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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    The death knell of AI is when they pat each other on the back and say how powerful AI is...

    It's like a toy chihuahua barking fiercely. AI ain't all that. It's sci-fi.

    These people are respected scientists not foo sellers. The reason you are seeing high profile scientists coming up with things like this is because we believe we are a lot closer to general AI then the first sentence of that article leads you to believe. There has been an unusually large number of breakthroughs just in the last year, last few months even. People with decades of experience in the field who would normally have measured responses to the possibility of AI are getting a little worried that Kurzweil might have been off by a few decades. That's why it's important to prepare now.

  • Interesting Items from CES

    If I was forced to use RaspPi for graphical kiosk like applications, I'd use probably [attempt] to use Clutter (straight C code) and Wayland or the framebuffer directly. Or even drop Clutter and just go direct OpenGL. I definitely would not try to bring the whole X11 windowing system and a web browser along for the ride.

    But IMO, unless you are shipping a million units or something I think it just makes sense to use a high level language/framework you are productive in and buy a better computer. :) Cost of developers >>> cost of hardware, most of the time!

  • Interesting Items from CES

    , Bas wrote

    *snip*

    I'm so glad to finally hear someone who agrees. I need a sort of cheap kiosk solution and everyone keeps going "hey, just use a pi, it's perfect!" but it is just too ridiculously slow. I'm not sure why everyone keeps suggesting it as the one size fits all solution for everything. In the end we just got a bunch of NUCs running some sort of kiosky Ubuntu version.

    I could have lived with the 512MB RAM. But the CPU is really weak, and that's the thing I've noticed that web apps crave. People see 700MHz as not that bad thinking back to the PentinumIII but they are thinking in terms of Intel's crazy superscalar processor designs with all kinds of fancy branch prediction and cache prediction logic they use and used to really get the most out of that 700MHz on general purpose workloads. ARM has only barely started to compete with Intel on things like that, so I'm not even so sure about the improved Pi competitors. The GPU isn't that bad though, but you really have to be running Wayland to get the most out of it.

  • Interesting Items from CES

    That's a buy. I've used a RaspPi as a home server for awhile, but the thing is just too * slow to run real web apps. :)

  • Interesting Items from CES

    I effectively pay ~$20/mo for cable and HBO from FiOS. Something happened recently to make cable a lot cheaper, perhaps people don't give a crap anymore about TV. I know I don't.

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    , wkempf wrote

    The same is true for web browsers. A single standard is good. A single implementation is not. End of story.

    A single standard is good. A single implementation is better. End of story.

     

     

    Just kidding. Nullius in verba. You see, I can actually justify my reasoning. A single implementation is better because software engineering is a non-marginal economic activity, that is, software only has to be written once and it can then be copied and used infinitely. It also is utilitarian, unlike art, it does not necessarily written to encode an individual's creative expression. This means it can be built on top of and improved, sometimes even by people who don't know each other.

    You see, when two software engineers work on the same exact thing it's actually a tragedy. Because really, one of them could have been on a beach drinking a Margarita and the human species wouldn't have been any worse off. Think of all the margaritas that went undrunk because of people like you.

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    Hell even Mac OS X is bundled with a metric ton of GPL code. And I clearly remember someone in MS Research saying they use GNU Emacs. :P

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    Oh, that's what you're talking about? LOL I though you were talking about their search engine. The thing that brings home the bacon. You know? What part of that is derived from GPL code?

    I suspect you didn't realize the Linux kernel was GPL based on your previous comment. I also suspect you don't understand how the GPL works. Here is a hint: you will never know what part of Google's search engine is derived from GPL code because they are under no obligation to tell you, they are free to use as much GPL code as they want with zero obligation to share anything. The GPL sharealike obligations only applies on external distribution. I suggest you read up more on licenses.

    Huge swaths of a typical Linux distribution are GPL by the way. Do you know what the GNU system is? It's probably the most common license. To say that Google doesn't use GPL code is just laughable.

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    What GPL software does Google use?

    This is the kind of question you should be embarrassed to ask. 

     

     

     

    (btw, the Linux kernel)

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

     no company with plans for revenue models other than by selling support would ever use GPL software.

    I don't understand how you can write this...

     

    So, where's the source code for Google's fine-tuned kernel?

    And follow up with this. Think cbae, think.