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Comment Re: Sucks, but derivative work (Score 1) 137

If you are making money from it, yes, that is one reason why reading services for the blind are specifically exempted from infringement.

That is a bit of a simplification. Reading services for the blind operate under an very narrow extension of the fair use of copyrights. Under current copyright rules, reading services for the blind must be sponsored by an authorized organization (basically a non-profit or governmental agency specializing in providing access to people with disabilities) and these services are specifically restricted to non-dramatic literary or educational works and can they only be produced in a format which is exclusively for use by people with disabilities.

That means citizen jane can't just read the latest best seller fiction book and put it on a pod-cast under the guise of providing a reading service for the blind.

Comment Re:Sucks, but derivative work (Score 2) 137

That is like saying commentary is a derivative work. Sure, just copying a subtitle file would be derivative, but watching a movie, and writing a subtitle file from your interpretation of how best to translate it is fair use.

IANAL, but although it might be true that watching a movie and writing a essay in another language that describes the movie completely in strict time-order might be fair use, but structuring your translation as a sub-title and synchronizing the sub-tiles back to the original audio-visual work (or simply replacing the sub-titles that came with that audio-visual work) will probably make it a derivative work under the law. Legally, part of the copyright of a movie is the synchronization between the audio and the video (and/or the sub-titles and the video) and it would be pretty hard to argue that independently developed sub-tiles aren't somehow derivative of the original audio-visual synchronization of the work which is (sadly) one the the elements of a movie protected by copyright law...

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 437

So... use recursion to output the Nth iteration of Fibonacci. I'd argue that recursion isn't particularly efficient for that, especially if you don't store partial results.
"Simplest" one is fib(n)=fib(n-1)+fib(n-2) fib(0)=fib(1)=1... but this could easily overflow the stack.

Or, you can code your Fibonacci function so your compiler can eliminate the tail recursion... Or not... your choice ;^)

Comment Re:My experience (Score 4, Interesting) 287

You have to remember that for many, "reality" is an illusion created by the visual cortex part of your brain. Since it takes time for your brain to decode the input from your visual senses in the visual cortex, in a way your conscious mind is interpreting the recent past as "now". Of course there are always "reactionary" processing from our reptilian brain that work on a faster pace (sound, touch, involuntary reflexes, etc) and these occasionally intrude on our quaint visual cortex consciousness view of "now" to give us the misguided impression that we can somehow anticipate the future (maybe a second or so, the feeling of deja vu or flinching before your see something).

There is evidence that psychedelic drugs like LSD allow for additional intrusions from other parts of the brain into the visual cortex in an often uncoordinated or hallucinatory fashion which leads some to speculate that generates feeling of some sort of break with reality, or one-ness with universe as these novel interactions are interpreted by the visual cortex. Unfortunately, there is also some evidence that LSD also inhibits connections between the visual cortex and the parahippocampus which plays an important role in memory encoding. This might explain why memories of LSD trips are often fleeting leaving only vague impressions in their wake...

If you associate the normal visual cortical view of "reality" as consciousness, maybe you might think of this psychedelic state which causes this disjoint amalgamation of signals in the visual cortex as some sort "higher" or "altered" consciousness, but given the apparent difficulties of recording and learning about perceptions that could be potentially distilled from this state, it's a stretch to say that any specific intrinsic knowledge about the mechanics of self perception could be learned or gained this way, but certainly for many it might enable a different way of looking at things (which might give you insight into something that you know about already or bridge many facts/skills/ideas you already have together into something clever or novel).

As with many systems, it's generally very difficult to discover the nature of the system from within the system, but maybe a researcher armed with MRIs (and neural lace?) might be able to learn something about you and your thought processes by studying you when are tripping. That whole idea of somehow an untrained individual unlocking the knowledge of the universe crap while tripping is not bloody likely...

On the other hand, just like the allegory of the caves, I suspect some that partake in LSD somehow develop the impression that it opens them up to a different type of perception of reality from which they do not want to return, but the sad fact is that it is simply a different reality, not "the" reality (you still don't "see" anymore than your senses, you just have a different take on them, a different perspective so to speak). Your brain is still looking a shadows on the cave wall (but maybe multi-colored and fancy with sound and light ;^)...

