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Comment Re:logs (Score 1) 596


This proves her story is wrong. It does not prove Tesla innocent. There are other scenarios which would have lead to this sensor readout and put Tesla at fault such as a faulty sensor or something jamming the accelerator down.

However we now have on once side someone that is known to lie and on the other side we have Tesla which does not have a past history of lying. So without any further information I'm be inclined to believe the 'meatsack' is at fault.

Comment Re:!AIX (Score 1) 48

Yup, good on them, I'd be disappointed if they didn't.

But you said maintains, not promotes. I would expect IBM to maintain Cobol and Fortran compilers too. I bet some people still run IRIX too, does that mean we can't use that name for a new product?

Or how about iOS - they're even both operating systems - but realistically how many people are going to get confused between enterprise switches and a consumer mobile device?

Comment Re:!AIX (Score 1) 48

I don't see a problem with the name.

Yeah, 20 years ago IBM sold an operating system with that name. But it's a three letter name, and Microsoft's product isn't an operating system. You have to expect name collisions at 3 letters.

Unless there was something else you didn't like about AIX?

Comment Ask your boss (Score 2) 122

Depending on whether your company is more lead by legal or marketing they'll either decide to release the changes for good PR, or to shelve them in case the changes have some sort of issue. You should be able to get a pretty clear steer on which way your company operates from your immediate manager.

It's worth knowing, because companies so scared of legal issues that they won't contribute to the commons are sad places to work.

Comment Re:This isn't AI.... (Score 1) 149

The most a computer will ever be is an algorithm with some clever programming. Are you saying that AI is impossible.

Take go for example. Let's say hypothetically that I develop this mega-awesome heuristic for evaluating go positions. So good that without search (1 ply) I can play a mean game. That heuristic evaluation function is either: me encoding knowledge about how to play the game into programming or it is 'learned' through random manipulation of data on a computer which is rewarded when it wins games.

Is either of these intelligent?

Comment Re:This isn't AI.... (Score 1) 149

So intelligence is 'doing things the way humans do'? There can't be any other type of intelligence?

If a problem requires intelligence to solve, then any solution to that problem on a computer is artificial intelligence regardless of what 'parlour tricks' are used. And yeah, humans are really good at pattern recognition while computers are really good at arithmetic so I would expect artificial intelligence to differ significantly from human intelligence.

PS: This AI evaluates significantly fewer moves than deep-blue. A brute force search of go is woefully ineffective no matter how much processing power you have.

Comment Re:what is a "cell phone ping"? (Score 5, Interesting) 127

Pinging a cellphone means setting up a portable cellphone tower. All cellphones within range will report their existence to you, which you can then cross reference against your missing person's IMEI number...Through triangulation/multiple different towers you can work out the location quite accurately.

Of course this is not generally available to the public. For a start you need to have a portable tower (or borrow a few from a local telco) and secondly you'll need to cross-reference his phone number to look up his IMEI.

I'm curious how a bunch of students were able to get past the two restrictions - I can imagine a uni having some portable towers lying around for research purposes, but how would they have found out his IMEI number?

Comment Re:I am curious about one thing... (Score 2) 66

Yes I was thinking something similar.

We recently had a situation where the business decided to buy the field force all iPads because they were going to change the whole business process around a new app which happens to only run on iOS. Midway through the project we discovered that a few of the field force have a critical business application which only runs on windows.

We couldn't have used this specific solution since it is Android rather than iOS, but if it had been available then it would have been very attractive.

Comment Re:What did the question even mean? (Score 2) 201

It's standard sales jargon and so would be well understood at Dreamforce (salesforce's big conference). Leads are people you've met which might want to buy something in the future. If you feel a lead is starting to show meaningful interest then you mark them as an opportunity. Opportunities have sizes (how much can you sell to this person) as well as risk (how likely am I to land this sale).

So "Show me my most at-risk opportunities" makes perfect sense - give me a list of opportunities which have been assigned to me where their risk is is in say the top 5.

