Hugh Fisher

Hugh Fisher

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Charlie wrote: There are about five headline operating systems at present: macOS, iOS, Windows 10, Android, and Linux... I think it's not the numbers I think matter for this discussion, it's the development model. The IT industry has accepted that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Getting back to your point about gift economies, Burning Man, and the old Internet... Assuming that Silicon Valley companies are the trendsetters in the use of AI, I know of two writers who've studied how these companies and the free...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    On AIs, mutualistic relationships, and AIs not killing us all: Most of the AI discussion starts with the AI as separate entities, like other people. The impression I get from the original talk is that the threat is more from...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Elderly Cynic wrote: but that's not a major new class of attack, as the windowing systems have similar flaws. From a high enough level yes it's just being able to read memory you shouldn't. It is being called a new...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    _Moz_ wrote: the total result is: police are time wasting morons. Just checking, you are aware that people who agree with you include the hard-core libertarians who want to privatize the justice system, and the "an armed society is a...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Charlie wrote about iPhone X: Bad aspects: if the API leaks, or if it's ever deliberately opened up to app developers, they can monitor your facial expressions and correlate it against app usage, which gets us straight into self-improving basilisk...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Heteromeles, there may be problems with the economic framework we currently use but I can't think of a better alternative. For example, you say that deflation might be good because we'd stop investing in things. That would include solar cells...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    For Example: There was recently some terrible bit of news of a Silicon Valley company that wanted to rate and tip waiters with a blockchain that would follow them from job to job, which was hideous, but also completely unecessary...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Thread necromancy, just saw this on Ars Technica about the official Formula 1 e-sports racing game. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/11/formula-1-esports-now-more-exciting-than-the-real-thing-and-thats-a-problem/...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Heteromeles wrote: The set even swayed, rose and fell quite a few feet. The basic point is that people have already worked with a lot of the precursors to a VR mecha game, so building the game is a lot...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Oh, I would want a sword fighting game to feel like a swordfight too. But to me, the more a game demands in physical capabilities from the players, the less accessible it becomes, conflicting with your goal at #26. If...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Morpheus in The Matrix: "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place?" I doubt that physical fitness and exercise will be important to VR sports players. There's no benefit...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Is anyone seriously suggesting that corporations should get votes? Only in libertarian science fiction. As Heteromeles noted back in comment 139, the "corporations are people so have freedom of speech" ruling is extremely dubious and hasn't really been tested. My...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    OK it's a bit gloomy, but have VR developers any kind of coordinated plan or doctrine worked out for the inevitable lawsuits? Suppose someone has a heart attack in Left Hand Path, or more likely someone's parents blame Left Hand...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    That said, I think we are far to quick to allow powerful people to escape responsibility. Problem is this concept we have called "equality before the law". If the senior execs of a megacorp go to jail for the actions...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I might follow that up with "basically, I have a holodeck". The Holodeck is a good cultural reference for explaining VR to non developers. Is there a common reference work for VR/AR developers today? I ask because when I was...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Thanks for, among other things, the round-up of current day VR tech. Lots of links to follow. I do think smell is still in the going nowhere category. Until we get to direct neural input, all the smell systems both...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I sometimes wonder why the magical metaphor wasn't embraced whole heartedly by computer programmers in the 1970s and 1980s, and by user interface designers since the 1980s. Most programmers today are more familiar with Tron / cyberpunk memes than with...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Something I don't remember being mentioned in the book, is there any contact between Timelines 1 and 3 outside North America? Knowledge of world walking had spread to the rest of the world at the end of the Merchant Princes....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interesting discussion ... this is not what Smalltalk/Python/JavaScript/Lisp dynamic programmers calls duck typing. For the non--programmers reading this, either roll eyes and move on or think of this as another example how large and complicated the world of programming has...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    When I asked which programming languages were used/liked and why, didn't expect to see so many differences of opinion. Keep in mind that arguing about the merits of different computer languages is what computer geeks do instead of arguing about...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Change of subject from the strange attractor of computers to the strange attractor of nukes (sorry Heteromeles). The Commonwealth is willing to shoot down a stealth drone with a nuclear warhead missile. A nuclear warhead. Quite apart from the relative...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    We are stuck with them because we have billions of lines of code to maintain. The Commonwealth has the luxury of using them as teaching opportunities for their first crop of CS students, ... And here we have the perfect...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Replying to both posts by Icehawk Someone else pointed out that the absence of central authority gives you Somalia. Good point. So I will modify my position to that historically over-controlling has made things worse. You're right that the USA...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    They have picked a best-of-breed constitution from our time line (hint: revolution that took place in 1979, constitutional framework that has survived more or less intact despite attacks from the dominant superpower and the equivalent of a world war one...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    In addition, there is a big difference between developing tech for the first time and knowing where you are going. Agreed, but how do you distinguish between "already know what works" and what might have worked differently? For one example...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    SLAVES is the answer to that one, I think? Slavery was a world wide institution at the time of the American revolution, and for the French revolution. The American revolutionaries didn't introduce slavery to the Americas, and they were faster...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    What, have an extremely fragmented nation with such a toothless federal authority that the question of dictatorship does not arise? Exactly. Seems a good tradeoff to me. Given that the Commonwealth need a strong central authority to drive through their...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So the Commonwealth had four revolutions to draw lessons from. French revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by dictator. Soviet revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by dictator. Islamic Iranian revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by hardline religious fanatics....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    It's explained in Jared Diamond's "Guns Germs and Steel". Historically population and ideas have tended to spread at the same latitude, because the same crops work, the same cultural adaptations to seasons and weather, and there are the same /...
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