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by freakish777
Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Does a generic code generator exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 10151

Re: Does a generic code generator exist?

c ode smith is an entirely different tool. That looks like it's a way to reduce the amount of boilerplace you have to type by generating it automatically. csmith is a tool to generate random C programs, primarily for fuzz testing compilers. Fixed that for you. And you're entirely right. I jumped to...
by freakish777
Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Choosing Computer sci/engg school , career vs emotion
Replies: 6
Views: 8203

Re: Choosing Computer sci/engg school , career vs emotion

Answer the following for yourself first: 1. Do you plan on proposing to this person? If you have already, or are already married, this is a conversation you should be having with them. Not strangers. 2. How miserable will you be if you go to the "wrong" school, only to have them dump you (...
by freakish777
Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Does a generic code generator exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 10151

Re: Does a generic code generator exist?

http://www.codesmithtools.com/product/generator

(I'm assuming csmith is an academic project that is similar, free, and probably less robust)
by freakish777
Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200950

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last:

Matt & Kim and Passion Pit

Next:

As I Lay Dying (for sure)
Deftones (probably not, just bad timing)
by freakish777
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

You don't want any table markup where tables aren't in use - it's called semantic design, and is responsible for the vast migration to using CSS floats and layout over tables and font elements. That's why I showed my code sample: it represents what your HTML should be. It can also very easily break...
by freakish777
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

If you're a designer Personally, I've never understood how everyone assumes that once you start talking HTML that everyone talking about it is a designer, but whatever. The problem with that? Layout mixed with code. Not sure why mixing layout (tables + divs) with code is important. Some elements ar...
by freakish777
Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

D. Have you ever seen the markup these things generate? .... Yes.... Again, I didn't suggest using a general WYSIWYG editor (which everyone seems to remember one from the early 2000s for some reason), but a good drag and drop designer. I've used Visual Studio's Designer close to daily for 5+ years....
by freakish777
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

Xanthir wrote:Looking at the HTML generated by a WYSIWYG editor is almost certainly a horrible idea.


Yes, almost. Which is why I suggested good drag and drop editors like Visual Studio's Designer, Net Beans Designer and CodeCanvas instead...
by freakish777
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

For a better analogy, compare it to a computer. You can either put it together yourself, which will take more time but ensure you got a computer which is put together in a clean and logical way, and uses exactly the right components for the job you want to do. Or you could go and order one from Del...
by freakish777
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What's the point of HTML
Replies: 21
Views: 10240

Re: What's the point of HTML

I'm going to make a controversial statement here. Don't do it the "hardcore" way at first. Depending on what type of Tools you're talking about (are we talking about Visual Studio's Designer? Adobe's DreamWeaver? NetBean's Designer? CodeCanvas? a php designer?), using the tools first and l...
by freakish777
Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 76875

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

What would you do about the footage? It's a large part of the plot that the footage would be almost impossible to produce. You'd have to either not show the footage, show—on screen—something which is supposed to be impossible to show on screen, or think up a new plot. What exactly is impossible to ...
by freakish777
Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 76875

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

Neuromancer. Evidently it's in the works right now, with Mila Jojojojojovitch as Molly. Huh, not at all what I would have pictured Molly/Sally, but hair dye, make-up, costumes, etc I suppose would fix all that. Personally, I'm hoping this doesn't get green lit for say, 10 more years, I don't think ...
by freakish777
Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Dropdown box search filter code
Replies: 4
Views: 2279

Re: Dropdown box search filter code

Check out the following: http://tablesorter.com/docs/ Essentially, you want your HTML table to have all of the records in it, and some javascript that shows or hides rows in that table based off of user action. Tablesorter can help you do that. In particular, check out the Filter functionality, you ...
by freakish777
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200950

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last shows: Sleigh Bells (awesome) Aesthetic Perfection & William Control & The Birthday Massacre (awesome, though I wish Aesthetic Perfection had played after William Control for a longer set, and had a full band to back him, and that Chibi hadn't injured her knee, William Control was good,...
by freakish777
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Changing Olympic events
Replies: 83
Views: 12137

Re: Changing Olympic events

BASE jumping and Wingsuit flight.

For great justice.
by freakish777
Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

If you agree that it can but it doesn't have to be done using these fundamentally different programming techniques, then do you now agree that Searle's argument was baseless? Searle's argument isn't baseless, and I think it's valuable in serving as a thought experiment/guide for trying to figure ou...
by freakish777
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200950

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last show (unexpected because it was announced only a day or two beforehand): Shiny Toy Guns (was really good, hadn't seen them before) Next show: Sleigh Bells (guest listed) Still seeing: Aesthetic Perfection & The Birthday Massacre Might also see get to see: Killswitch Engage (hoping to get gu...
by freakish777
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: New (old) anti-piracy threats -- ACTA etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 8464

Re: New (old) anti-piracy threats -- ACTA etc.

