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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

cjonslashdot Re:Yeah, and all hacked (69 comments)

Yes, you are right - there are technical solutions (I wrote a book on this), but the intractable problem seems to be that developers and managers are not interested in security. As you say, we might "need to sack 95% of programmers and 95% of their bosses". Or - those people could undertake to learn about security. But I am not optimistic about that.

6 hours ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

cjonslashdot Yeah, and all hacked (69 comments)

Things are completely broken. The future of computing is in doubt - unless the security problem is solved.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

cjonslashdot Re:Why do they take so long to load? (144 comments)

It could be. My disk is only half full (out of 319Gb avail). When I installed Yosemite, I initially selected to turn on FileValt, but later I turned it off, so it had to decrypt the volume. I wonder if things got fragmented.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

cjonslashdot Re:Why do they take so long to load? (144 comments)

I just tried it and it took ~30 seconds. But then I closed it and opened it again, and the second time it took 15 seconds. I have other programs running, but not a huge number. After installing Yosemite performance did not change right away, but lately I have noticed the system performing very slowly. Still, these programs do essentially what they did ten (twenty!) years ago - and computers are so much faster and have so much more memory. These kinds of programs should load in an instant - there should be no perceptible wait at all.

2 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

cjonslashdot Re:They want us all to be dependent on them (128 comments)

Yes, agree. It is just that corporations try to use science for their own ends. Sometimes that aligns with what is good for the public, and sometimes it doesn't. If the drug companies could have their way, we all would be permanently addicted to expensive drug treatments - they are pretty close to achieving that already, and that is why they invest so little money in finding cures - they don't want cures: they want us to be dependent on them. The agribusiness industry wants the same thing. But of course, the science itself is not evil. And government misuses science as well - all groups that have power try to, when it is in their interest.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

cjonslashdot And all requiring updates (228 comments)

All those devices requiring updates, acting flaky (bugs), and hackable. Nice - yeah, that's the future that I want. NOT.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

cjonslashdot Re:Why do they take so long to load? (144 comments)

I don't have any add-ons - at least, I have not installed any. I use these programs vanilla, via my Office 360 subscription. I am running them on a Macbook Pro.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

cjonslashdot Why do they take so long to load? (144 comments)

Can they please make the programs load more quickly? Why does it take 30 seconds (at least) for Powerpoint to start? Almost as long for Word? These programs took that long to load on my Mac in 1990. Today, they should load in the blink of an eye. What the heck is wrong?

3 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

cjonslashdot Re:They want us all to be dependent on them (128 comments)

True. It is a difference of philosophy: those who trust science and corporations and those who don't.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

cjonslashdot Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (795 comments)

I agree. To me, the ideal car is absolutely quiet. There is already way too much noise in our lives nowadays. Besides, people might as well get used to the fact that the whole concept of a car and driver is destined to become obsolete in not too long: cars will evolve to be living rooms on wheels, driver not required (or even allowed, in urban areas).

4 days ago
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Canonical Launches Internet-of-Things Version of Ubuntu Core

cjonslashdot constant software updates for my front door (43 comments)

Something to look forward to: constant software updates for my front door. And if the power goes out, sorry - you can't get in!

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

cjonslashdot Programming will not even exist in 10 years (637 comments)

Why, why, why are schools so interested in teaching kids to program? Programming will not even exist in ten years!

about a week ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

cjonslashdot Re:Doubters merely lack imagination (227 comments)

Yes, true. But I am still very concerned. After all, people predicted that once we had discovered DNA, we would have a cure for cancer and other diseases in short order. It took much longer than expected - the problem turned out to be harder than we realized and we are not even there yet - but I don't think anyone doubts that we will get there. And the same applies to AI - don't you think?

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

cjonslashdot Re:Doubters merely lack imagination (227 comments)

Yes, indeed there is much to learn about the brain. You are right - and I understand - that the brain is more than a neural net. From your response, I think you know my point though: that it is a machine, and given time, we will figure it out - at least in terms of how it learns, how it models reality, how it infers things, how it creates new ideas, etc. And I think that will happen sooner than most people think: we are very far from understanding it now, but progress is accelerating, and our ability to introspect the brain is accelerating as well. Some of the largest countries - the US included - have initiated large efforts to decompose the function of the brain. So while I think that the scenarios depicted in sci-fi are simpleminded and silly (though entertaining), we still face an existential threat. True AI - if we attain it - is something that cannot be undone or controlled. We are truly playing with the ultimate Pandora's Box.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

cjonslashdot Doubters merely lack imagination (227 comments)

We already know that it is possible to have a neural network that is as smart as the human brain: our own brains prove it. Within a couple of decades it will be possible to build machines that do exactly what the brain does, neuron for neuron. Will they be conscious? Who knows - but it doesn't matter - because they will be able to reason, and plan, and have goals. This is clearly an existential risk: that is why very smart researchers are sounding the warning. If we don't listen, we have only ourselves to blame when it comes to pass. I recommend the book by Hugo DeGaris, "The Artilect War". DeGaris is a thinking machine researcher - he builds these systems. His predictions are pretty dire indeed.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

cjonslashdot It's not quantity, it's quality (448 comments)

I don't care about cost, personally. When I do watch TV shows, I don't want commercials, and I don't want to watch junk. I watch what I carefully choose. So higher cost is not an issue. Quality is. I want to be able to cherry pick what I want to watch, and if I have to go to a hundred different sources, that is fine: I will discover which sources are worth checking. That is what I do now. I don't watch cable TV at all: I watch shows on Netflix and Amazon and streamed via Comcast - never cable. So cable has no impact on me as it is, except that I have to pay for it but never use it.

about three weeks ago
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Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

cjonslashdot Re:Yes it will (78 comments)

It is not rich versus commoners, when it comes to patronage: it is rich versus government. The government is the commoner's mechanism for patronage, in addition to other mechanisms such as non-profit entities. But when it comes to esoteric things like science and space travel, non-profit entities are generally too weak: one needs government, or inspired rich people. Unfortunately, our government in the US has failed us with regard to space travel, and many other things. Today, our government and both main parties are controlled by moneyed interests. This won't change unless the role of money can be reduced in election campaigns. Until then, things will remain broken. Efforts that require great vision, such as space exploration, will remain on the back burner. It then falls to rich people to take the lead - as is happening.

about three weeks ago

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