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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

SecurityGuy Re:Hasn't intelligence improved the world? (582 comments)

For who? Arguably yes, intelligence has improved our lot in life, but there are a heck of a lot of species that don't exist anymore, or will cease existing in the near term future because of our actions.

If we remove the artificial, and instead grab a slice of humanity and make it a lot smarter than the rest of us, do you think things will remain peachy for the rest of us? How are the other great apes doing these days?

3 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

SecurityGuy Re:Really? (286 comments)

Mark Cuban? Is that you?

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

SecurityGuy Re:As a Canadian this makes me sad (526 comments)

Well, yeah, blindly following anyone is stupid. That's true whether you're Canada, or the American electorate. We should both think more.

about a week ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

SecurityGuy Re:Bullshit moderation (526 comments)

Agreed. I'm interested in this story, but I already read about it on sites that cover this kind of thing. I'd rather this not be here. Post something interesting that CNN/MSN/Everybodyelse isn't already covering better than you will.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

SecurityGuy Which patents, exactly? (224 comments)

Seriously, numbers.

I ask because a large number of patents are, well, junk and will be thrown out at the first legal challenge. If you have one of those, quit worrying about it. You don't actually have anything of value. I used to deal with a fair number of people who were working full time somewhere and trying the software-based startup route. Having a patent on something obvious was common. I didn't really expect any of them to survive a legal challenge.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

SecurityGuy Re:Incredible (429 comments)

He's not yelling anything. He is bodily throwing out the people holding the buckets. That might well be a reasonable response if he was the restaurant owner, but he's not.

I wouldn't care if this guy ran this on HIS network. He has no business doing it on someone else's.

Also, crap article. This doesn't belong on slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

SecurityGuy It's a stay or go question (182 comments)

My theory has always been that training my employer pays for is to make me a better employee. Training I pay for is to get me a better job. Both you and your employer should ask what the training is really going to do for you. If it's going to get you a new job, yes, every penny should come out of your pocket. If it's for the employer's benefit (and you aren't leaving for a reasonable period), then every penny should come from theirs.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

SecurityGuy Re:I can't be the only one (287 comments)

You're not the only one. I looked at this article and thought "You don't have a home datacenter. If you think you do, you don't know what a datacenter is."

about a month and a half ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

SecurityGuy Re:What about hygiene? (231 comments)

This is stupid. If you're going to poke your finger to get a blood drop, disinfect the finger before you poke it, not every surface you're going to come in contact with.

about a month and a half ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

SecurityGuy There's no privacy issue (115 comments)

The guy made his very own toilet tweet. If you don't want to announce to the world when you're going to the bathroom (and therefore when you're home, etc), then don't make your toilet tweet.

about a month and a half ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

I was stopped at a traffic light, waiting for a right-on-red opportunity. Lady behind me apparently thinks she's doing the same thing. Rather than waiting for me to go, she waits for the same right-on-red suitable opening in traffic, hits the gas, and runs right into me.

Luckily, I still had my nigh-indestructable car (it had been previously hit on 3 sides in an accident by a semi on a snowy road), and I couldn't find a scratch on it.

about 1 month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

So, that's interesting. I pulled statistics for my state, and it bears out what you're saying. In 2010, there was about one reported accident per 478,873 miles. In 2000, 405,000. In 1990, 378,000. And way back in 1960, when I'm sure no one had a cell phone, one in every 313,000.

Is it possible that cell phone use is increasing accident rates but something else is lowering it? Sure, it's possible, but that's just guesswork. Somebody needs to dive deeper into the data to figure it out. Maybe people used to drink and drive more. My data source for alcohol involved crashes only goes back to the mid 2000s. Personally, I almost hit someone because I was messing around with my phone. I learned my lesson. I had some idiot 20something total my car with my kids in it because he was, by his own admission, fishing around on the floor for a CD. You're right, I don't care why you're distracted. Knock it off. Pay attention. My own experience tells me I'm a worse driver if I use my phone. I've heard of plenty of studies that report the same thing. It's also intuitive. If you're not actually looking at the road, it's hard to avoid hitting things.

about 1 month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:Has too many problems (364 comments)

It doesn't. That's why driving on a revoked license should land you in jail.

about 1 month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

It's not a nanny state thing. Nanny state would be preventing you from harming yourself. The problem with texting and driving is you hitting other people. Just last week I had some moron on a 2 lane road drift fully into my lane. Luckily, leaning hard on my horn got him to pay attention again.

