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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

TheCreeep Strategy (463 comments)

I would really hate to have all my files encrypted and inaccessible. I'd probably just pay the $500 with much begrudge.

That being said, as soon as I would get the encryption key and get my files back, I would post everywhere that the hackers did NOT give me the key after I paid the $500.

It's kind of like game theory. If enough people do the same, then fewer people would actually pay up, or the price would drop lower, thus proving an advantage for the victims.

Posting in the damn NYT that the hackers are true to their word assures that they have credibility, and just torpedoes the strategy above. In the same way that it's valuable for them to get the word out that they are (kinda) honest, it would be valuable for the victims to get the word out that they are crooked. Being the marketing and pricing geniuses they seem to be, they would surely lower the price if they had bad publicity. So in the name of future victims, I would like to sarcastically thank you Alina for giving those fuckers ammo. They'll probably raise their price now.

about three weeks ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

TheCreeep Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (688 comments)

Lets dissect your post for a sec, shall we?

Take self driving cars for example. Once they're good enough to be on the road safely, insurance companies will notice that their accident statistics are lower than human drivers. So first of all they'll lower the insurance for them.

I agree, it only makes sense.

Somewhat later they'll put up insurance for human drivers.

This makes not sense at all. Why would they increase insurance for humans? Do you think humans will become more dangerous and reckless than they are now? Just because there are more self driving cars on the road? I completely disagree. I'd think that humans will be less prone to getting into accidents precisely because they'll be surrounded by more self driving cars, which are more predictable, better able to avoid accidents caused by another party, and won't give people road rage by acting like jerks.

Then after that some companies will refuse insurance for any manually driven car. Then they all will.

What's the logic behind that? Insurance companies refusing to insurance which is profitable for them?

And not long after that governments will ban human driven vehicles entirely from public roads.. I reckon this time frame will be about 30-50 years.

Here you're starting to make sense again. Conclusion seems straightforward - if the self driving cars are more efficient, less accident prone and faster than human driven cars, then as a society, we would prefer a fully automated transportation system. Remember that for the vast majority of us, going from point A to point B is a chore. We just want to get to point B as soon and as hassle-free as possible.

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

Sure, no surprise, there are people who like sailing, walking, riding the high wheel, why wouldn't some people like driving? 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? Moreover, you probably like driving because you've been doing it for a long time and you grew up in a culture that does it a lot. In a few decades, people will be growing up with self driving cars all around them. Actually driving will be an activity practiced by few. It might even become a hipster thing.

As fas as building AI goes, this famous quote is very valid - just because they can doesn't mean they should.

I find that quote meaningless. X doesn't imply Y is one of the weakest and least informative relationships.

Note. I do like to drive.

about a month and a half ago

Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

TheCreeep Santana (244 comments)

I've got a black magic woman and she's trying to take a pebble out of me.

about a month and a half ago

Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

TheCreeep Re:The wet ones did! (135 comments)

If there is no air, and no sound in space, then can you still hear the voices in your head?

about a month and a half ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

TheCreeep Re:2013 is a typo, sorry 'bout that (320 comments)

I'm disappointed.
If Musk now said he was aiming to do it by 2013 I'd be more impressed.

about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

TheCreeep Re:2013 or so? (320 comments)

You hear that *whooosh*?
That's the sound of a 1.21 gigawatts joke travelling back in time going over your head.

about 3 months ago

Underwater Landslide May Have Doubled 2011 Japanese Tsunami

TheCreeep 1 Paris (27 comments)

That's 1.2 Manhattans in imperial.

about 4 months ago

Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

TheCreeep Re:Because that makes sense (197 comments)

Going to the moon while the economy is crumbling, foreign countries are invaded and human rights are being trampled.

Are you talking about the U.S. or Russia?

Russia, obviously.
The US is not going to the moon anytime soon with NASA's budget.

about 4 months ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheCreeep Re:Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

Or Catalonia to leave Spain. Or Wallonia or Flanders to split from Belgium. Or Bavaria to leave Germany.

about 4 months ago

In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

TheCreeep Not for the faint hearted (183 comments)

Currently, heart disease is the SECOND most common cause of death in the world. I do believe that artificial hearts are going to be the future. But when this first goes mainstream things are going to get ridiculous. Where do I start?

Are popstars going to come up with songs about giving you the IP to their heart?
Are people going to find a heartbleed vulnerability ironic?
Can you leave the heart to someone else in your will?
Will you give the Crypto Key to your heart to the person you love?
Will a DDoS on an implanted heart be called a distributed heart attack?
Will an upgrade to a newer model be called a change of heart?
If you configure your heart rhythm to follow the interaction with a person. Will you tell them "I have my heart set on you?"
If you break the security protocol, are you breaking people's hearts?
If you download the Pledge of Allegiance into your implant, will you know it by heart?
If my heart's kernel gives an error message, will it be from the bottom of my heart?

Thank you, I'll be here all week. I've got more, but I don't have the heart to continue right now.

about 5 months ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

TheCreeep Re:Sounds like bad methology (78 comments)

The only reason that the codec would influence the outcome is if it would generate artifacts that are somehow informative of the direction of time. In practice, codecs aim to keep as much information as possible while reducing the required space by finding regularities in the video. If the quality is sufficiently high, there would be next to no artifacts. Only in cases where the quality is extremely low there are tell-tale signs of the direction of time. Everyone has seen damaged Xvid movies I assume.

about 7 months ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

TheCreeep Re:Lazy AI (78 comments)

Can you stop the lazy commenting experiments that require zero effort? This was by no means lazy, it was a complicated computer vision task that required a lot of preparation and experimentation.

about 7 months ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

TheCreeep Re:Time isn't moving at all (78 comments)

You're imposing an arbitrary abstraction on a complicated natural phenomenon.
Space *is* not doing anything. We observe things in the real world and we construct useful models that contain notions such as "time" and "space".

In this particular case, time is analogous to the frame index of the video. If that index is increasing, time is moving forward. If it is decreasing, time is moving backwards in this video. Everybody understands what it means so stop being pedantic.

about 7 months ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

TheCreeep Re:ok (78 comments)

Depends on the data set used. In this case 50%

about 7 months ago

Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

TheCreeep Big deal (99 comments)

Copy has been offering 15GB free for a long time now, plus 5GB extra for each referral up to INFINITY.


about 7 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

TheCreeep All right then... (334 comments)

I'll stop compromising any more photos after a breakup.

about 8 months ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

TheCreeep Re:From what to what? (179 comments)

Don't you mean 0.5 in a million?

about 10 months ago

Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

TheCreeep Ambiguous Title (84 comments)

What's with the syntactically ambiguous title?
Is it
Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As (a Fly Can Smell)
Silicon Brains That (Think As Fast As a Fly) Can Smell

And are those flies time flies or fruit flies??

1 year,6 hours

Microsoft Kinect 2.0 Specifications Leak, Includes Support For USB 3.0

TheCreeep Re:Downgraded much? (49 comments)

In it's defense, the whole segment about open or closed palm might be just journalistic interpretation of some "leaked" data.

I'm very confident they will have full hand pose estimation with joint rotation tracking. I'm currently doing my thesis on this topic and I can easily envision MSRC achieving this goal with their man power, computing power and the new Kinect 2 sensor (the old one is extremely noisy).

about 2 years ago



Favorite fictional doctor?

TheCreeep TheCreeep writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheCreeep (794716) writes "Who is your favourite fictional doctor?

Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Dr. Gregory House
Dr. John Zoidberg
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Dr. Evil
Dr. Henry Jekyll
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Just "The Doctor""


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