Oh, and the US Congressional Election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 , the same day as the Presidential election. Here's the list of co-sponsors for SOPA and here's the list for PIPA , if you want to vote against them. The US congressmen coming up for re-election in 2012 are all Representatives in...
by freakish777
Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

My claim is that you can and also that any code capable of understanding can also be translated to it. There's other claims in there such as "using standard programming and simulation techniques to simulate a brain will not at all be easy (even after we have firm knowledge of how the brain work...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

I read that as "the CPU can be virtualized". And in either case (physical or virtual CPU) the meaning of the term "instruction set" is well-defined. I don't believe the meaning of the term is defined at all if you are talking about an individual application (correct me if this i...
by freakish777
Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Most current programming paradigms currently don't (that I'm aware of) add variables during runtime Malloc would like a word with you, is you are free. Or is it only a "variable" if it has a name in the source code? Sorry, variables wasn't exactly the word I wanted (or there was an adject...
by freakish777
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

What you are describing are optimization implementation details. A large enough lookup table does not need updating. The size of such a table is ridiculous. Right, but it's the process of updating (the implementation of the algorithm itself) that is understanding. The knowledge that exists in the l...
by freakish777
Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

So, you are saying a TM (your "sufficiently complex" one) exists that can compute understanding but at the same time a UTM (the normal computer) cannot compute it? No. Definitely not. Some TMs can compute understanding (if they're sufficiently complex) and some cannot. All TMs can be simu...
by freakish777
Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

One can translate a Turing Machine into a static lookup table simply by building a table of all possible tapes configurations and the resulting tapes when the machine halts. (with a special symbol denoting "doesn't halt") Alternatively, if the algorithm is in the form of a function, then ...
by freakish777
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

You can't counter "These two things are mathematically identical, and here's the proof" with "but it feels like they must be different somehow...". I haven't seen any proofs in this thread, short of people saying to look at the Church Turing thesis. Since I appear to be missing ...
by freakish777
Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

So, according to you, can a Turing Machine compute understanding, or can it not? Yes, however it would need to be sufficiently complex and be running another TM inside of it (that it's updating the internal TM's instructions). Knowledge gets computed the way you think it does (go to a look up table...
by freakish777
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

So? A wrapper process and a lookup table are indistinguishable from a (much bigger) static lookup table. Externally, it doesn't actually matter. I'm not convinced that an arbitrarily large look up table would be indistinguishable from a lookup table that is dynamically updated by an "Understan...
by freakish777
Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Did you find my handwavey definition unsatisfactory? If necessary, I could have expanded it, but I don't think you've asked me to do so. (If so, I apologize, and can do so.) However, I explicitly asked for you to expand your definitions, or at least restate them with different words, because it fee...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

I... I have no idea why you bolded that fragment from me You: Give a definition of Understands. Me: Sure, here it is. You: Actually, I'm not interested... I was saying that by saying you don't really care to define the word Understand after asking for a definition is intellectually disingenuous. On...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

No. What I'm actually claiming (though I haven't explicitly said this exact thing yet) is that the concept of Understanding isn't well-defined, but we ascribe it to entities that we can usefully interact with (hand-wave this into slightly more specific terms; I'm not interested in trying to nail it...
by freakish777
Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Either way, the work/understanding was done at some point. It's just timeshifted. This is a really interesting way to look at it. The understanding is not done by the chinese room, but rather by the creator of the content in the chinese room. Someone/thing with "understanding" of the subj...
by freakish777
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Tyndmyr wrote:The process of selecting from the lookup table would BE understanding.


Look, I understand exactly what's being said by both you and Xanthir. I just don't agree with it.
by freakish777
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Note, though, that Cantor diagonalization can't be used on finite things. Brains are finite, and small compared to the rest of the universe. Wolpert's work doesn't disprove what we're saying - it is possible to construct an appropriate lookup table, and such a lookup table is simply larger than the...
by freakish777
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Xenomortis wrote:and when you can't find an entry you simply ask "what should I put here".


That's... kind of the point. A static look up table does not simply ask "what should I put here." It's static. It never changes.

Thus static look up tables, regardless of size, are insufficient.
by freakish777
Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

You're not understanding me. A dynamic lookup table is just a compression scheme for a static lookup table. :roll: Do dynamic look up tables change their own instruction sets? I'm not talking about a Selecting State, and then Selecting City (that exists in that state, like you would find in Drop do...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 39814

Re: Dark Knight Rises

Edit: And why the hell does Selena need this "clean slate"? With her resources she could easily assume a new identity, and it's not like the authorities are going to go to the ends of the earth to chase down a jewel thief. And if they *were* going after her that much, surely the people wo...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

As I said, your brain is composed of a finite amount of energy, spread over a finite volumn of space. There are only finitely many ways you can arrange that energy in that space. Even if you use algorithms that *theoretically* go to infinity, in practice you'll run out of storage space at some poin...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

In short, there's no actual difference between a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge of something and understanding it. I would word it as "there's no externally measurable difference between a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge of something and understanding it." There is an actual di...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93909

Re: Why do our robots suck?

The distinction is irrelevant. You can't tell the difference between a dynamic algorithm and a sufficiently large lookup table. There *is* no difference. If you're making a distinction based on something that you can't black-box detect, you're veering straight into mysticism. As long as we're talki...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200950

Re: Your last and next concert?

Coheed & Cambria (September)? Matt & Kim (October)? Heh. Turns out the David Bromberg (an artist I'd been meaning to get around to seeing) show was the same night as Coheed & Cambria (and Bromberg posted dates long before Coheed, as a result, I requested tickets from the station manager...

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