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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

CrimsonAvenger Re:In case you're wondering (94 comments)

If there was some wrong I'd want righted, and I thought that the arm of government responsible for looking into the matter was low on resources, I'd want to be able to "help out".

So would I.

Especially if I were going to be paid millions and millions of dollars for "helping out".

8 hours ago

What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

CrimsonAvenger Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (417 comments)

Because last I looked, most of the developed world continues to struggle with unemployment.

Hmm, the USA considers "full employment" to be roughly equal to 6% unemployment (which we're pretty close to now).

Note that the "workforce" they're talking about is essentially everyone between the ages of 18 and 65.

Now, once upon a time, (immediately post-WW2, for example), the "workforce" did NOT include most of the women of the country. Which means that percentage employment has nearly doubled, using the 1950 definition of employment.

If we applied the modern definition of unemployment to that period, we'd say that during WW2 we were running probably 35-40% unemployment.

In other words, change the definitions, get different results.....

11 hours ago

The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

CrimsonAvenger Re:Too much Fred Saberhagen (371 comments)

Personally, my favorite was the Encyclopedia Salesman story....


Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

CrimsonAvenger Re:How about ignoring it? (463 comments)

When was the last time anybody got a "felony rap" for a state law?

Umm, you are aware that MURDER is a State crime, not a Federal one, right?

As is kidnapping, assault, robbery, well, pretty much everything not related to taxes or committed on a Federal Reservation (military base, that sort of thing)....

2 days ago

Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

CrimsonAvenger Re:Hope they win this case. (463 comments)

They won't. States are allowed to pass whatever laws they like, as long as the laws don't interfere with Interstate Commerce or other applicable parts of the Constitution.

A law saying it was legal to raise and sell pot, but NOT in Interstate Commerce, would be clearly unconstitutional (the Feds can decide that, the States, not so much).

Similarly, the State next door whinging about your local laws would be unconstitutional (note Nevada's gambling laws going way back)....

2 days ago

Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

CrimsonAvenger Re:Futurist...dumbest/easiest "job" in the world (48 comments)

I hate when people are described as "futurists" and then presented as some sort of authority or given a salary with the title.

So do I. Because I didn't think of it first....

Nothing but a long con.

Yeppers. WIsh I could get in on it....

2 days ago

Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CrimsonAvenger Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

Don't know about you, but I don't spend much of remaining lifespan even thinking about movies that are being made (or not).

I first heard about this movie (I'm assuming here we're talking about "The Interview", since that's the only movie I've heard about in regard to the Sony hack) in a news article about the hack. And I wondered what the big deal was - it's just a movie....

2 days ago

Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

CrimsonAvenger Re:Also... (129 comments)

It's also returning a confidence level, and in the cases they've discovered, it's returning 100% confidence. That's clearly wrong.

What, you've never been SURE you were right, and then later found out you were wrong?

Nothing wrong with being wrong with confidence. Sounds like the majority of humanity the majority of the time.

Now, does this mean that the AI is useful? Well, it's useful for finding out why it's 100% certain, but wrong. In the field, not so much.

3 days ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

CrimsonAvenger Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Of course, the question then becomes: "what did Obama have to do with any of those things?"

He got us out of Iraq on Bush's timetable, ditto Afghanistan. Never mind that we never got completely out of either country, and are now fighting in both again.

bin Laden, he got. Not that I've ever cared about him. He wasn't even as good a symbol as Hitler or Tojo, and "getting" either of them wouldn't have made a difference either.

The economic stuff? He had no more influence on that then Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, etc had on that sort of thing....

Give a President credit where it is due. But don't credit him with everything that happens on his watch. Most of what happens he's neither to blame for, nor due any credit for.

Ditto Congress.

Alas, all too many people assign blame and credit to the government based on nothing more than "it happened while XXX was in office"....

3 days ago

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

CrimsonAvenger Re:A 10,000ft tether? (175 comments)

What would happen if the tension provided by the balloon's lift was removed, for whatever reason?

The balloon would crash. The tether would come down with the balloon, doing rather less damage than the balloon does.

If you're unlucky, you might have some of the tether draped over your house.

What I'm curious about is why anyone cares - the Army is always testing some new way to get away from needing the Air Force. That's all this is. Once they determine that it'll perform its design function reasonably well, they'll give the Air Force a razzberry, and move on to the next project....

