Sunday, September 09, 2012
[Thinking to himself]
Ted Striker: I've got to concentrate...
[his thoughts echo]
Ted Striker: concentrate... concentrate... I've got to concentrate... concentrate... concentrate... Hello?... hello... hello... Echo... echo... echo... Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon... Manny Mota... Mota... Mota...
Friday, June 22, 2012
However, in SQL, identity columns sometimes do get reused/refilled.
And when using integer identities, be sure that the number of rows do not exceed the limits of integer.
The max limit is 2,147,483,647. Hopefully your company is successful enough to get this many sales transactions.
If they're expected to do, use bigint.
The max limit is 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.
Good keys, what are they like? « Thomas Kejser's Database Blog
Thursday, June 21, 2012
In 1980, Searle presented the "Chinese room" argument, which purports to prove the falsity of strong AI. (Familiarity with the Turing test is useful for understanding the issue.) Assume you do not speak Chinese and imagine yourself in a room with two slits, a book, and some scratch paper. Someone slides you some Chinese characters through the first slit, you follow the instructions in the book, write what it says on the scratch paper, and slide the resulting sheet out the second slit. To people on the outside world, it appears the room speaks Chinese—they slide Chinese statements in one slit and get valid responses in return—yet you do not understand a word of Chinese. This suggests, according to Searle, that no computer can ever understand Chinese or English, because, as the thought experiment suggests, being able to 'translate' Chinese into English does not entail 'understanding' either Chinese or English: all which the person in the thought experiment, and hence a computer, is able to do is to execute certain syntactic manipulations
Basically it says that computers will never gain conciousness or understanding, though they can have the appearance of such and simulate enough of it to fool most people. This is the concept of Strong AI. This is due to the fact that they have no physical or chemical attributes that could replicate conciousness, as the brain has.
There is no physical law, Searle insists, that can see the equivalence between a personal computer, a series of ping-pong balls and beer cans, and a pipe-and-water system all implementing the same program.
He describes the concepts of Brute facts versus institutional facts. A Brute fact is that, according to standards of measures (and Google), the height of Mount Everest is 29, 029 feet. An institutional fact is that LeBron James has scored over 2,000 points in seven consecutive seasons.
The appropriately programmed computer with the right inputs and outputs would thereby have a mind in exactly the same sense human beings have minds.
The Chinese room (and all modern computers) manipulate physical objects in order to carry out calculations and do simulations. AI researchers Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon called this kind of machine a physical symbol system. It is also equivalent to the formal systems used in the field of mathematical logic. Searle emphasizes the fact that this kind of symbol manipulation is syntactic (borrowing a term from the study of grammar). The computer manipulates the symbols using a form of syntax rules, without any knowledge of the symbol's semantics (that is, their meaning).
To turn a computer into a true intelligence, it would have to be less programmed syntactically and driven more by semantic learning or understanding.
Does Google have true intelligence? Or is it just part of a system that makes someone with true intelligence smarter, or makes us think we are smarter based on the most common brute and institutional facts?
The speed at which human brains process information is (by some estimates) 100 billion operations per second.
The IBM Sequoia is currently the world's fastest computer, at 16.32 petaflops, or 1015 floating-point operations per second. That's about 15 quadrillion operations per second. 15,000,000,000,000,000 as opposed to 100,000,000,000.
Since the main arguments were first written in the late 70s and early 80s, does the concept of a Chinese Room as being the barrier for AI still hold up?
With the cost per Gigaflip currently sitting around $1.80 (perhaps a bit more due to parts shortages from flooding and earthquakes), is it just a matter of time before we have a truly learning computer?
Or do we need to look less at the concept of a syntatically-programmed computer, and more at a physically-created, self-sustaining semantic intelligence?
As I came into work today, someone had put a copy of a June 2012 Scientific American on my desk, with an article entitled Building a Machine Brain. Before I even opened it, I had put together this posting, after looking at a wikipedia article online mentioning someone with a surname like mine, while doing a query related to semantic data modeling.
I searched for id brain in Google, to see if I could find the name of what truly determines reasoning and thought outside of the physical brian, which are the concepts of id, ego, and super-ego. I found the Wikipedia article describing Freud's concepts, but further down another article from a May, 2012 Scentific American entitled The Brain's Highways, Mapping The Last Frontier.
