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Comment Re:AI is not real thinking (Score 1) 206

Artificial Intelligence is a computer that can trick a person into thinking it is a real person.

Well that premise is flawed out of the gate. I've never heard any one ever say that.

That means it has to have as many flaws as a real human as well.

Flawed conclusion, from a flawed premise.

If you were going to put a piece of software with intentional human flaws in charge of something, then that is a fairly big mistake.

True dat.

I would rather put an intelligent computer, rather than an AI, in charge of making decisions. That will reduce the risk of very bad decisions being made.

Will it? What would a flawless AI conclude? What if it decides humans are awful things, and should be limited to a handful of specimens kept in a wildlife preserve on Proxima 4 for study and preservation.

You know, the same way we treat certain viruses.

Is that a 'good' decision? For the AI maybe it is.

Comment Re:Short summary (Score 1) 266

I still fear a large increase in the error rate for manual driving by drivers who become rusty and have to take over under the worst driving situations (possibly after being summoned from a nap).

yeah, I think its going to be interesting as autonomous vehicles escalate to the human whenever it runs into somehting it can't handle it's basically setting human up for even more errors.

As in... here' you tune out and let your driving skills atrophy while I do your driving. Uh oh... I know its been 3 years since you've driven the car... but its snowing something fierce and i cant' see... I'm out you drive home today!

And then a guy who hasn't driven in years has to drive in the worst conditions possible. multiplied by the entire city.

On the upside, the carnage will make the autonomous drivers look good right? See how bad it is when human drive!

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

Citation? There's about 57,000 "Dell Precision" laptops. Got a particular one in mind? For example, I don't see ANY Dell Precision Laptop that offers more than 32 GB of RAM, and even that one (7510) doesn't have USB-C, even as an option.

Yeah, the 7510

operating systems: Windows 7 pro / windows 7 pro / or Ubuntu 14 LTS
ram : 8GB to 64GB RAM -- both ECC (for Xeons) and Non-ECC for i5/i7

USBC / Thunderbolt 3 are the same thing from everything I've read (am I wrong?). It's a 28$ option. Again, on that page... between the processors and the OS choices. Dell calls it a USBC port elsewhere too.

And in the end, it's still a POS plastic laptop with a POS Operating System.

Its really not though; its really well built. And it comes with Ubuntu LTS if you want it so its not even 'windows only'. Linux support from the OEM. You just burn your credibility by claiming its a POS.

And I say all this as a macbook pro owner. I've got 2 of them. 2011 and 2015. The high end dell business stuff is well made.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

Now, tell me again: Exactly how is this a Bad Thing? How does it make the MacBook Pro less "Pro"?

Because I don't want to carry around 2 laptop sized devices, and then tether them together.
Because I want the laptop have the functionality built in precisely so they don't have to carry a bag of crap to attach to it to make it work.

IE I want, as I said, my laptop "built into the dock".

What good is a dedicatedHDMI port if what you REALLY need is another port to connect to a SAN? What good is a dedicated Ethernet Port when what you really need another USB? So, having multiple, high-speed, identical I/O ports that can be easily and relatively inexpensively be adapted to one or more simultaneous uses is actually much more flexible and "future-proof" than having a fixed-number of dedicated ports. It. Just. Is.

LMAO. That argument falls flat on its face. It would be true if for some reason you could only have 2-3 ports on your laptop. So each spot was choice... thunderbolt/usbc or hdmi? thunderbolt/usbc or ethernet? It's not a choice. You can have it all.

It's simply NOT an either or question you can buy a 15" dell precision laptop with all the ports a macbook pro has. (thunderbolt + usbc). So it's got ALL the same flexibility and future proofing of the macbook pro.

And it has displayport, hdmi, ethernet (rj45), sdcard reader, headset jack, and 4 USB 3 ports.

That Dell comes with Windows 7 pro, 10 pro, or even Ubunutu linux. I can even get it with a Xeon and 64GB ram if I want. Doesn't matter how much money i try and throw at apple, I'm stuck with 16GB ram with no option to upgrade.

Dell makes a PRO laptop. Apple doesn't make one anymore.

Apple should make something like the Dell but... with OSX.

But instead they keep turning their pro laptop into a faster macbook air plus. Which is great for the people looking for that. But damn... it sure would be nice if Apple made a pro laptop again.

Your argument is essentially that because the macbook pro has a couple thunderbolt ports it has the potential for the functionality you need. But the Dell has all the functionality built right in, AND it has all the potential to plug in more stuff that mac has AND you don't have to tie up the thunderbolt port with your network card and external keyboard so it'll actually be available if you need it. The mac pro isn't even in the same league anymore. Its a joke.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

since they provide a seldom-used (but still used) function in a laptop with good WiFi.

Used an an awful lot by mobile pros who work with large files, or pros who configure networks. Maybe Apple should create a sku with a couple extra usb ports, a gigabit port, as thick as the 2011 mbp with the extra space used for battery. They could call it "Macbook Pro".

They can renamed the current macbook pro, macbook Air+

In the end, it actually provides more flexibility for individual needs,

Fewer options is greater freedoms! Taking things out provides more flexibility! What double think! What newspeak! Much wow!

without overly-complicating base designs or unnecessarily increasing hardware costs.

Nobody buying a $2500 pro laptop in 2016 is concerned about the cost of a few ports. Indeed that's what the $2500 is for... because we want it to have all these capabilities built in, and we're willing to pay what ever it costs to get it.

