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Comment Re:Heads-up Texas Holdem (Score 1) 156

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"...every time we find a weakness, it learns from us and the weakness disappears the next day."

Let's not underestimate the power of learning at damn near an exponential rate.


It does not look like AI learning at exponential time. It looks like nightly patches to a program to remove discovered exploits. Let us wait until "the weakness disappears immediately without any human intervention".

Comment Re:Its winner take all, not electoral college. (Score 1) 1069

Yeah, as I heard over radio, Clinton winning popular vote is rather misleading. Popular vote and electoral vote are orthogonal to each other.

It is akin to saying after a football game that one of the football teams won by yardage rather than by scoring the points. The game would be entirely different if the teams were trying to get more yardage instead of points...

And you cannot change the game rules after the game is over either.

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 1) 1430

Trump won under the current voting rules. You cannot change rules after the vote to let some other candidate win. By changing the rules in the midair, you can even make a case that Gary Johnson won (by weighing certain voters to be zero or something).

I agree with you point that the current rules may not be fair. Then we need to change them and use updated rules in the next election. You cannot change them and apply updated rules to this election retroactively.

GP's point was that under updated rules Trump still had a chance (to win by popular vote) if he chose to spend more time campaigning in California. He did not simply because it did not make sense under current rules.

Comment Science used to be an art form (Score 4, Insightful) 116

Some time ago tenure system was devised to protect researchers who explore new paths. They could not be fired just because they seemingly accomplish nothing for years for a chance that they may suddenly revolutionize their field or something.

Nowadays universities in USA have turned into money making businesses which are all focused on whether a professor can bring grants or profitable patents disregarding long term benefits for exploring new paths.

Comment Re:What makes them think they can deliver? (Score 1) 124

I agree that Google is a pioneer in developing this technology. I would disagree that it would take years for others to catch up. For one thing, they do not have to repeat all Google's mistakes.

Having said that, Google is going what in my opinion a government should be doing, that is, finance a research into a technology that has a potential to pay off many years later. I am not saying it is bad, I think it is nice of Google to spend money that they may not be able to get back for years if not ever.

Submission + - The most distant object in Solar system is discovered

igny writes: A group of scientists discovered what seems to be the most distant object in Solar system so far. They proposed three possible explanations. Is that a Superearth some 300 AU away? Is that just another OORT object some 100 AU away? Or could it be a cool brown dwarf (Nemesis?) some 20,000 AU away?

Comment Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (Score 1) 634

You confused Fortran with Cobol. Yes, Cobol would stick around for decades because of legacy code in all the banks, insurance, government and other institutions.

On the other hand, Fortran is also a language of choice for cutting edge research where no legacy code exists and program development is done from scratch.

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