* Posts by jackharbringer

19 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Mar 2009

Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more


Re: This Person Does Not Exist

I see what you did there.

Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin


Still Useful

Please don't overreact and think that machine learning, neural networks and the current "AI" crop of solutions is all bull. That is also not what the article is driving at:

1) Current "AI" is not general AI and probably shouldn't be give the label Artificial Intelligence as it is misleading and will probably never achieve what we think of as AI.

2) Neural networks can be an extremely powerful tools to solve some types of problems.

There's even room for research in both areas. Research into machine learning is not fake or disingenuous just because it doesn't achieve general AI.

Yes, there is a lot of smoke and mirrors and people trying to make money out of a hype cycle, that's what the industry does. Yes, it's based on research many of us heard about before with some incremental twists. But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Neural networks and machine learning are here to stay and I think that's a good thing. We will be able to solve many problems we couldn't up until now. We just have to learn where an when to use the new tools and when not.

AI is worth learning and not too tricky – if you can get your head around key frameworks


Re: Lets all put everyone out of work

Just like when dem mekanikal buggies comed along in git everyone out of work! Dag gummit! Not to mention when dem kompuuters put e'vryone out of work!

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX


Re: Building a factory in 'bama will also have helped no end.

"IIRC wasn't 'bama chosen because nobody would notice a bunch of Nazis turning up there - or at least nobody would care."

Maybe it's too soon. (Ok, it's definitely too soon.) But the joke is still funny but obviously too subtle for the interwebs. Anyway, have beer on me.

When will they be bringing Clone von Braun out of the antarctic base, or do they need a rocket first to retrieve him from the dark side of the moon?

Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat


In Soviet Russia, the App Server runs you

"The Linux spinner is a keen user of Java, which runs on its JBoss middleware."

I think I know what is meant here - that JavaEE applications run on JBoss. But as stated this seems the wrong way around, as JBoss itself runs on "Java".

As to the actual beef. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ A modular Java is certainly welcome and might be able to keep it going for a bit longer. But, at least for my work with microservices, Java is a whole lot of bloat for not a lot of advantages and just making it more modular won't save it from being the new Cobol.

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?


Re: @Big John -- Yet ANOTHER Trump story?

"and a fucking moron?"

I think we have to leave this one out, if you mean to imply that he's stupid and oblivious to what he's doing. I wouldn't underestimate exactly how smart he is. Just because his goals don't sync with what would be good for most of the population of anywhere, including ultimately the US in my opinion, doesn't mean he's stupid.

However, if you're using moron in the sense of asshole, then please, carry on.

'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus


In what probably comes as a great relief to psychiatrists everywhere ...

... all I can see is a giant phallus.

Oh, time for my therapy already?

Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL


Re: "Really? But Google is the internet, surely"?

Wait! What?! I thought AOL was the Interthingies...

30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT


Re: "...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

@Sir Runcible Spoon

"Rumour has it that the Swiss Army also don't use multi-function knives either."

Sorry to ruin a perfectly good joke, but the Swiss Army actually does issue Swiss Army Knives as part of the standard kit. One with a bottle opener for the soldiers, a fancier one with a bottle opener and a corkscrew for the officers.

Boffins brew eyes on bugs' wings



You got a downvote from me not because of your explanation, which may have it's valid points, but because the article actually mentions and describes the method by which the surface kills bacteria of a certain size and type. A method which has no resemblance to your theory and sounds really cool.

Muppets launch app store guide for little fingers


Re: Sesame Street App Store?

"but because I don't have any options to lock out the rest of the non kid content I need to sit there and watch everything he does or switch off WiFi and tell him the batteries run out (because at that point I don't have the time to watch the same Pink Panther or Agent Oso episode 10 times back to back)"

On the other hand: My Little Pony!!! and it's my daughter who suggests it! :D win-win

There are android tablets that do just what people are asking for and only offer a kids store for music/videos/apps/opt-in web-browsing in kids mode and full android in momma/poppa mode. Complete with e-allowance, chore rewards, etc. (God, I sound like an advertisement, will see how well it really works next week)

I hadn't thought that I would ever let an android system darken my door, but I'll do anything for my daughter (it seems :)

Reflection lets astronomers trick time


Re: Not a natural phenomenom..

Actually, I was thinking:

Only Dr. Hans Zarkov, formerly of NASA, provided an explanation.

Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake



Or even worse:

Nazi prehistoric reanimated zombie making ancient internet meme virus owls!!!

Will no one think of the children!

Columbia debris emerges from Texas lake


Re: Thermal protection system...

You say tomA-to I say solanum lycopersicum. In general I find calling things by their exact definition makes for clearer communication. Especially in scientific discussion, using specific terms can be crucial.

Having said that, in the aforementioned cases, I'd probably go with heat shield, tomat-O, and bog, respectively.

Space scope spies soggy, stupendous Saturnian doughnut



Enchilada Doughnuts!


Xboxer SWATTED by armed cops after online spat


re: cultural epidermic

"When will we teach our kids that it's OK to lose ?"

Syntactically it's a correct sentence, but I just don't get the meaning...


Now that's just crazy talk!

Google can kill or install apps on citizen Androids


RE: RE: apple haters google lovers

>c, protect their users

Now that's just crazy talk!

Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries


Not strictly a dictionary...

"An extensive check of online and offline dictionaries did not reveal a single dictionary that correctly referred to gravity being the operative force in a siphon,"

...but read all about it on WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siphon

Also answers why 10m for water is the limit, under what circumstances a siphon will work in a vacuum and what role exactly gravity and atmospheric pressure play.

I know it's in to bash the wikifiddlers around here, but give them some love when it's due. :)

Apple sued over iPhone e-bookiness


Monec Voyager

Monec built the fabled Monec Voyager years back and haven't done much since, I'm surprised they're still around. The Voyager a tablet-PC with integrated GPS and Mobile-Phone. It was a bit of a Frankenstein, cobbled together from more or less off the shelf parts that didn't really want to play together.

It was a bit ahead of it's time, Windows didn't support touchscreen input very well and you needed to integrate a touch-keyboard in your application, if you wanted to be able to type.

Mine's the one with all the venture capital in it.