Comment but that's not important right now... (Score 1) 40

Ladies and gentleman, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused. This is due to periodic air pockets we encountered. There's no reason to become alarmed and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

Comment Re:Apollo? No Chinese mythology gods? (Score 2) 27

I think it's kind of funny that they would choose a Greco-Roman cultural figure for their project name. Were there no gods of Chinese mythology available?

I think Baidu was looking for an association with a "moon-shot" like Google, and called it Apollo as to not confuse it with the Chinese moon program (Chang'e), which unlike the Apollo program is still ongoing.

Comment Re:Failure modes (Score 1) 102

I would be interested to see what kind of failure modes there are for this new battery technology.

Since they claimed to not have totally figured out the "cathode" configuration part yet, I suspect that's the part that's that's the weak part in the chain...
Generally, any difficulties like this in the lab point will lead to a lack of guidance in these areas for commercial solutions which will in turn translate to poorly understood commercial solutions. So any such difficulties are often the prime suspect for failure modes.

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 1) 39

"A particle that doesn't exist yet"

Technically a particle system that is theorized to exist, but not yet isolated:

So does that imply a new type of particle in the usual sense (electrons, positrons, neutrinos etc) or in some more abstract sense?

The anyon particle is a more abstract type called a quasi-particle. An anyon would be an isolatable effect in a *real* system, where the system is constrained in a specific way. As a way of analogy, if you had an electron travelling through a semiconductor, you can think as a really complicated system of electrons travelling thorough a sea/lattice of nuclei, or you can think of it as a quasi-electron quantum particle travelling in a more homogeneous media. An Anyon is simply a ordinary particle constrained by the system to a two-dimensional system in a specific way. A quasi-particle is mostly just a mathematical apparatus to simply solving a many-body quantum-mechanical problem using a quantum-field theory approach (rather than a quantum N-body approach).

And by "theorised to exist", again, does that mean "predicted by some postulated variant of string theory / supersymmetry / unified theory of everything (like, say, sparticles or phonons)" or "follows from standard, well tested theory, but not yet observed in the wild (eg the postulated island of stability for very isotopes with very heavy nuclei)"?

Well phonons are also quasi-particles, and they doesn't require string theory or supersymmetry or unified field theory. All phonons do is describe vibrations in crystal lattices (a real phenomena). You can think of the vibrations as quasi-particles that have "mass" and "inertia", "boundary-conditions", etc, but at the end of the day the math describes a real measurable phenomena in the crystal lattice. It's just a different way to do the math.

Anyons are quasi-particles that should mathematically occur in *real* 2-dimensional constrained systems (e.g., crystal surfaces, graphene layers, etc). Kind of like there are fermions and bosons particles which have different statistical properties which cause systems to *get-weird* in different ways when you reduce the degrees of freedom (you can google about cooling a bose-einstein condensate), these 2D anyons mathematically occur in two statistical types: Abelian and non-Abelian. Anyon quasi-particles obeying Abelian statistics have *already* been observed in nature and are key to understanding the fractional quantum hall effect.

Discovery of a system with anyon quasi-particles obeying non-Abelian statistics would be key in creating so-called "braids" which are hypothesized to be a much more stable quantum system from which to implement a quantum computer rather than using spin or polarization (which is what most people use now and suffer from very fast quantum decoherence time).

Being a quasi-particle, physicists are not so-much discovering an anyon particle, but attempting to construct *real-world* two-dimensionally constrained quantum systems that should exhibit this mathematical property, and then experimentally verifying that it has the properties theorized. This is the part that hasn't been done yet.

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 1) 39

"A particle that doesn't exist yet"

Technically a particle system that is theorized to exist, but not yet isolated: An anyon particle system with a state degeneracy which exhibits non-Abelian particle exchange statistics.

Apparently, with such a particle system, it is possible to build a topological quantum computer.

Experimental physicists potentially observed such a system in nanowires made from the semiconductor indium antimonide. More recent experiments suggest that it is possible that ultra-pure, ultra-cold, ultra-magnetized gallium arsenide crystals might exhibit such statistics, but verification remains unresolved...

