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Comment Screw that (Score 1) 135

Allowing a group of centralized elites to control mating opportunities. Gosh, no way that will be misused.

Existing approaches try to make matches between people who (ostensibly) share common interests, which definitely include meeting someone who they'll get along with, possibly for marriage, possibly for hookups. Some of these put an emphasis on raw sexuality, others claim to be about long term stuff, but ultimately each attracts a userbase suited to that behavior. The fact that you have to back up your tinder profile with some game is a feature to the users who are choosing to select someone who is capable of that, not a bug. The fact that you have to put up with endless tests on some sanctimonious religious website is a feature to the other users, not a bug. These tests are designed to weed out the people who do not and can not meet those social standards, physical standards, whatever.

What would putting an AI- even a really good AI- in charge of it, do? What's the goal of the AI? Your goal and the goal of your potential picks might be similar, but why would you assume the AI would have that as its goal? If the AI is trusted, a way to game that trust (and therefore get a potential mate you may not otherwise be able to) would be worth quite a bit to unscrupulous individuals as well. Your BEST case scenario here is that you give a lot of power to some goddamned server room.

A bigger thing is, what's the goal with an AI-driven matchmaking or hookup site? What's the model that pays for everyone at the company? Is it subscription based? Are they literally incentivized to keep you on the website meeting people, instead of being involved in a monogamous relationship with no need for their services, even if that is both your stated and actual preference? "Uh oh, these two would be a perfect match, and therefore we'd lose two customers. Better prevent them from meeting each other through this app!"

Comment Re:Num pads on laptops (Score 2) 126

> Ergonomics be damned?

I mean, we are talking a shift of like an inch or two. Is that a big deal nowadays somehow? We are in a world with thumb keyboards instead of some chorded trickery that uses all your fingers, which would be faster and more ergonomic, and most people use QWERTY keyboards, which are ludicrously unergonomic and....

> isn't particularly friendly to left-handed people either ...isn't particularly friendly to right-handed people, what with almost all the frequent keys being under the left hand.

There's no inherent rule implying that a numpad must be used with the dominant hand, any more than there's a rule implying that your dominant hand should have the E, T, and A keys under it (the three most common letters in English, all under the left hand on those idiotic QWERTY keyboards you continue to use your whole fucking life).

A numpad is only shitty if you never use it. Maybe you never have cause to type in numbers. That's just bizzare to me. I've also never seen anything implying, at any point, that a numpad is easier to use with your dominant hand. Plenty of studies showing that you are using a keyboard that is vastly more likely to cause long term injuries, and no one gives a fuck about that.

Comment Re:For the people who can buy a nice laptop (Score 2) 126

Wait, you don't like numpads? We can have a holy war! I can't deal with anything without a friggin numpad. Feels totally derp to try to enter more than a few numbers without one. I didn't realize there were people who actually don't like the numpad for some heretical reason. EEEEEIIIIIINFIDELLL!!!

Comment Re:Paid Ad? (Score 1) 126

Maybe, but probably not. System76 deserves some attention as a top tier integrator for Linux laptops. They appear to be the roughest analogy to Apple in Linux-land. The last time System76 made noise, here on slashdot we mostly shit on them for having such pricy laptops that didn't have a 4K option. Well, now they do. It's clearly of interest to slashdotters, as we chided them on it last time.

Comment Re:4K (Score 4, Insightful) 126

System 76 is a pretty good value for the machine you get. Lets go over your choices to build a ~$5000 machine.

> dual 1080 SLI

Yes, that would be expensive. It's SLI on a friggin laptop. The "low end" option is a GTX 1070, which totally blows away what you can get on, say, an Apple. The dual 1080 SLI option adds 1500 bucks to the price. This is what you would expect, and also, not something you would buy unless you were actually sure you wanted it. This is a top end graphics card, and you're talking TWO of them in a laptop. This alone is 30% of the price.

> two 2TB HDDs

Lets be clear here: included in the price is an 256 GB SSD. You are adding two additional 2.5" HDDs to this.

The 5 thousand dollar machine you built has a top of the line (which commands a VAST premium) Nvidia graphics card, then it has A SECOND ONE OF THOSE. It has THREE storage media- an SSD, and two HDDs. That sounds about right.

Note that in raw power, this machine totally blows away anything offered by Apple, which can't progress beyond a middle of the line Radeon, and I'm pretty damned sure it can't do three media. Heck, I think the option on that is just a big SSD (which the Bonobo also offers in the configurator). I can't even get close to these specs on Alienware, where I couldn't find the option to get TWO friggin GTX 1080s, nor THREE media in the rig.

My view: If you need the hardware you selected, this is a good deal for it, and you'd be hard pressed to find it at most mainstream shops, because the options chosen are wildly excessive for most users. The main name brands don't even offer this sort of stuff, it's super packed with metal.

Comment Speed of thought versus speed of speech (Score 1) 251

Typing is slower than talking.
Talking is slower than thought.