It's reached the point where I'm considering buying a thunderbolt dock to keep in my laptop bag. Has all the ports I'll need, and I'm less likely to misplace or forget it. And its cheaper than the combined price of all the hubs, adapters, and dongles I currently need to carry around.

But you know what would be really cool... if they put some extra battery in the dock. And added a keyboard, screen, touchpad, CPU, SSD, and RAM. Then I could just carry around the dock, and not bother with a useless laptop. ;-)


Those Ethernet "Dongles" (as you call them)

A dongle is a piece of hardware that attaches to a computer and allows a piece of secured software to run. [...]

The term dongle has expanded beyond software protection to include any small device that plugs into the Universal Serial Bus (USB) or other computer port, regardless of what it does. These devices are usually used to provide some function that is not built in to the computer itself. This includes adding memory, supplying Bluetooth® and WiFi® connections, and adding adapters so that other devices can be plugged in.

Comment Re:I use linux because (Score 1) 263

nvidia's presence on linux is what it is because its not a mainstream OS.

Consider Nvidia's geforce experience software for windows, which now requires you to create an account to get the automatic driver updates.

If Linux were in Windows position in terms of Marketshare. Geforce experience **would** be a linux app. Its not a necessary app for Linux ... its not even a necessary app on Windows.

But it would be the same borderline malware it is in windows, if it existed for linux. The only reason it doesn't exist for linux today is the marketshare.

Comment Re:You Trump supporters and your damn facts (Score 4, Informative) 429

So what if he is just a private citizen and doesn't even have access to (supposedly) secure government servers.

Nobody is expecting him to be using servers audited and monitored by the NSA.

They expect him to be using servers that aren't running EOL versions of Windows 2003. Because, in Trump's own word's...

"Iâ(TM)m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people. We want top of the line professionals."


Comment Re:I use linux because (Score 1) 263

Contrast that to Linux. Normally, you plug something in and it works great. If it doesn't then you probably should have researched your purchase better.

Because Linux isn't mainstream. If linux were mainstream all that crap that doesn't work great... well now there's a 300MB malware installer for it from the vender. And they'll be actively sabotaging the open source drivers by tweaking their devices just enough every hardware /software revision to break them so that the path of least resistance is the proprietary malware blob.

Linux is free from all that commercialism garbage because not enough people use it to attract them. As mac's have grown more popular... more and more crap is being ported over. The same would happen with linux.

That installer is practically malware.

Yes. It's also their business model. So they aren't going to stop doing it.

Comment Re:I use linux because (Score 1, Interesting) 263

Instead I do everything Windowsy inside a VM on top of Linux.

So instead of maintaining one operating sytem you maintain 2.


Seriously, getting a Windows box infected is tragically easy even with 3 virus scanners simultaneously installed. Sometimes you don't even have to do anything.

Your not wrong. But if regular windows users ran linux desktops in the hundreds of millions they'd get them full of crap too. And it would be drive by malware ads taking advantage of flaws in the browser, and ransomware there their user account etc. They'd disable the firewall to get quickbooks to connect. And sony would install a backdoor/rootkit at the factory as part of some horribly misguided attempt at providing remote firmware update management tools...

Comment Re:Good and bad exposures (Score 1) 474

Assault is a spectrum.

Yes, of course.

On one end is an unwanted tap on the shoulder,

No, actually that's already battery. Leaning in with your finger raised to give someone an unwanted tap someone on the shoulder is assault.

on the other end is murder.

No, that's not assault either, that's murder.

It really matters where on the spectrum a particular instance is.

It really matters that you choose points ON the spectrum too.

Offering unwanted first aid, or a helping hand is at one end, and apprehensions of serious bodily injury or death at the other.

Unwanted kisses are on the shallower end of the pool for sure, but even here we have a spectrum... from a chivalrous dry kiss on the hand as probably the least or a barely perceptible 'European style greeting kiss' on the cheek to more wet versions of those to kisses on the mouth... etc... etc.

By all accounts he was going for a kiss on the mouth with someone he just met. That's pretty far over the line.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

Meh. Most people who carry around USB devices can carry around a different cable just as easily. In the grand scheme of don't care, it's a lot less annoying than the headphone jack would have been.

Until someone hands you a flash drive... your need to move a file via flash drive between two computers.

That would be yet another fucking dongle for mac owners to have to carry around for no good reason. (first was the ethernet dongle)

Watch them go back to something useless like minihdmi or minidisplayport too.

If true, this is a crippling blow for standards. And I really have to ask what makes this laptop "pro" at that point.

And the anwser is: Nothing. Its just got more diskspace and more ram.

a set of soft-reconfigurable action buttons at the top of the keyboard. Whee.

Pretty much. I've had pro mac laptops for years, and each one gets less "pro" than the one I had before. I was already waffling between dropping mac laptops and getting something else with my last "upgrade". But I stuck with it... this time... there is literally no reason to stay with mac. Mac has jumped off a cliff and the other venders are making perfectly good units. I'll buy a cheap macbook air for the house just to keep a hand in OSX, and get something else to use for work.

Comment Re:Nervous (Score 1) 83

last I checked a laptop computer still works fine when you put it on a desk

Unless you expect it to perform as well as a desktop, with all the peripherals... multiple monitors, multiple networks, multiple audio devices, gobs of RAM, oodles of storage, and a video card that makes even the latest macbook pro look laughable.

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