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Comment Re:As someone with a masters in this -exact field- (Score 1) 210

"If you are a true master, you should be able to explain concepts in a way that even a child can understand. "

This isn't needed to be a master in a field and it isn't necessary unless you're speaking to novices or people outside the field. Sagan, Hawking or Feynman are good examples of this. Einstein was a real aberration, where even some of his papers were written with disarming clarity.

For Trump, I think you're mixing this up with the Dunning Kruger effect, where a person's inability to understand what's going on around them makes them think they have a better understanding than the experts.

Comment Re:I don't any more (Score 1, Informative) 174

Another issue with third party ROMs is that some software builders actively block or sabotage them. For example, the AT&T's Uverse streaming service will detect whether you have a rooted or third party ROM and stops working. The Netflix goes only up to 480p resolution on a non-stock ROM. "Fixing" this probably involves editing build.prop and hiding your root, but I haven't tried it recently.

Android Pay also has issues with rooted phones (and, by extension, custom ROMs), but I have it working on an Asus Zenfone 2 running CyanogenMod 13. A combination of Magisk and phh's Superuser successfully fools Android Pay into full functionality. You might want to give them a try with other root-averse apps.

Comment Re:Read Only (Score 1) 174

No, ROM chips are manufactured with the data an intrinsic part of the silicon, the chip mask changes for different data. If it's writable once, it's a PROM, not a ROM.

And if it's erasable by UV light it's an EPROM

And if instead of UV light you can use a higher voltage to erase it, it's electrically erasable programmable ROM, or EEPROM.

Which these days is pretty much the same as the generic "flash memory" term that you've used.

So.... where were we again?

Oh yeah, ROM being a poorly chosen misnomer. I disagree.

"ROM" - to the end user, past and present - is software you can't change. The BASIC interpreter on your C64, the section of Android that boots and runs the basic system apps, that package is referred to as a ROM, be it a physical chip with a UV window, or these days the zip file that is sent around and then programmed into your EEPROM on your phone.

If someone gave me an OS/9 ROM for my COCO II, yes, that would be a chip. Someone gives me "Bert's Buttery Smooth Vanilla Marshmallow ROM" for my Nexus, well that's a file that gets loaded to my phone, but essentially it's the same item - the operating system.

Comment Re:more open (Score 3, Interesting) 174

Yeah, last few devices I've bought had something very close to AOSP with only a minimum of extra apps installed, apps that aren't causing me any problems. Android itself doesn't vary a lot between versions any more, the chances are the version you have varies little - from a user's point of view - from the latest greatest. This is a far cry from the early days of Android where:

1. Every phone had a heavily customized version of Android, in part because stock Android wasn't very pretty, but those customizations were usually horrible and bug ridden. As an example, my T-Mobile Slide 3G's dialer would crash if you changed from portrait to landscape.

2. Android itself was barely feature complete. Third party tools were needed to provide a decent launcher, decent keyboard, and so on, as well as tethering and other features carriers were nervous about.

It just isn't as important any more.

Comment Re:What about saving Linux? (Score 1) 91

nor one like Gentoo where I have to wait a week for everything to compile

If you're waiting a week for Gentoo to build, either (1) you're doing it wrong or (2) you need more modern hardware. It doesn't even need to be bleeding-edge; the Core 2 Quad Q6600 I bought in 2008 and still use at work (!) could do a complete rebuild (including things like Chromium, LibreOffice, and KDE) in maybe 36-48 hours. You almost never need to rebuild everything at the same time, however, so the typical emerge whatever takes far less time than that.

Comment Re:AI? (Score 2) 148

Bro, do you even dictionary? It does have a defined meaning and it's not machine consciousness. For fucks sake, that's science fiction and only science fiction. It's not the common meaning of the term. It's not what "AI researchers" research. It's fanwank. Get over it.

1 : a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers

2 : the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior

Comment Re:AI investment will be interesting (Score 1) 148

As you increase efficiency, people can buy more fore the same money, so it evens out. Looked at a different way, set the notion of money aside: what we consume is what we produce (assuming an efficient market, so we're not producing stuff no one wants). More production will always mean more consumption. More efficiency just means more production, because we as consumers are never satisfied.

Of course, times can get turbulent as jobs move to new areas faster than people can retrain, and this certainly isn't the first time that's happened.

Comment Re:Important milestone (Score 4, Interesting) 148

Not as humans play it. You don't play the early game, or any area where pieces are sparse, by exhaustive analysis, but that's where the mechanical search space would be largest. (Much like humans don't play the endgame in chess that way.) "Complexity" of the naive search space, before even the most basic pruning, isn't an interesting measure.

Playing as humans play, the early game in chess is more complex than go, the midgame is similar, the endgame is much more complex in go. Go is harder to write a bot for, because chess is more complex in ways that are hard for humans, while go is more complex in ways that are hard to program. Does that make it a "more complex game"? Maybe - it's all down to definitions.

Comment Re:AI? (Score 2) 148

If it was real AI it would be self-aware.

No, that just not what "AI" means, any more than "sentient" means self-aware. Science Fiction keeps abusing those terms, but they have mainstream meanings. AI is clever algorithms that imitate intelligent behavior. Which means it could still be wearing mirrored sunglasses.

Comment Re:AI? (Score 1) 148

This is not true/strong AI,

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

AI has always mean imitating intelligent behavior through clever algorithms. (Almost) no one researching AI is looking for machine consciousness - why would you want that? They're trying to solve real-world problems with engineering solutions. We want a self-driving car, not a self-aware car.

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