But by how much? This question was relevant to designers of old pen and paper RPGs (who needed to be concerned about how much could be communicated in a combat round, with magical aids such as telepathy and other such things that the game rules allowed), but I've never seen it discussed by like, scientists.

So I googled it.

But that seems to mostly cover the latency, not the bandwidth.

Is the bandwidth actually that important? Musk is probably using it as a standin for other things, but I really think we'd need some evidence to see that it is. Even this far into knowledge of cognition, we don't know which cognition tasks are actually difficult, versus which ones are difficult for humans. We also don't know how thoughts work in general, even if we have a pretty good idea about how some specific tasks are solved by humans.

Outgoing bandwidth seems like it might be a problem for a billionaire, or a president, or a teacher. But in general, is it really? In the time since I saw this article to when I clicked refresh, there's been quite a few responses. I've read some of them. I could read them all, given time. But the available data in this comment section will, before the discussion is archived, add up to several minutes of reading for someone who reads fast. Consideration of input bandwidth (and there, reading is much faster than typing, and I'm pretty sure it is faster than speech) seems pretty important, especially to the majority of communication which has to inform, express, and persuade rather than command and instruct.

Telling a computer what to do in little time or effort has been a pretty big push in most computing industries for years now, and somehow voice instruction ends up being lame compared to typing (despite its superior bandwidth), and giving detailed instructions, such as that needed when programming, seems to be very slow indeed when compared with more abstract communications.

So overall I disagree that output bandwidth is going to be the limiter here. There's already more discussion than you can effortlessly input on any topic, and the speed of deeper thinking seems to be pretty slow on a lot of measures anyway.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 3, Insightful) 557

I mean, that's just an assumption about what Linux users do with their systems. Microsoft has great data on what their users use their systems for- timestamps of executable programs, all data typed by keyboard, which ads are most likely to lead to sales, etc. Until someone starts tracking everything done by Linux users in the same manner Microsoft tracks all Windows users, I'm afraid your assertion is likely to remain unproven...

Comment Re:Backup and Syncing (Score 1) 29

> It's probably based in a fear of accidental mass data corruption/deletion

Wait, so the one part of your ios device- which may store documents you need professionally, financially relevant documents, or even irreplaceable personal stuff- that gets this special "deleted just means moved to a special hidden place" treatment is YOUR BROWSER HISTORY?

Lets be real here, there's no way that's possible. And this is a backup copy of USER DELETED items, mind you.

Comment Kinda bad news (Score 2) 78

When Intel struggled to get Broadwell out, their die shrink to 14nm using the architecture that they made in Haswell, you knew that they were having at least some issues. When it turned out that Haswells almost exclusively didn't properly support the new "transaction memory", to the effect that the opcodes had to be patched out, that was also kinda depressing. Skylake, their next in line, and the newest architecture update, was the last time they have even vaguely been on schedule.

Right after skylake, they announced that, instead of a die shrink to 10nm, they would add a new "optimization" step, and continue to tweak skylake instead of shrinking it. This is kabylake, which just came out in desktop and laptop properly (Xeons lag behind normally: the full suite of Skylake Xeons should be launching in a few months). They redid all their slides to show a full new arrow, giving them effectively another year to do the die shrink. Now that we are getting close to seeing what would be the next guy ("cannon lake"), who properly should be launching later this year on 10nm, we first heard that they were going to insert a "coffee lake", which would be another optimization at 14nm, for desktop, and that only laptop and low power chips would actually be on the 10m "cannon lake". And now, we find out that the first 10nm will be out for datacenter, which means an even further push back.

Summary: their older slides used to show around a summer 2016 launch for their 10nm process. Then it became a summer 2017 launch, then that became only a partial launch, and now it is looking like a spring 2018 launch. The words change, but the message is the same: "We aren't close to having 10nm be actually profitable, or possibly even all that functional".

Comment Re:Two questions (Score 1) 139

> First, can it be disabled?

Yes, of course. You'll be able to download some program from someone that will add colors back, add a border back, etc. It will work intermittently and eventually the developer will leave on a ship and take the straight road to Aman, joining the other elves.

> Second, when are you going to fix the spying?

The spying was mostly fixed a few months ago, when they made it much harder for most of their users looking to disable it. Right now, the spying is working pretty well, because even stuff like Spybot Anti Beacon can't quite get everything. Microsoft will eventually fix the spying by making it so that something critical to your use case is indistinguishable from, and transmitted with, all the telemetry. Then the users will never break it again!

Comment Re:Usual useless fluff (Score 2) 139

> Will this be another multi-gigabyte update that opens hundreds of simultaneous connections to download, not only making Windows 10 unusable, but shutting down your entire network and making every other device on it unusable?

I mean, why should they answer that? Windows users will put up with it either way. This update takes away useful borders on applications and text boxes, makes all icons mostly indistinguishable and black-and-white, and generally makes it harder to know where anything is, what it does, or what it is doing. Its clearly there to screw with users who can't opt out, which is plenty of them.

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