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So, it’s official. Blacknight VPS‘s suck so much that they can’t even host a single wordpress instance. Yes, one, single, very low traffic wordpress instance, with every last piece of optimisation and caching known to man, is too much for a blacknight VPS.
I really wish I could have stayed with them – it’s bloody awkward moving a blog, but it has already gone way way way beyond any form of humour, and their tech support seem to think the performance I’m getting is normal (and I believe them, which is why I say they suck).
So, this blog is now happily running (in Tokyo!) on a VPS of its own, hosted on a cheaper, and much much much much much faster linode VPS.
Long may it continue.
This is an incredibly interesting video (if a little drawn out):
Something that’s been on my mind for a bit, brought to the fore today because Google is launching a new product based on it:
One of the wonderful concepts of artificial intelligence is the inference engine. It’s a kind of computer algorithm that allows computers to reason things. Even in a very simple form, it can achieve (what we perceive as) quite complex reasoning.
If it knows:
- Barrack Obama is the US president
- The US president lives in the white house
then it can infer that
=> Barrack Obama lives in the white house.
So the system can know a third “fact” by knowing the first two. It’s kinda smart.
If you add more facts, the system gets smarter, learning just like a child. And the more facts you add, the smarter it gets, just like a child. This is the basis for most modern forms of artificial intelligence. So what stops people making a super-intelligent inference engine? Someone has to teach it the facts. And, considering the number of facts required to make a system usefully intelligent (in a general sense) – it’s not worth the effort.
Enter the Internet, and Google
Google trawls the internet every day, which contains billions and billions of facts – waiting to be reaped. Up until recently, it just stored the content of the pages, so if you searched for words, it showed you the pages that contained those words (or had links containing your words pointing to them). But, as of late, it has started using some kind of inference engine (I noticed this lately when searching for a company director, it gave me the location of his company). And today, Google announced that they do in fact use an inference engine, and will be using it to help searching in their future products.
So, here we have an incredibly large source of information, containing most of mankind’s knowledge, and an inference engine that is reading it, and gradually getting smarter – based on its knowledge. In time that inference engine will be very smart indeed. Which would be fine, if it weren’t for its source of knowledge: the internet is not fair, just, true, or moral.
This system is currently in its infancy. Do we want it to grow up having learnt everything it knows from the internet?
As the third best show on TV (the 2nd is Lost, and the number one slot goes to House) comes to a close, I feel it is time for me to express my deep sense of regret in poetic form.
We’ll miss you.
After eight glorious years the funniest show on TV has come to an end.
The Great Big Millimetre Crisis in Hoodwinked Kingdom. by Christopher Brooks
It came about that a whole kingdom was cast
over by a spell from a tiny sect in it’s territory
that from this day forth all “millimetres” belong and are
controlled in supply by their new “mm” bank.
This sect grew in power and found many clever
ways to manipulate and pervert the “mm” from
it’s genuine honest scientific function as a stable
medium of exchange.
The sect grew it’s influence by supporting
the Hocus Pokus University to research
the scarcity of “mm” theory and the
Spellmaker Press always published
the “Coping with limited “mm” stress”
reports. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve seen three occurrences of this stupidity recently (all, as it happens, in communications to/from Irish solicitors), and it is really starting to vex me. Particularly because the people involved should all know better.
Generally, the usage tends to be:
Please revert to me
which, while grammatically correct, only has meaning if the person you are writing to was, at some time in the past, you. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday 13th Feb, 2009 is significant, not just because because it’s unlucky and the world will end etc., but moreso because, at 11:31:30pm UTC on Friday, Feb 13, 2009, Unix Time will reach 1,234,567,890.
It seems this time is becoming known as the ‘Cool Epoch’.
Some highlights of his speeches. My personal favourite has to be “The left hand [raises right hand] now knows what the right [raises left] is doing”.
I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
with tiny lights, like Heaven stars reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular; please wipe the tear,
for I am spending Christmas with Jesus this year.
I hear so many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
and be glad I am spending Christmas with Jesus this year.
I send you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above,
I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold,
it was always most important in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do
for I can’t count the blessings or love He has for you.
So have a joyful Christmas and wipe away that tear,
Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
- Author Unknown.
Randy passed away in July. RIP.