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Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save

Falos Hype (1 comments)

> robot makes choices for itself
The article clearly goes over how uniform and reliable code execution is, as it has been since the first logic gate. Robots and cars don't fret over jack shit, they do exactly what they're told, and that can include a weight cost on evaluation time.

It's the writers that are going to struggle with drawing boundaries and survival priority.

3 days ago

Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Falos True Scotsman found for cyberbullying (140 comments)

I've been considering the long list of artists that would laugh themselves wet over an intern reporting with "Xx_DubMaster93_xX just posted 'your just a fail poser go kill urself youre music sux' on the Youtube of your latest hit."

"That's adorable. I'm gonna send an autographed photo signed 'To my number one fan'."

This guy though, this Campbell passed name-calling about nine thousand miles back.

about a week ago

California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Falos Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

It's worth pointing out that the freedom isn't in question, you're getting charged with the consequential result. Obviously, it's illegal to endanger other people, or harass them or whatever, that is why those are blocked.

about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Falos Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

> A universal port? Why is that important?
For interfacing with Whatever The Fuck You Wants and the occasional Anything.

Apparently it's limited to things in this universe though, so there's a bit of Walled Garden going on, pigeonholing you out from connecting to devices in alternate dimensions or whatever.

about a week ago

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Falos Re:Question (220 comments)

There's an irony in the simple, baseless, cruel nature of your post.

Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy that flavor in the right time and place, it's an acquired taste and you've expressed that in it's most standard form, so standard that I think you were making a funny no one is going to get.

about two weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Falos Re:does this mean.... (161 comments)

TFA goes into more detail (hell, history) and it's code that decides what to download in advance, affects the pre-load phase AFAIK, not live. Though a derp webmaster might still try that.

Images are normally loaded even before the HTML, so it was hard to preempt. Had to work low-level code, petition the standards people, or whatever.

about two weeks ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Falos Re:murica (441 comments)

*white or

about two weeks ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Falos murica (441 comments)

This is the USA, even if he's not or rich he has rights; if he has done nothing wrong and has (oh so very) carefully watched his step, he can't be arrested without being charged with a crime.

Oh look, we found some weapons/childporn/andordrugs in his house.

about two weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Falos Too soon? (506 comments)

If this is an infancy thing, fine, but I don't think we need to reach Ultimate Endgame for these things to be ride'able (NOT "operable") by a child, or even unmanned for deliveries. It'll be the better choice long before we reach superduper polished and perfected.

Mind, I still expect them to come with some tucked away form of control access, even a clunky digital-only one. There's an endless number of possible edge cases that can't be scripted.

I assume code will mostly fail-safe into "Stop the car." for unexpected encounters, so that someone (incl remotely, ie support center or the owner) can help manually guide the derping sensors back to the clean, plainly marked road and resume automated driving, or summon a tow for really locked up/physical damage situations.

about three weeks ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Falos lol titles (276 comments)

>The reality is that anyone who has played a piano, regardless of the quality, is a pianist.
>The reality is that anyone who has used waterbrushes, regardless of the quality, is an artist.
>The reality is that anyone who has cooked food, regardless of the quality, is a chef.

about a month ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Falos Old shit, shit article (257 comments)

TFA is just (1) relating generic "corporations skimp on trying for perfectly happy customers", with no data suggesting it's a more profitable model; and (2) some blog post whining about A/B data, which is really just observation of users in A/B situations then hypothesizing the effects of A/B.

So yeah, another "FACEBOOK FORCED ME TO BE HAPPY/SAD" post. Feel free to accuse me too, reading my post surely forced you to feel X.

about a month ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Falos Not this shit again (465 comments)

While I think the idea of imaginary property is in need of complete rehaul, camrips won't help bring about enlightenment. Bad idea, sir. Also, you're an idiot for persisting. Now...

>> 700,000 downloads, costing Universal Pictures and the wider industry millions of pounds in losses
Oh no you don't. OH NO YOU FUCKING DON'T. Do not claim that equivocation. Do NOT equate those. I will not tolerate that bullshit. Shame on editors/journalists that indulge it, shame on all of you for letting it fly. Shame on your honor, shame on your family, shame on your horse.

about a month ago

Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Falos Time allocation (81 comments)

> eight students
> one-on-one advice
If THIS is the future of college, then yeah, it totally is. I'll have high hopes for the results, and expect the feedback to blaze inquiry-based learning, the most productive kind by far.

If it's just a stream of someone talking with time maybe for a lucky winner or two (questions), they're posturing for spotlight using old "tech" that ain't shit.
If it's video recordings, they can fuck themselves with a rake.

about a month ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

Falos Re:tin-foil tempest in a teapot (204 comments)

He built a website for that while Literally is right over there pleading for help and begging for mercy.

about a month and a half ago

OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Falos Re:people are shallow (161 comments)

Either you're lamenting in monologue or you're trying to shoehorn in some kind of distance to keep yourself safely apart and hopefully polar from a stereotype you're assembling ad hoc. Need to stay distinct to protect that fragile ego.

Happens during vilifying too.

about 2 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Falos Not so breakable (544 comments)

I won't refute that the addition of more (moving) parts is the addition of a point of physical failure, but I should chip in with my experience using a slide-out for three years without incident. I aged out the battery, put it through standard klutz drops, probably got it wet a couple times, the camera is smeary/dusty to the point of oblivion, the OS (froyo) started acting weird and hiccuping with microSD content, and I painted the whole thing because I hated the original color (great deal on price though). No problems with the slideout or the keys, and I played the ever-loving fuck out of them using emulators and a simfile rhythm'er (Beats). OTOH, the side buttons aged, notably the volumes were getting barely responsive. Took it apart towards the end of life, no dice, guess the fittings were wearing out past tolerance.

about 2 months ago

Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Falos Re:But what if... (78 comments)

> is that copyright infringement?
Copyright lawyers have prepared the below flowchart to help identify what they will consider unauthorized copies or infringement that are potentially actionable:

Is it a day that ends in 'y'?
Then yes.

Is it a day that doesn't end in 'y'?
Then super yes.

about 2 months ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Falos Game theory (190 comments)

It's an inferior move to reduce your options and throw away something irreversibly. You don't delete documents when you have abundant storage, you don't discard items in a video game with endless inventory.

I'll accept that having poorly tracked, poorly secured, poorly vetted, poorly restricted, and/or poorly located samples keeps them from being a benign non-factor as above.

I don't accept that throwing them away (the ones we know about) is the only counter. Hell, we can spare a few grams of payload and put one in space.

about 2 months ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Falos Re:Correlation is not causation (619 comments)

This. They want to label the subjects? They can barely group them as isolated "East German" "West German" properties, to say nothing of the endless properties (GP suggests poverty) that result if so.

I only have an ordinary understanding of the scientific process, but I'm pretty sure you can't take "Group 1 cheated more than Group 2" and shoehorn in the identifier cause.

about 2 months ago


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