If infinite monkeys can accidentally create Shakespeare, then what of an intelligent machine that can create every possible permutation of words millions of times per second? Reality check here.
A work of literature may be of arbitrary length - but just consider something similar enough - shuffling a pack of cards where each of the cards may be either inverted or right side up.
A quick calculation show that even if all the matter in the observable universe had been optimally organised into a computing machine since the big bang it wouldn't have got through all the possible combinations yet - by many orders of magnitude - so NO this particular problem doesn't exist.
Re: Wait, if they can identify factors that lead to a high risk of reoffending...
I don't see any mention of these algorithms being used to recommend education and training, psychological counselling, employment assistance, community service, or any other form of rehabilitation that might ACTUALLY reduce the recidivism rate.
When for profit prosons were first mooted in the UK the suggestion was made that they should be paid by results - ie some of the fees would be held back until the prisoner had been released and had not re-offended for a set period.
That would mean that the market mechanisms would be working in our favour and the kind of algoritms you describe would be worth investing in.
Kind of shatters the illusion that the people of the middle east really want freedom
People in the Sunni parts don't want freedom - they have been subjected to 40 years of well funded Saudi salafist propaganda. They are worse than most of the governments - which is why we should back Assad in Syria - he is bad - but he is better than any plausible alternative.
Iran - however is different. They have had nearly 40 years of Islamist extremism and have now learned to dislike it.
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As for the MLK reference, you do know it was the southern democrats leading the charge against equal rights? Also, the Dems lost the civil war and spent the next 100 years trying to stop civil rights so who is really the party of the establishment?
Over long periods of time the identities of parties change because issues change. The 19th century is not comparable to the post war period.
It was only a "technical" ad hominem, I didn't take it personally!
Descent+initial approach+final approach=35%. That's more than landing (24%)
Yes you can read it that way - however it does sort of depend on which numbers you choose to add together.
My reasoning was that the phases of flight that are inevitably low and or slow account for the majority of accidents. In those phases, all other things being equal, an aircraft with a lower stalling speed will generally be safer.
Of course there are other factors.
The safety scrutiny that commercial airliners operate under far exceeds that of private aviation. Hence private aviation is much more dangerous - and flying cars would definitely fall under private aviation rules because they would otherwise be uneconomic.
The accident rate in private aviation is only tolerated because it is such a minority pursuit.
9th commandment? "Thou shalt not bear false witness."
I would contend that accusing someone of violating the ninth commandment, when what they are actually supposed to have doen is violated copyright, is actually itself a violation of the ninth commandment!
but my understanding is that it's a ridiculous collection of easily debunked internet arguments, with paper thin non-believer characters written simply to deliver the trite message of the movie's climax with no regard for actual human behaviour or logic.
When you say "understanding" I think you mean "expectation based on my own preconceived predjudices".
Of course you might be right - but you don't know and you should allow the possibility of a good film with a positive Christian message - eg The Scarlet and the Black