Daily Archives: July 29, 2015

Scott Fahlman And His Humanoid Robot Scone

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Creativity and fun have found its way in the online world through various means such as designing and developing a website, one that is offered by a web design company Perth-based. The knowledge of technicalities in computers like codes results to the creation of many other things that are definitely not limited to designing and developing websites for an improved advertisement. Applications, games, drivers, and operating systems, which are widely used by the modern world, are also results of the play of codes done by computer geniuses that have extensively done their research.

Scott Fahlman, the computer scientist nicknamed as the Emoji King – emoji being the terminology for the smiley faces showcasing different moods in the different social media sites, aims to share to the whole world a far greater, significant, and complex project called Scone. Scone stands for Scalable Ontology Engine, Fahlman’s attempt of creating a humanoid, similar to models like Wall-E or R2D2. His plan is to make the project an open-source software which means that the source code will be made available to the public for possible enhancements. However, the entire humanoid project is said to be met with extreme pressure as the computer scientist’s research funding is coming to an end this year on the month of December. Apart from his project Scone, one of his plans for this year is to write a tutorial about Al in the hopes that this may contribute in building bigger and smarter robots in the future.

When asked about the capabilities of Scone, he said that he is hoping that the humanoid creature he is making may fit in the traditional criteria of a robot – one that speaks and understands the English language and quite knowledgeable to share his ideas about the world he belongs in.

The computer geek giving out smiley face cookies every month of September to celebrate the conception of the idea of emojis may be regarded by many as a man of modern vision for technology and a modern world in general, but he is also described to be traditional by heart, as he posts in his website a Smiley Lore that reminisces the story of how the concept of emoji paved its way to success many years ago.

What You Shouldn’t Do With Vacation Rentals

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When you plan on renting vacation villas in Hua Hin, there are a few things you should be wary of. Sometimes people make the mistake of doing the things listed below due to carelessness, ignorance or because of high expectations. But before you skip to the details below, you should first know more about vacation rentals. When you hire rooms, cottages, villas, RV’s, boathouses and any other living space for rent, they are collectively known as vacation rentals. Vacation rentals are easy and are perfect for vacations but before you book a rental, here are the things that you shouldn’t be doing.

Ignore the listing
Most people often make the mistake of ignoring the listing. This is definitely a bad habit because the listings contain all the things you can expect from the rental package. If you ignore most of the details from the listings, then you might be surprised, or even disappointed by the things you see on the rental.

Expect what wasn’t mentioned
If the listing doesn’t contain hot water, then you shouldn’t expect to be provided with hot water. Do not expect things that are not listed.

Use an unknown site to book a rental
Use only what is certified and trusted. Unknown sites are unreliable and they may cost you a good amount of money if you are not careful.

Forget about taxes and cleaning fees
You may think that staying in a rental would exclude you from paying taxes but it actually doesn’t. You should know that taxes are mostly not included in the daily rates along with the cleaning expenses and the damages that you might cause while renting. You may be fined before you leave.

Arrive early
Whereas in hotels, the early bird style is great for catching great rooms, but in the case with vacation rentals, your early arrival may cause a few disturbances like the disruption of the normal system and a rushed unit cleaning.

Expect to fall in love with the place upon arrival
This would definitely not happen immediately. It would probably take a few days before the place grows on you. There are also probably some things that you expected to see but didn’t. Lastly, you should not expect them to be like hotels because they fall short of hotel standards.