If you want to text and drive yourself into a tree, be my guest. It's only if you want to text and drive yourself into someone else that I have a problem with.

about 1 month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

SecurityGuy Re:Comparative advantage (387 comments)

You also see enough new things to realize the latest and greatest is sometimes simply the latest. Now and again you see someone re-engineer something that works, and make it into a god-awful monstrosity that may fit the way its creator wants to work very well, but doesn't solve the underlying problem any better than the original. Build toolchains, for example, have had tools come and go, and more times than I want to remember the new and improved versions have simply become one more thing I have to troubleshoot when it doesn't work.

I'm more than happy to learn something new, I just want some reason to believe it's better, not just new.

about 2 months ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

SecurityGuy Re:In-class exams are the problem. (359 comments)

Humans are now distributed systems, there is no value in memorizing any fact when information is available 24/7 everywhere.

False. Speed. Everything I've been taught is in a book somewhere. You absolutely cannot take someone of equivalent intelligence, hand them a big stack of books, and expect them to perform anywhere near as well. You can't expect them to perform AT ALL. If you think this, you've never been in that situation. My workplace is filled with smart people with advanced degrees. It is laughable to think that the expert software developer can just switch seats with the expert CFD person. They're both intelligent, one just has a wealth of knowledge to draw on that isn't matched by a stack of books on advanced math and physics.

Basically, your method tests whether people are able to teach themselves physics on demand, not if they've actually learned physics.

about 2 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

SecurityGuy Re:How about a different kind of legislation? (253 comments)

Why? There's a simple solution when someone offers you a bad deal. Don't take it.

I used to buy insurance for phones. It was a decent deal. I spent a little money, and if the not super likely but possible happened, I was spared $hundreds out of pocket. Then prices went up, and deductibles went up, and before long I was spending too much money. When the not super likely but possible happened, I was out a fairly hefty deductable anyway. I just quit renewing the policy, and quit buying them going forward. I don't need someone to pass a law prohibiting me from doing something dumb. I'm capable of simply declining to do something dumb.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

SecurityGuy Re:Don't Worry! (708 comments)

If you live somewhere with sufficient wind. In my part of .us, there's often not even a breeze unless it's stormy. I checked, and it looks like average wind speeds here are 4.5m/s at 80 meters. 4.5m/sec sounds breezy, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's enough to drive a generator, but 80m is really very, very tall for something in my yard. At a guess, it's about 2x the tallest tree I have.

about 2 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

SecurityGuy Re:We need to have no laws at all (465 comments)

Ambiguity: "Thou shalt not murder"? Well, is that killing I just did *really* murder, or just killing? What if it was an accident? What if he was trying to kill me? What if he just threatened to kill me? What if my property (dog) killed him? What if I told my dog to kill him?

Lawyers: Lawyers are multipliers of ambiguity.

Politicians: Politicians look like they're doing something by passing a law, even if it's a law that doesn't actually do what they hope or claim it will. When you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

SecurityGuy Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

Really? I've driven in near whiteout conditions, fog so thick I could barely see past the end of my hood, and a freak rainstorm that dumped so much rain I literally couldn't see past the end of my hood. I coped with all in the same way. I slowed down a LOT. The last was especially worrisome as I had to completely stop on a road with a 45 MPH speed limit. Normally, I'd call that insane, but I LITERALLY could not see the road anymore. Forward motion at all was fairly soon going to mean driving into a ditch. I had no choice but assume and hope any other cars on the road also had to stop. I don't see how they could have done anything else.

Personally, I think all such vehicles are going to have to have a very basic failsafe that alerts the occupants LOUDLY that it's about to stop, then does so if driving or equipment conditions become inadequate for navigation. That's all people do anyway, really. Conditions too bad? Pull over. Injured/incapacitated? Pull over if you can.

about 2 months ago

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