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Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 1) 35

I was thinking the same thing and just did a bit of reading (

It looks like the only thing politicians did to kill it was ban phone sex. It was mainly killed by greedy, incompetent carriers.

Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 3, Informative) 35

US Premium numbers are no longer available. UK numbers are easily available - register at

Note that you would be breaching the ToS for your premium number - they require you to notify all 'customers' that they're calling a premium rate number. So while it's easy to set up, I think you'd be cut off pretty quickly too.

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.

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