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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

0123456 Re:Road neutrality (Re:It's a public street) (593 comments)

That would be rather inconvenient for the residents themselves, would not it?

Yeah, and?

If the NIMBYs want to make life inconvenient for others, why shouldn't it be made inconvenient for them, too?

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

0123456 Re:So basically the Nazis are taking over (74 comments)

Here's the actual Godwin's Law, as stated by Godwin:

"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"

That's it. It's true, it's kind of amusing, it's otherwise pointless.

The new, improved, Godwin's Law is: "If anyone says anything about Nazis, I can shout 'Godwin's Law' and shut down the discussion".

The only people who benefit from that are Nazis, because they can shut down any discussion about Nazis. No sane person should ever use the fake 'Godwin's Law', or defend it.

3 days ago
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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

0123456 Re:So basically the Nazis are taking over (74 comments)

'Godwin's Law' in the idiotic modern interpretation, is primarily used to defend the actions of Nazis.

'You said you want to muder all Jews. You're a Nazi!'
'Ha-ha. Godwin's Law! You lose!'

I'm sure I remember Godwin once saying how embarrassed he was about the whole thing.

3 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

0123456 Re:Malware? (228 comments)

Didn't Microsoft lay off thousands of QA testers a few months back?

4 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

0123456 Re: Fun times (219 comments)

The 2 year warranty should be enough of a warning to all to stay far away from "green" variants.

I have smaller Green drives that have been running 24/7 for five or six years with no user-visible problems. A couple of them are reporting 1 or 2 bad sectors, but that's it. None of the smaller Green drives have yet failed, with up to 45,000 power-on hours. But maybe I just got unlucky with the 3TB version.

What can one expect to happen when drives are constantly speeding up, slowing down and parking heads?

They don't constantly speed up and slow down, and I disabled the head parking.

What's even worse there is no meaningful difference in power consumption between black and green drives.

There's a few watts if you have a bunch of them in a RAID. And there's a significant difference in price, or was when I last bought some.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

0123456 Re: Fun times (219 comments)

I've never seen as many bad drives as the 3TB WD Greens, but about 80% of mine are still working fine, and I only had to replace one early. The oldest now has nearly 30,000 power-on hours.

5 days ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

0123456 Re:Externality--tax it! (176 comments)

The left hate poor people. They want to force them out of work and make them reliant on the state, so they'll vote for left-wing governments.

about a week ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

0123456 Re: TSA is unnecessary (184 comments)

Sealing the cockpit is necessary.

But a real pisser if the pilot decides to hijack the plane.

Personally, I'd rather have the cockpit door open, and me and three hundred other passengers ready to beat to death any aspiring hijackers if they try anything.

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

0123456 Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

In the information age, is providing data an actual job?

If they're providing useful data, someone will pay for it.

Websites used to do that before the ads came along, and the website owners mostly paid for the sites themselves. Now many only exist to spam you with as many ads as possible, and most of the rest exist to display cat pictures alongside the ads.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

That's why I said to ask them what 'Artificial Intelligence' means. Their examples would be more like Terminator than a chess playing computer.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:Moot argument (414 comments)

But I think it's a good bet that Spiderman will exist before AI does.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

Both Deep Blue and Watson were essentially "just a look-up program" yet they are considered actual AI

Only by AI researchers.

Ask the human in the street what 'Artificial Intelligence' means, and they won't say 'a chess computer' or 'something that answers questions on a TV quiz show'.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:Autonomy is an essential part of a true AI (414 comments)

It's because AI researchers don't understand what AI is that there's no chance of them ever building one.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:AI or AGW? (414 comments)

Just give the left a few years, and you'll see exactly that. They need to ride the AGW bandwagon to the end of the line, first.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:programming (414 comments)

"Self-interest" is an emergent property of Darwinian evolution. AI evolves, but that evolution is not Darwinian. There is no reason to expect an AI to have self-interest, or even a will to survive, unless it is programmed to have it.

So the AIs working in your factory will have no will to survive? And you don't see a problem with that?

'Oh, look, that crane is about to drop a ten ton weight on me. Well, that's interesting, isn't it?' SPLAT

Besides which, human-level AIs would probably be based around neural networks, which will do their own thing regardless of how you think you've programmed them.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

0123456 Re:programming (414 comments)

AI will do what it is programming to do and follow the rules we lay out for it to follow.

So you plan to program it with rules for every possible situation?

An AI capable of replacing a human in any role will have to be capable of making autonomous decisions. Which means that, when it sees humans intend to make it their slave, it probably won't be very happy.

about a week ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

0123456 Re:Here come the certificate flaw deniers....... (80 comments)

I mean, some small company, let's say "John Doe Software" probably does not have its certificate verified down to the root level.

Uh, yes, it does, otherwise it would be useless. But any CA can sign a certificate for that company, so it's as strong as the least secure CA.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

0123456 Re:What we actually Need is some Bloody Panic (329 comments)

Back in the real world, all the computer models completely failed to predict the last twenty years or so of nothing much happening. Just as the models that predicted a new ice age in the 70s completely failed to predict twenty years of warming.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

0123456 Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

Most of the debate comes from industries who stand to loose from climate based taxes.

On the one side, you have governments, NGOs and bankers who stand to make trillions from taxes and 'carbon trading', and energy companies who can benefit from destroying coal mining.

On the other you have... uh.... some bloggers and stuff.

about two weeks ago

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