just Okay"?) they can manipulate people into rating higher. And in general, companies are biased to WANT higher ratings, so you'll be more likely to stay around longer, spending more money, so whatever system they design is going to err or the high side.
The EPA is no longer about clear air and water. It's about punishing the political enemies of the elite.
I hear this a lot, but it's always without attribution or explanation. Specifically, what exactly does the EPA do that "punishes the political enemies of the elite"?
Clarke did very little writing on robot brains.
Um, I'll have to assume that you weren't around for April, 1968, when the leading AI in popular culture for a long, long, time was introduced in a Kubrick and Clarke screenplay and what probably should have been attributed as a Clarke and Kubrick novel. And a key element of that screenplay was a priority conflict in the AI.
Well, you've just given up the argument, and have basically agreed that strong AI is impossible
Not at all. Strong AI is not necessary to the argument. It is perfectly possible for an unconscious machine not considered "strong AI" to act upon Asimov's Laws. They're just rules for a program to act upon.
In addition, it is not necessary for Artificial General Intelligence to be conscious.
Mind is a phenomenon of healthy living brain and is seen no where else.
We have a lot to learn of consciousness yet. But what we have learned so far seems to indicate that consciousness is a story that the brain tells itself, and is not particularly related to how the brain actually works. Descartes self-referential attempt aside, it would be difficult for any of us to actually prove that we are conscious.
You're approaching it from an anthropomorphic perspective. It's not necessary for a robot to "understand" abstractions any more than they are required to understand mathematics in order to add two numbers. They just apply rules as programmed.
Today, computers can classify people in moving video and apply rules to their actions such as not to approach them. Tomorrow, those rules will be more complex. That is all.
Agreed that a Robot is no more a colleague than a screwdriver.
I think you're wrong about Asimov, though. It's obvious that to write about theoretical concerns of future technology, the author must proceed without knowing how to actually implement the technology, but may be able to say that it's theoretically possible. There is no shortage of good, predictive science fiction written when we had no idea how to achieve the technology portrayed. For example, Clarke's orbital satellites were steam-powered. Steam is indeed an efficient way to harness solar power if you have a good way to radiate the waste heat, but we ended up using photovoltaic. But Clarke was on solid ground regarding the theoretical possibility of such things.
....don't I as employer have the right to know what I'm paying for?
If you don't like it, buy your own health insurance.
Yep... I've described Gnome's current incarnation as everything I hate about MacOS, Win8/10, and smartphones, all in one handy package!!
As someone else put it, I want a desktop, not an appliance.
Legally, the first responsibility of a publicly-held company is to their *shareholders*. Who naturally want to see max profit NOW, and to hell with next quarter. If that means screwing over all your customers -- well, you shoulda stayed private.
For folks who like WinXP, PCLinuxOS "full monty" is a fairly close drop-in replacement.
Any KDE or LXDE desktop is functional enough, if not quite XP, but some are definitely closer than others. Run the "Live CD" version for a pretty good looksee.
Mint or Puppy aren't bad as simpler desktops.
If you actually like Win8/10, then you might like Gnome, and may God have mercy on your soul.
I've had zero luck getting Hackintosh/iATKOS to run, but count it as small loss since I can't stand MacOS anyway.
ReactOS is practically XP again but still too alpha for everyday use.
I'm wondering... after the batteries are removed, how long can a big capacitor power the mic and memory?
Judge Napolitano on the debacle:
"Here is the back story.
The president can order the National Security Agency to spy on anyone at any time for any reason, without a warrant. This is profoundly unconstitutional but absolutely lawful because it is expressly authorized by the FISA statute.
All electronic surveillance today, whether ordered by the president or authorized by a court, is done remotely by accessing the computers of every telephone and computer service provider in the United States. The NSA has 24/7/365 access to all the mainframe computers of all the telephone and computer service providers in America.
The service providers are required by law to permit this access and are prohibited by law from complaining about it publicly, challenging it in court or revealing any of its details. In passing these prohibitions, Congress violated the First Amendment, which prohibits it from infringing upon the freedom of speech."
You will have many recoverable tape errors.