top "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
I see male software engineers infect their own laptops with viruses and malware and then have to enlist the support of the help desk department to clean it off for them. I don't see how this point is relevant to the ability to write code. Unless, I suppose, if your job is to write malware and viruses.
top World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old
The problem is that you only have to remember specific information to pass a certification.
For the most part your right. 99% of certifications are useless and I ignore them when trying to hire someone. However, I kind of like the Cisco certifications (the advanced ones anyway), where you are asked to build and configure something in a lab, then they come in and screw with it, and you have to figure out what is wrong and fix it. Being able to fix something that is broken demonstrates a deeper understanding than mere memorization of facts.
top I'm most interested in robots that will...
Kill All Humans....
top Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
The article's title is "Irreversible Damage Seen
..." and the very first line is "Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage ...". Well, which is it?
top Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Also, having worn glasses for so long I've gotten used to the built in "objects flying at my eye" protection they offer.
You can still wear glasses. You'll just be doing it ironically.
top Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
Because the pilot union doesn't want that data to be available for anyone to look at outside of an accident situation. Consider if your car had a black box, which it should. But in addition to collecting the data was transmitting that information continuously to the government for them to peruse any time they wanted. One already gets speeding tickets automatically when your fast lane toll pass records you traveling between toll plazas faster than you should be. Imagine if that was all the time.
top Civilians Try to Lure an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft Back to Earth
Either way, I reckon they should be quick about it before the Alliance shows up.
top When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?
IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them long enough to read the address from one machine and type it into another.
This problem was solved waaaay back in 1996 by the IETF in RFC 1924 [ietf.org].
It was actually solved back in 1983 by
top The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines
That's what I was just coming here to say: robots and AI doesn't have to be evil as long as the people controlling the string are.
I think the point is that if AI is involved then the machine is stringless. It doesn't sound like Hawking is saying don't do it. He says understand the risks beforehand. i.e. instead of after it is a problem. That sounds prudent, not fear mongering.
In addition, I don't see what transcendence has to do with AI. A human consciousness in a computer is still a human consciousness. It seems that we are mostly worried about AI because it lacks humanity. So in transcendence we are just dealing with more sophisticated humans against less sophisticated. This is a problem humanity has faced since the invention of tools. People being dominated by other people.
top Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module
... any competent Unix admin could write a device driver. Now a days they barely know the grep.
top Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise
Everyone knows you can only keep a wormhole open for 38 minutes.
Except when it is connected to a black hole.
top Who controls the HVAC at work?
The guy with the screwdriver who managed to open his un-openable window.
top Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver?
That would violate the first rule of robotics.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?
I prefer my critical infrastructure management to be somewhat secure.
It could be kerberized telnet.
top No Question: Snowden Was 2013's Most Influential Tech Figure
Most influential maybe in terms of politics, but technology? What was the technology he pioneered or employed? Copy? Not very influential in my opinion.
top I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...
I pay with the three seashells.
Again, we are talking about currency here. The three seashells were a method for
... well let's not get into that.
top Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
2. replace all time zones with UTC so that the current time is expressed exactly the same regardless of geographic location, therefore no further need for the International Date Line (take that you smug Kiwis and Aussies!)
I completely agree. As a pilot I have to convert from local time to UTC to do any kind of planning. As an IT admin in a global corporation I have servers in lots of different time zones making scheduling jobs non-trivial. When choosing a datatype for my db columns do I choose a regular datetime or a datetime with timezone. Timezones, let alone DST, make things overly complicated. I am ready to get rid of them.
top Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide
This article is tagged fracking. I do not think it means what you think it means. You know, this being slashdot and all.
top A Commencement Speech For 2013 CS Majors
I've been an IT professional since '95. Unix admin / DBA / network admin / SAN admin / Release Engineer / etc. etc. This advice really speaks to my career. You have to have passion for technology and you have to be willing to learn new things on your own. I run into so many people who want nothing to do with technology when they go home. I feel they are in the wrong industry.
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top Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster
Pinball Construction set for the Mac 512. The 800k floppy disk was DOA. Was I ever pissed. Got a free hat for my trouble, though, so...
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