It's funny the paths your brain in conjunction with the internet will take you.
John Searle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a term usually used in chess which also applies to various other games. The term finds its formal definition in combinatorial game theory, and it describes a situation where one player is put at a disadvantage because he has to make a move when he would prefer to pass and make no move. The fact that the player must make a move means that his position will be significantly weaker than the hypothetical one in which it was his opponent's turn to move.
In business, usually it's better that customers bring sales to you rather than you selling to customers. This works with referral web sites (Facebook, LinkedIn), where friends and colleagues refer each other and encourage a larger subscriber base. It works with pyramid/MLM schemes (Amway), where the more paying recruits you have, the better the kings and queens at the top of the pyramid fare. It works with retail, where the best possibility of a sale is when someone is actually on your web site or in your store, versus when you're forced to pay to publish a newspaper ad or commercial to drive traffic and possible sales.
Referrals (letting the other person move) are the best sales to get. Instead of a 75-1 cold call to sale ratio, it could be a 4-1 referral to sale ratio.
So instead of being forced to move, ask the other person to move first.
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
That was a creepy movie, and if Stephen King is creeped out you know you've made a masterpiece.
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
First experiences with Microsoft Flight.
It’s a Microsoft Flight Simulator product. Similar controls and feel. Load time is nice and slow on my quad-core 3ghz recommended machine.
Got my flight yoke and pedals hooked back up. Bumped up the effects to max with just a bit of lag. Flew around a few balloons. Great graphics but sky is a bit grainy.
Not sure what Multiplayer is for yet… had a couple guys talking about 45 knot winds…
I clicked on Search Bing for the first Aerocache hint. Who’s idea was it to to call an external browser anyway???
Seems like a pretty fun game and the points and achievements system really makes flying more fun.
Service Pack 1 better come out before I get the Hawaii upgrade.
Microsoft didn’t quite kill off the Flight Simulator franchise, or at least I think they didn’t. Will see after the 1.7GB download installs with Windows Marketplace, Games for Windows and a couple other things. That would be now.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
13k sq-ft. 5+ acres with a playground. Fire alarms!
All this for under $400k and less than 1 hour to Toronto (without traffic, of course)
Quinte and District Association of REALTORS® Inc.: "Excellent building built in 1961. A one storey brick and stone trimmed building with a central hall plan. Features are a gym, large play area, paved road, parking & driveways, new water well installed in 1999-boiler replaced in 2000-life safety upgrades completed in 2007. Roofing replaced in 1992 and 1995. Area of the building is 12839.5 sq ft. Yard size is 5.06 acres. The property is located on a large flat hill top, it has magnificent view of the surrounding country side. Property is being sold as is."
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Friday, November 04, 2011
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
“Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”
Friday, October 21, 2011
For those of you that are a bit verbose when writing up material for a presentation or business document, here’s a simple approach to make things more concise.
Here is how I prepared. Amazon people, take note. This will help you. I am dead serious.
To prepare a presentation for Jeff, first make damn sure you know everything there is to know about the subject. Then write a prose narrative explaining the problem and solution(s). Write it exactly the way you would write it for a leading professor or industry expert on the subject.
That is: assume he already knows everything about it. Assume he knows more than you do about it. Even if you have groundbreakingly original ideas in your material, just pretend it’s old hat for him. Write your prose in the succinct, direct, no-explanations way that you would write for a world-leading expert on the material.
You’re almost done. The last step before you’re ready to present to him is this: Delete every third paragraph.
Now you’re ready to present!
I left the 3rd paragraph in to prove Steve’s point. Does “Now you’re ready to present!” really need to be there? Or is it like Americanizing a movie ending, where the entire movie needs to be recapped to the audience who wasn’t smart enough to figure things out for themselves?
I like tips like these, they’re very easy to follow and can fit into your everyday email conversations too.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Is Google really a search engine? Is Facebook a social networking site? An interesting article about Facebook’s new open-source datacenter architecture. Google isn’t really a search engine, it’s just a means to track eyeballs for marketers. Facebook isn’t really a social networking site, it’s a means to track everything about those eyeballs for marketers.
