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Comment Its Been a Fuckin' Desert for Centuries, Fools! (Score 0) 282

I was there in 1981 and rode a train across the interior of southern Spain. It was mostly desert then.

The only activity was the Sisyphean effort of fools using massive machines to "comb" huge rocks out of the soil and stack them at the sides of fields. Every field had a huge berm of (big) boulders in a rectangle around it. The intent was to later irrigate and farm it. Guess that didn't work out for ya.

So BFD, it was desert and it will be desert! Get over it now. Maybe they can use it as a giant-ass prison farm; certainly plenty of rocks that need breaking there.

Comment There's Not Enough of It and Never Will Be.... (Score 1) 75

to justify hitting it with new deep learning/NN technology. Also, most of the old data has been "mined out" with standard statistical techniques.

Oh, they can do the exercise: chase phantoms, declare that they "found" something new (the same old trends previously found again), with the very occasional true discovery. But by and large, 15 minutes after the data is released, everything we already know will be confirmed and anything new we can know or will know will be revealed.

Nothing here, Folks. Move along please.

Comment Re:RTFA this time (Score 1) 264

"chopping wood with an axe isn't a hotbed of technological innovation. It's pretty much worked the same way since the stone age, even though the tools have gotten a bit better."

But the risks remain. Chopping wood is a dangerous and potentially lethal activity. Your axe/hatchet must be sharp but a sharp axe can, in a flash, sever a tendon, an artery or even a leg. Suddenly you will want the latest 21st-century surgical technology. Are you able to sew up a severed artery? Even a tendon? My, my....

Wear sturdy boots - tall boots designed to protect you from an axe. Check your equipment: a loose axehead will ill serve you if, when you give it the "good ole college try", it flies off the handle and embeds itself in your significant other's belly. Can you sew up a severed aorta? In 5 minutes or less? Can you do a field blood transfusion to replace the blood the victim lost? My, my....

Point is, we've forgotten much of how to do things that we _think_ we understand. Most people today could not chop wood with an axe without, at some point, seriously hurting themselves or others. There is no substitute for experience and learning.

Finally, forget about the axe/hatchet. Use a hand saw - it's far safer. But learn and practice how to use it first: an artery severed by a saw is harder to patch than one severed by an axe.

Comment Google Thermometer! (Score 1) 52

Google has found another earth-shattering ML application: Google Thermometer! For a fee of only $xxxx (fill in the blanks), Google will monitor your a/c system and control it remotely! It will also accept Twitter, e-mail and messages from irritated occupants (such as Mary in Accounting, who is enduring post-menopausal heat flashes) and act (or not) upon them.

Next Month's Fun: Google Rectal Thermometer, which will monitor your bodily functions to optimize your metabolism.

Comment Living in a Police State (Score 3, Informative) 215

WTF are people thinking, doing such things?

Thanks to fools who accept this sort of behavior we are now officially living in a police state.

There should be criminal, legislative and civil investigations, and the whole bunch of people involved rounded up, prosecuted and thrown in the slammer.

Comment Impossible Because of Second Law of Thermodynamics (Score 1) 830

The article says

"...if we take it as read that it is, in principle, possible to simulate a universe in some way, at some point in the future, then we have to assume that on an infinite timeline some species, somewhere, will simulate the universe...."

But this is impossible since, to simulate a universe completely would require at least the entire resources of the original universe which, due to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, are not all available. Q.E.D

That is, trying to run a true simulation of a universe within an already-extant universe is akin to trying to run a perpetual-motion machine: it ain't gonna happen.

There are other objections, but this is IMO the strongest.

Comment Be Glad the Jerks Are Here... (Score 3, Insightful) 642

...each and every time a plane crosses the equator yet computes it's trajectory correctly, every time your car adjusts properly to changes in air temperature, and every time your pacemaker properly tells your heart to beep.

Jerks rule the tech universe. Others participate, but the Jerks keep them in line and the Jerks rule. Without Jerks all would be chaos.

Learn to spell. Pay attention to grammar. Get the errors out of your maths. Become a Jerk, not an uneducated slob! Then get a high-paying tech job and contribute something to the future of mankind.

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