Comment Re:I don't see the point (Score 4, Insightful) 198

I don't need a 4k screen on my phone, but I'd quite like my phone to have enough graphics power to drive 4k.

That way I could use my phone as a portable computer rather than lugging a laptop around. It might not be powerful enough for everything, but so much is web based nowadays I could see it working pretty well.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 177

I don't agree with this.

Roughly 90% of owners clean up their dog's poo. Requiring the vast majority to pay for the actions of a minority will a) not incentivise the minority to change behaviour and b) punish people that are doing the right thing (e.g. why should I keep being tidy when I'm paying to be untidy).

You'd get much the same effect putting the whole poo pickup tax onto general rates - lots of innocent people paying for the actions of the minority.

I initially thought the idea of using DNA was crazy but as long as the test can be made cheap enough I have decided I support it. Whack the people you catch with a big fine ($500?) and publicise the heck out of what you're doing, and I think the behaviour will suddenly trickle off to the point that the programme becomes cost effective.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307

Not sure I was quite as strong on 'Greeks are victims' as you make out. That said, I like the idea of using Poland as a comparison country. Let's agree that Poland has been far more sensible than Greece over the last 10 years, and so isn't in anywhere near the same hole Greece is now in.

So, what now? Greece can only pay the creditors if someone gives them more money. You won't, so assuming other people take your stance, that means the creditors won't be paid. After that comes banks being refused cash and the general populace unable to withdraw cash.

Within Greece the next step will be a spectacular depression with unemployment so high it makes the current 25% look like a dream. Eventually the Drachma devalues enough that Greece emerges and everyone left gets on with their lives. Maybe 10 years of that? Outside Greece the cost of the default will be increased interest rates across Europe for a number of years.

If they stay with the Euro that's a little more complicated since they can't devalue their currency. I'm not really sure what would happen there, my gut reaction is the rise of a barter economy / informal currency.

That's my guess, what's yours?

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 5, Insightful) 1307

Let's continue whoever57's analogy.

Your family have lived in a house for generations. A few years ago the house needed a bunch of work adding rooms and generally upgrading it to fit your new status as members of the respectable middle class. You didn't have the cash but you had the status and rates were cheap, so you took out a bank loan to cover it. As that loan came due, your husband lost his high paying job and had to take a cut.

So you begged with the banks and eventually they agreed to lend you more money, but at a higher interest rate. Paying more interest on less money is tough, the house continues to need work to keep it in good repair and you continued to not quite make ends meet. You go to the banks and beg for more money so you can keep paying the interest and repairs but the banks say no, they say you need to live within your means.

You promise to do that, and you quickly 'adjust' your finances to show how it's all going to work out. The bank sees through the farce immediately but he's a greedy fellow and with you agreeing to add 200 more basis points onto the rate, it's gotta be good for him. If you default, your cousin will probably cover it anyway so it isn't much risk.

You keep struggling, and you have to beg the banks for money every month. This starts to annoy and worry the banker, so he starts taking an increasing interest in your life. Don't do a good repair here, just leave the window broken... Don't send your kids off to uni, educate them at the local community college. These things save a little cash, but they also lead to you having to spend a whole lot more time looking after the house instead of making money. Even worse, your kids having a lower level of education means they can't get such a high paying job to help out which is a real problem since your grandparents have now retired and are moving back in.

You get desperate and crawl to the bank begging for more and more. They look over the situation and say, well, maybe, but you have to cancel all expenditure. House repairs, who needs them? Further education, completely abolished!

You hold a family conference. What to do? Give in to what the bank wants and destroy your family's future? Or default and have the bank potentially take possession of your family home. Put like that, it isn't such a hard call, you tell the bank to f. off and wait too see what will happen.

Who's at fault? You for living beyond your means? Yep. You for lying to the bank? Yep. The bank for accepting such an obvious lie? Yep. The bank for loaning money to someone that couldn't possibly pay it back? Yep. The bank for insisting on austerity measures that will have a negative long term fiscal impact, yep.

Does that help?

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