3 days ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

CrimsonAvenger Re:ask the Luddites (658 comments)

And if they'd gotten their way, the "norm" for industrialized societies today would be 12 hour workdays, six days a week, and a standard of living comparable to the better sort of Third World country....

3 days ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

CrimsonAvenger UO (658 comments)

>The question is would you still drive if you have a faster and less stressful, even maybe a more productive way of getting to point B?

Plenty do.

Where? If you're talking places with public transit, I can't think of one outside possibly NYC that is both faster and less stressful than driving yourself.

3 days ago

Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

CrimsonAvenger Re:heh like Skyrim? (447 comments)

And this probably had nothing to do with Gygax's original "Drow Elf", who were a bunch of racist assholes that everyone in the world hated, right?

Or did you think Drizzt was the origin of the Dark Elf in modern fantasy?

4 days ago

Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

CrimsonAvenger Re:A different kind of justice for multinationals (137 comments)

If corporations are legally people, then Microsoft Ireland is a citizen of Ireland, and not subject to US courts. Either way, Microsoft Ireland is 100% subject to applicable Irish law.

Slightly more complicated:

The issue is whether something stored in Ireland but accessible from the USA is subject to a warrant. Yeah, the data is on an Irish server. But the person issued the warrant is in the USA and has direct access (and probably a certain amount of control) of the server.

It still opens a can of beans the US Federal government REALLY doesn't want opened, but it's not like the US Government has had much restraint placed on its activities since the days of FDR....

4 days ago

Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

CrimsonAvenger Re:What? (440 comments)

And nowhere in the Constitution does the government have the authority to imprison people for murder, either.

Your point?

The Constitution sets out the outline for the structure of the Federal Government, and outlines some fundamental limits on the Federal Government (Bill of Rights).

Anything not forbidden to the Federal Government by the Constitution is allowed, assuming the appropriate laws are passed.

So, yes, the Feds have the Power (not Right - Rights are for people) to kick someone out of the country if he/she is here in violation of Federal Law.

Note that without that assumption that the guy in question was in violation of Federal Law, even their trumped up excuse for his arrest was invalid - owning a firearm isn't grounds for a search warrant, unless the person in question is a felon.

Note: it's possible that even with the assumption that he was an illegal immigrant, the firearm was not sufficient to get a search warrant. Without conviction, he has the same fundamental Rights as the rest of us (note that the Bill of Rights does NOT speak in terms of Rights for Citizens), and so arresting him on firearms charges might be pushing the bounds of legality even without the camera on the pole.....

4 days ago

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

CrimsonAvenger Re:Does Denmark... (188 comments)

Is Denmark going to force Greenland to stay with them by the gun?

Well, it worked for the United States....

4 days ago

Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

CrimsonAvenger Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

Well, when a newspaper publishes something, that has everything to do with the First Amendment.

I'll bet money that any of Sony's documents and emails had all sorts of disclaimers added to them.

Sony can add all the legal disclaimers it wants to its docs. None of them are legally binding on anyone who hasn't agreed to them in writing.

No more than the following:

Anyone reading the above comment is liable to send CrimsonAvenger $100 Canadian. Please contact CrimsonAvenger for the address the money is to be mailed to. Cash only, no checks.

Oh, and if each bill's serial number does not include the sequence "1235", you are hereby liable for an extra $20 Canadian. Same rules about the serial numbers.

5 days ago

Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

CrimsonAvenger Re:Not that surprising thanks to CALEA (74 comments)

Your quote about Chris Hedges was interesting.

Especially to those of us who've read enough history (or are just old enough) to know that this sort of thing has been believed by pretty much every generation in history.

First time I ever saw something along these lines was about 40 years ago. And included a quote from Cicero (?) about the failings of the latest generation of Romans at his time...

5 days ago

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

CrimsonAvenger Re:So which came first (138 comments)

many reptiles including dinosaurs have/had gizzards.

While it's true that birds are dinosaurs, I had thought that the "dinosaurs are reptiles" idea had joined so many others on the "trash heap of history"....

5 days ago

Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

CrimsonAvenger Re:Where are hurricanes? The other side of the wor (187 comments)

NOAA has that number at 7, certainly a nonzero number.

Umm, no.

NOAA has the number of hurricanes hitting the US mainland since 2005 at seven. Note OP's use of the phrase "major hurricane", it's important.

The seven that have hit the USA since 2005 were CAT 1 or 2, and "major hurricane" is defined as CAT3+....

5 days ago


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