The idea that Google and Facebook are somehow competing with one another in the datacenter space may sound odd at first, given that most people are used to thinking of Google somewhat vaguely as an ad-supported software company. But as we're fond of pointing out, Google is essentially a maker of very capital-intensive, full-custom, warehouse-scale computers—a "hardware company," if you will. It monetizes those datacenters by keeping as many users as possible connected to them, and by serving ads to those users. To make this strategy work, it has to hire lots of software people, who can write the Internet-scale apps (search, mainly) that keep users connected and viewing ads. Since the price of Google ads is set largely independently of Google's cost of delivery, every dollar of efficiency that Google can wring out of one of these large computers is a dollar that goes to the bottom line.
Why don’t we have the five-computer mentality of the past, with redundant parts and power systems, instead of thousands of commodity machines spinning away? Does the world really need more than 5 computers? Unlike the aforementioned article, a cluster of data centers is not a computer in my mind.
Perhaps we need a biological computer? By the definition above of a data center cluster being a computer, an assembly line could be considered a biological-mechanical computer. What if the assembly line was controlled by a small pond containing neurons? No more data center, no more power consumption, no more cooling issues.
Here’s to hoping they haven’t figured out how to get those neurons to multiply yet… sounds like The Matrix to me.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
My top iPad apps of 2010.
1. Real Solitaire HD – I’m $30k in the hole on that one.
2. Angry Birds HD – I’m $4.99 in the hole on that one.
3. Angry Birds Seasons – The CEO emailed me from Finland about how to unlock the additional levels.
4. Flipbook – Facebook & Twitter never looked so good.
5. BBC News – British news is so much better than Fox and CNN.
6. AP News – Short and sweet
7. CityTV – Community is the best show on TV.
8. Zumocast – Best streaming media server. I hear it’s going Android-only.
9. Any Piano App.
10. Pulse News – An alternate look to Flipbook.
And in no particular order:
And my son likes:
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
CTRL-H to Reading Mode
CTRL-L to full Screen Mode
Shift-CTRL-H or View-Automatically Scroll provides a lazy way of reading a PDF.
Number keys change the speed of scrolling.
For added laziness, get an OCZ NIA and assign a couple number keys to it.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
How about asking 3-4 questions upon entering a web site, and then having the web site adjust its style to match your mood? Kind of like a choose your own adventure novel. (did you skip ahead on those things too?)
A mood board helps establish the branding, design components, typography, imagery, and color palettes that will be incorporated in the design. Much the way an interior designer will initially put together a swatch panel showing the fabrics and colors that will be used in designing a room, the mood board establishes the aesthetic direction of the site up front without negatively impacting the flow or structure of the site.
Could be the next step to social web sites…
Why not bring this into the real world and adjust lighting and sound in a club or bar to match the crowd’s mood? Kind of like those mood rings or hypercolor shirts…. but wireless and with extra intelligence.
Not sure why mood boards got me thinking about this… maybe sometimes colour and imagery speaks louder than words.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Note to try these mini-lectures on the iPad.
FORTUNE -- Sal Khan, you can count Bill Gates as your newest fan. Gates is a voracious consumer of online education. This past spring a colleague at his small think tank, bgC3, e-mailed him about the nonprofit khanacademy.org,
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Add further features to a scanner to detect the "depth" or pressure used in a brush or pen stroke. Analyze its chemical composition with a light non-intrusive spray mist, to determine the composition of chemicals paints used, and highlight materials or chemicals consistent with a certain time period.
Reverse or present a negative grayscale view of the image, to determine what "isn't" there, such as cracks or craquelure and features that are not part of the painting. Measure these features. Treat them like fingerprints that grow as the art ages.
Take it further and analyze the signatures of the scanned image. Wavelets. Pixel composition. Orientation and scale of the strokes.
Then use a 3D oil paint printer to spit the image back out, perhaps removing the age to reinvent the image.
The program determines whether a particular drawing is consistent with an artist's style. Until now, Rockmore has only tested his program on Bruegel drawings, but he says there is no reason it could not be used for other artists.
The original paper here.
How long before we go from just rendering an actor digitally on a computer screen to building an application that generates random Rembrandts? Or how about the Harry Potter Sequel Generator? What about automatically generating books "in the style of" an author, with programs that do more than just combining common phrases the author uses, but actually analyze patterns in the writing to formulate new plot lines and characters?
