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Comment Re:My setup... (Score 4, Funny) 303

Great setup. Furthermore (since he said he didn't really grasp the fine details) I'd suggest: put the keyboard and the monitor on the table, and put the chair and the table close together, preferably with the chair right in front of the keyboard and monitor. Very comfortable, you won't regret it!

Comment Re:I sympathize with AI, but... (Score 2) 47

only 10% of Tor users are journalists, human rights activists, etc. A bit more than half use it to hide illegal activities.

(Yes, TFA is about messaging, but the whole "we must save encryption to protect the downtrodden" meme is just bogus.)

You got it backwards. To make your point about bogus, you should look at the percentage of journalists, human rights activists, etc. being Tor users, not the other way round.

Comment Re:Skype Doesn't Claim Otherwise (Score 1) 47

That's a straw-man. Amnesty International's is not arguing that these services should be anti-government, just that they come with basic precautions to ensure that communications that are meant to be private are actually private.

To put it as a car-analogy, I think Amnesty envisions (end-to-end) encryption in messaging being standard, a bit like safety belts are standard in a car.

Comment Re:Results As Expected (Score 1) 170

They took the same reinforcement learning techniques from the Atria 2600 AI and applied them to Doom. It worked. Next they plan to do it on Quake. Let me give you a hint for the future: It'll work.

It is still noteworthy, since the Atari visual frames are built up from sprites of limited size that are very convenient for a convolutional model: once it has learned to detect the sprites, it has an accurate representation of the location of the relevant objects in the scene. In doom, since it is a 3D scene, there is no such one-to-one correspondence between object identities and visual appearance. The fact that the method still works is not at all trivial.

Comment Re:Destroys Raspberry Pi? (Score 1) 205

It costs more than $117, from TFA:

Yes, you are reading that correctly. The board itself, which starts at $117, will not operate on its own. To make it a full-fledged usable device for projects and other uses, you must add the SolidPC Q4 single-board 'carrier' computer which is $40. In other words, you are looking at a minimum of $157

Submission + - Sometimes a Bug Is More Than a Nuisance (

sproketboy writes: All it took to explode the European Space Agency's 10 year and $7 billion Ariane 5 less than a minute into its maiden voyage last June, was a small computer program trying to stuff a 64-bit number into a 16-bit space.

One bug, one crash. Of all the careless lines of code recorded in the annals of computer science, this one may stand as the most devastatingly efficient. From interviews with rocketry experts and an analysis prepared for the space agency, a clear path from an arithmetic error to total destruction emerges.

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