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  • Tom Warren (The Verge) and Ed Bott (zdnet) give up on WP. msft's karma??

    , fanbaby wrote

    Soon using patents will be all that's left

    Hmm... so, Microsoft wields its patents against Android OEMs. The laws of karma make two pundits ditch their WP and get themselves *drumroll* an iPhone 6.

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    "Exactly how can you be immortal when I can simply unplug your power cord?"

        "I hope you like Harry Potter references, because I made seven backups."

    In the cloud, obviously.

    Seriously though, the point is we tend to imagine an AI as some sort of human replica made of silicon and bits, which is reflected in the Turing Test.

    The problem is that the single attribute of immortality (not in the strictest sense of the word, but close enough) would make any AI as inhuman as anything we can possibly imagine, except maybe for some obscure deity.

    We wouldn't share the same needs, goals, priorities, heck we wouldn't even be competing for the same resources, with the possible exception of energy. And even if we did, the AI wouldn't even need to compete: it can just slow down in a corner and wait patiently until we finally go extinct.

    Pretty much like a teenager.

  • Artificial intelligence could end mankind

    , JohnAskew wrote

    Intelligence includes the irrational, which computers are incapable of sensing whatsoever. Intelligence includes the arts, which computers are incapable of enjoying. Intelligence includes unconscious communication among humans, and what sensor can do that for a box?


    Every time I hear that argument, I picture something like this:

    "Hi, I'm a human being"
        "And I'm an AI"
    "I can be happy, and sad, and any way in between"
        "And I'm immortal"
    "I can write music, and poetry, and I have a sense of humor"
        "Still immortal here"
    "That's nice, but I can do romance, burn with passion, suffer the pangs of despised love and all that"
        "Right. Did I mention I'm immortal?"
    "Yes, you did, and it's getting boring."
        "Funny, because I never get bored. Which is a good thing because, you know, immortal"


  • Microsoft patent strategy backfires

    , fanbaby wrote

    MS threatened to sue B&N over patents. B&N says eff you and also paints in the media a picture of an ugly bully corporation. In the last minute a trial is averted and MS and B&N play buddies, Microsoft agree to invest a few hundred mills in some sort of a "joint venture". 

    Ah, yes, this has nothing at all to do with patents. Sure, Microsoft planed for years to get into a partnership with B&N, had nothing to do with the impending trial.

    Me and my conspiracy theories.

    Any developer who champions patents is a lower class developer.

    Almost correct. Except that, according to Ars, B&N just bought back its stocks from Microsoft, so that the money simply went back where it came from. Sorry for the bad news.

  • Censorship

    , TheJoe wrote

    @Blue Ink:I don't think hate speech is illegal. 

    I just meant "illegal" with respect to app store policies, but as a matter of fact yes, hate speech happens to be illegal in a lot of countries. Even in the US, hate speech is not always covered by the First Amendment; I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that that game does not qualify for protection.

  • Censorship

    @TheJoe: That's not a matter of politically correctness, that's a prime example of hate speech.

    I don't know which set of rules you are proposing, but I do hope that this kind of stuff stays illegal.

  • Solar energy technology advancement

    , ScanIAm wrote

    @JohnAskew: I would think some kind of switch technology could be used to disrupt the flow of electrons to the grid...

    I am not sure I follow; how would your switch force people to buy energy from the grid?

    This kind of last-ditch-excuse bullsh*t is a sure sign that fossil fuel folks are scared.  No matter what your opinion is of fossil fuels usage might be, it is not an unlimited resource and we are squandering what we have simply because it's profitable for some.  Even if we weren't mucking with the climate, this stuff won't last forever.  I've heard predictions of 100 years of oil and 500 years of coal.  So what happens in 2515?

    Most humans are dum-dums.

    Maybe... but does it make sense for us to worry? At present speed, 100 years of technology is an abyss, 500 are just unthinkable. Try to imagine Cort├Ęs, Columbus, Da Vinci and Ivan the Terrible debating how to use their technology to save us people of the XXI century from some disaster they predicted. Aren't they cute?

    I'm not saying we shouldn't take good care of the environment; just that we should never forget that our children and grandchildren will know a lot more than we do.

  • Does this means Nokia won't be suing android makers?

    @fanbaby: I don't see why you are so optimistic.

    Android manufacturers are still Nokia's competitors and battling for the bigger slice of the pie. If anything, I would expect a more aggressive stance.

    The only possible good news on the silly patent litigation front is that Microsoft may not be able to assert its Android patents against Nokia, but that's not much. We'll see.

  • Archos Dual SIM Windows Phones

    @Ian2: if you are interested, there are even a few Lumia with a dual-SIM version (530, 630, 730 and 535), even though they don't seem to be available in every market.

    As for the pictures you posted, they also downplay the dual-SIM angle quite a bit, and that's a pity since WP implementation is one of the best I saw so far.

  • Microsoft Independence Day

    , CaRDiaK wrote


    Heard a talk about this on the radio during the commute this morning. Basically sensors around town to provide him with information as he is severely visually impaired. "Shops in 10 meters" ... "Doctors on your left" Also had an interface to his guide dog which allowed him to "hear" a sonar between him and the dog. He hadn't been to the area before and said he felt "very comfortable navigating the area". Gave him information on buses that were approaching and which number it was etc. 

    He was very excited about the technology and immediately noticed a difference when he didn't have it on again. The prototype considered a success is now being extended. 

    Great stuff Microsoft, truly awesome! 

    Awesome indeed, thanks for the link.