Give it 5 years or so... let's check back in 2015 once cloud computing, oData, GPU server farm hardware, 4d scanners and 3d printers mature.
Beej explains it best, as always.
Let me start off by saying, “Don’t do any of this yourself.” This is one of those topics where there are countless libraries already written for you with well-designed and well-tested code to do everything you want and more. It’s presented here because it fits criterion #1 for why you’d re-invent the wheel: you’re doing it because you want to learn more about it.
It's amazing that all of the techniques, software and hardware are already available to scan in and reproduce a near-perfect copy of a Great Masters artwork.
What was the artist thinking when the picture was created?
Truly, an artist's expression within their art is impossible to perfectly reproduce by another artist. Hence the ability to detect forgeries. The talent and expression of an artist is the true component that cannot be reproduced.
But, like compressed sound files, will people really care that the reproduction is missing things outside of their field of vision?
In my opinion, the original is still better than a reproduction when it comes to art.
What would you rather do, listen to a musician in your car or in an arena? Download art on your computer or visit a gallery? Looks at someone else's photos of a trip or actually visit the place yourself? Watch Avatar in IMAX 3D on a 72 foot screen or just Blu-ray on a 32" TV?
Drive a Lamborghini or a Tractorri?
That last one was a trick question. I'd take the Tractorri. Now that is art. Quite possibly the most disturbing art I have ever seen.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Analyzing the books a person reads tells a lot about the person. In this case, reviewing what they write for patterns and trends tells even more.
The pair digitized 14 of her novels and used textual analysis software to determine the richness and size of the vocabulary used, as well as phrases often repeated and an increase in the use of indefinite words, an indicator of the disease.
This has interesting applications for those that want to understand more about cognitive studies and how writing displays the symptoms of physical issues.
The paper is here.
Some of the software used is here.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Or at least their OPML feed is. I have tried importing their MSDN feed into at least 5 different clients, including Google Reader and Internet Explorer, with no luck. Giving up on trying to catch up with MS developers for now...
What's an OPML feed? It's a way grouping a set of RSS feeds into a single package for importing/exporting. Don't ask what an RSS feed is...
Downloading the MSDN blogs OPML, with it's 8000+ feeds was never much useful anyhow, since it doesn't allow you to filter by language or search terms... however reading 50-100 feeds gets a pulse on what is happening at MS. Great crowd research. Since MiniMsft is not around what else is there? Silverlight, where did the buzz on that one go? PerformancePoint? Windows 98?
Well, I'm a couple years late finding about the expiry of Windows 98 support, though this is probably good news for Microsoft developers who have had to support the platform with non-breaking new releases. Now they can release breaking releases without fear of violating support agreements. I hear Windows 7 (Vista SP3) is smaller and better, though there are the usual driver support issues, and now red screens too.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! . I spent 2-4 h every night in last 4 months maing silverlight document editor. I drow tre roulers manualy, coded every single letter behavior and integrated control into framework throught System.Reflection so that user can add functionalty without coding throught admin wizard by connecting silverlight famework objects properties. And now my work goes to trash because Microsoft is about to realise this. Genaraly I like microsoft products, but sometimes they kill me.
That's about how I felt when I found out Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning was being displaced by.... nothing.
The activity of reading blogs seems to have been displaced recently by Twitter.
Dave Winer, the godfather of RSS, has an OPML Editor called TwitterCalendar that archives twitter posts for you and the people you follow.
I still haven't figured out what the need is to post a staccato version of my inner voice, links about Twitter, TGIF, and what I'm doing at any particular moment as a series of ADD one-liners. The 3 minute MTV generation is turning into the 15-second texting generation.
Pretty soon neuro-texting will be all the rage. Why not just upload your raw thoughts out to Amazon S3 for all to see? Just stay away from Facebook.
Most of the messages would probably be aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa and those suction cups would probably take some skin off but it's a start.
Anyway, if you feel that you want to capture a history of Twitter for fun or blackmail, perhaps Dave has the tool for you. Or maybe it's Chris Pirillo with The Easiest Way to Archive A Twitter Thread.
