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Comment Such. Bad. Software. (Score 1) 54

If I ever find myself with too many apps on my phone, the fastest, least disruptive and most effective way to save space is to delete Facebook and Facebook messenger. Large apps with large cache, no substantial improvement over website.

So many large updates, but if you check the Google play store, the perennial "what's new" blurb is simply "improvements for reliability and speed".

If you're a top engineer with no respect for for your customers go work there. Facebook, how do you sleep?

Comment Obligatory complaint about summary acronyms (Score 1) 73

Perhaps the summary could explain SEC and ETF. At a short glance it's not clear what these are, or if we are taking about an American / European / international organisation.

I don't read financial papers and I don't live in America. I don't think these are prerequisites for visiting Slashdot, and I think it's fair to assume that many Slashdot visitors have widespread minor interests, trying to get the headlines without getting bogged down /rant

Comment What would happen if all food was the same... (Score 1) 383

... In terms of nutritional value and caloric value.

It would all taste overly similar, offer less variety, be overall worse for people that are used to customizing specifically to their own body system. Is this a good metaphor? I don't know. But I think the point is the question is a bit simplistic.

Comment Re: Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 474

Yeah, I see what you mean for existing software practices and understanding of how to write software.

Still, for science-fiction length timeframes ahead of us, it's hard to imagine that we'll be able to make truly efficient and effective neural networks without using more physical nodes. Virtual nodes get limited by physics, and context switching can't compete with true distributed parallel processing.

Hardware and software will have to both improve, and both inform each other.

up until now, it seems that the hardware innovation hasn't been necessary because hardware speed improvements and software improvements have been possible, and were the low hanging fruit.

Comment Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 474

What I want to know is why no-one is trying to make computers with thousands / millions / billions / trillions of processors and similarly large numbers of connections.

The manufacturing would have to be very different, possibly self replicating processors, biologically inspired.
One of the reasons computers aren't good at what humans can do: image / speech recognition / language processing etc, is that they literally don't do nearly as much processing.

There's only so much speed, disk space, internet connectivity you can throw at the problem to make do, still using with shortcuts, picking low hanging fruit problems.

The 80/20 rule is fine. But if you want 100 percent of the results, you need to do 100 percent of the work.

At this point, fast, faster, fastest processors is a linear solution (or shallow enough), that they still won't get close to the processing power of our brains with 100s of billions of connections for a while yet.

Even our ears take thousands of audio inputs from tiny hairs before our brain starts audio processing. Microphones still work with a single membrane right?

Comment Re: Microphone? (Score 1) 43

An interesting idea, but it may not be sensitive to typical audio variations in air pressure ,it didn't seem to say this in the article. If I can compare it to say deforming a piece of wood with a nail... there's a certain minimum pressure before you can see any deformation of the wood (before the nail makes any scratch or mark). The silly putty might be too thick. If you think about existing microphone components, I'd argue they get moved rather than deformed. Alternatively, ou could imagine making a very thin wire which *does* bend/deform, but I'm not so sure you could make a thin wire from silly putty.

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