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Comment I voted other... (Score 1) 599

I have three computers that I use a lot. Any one of them could be my main computer on any given day. I have a home PC, a home iMac, and a work PC. My home PC runs Windows 10, Fedora, Debian, Solaris, Slackware, and I use VMWare for some VMs that I put test installs on to try new/beta OS's. My iMac runs OS X(or is it just MacOS now with the current beta?), and my work PC runs Windows 7 but I VNC into a Linux server for a lot of my stuff. So, I guess my vote should be "It's complicated". ;)

Submission + - Some e-mails from Ms. Clinton's private server "too damaging for release"

mi writes: The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

One wonders, what possible new damage can occur now from releasing them, if — as we were told — foreign spies have "almost certainly" already read it all anyway?

Submission + - Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Dead at 88 (

Dave_Minsky writes: Inventor, philosopher, scientist, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor emeritus Marvin Minsky passed away on January 24 in Boston at the age of 88.

Minsky is remembered for laying the groundwork for some modern theories and praxis on artificial intelligence. In 1951 he built SNARC, the first randomly wired neural network. He later became an advisor the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the 1970s, Minsky developed the Society of Mind theory that tried to explain what we perceive as intelligence was simply an interaction between non-intelligent parts.

Friends remember Minsky as quirky as well as being a deep well for knowledge on AI.

"The Marvin that I knew was a wonderful mixture of serious and quirky," friend Stephn Wolfram wrote in a blog post dated January 26. "...he always kept true to his goal of figuring out how thinking works, and how to make machines do it."


Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

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