Apparently Robert Scoble, geek blogger, is broken too, even though he hasn't been at MS for awhile. I would think that not blogging for 2 weeks for him would be like MS not releasing a security patch on Patch Tuesday. Why on earth would you release a set of security patches on the Most Productive Day of the Week has always been a mystery to me. I hope they can do-away with the whole practice in Windows 7 and just start mailing out CDs like AOL used to do.
Scoble doesn't seem to twitter as much as I thought he would either.
Pointing my rss reader to http://twitter.opml.org/calendar/ and waiting for my teeth fall out.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Get back to business and leave the entertainment of the world to the XBox team guys.
My old Casio SK-8 keyboard did a way better job at accompaniment. Plus it could playback belches in different octaves. And it had that gunshot and ricochet sample.
The Metallica track does sound better than some of their more recent stuff, though.
Should have plugged some Soundfonts into the app instead of the cheesy 80s MIDI samples.
Everything needs more cowbell too.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A 62 pound "velvet and marble" book would be pretty tough to burn, not that you should ever to burn a book, much less a $100,000 book on Michelangelo.
"I love books," Marilena Ferrari, the Italian publisher who produced the extravagance, said in a telephone interview from Bologna, Italy, where she's president of a company called FMR, which publishes fine books about art.
"Books are being destroyed by the Internet, they're losing their identity — it's the modern, Internet version of burning books," she said. "Today, things last so little before they disappear. "
UNESCO tracks the number of books published per year per country to measure "an important index of standard of living and education, and of the country's self-awareness."
It looks like Harry Potter has the US beat, in 2005 at least.
If they included e-books or blogs in their count what would change?
Friday, October 31, 2008
Get out and vote.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
icanhas CRT disaster. Sometimes I wish I had an Experts Exchange membership. Not very often though.
MY cat "Bandit " version 1.0 walked across my laptop keyboard and now the screen is upside down and I cant firgure out how to revert it to normal > I have tried to replicate the scenario by haveing him walk back over it to no avail
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tracks installs of software and provides lists of what’s popular.
What should you have on your PC?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A review of the OCZ along with a really interesting background on the device.
Being able to measure a brain transfer function led to the development and running of another research effort from 1986 to 1990. The transfer function output was used to control an F16 roll-axis flight simulator. It was hypothesized that the person might more effectively control the transfer function output if they were immersed in the tracking task. Control of the F16 roll axis was compelling. Tests were successful. People were able to successfully control the roll of the simulator using EEG signals from the back of their head. However, control was difficult to achieve and it was difficult to obtain the EEG measurements from the back of the head.
Dr. Junker left the US Air Force research labs and moved to the island of St. John in the Caribbean to undertake private research. He was living on a sailboat and decided to incorporate ideas he had previously discovered with a new approach that he developed in the aft cabin of his sailboat setup as a laboratory. The idea was to build an interface to control his sailboat as a proof of concept; this time using signals from his forehead detected using a headband with three sensors. This new approach became the foundation for the technology that became known as "Brainfingers".
From the OCZ Forum, tools for the OCZ NIA.
NIA Resources & Downloads
Official Drivers and Downloads:
Downloads Page: http://www.ocztechnology.com/drivers...ulse_Actuator/
1.009 Patch: http://www.ocztechnology.com/drivers...ta32_1.009.zip
1.007 Patch: http://www.ocztechnology.com/drivers...ta32_1.007.zip
1.007 CD Rip: http://www.ocztechnology.com/drivers...7_cd_image.zip
CD Rip from RyderOCZ - Unknown Version: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/st...cz/nia/NIA.zip
Downloads Page: http://www.brainfingers.com/downloadNiaSoftware.htm
1.010 Patch: http://www.brainfingers.com/nia_driv...ta32_1.010.zip
1.009 Patch: http://www.brainfingers.com/nia_driv...ta32_1.009.zip
1.007 CD Rip: http://www.brainfingers.com/nia_driv...7_cd_image.zip
1.007 Patch: http://www.brainfingers.com/nia_driv...ta32_1.007.zip
Original Brainfingers Device:
Online Manual: http://www.brainfingers.com/cyberlink.htm
Addicting Games(Java/Flash): http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html
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