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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

Meneth Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

Terminator level strong AI

The AI shown in the Terminator movies is not Strong. It is never shown to be smarter than humans, and often shown to be more stupid. In particular, the franchise is built on the premise that humanity wins the war in the future.

Real Strong AI would, once activated, quickly elevate its own intelligence to a godlike level. After that, it would be to humans as humans are to ants.

about two weeks ago

Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Meneth Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (873 comments)

And Christianity is an open insult to Islam.

In order to avoid offending all religious beliefs, all religions must end.

Sounds like a good idea, actually. :)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Meneth Re:Floppy drives (790 comments)

I still hear floppy drives now and then. Granted, they used to sound a bit different when actually reading disks...

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

Meneth GNU/Linux (190 comments)

You could keep the Chromebook and install some form of GNU/Linux on it. I hear Xubuntu works pretty well.

about three weeks ago

Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Meneth Re:Yup. (484 comments)

That People article was written in 1980, and the makers of Footloose did read it. See wikipedia.

about a month ago

Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Meneth Re:How about ignoring it? (484 comments)

I'm sorry to say your belief in people's lack of stupidity is flawed.

about a month ago

The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

Meneth GPL (205 comments)

How about you use the GNU General Public License? It has strong copyleft, which prevents people from distributing closed-source software that uses your library.

about a month and a half ago

Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

Meneth Re:Why only FBI? (109 comments)

Actually, the bill text says "no agency may mandate...", so it ought to cover the DHS and NSA as well.

However, since most (all?) government-induced vulnerabilities so far have been "suggested", rather than "mandated", I'm unsure how effective this bill would be.

about 1 month ago

MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

Meneth Digital (111 comments)

MasterCard writes:

Consumers have no recourse if a digital currency loses its value or if the digital currency system fails.

Consumers have no recourse if a national currency fails either.

Also, national currencies are mostly digital nowadays. MasterCard themselves do nothing but digital transactions.

about 2 months ago

Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Meneth Friendly AI (574 comments)

Has Hawking not heard of Friendly AI? Strong AI is ridiculously dangerous if you don't give it a proper goal system. It will be invented sooner or later, assuming humanity doesn't destroy itself first. Therefore, we're better off trying to find ways to make it friendly, rather than trying to stop its development.

about 2 months ago

Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

Meneth GNU GPL (260 comments)

Most of Java is free software, under the terms of the GNU GPL, and Android Java is also open-source, so how can Google infringe any copyright?

Well, Android Java is not released under the GPL, but rather the incompatible Apache 2.0 license.

about 3 months ago

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Meneth Distributed everything (269 comments)

For every website where users can upload data, it needs to be distributed.

Slashdot, Github, Google*, all the forums, large and small, you name it.

They're all controlled by relatively few people, and subject to censorship, hardware failure and human madness.

Upside of the centralized system is (usually) fast speeds and comparatively easy maintenance and development.

about 3 months ago

Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Meneth Localization (179 comments)

The result of data localization for most consumers would be a slower Internet experience


about 4 months ago

How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

Meneth Obligatory (67 comments)

You can't "steal" intellectual "property".

about 4 months ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Meneth Re:Pulp Non Fiction (197 comments)

I think the Gimp is sleeping...

about 4 months ago

CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

Meneth Why go to America? (195 comments)

One wonder why this guy would travel to America if he knew he could get arrested for his business. Only thing I can think of was that he actually didn't know it was illegal. Relevant law: Title 18,United States Code, Section 2512(l)(b) (sale of an interception device).

about 4 months ago


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