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 619

I wonder how closely economists have looked at the "send it home" phenomenon. What portion of immigrant income is repatriated?

Economists generally favor immigration, believing it results in greater economic domestic economic activity. But if some large portion of immigrant wages is sent abroad, it would seem to undermine some of the increased economic activity aspect.

In previous eras, it was much more difficult to repatriate wages, and I wonder if econometrics associated with immigration still has a bias on income predominantly remaining in the US.

"Remittance" has been and probably will continue to be a major economic factor. History of remittances date back to the Hawala (8th century). According to the world bank, although remittances will top 1/2 trillion USD, $400B of that is through migrant workers.

Unsurprisingly, India and China top the list of receivers of remittances ($70B, $60B/year respectively).

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 619

Floating as in being one of the best students in your class for instance? Floating because you are so smart that the classes and assignments are too easy and you spend most of your time working on your own projects? And how are computer science students supposed to get work experience if no one wants to hire them?

Does someone has a chip on their shoulder? In my experience, teamwork is way more important than being the "best". Who cares who is the best anyhow? If nobody understands what you are doing, how are they gonna test it? How are they gonna maintain that clever algorithm? How can they figure out if the project is ahead or behind schedule? What are they going to do when you quit and move to greener pastures?

FWIW, Big companies often will sweep hire NCG (new college grads), and sort them over a 2 year stretch. Might not be glamorous work, but that is the entry point for many into certain professions (programming, accounting, engineering, etc).

Working for other people means you have to be likeable. If you are the kind of person people don't like it does not matter how clever you are or how good you are at what you do. You'll be lucky to get a job working at Walmart.

Not much to say about that... Except duh... What good is it if you have a person with 200% of average productivity when it drags down the productivity 20% of the other 10 people on the team that have to interact with that person?

That being said, everyone can be likable, but many folks that think that someone is not likable tend to be simply projecting themselves, so says my psychiatrist friend. How can anyone be sure that *nobody* else likes that person? Projecting your own biases on to other folks is basically conceit, right?

Comment Re:Lack of interest all around (Score 2) 36

Businesses and professionals don't want new processors because of the lack of Windows 7 support and the abandoning of tick tock means waiting three years for performance increases instead of two. There's simply no reason to want to know the future of Intel's products.

More than likely, a lack of interests in sponsors meant the event was more money than their PR department could stomach.

They pretty much clubbed their traditional partners in the knees and squeezed out all their margins by integrating everything and are now pivoting away from their old businesses. Asking what's left of their partners to pay for a tradeshow is just insult to injury and I'm sure many balked/walked. With their pivot, to new businesses (e.g., IoT, AI, etc), they probably found they couldn't convince any new sponsors to foot the same bill as the old partners (e.g., why would an IoT starter partner be pay as much as say Asus, or HP to sponsor IDF for Intel to talk about servers and platforms) and need to rethink the whole IDF idea.

RIP...

Comment Re:I Married a Monster from Outer Space (Score 1) 1220

Perhaps because despite its sensational title, cheesy special effects, and the fact that it's a low-budget rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it's actually quite thoughtful and intelligently executed. The monsters of the title aren't monsters at all, but aliens with understandable if scientifically preposterous motivations. Yet it doesn't fall into the modern who's-the-real-monster-here pitfall: the humans have legitimate reason to fear and even kill the aliens.

One of the reasons I like this movie is that it shows that low budget and vulgar popular tastes are no excuse for making a stupid, boring movie. If you don't have enough money for color film, use black and white to create atmosphere. If you don't have the money for special effects, use storytelling to engage the audience with suspense.

Or if you have no money to pay for extras, use a loaf of bread...

Comment Re:favorite scifi movies (Score 1) 1220

Bladerunner. Alien. Terminator. In recent years my mind is a blank but that one with the blond chick who was an AI was good.

Hmm, don't know which you were referring to, but "Ex Machina" was okay, but she wasn't blond. On the other hand "Her" was a chick-flick that wasn't so good and in addition to not appearing in the movie, she isn't a natural blond. I haven't seen "Ghost in the shell" yet, so perhaps that one is a more promising "blond chick" who was an AI movie...

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