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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

jopsen Re:Public road is not for joy riding... (546 comments)

There's a level in risk in life that most people are willing to accept in order to live life the way they want. Just because some people are happy wrapped up on cotton wool and kept away from any possible harm doesn't mean that sort of life should be inflicted on the entire population.

True.... But on the other hand, just because some people thinks is cozy to send telegrams doesn't justify that the government keeps a telegraph network running :)
Well, some countries does have things like a ministry of culture, that subsidizes theaters and other useless things...

With regard to the whole risk thing... I don't know.... The US is remarkably bad at being rational about that... Just consider the excessive airport/plane security vs. poor car standards, shitty roads, lack of driver education, crazy traffic laws and poor enforcement, etc... Or how you violate human rights (on many levels) in the fight on terrorism, while allowing people to own guns and refuse to talk gun regulation after a school shooting.
Just saying, the discussion of risk in the US is very irrational :)

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

jopsen Public road is not for joy riding... (546 comments)

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.

Well... The public roads aren't for joy riding. It's infrastructure for transportation. One might very well argue that you do not have the right to subject other people to unnecessary risk, just because you want to have fun.

Luckily the US has plenty of desert and car-crazy people, so if public roads were closed to human drivers, I'm sure there'll be lots of race tracks and open areas were human drivers are still allowed, etc...
Why should public roads be a government subsidized joy ride arena?

yesterday
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

jopsen Re:The first few comments are awfully pessimistic (105 comments)

well, of course, more labor decreases wages.

That's not the worst that can happen... When wages goes down, there will be a lot more projects that will suddenly be feasible to implement.

Sure it's possible to float the market... but it's not likely that we'll get enough people interested in CS anytime soon :)
CS is still a very boring field, and you can't sell it as anything else...

about a week ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

jopsen Re:The directive does not mention google. (237 comments)

The right of EU politicians to erase old scandals trumps free speech & the public's right to know.

There are two sides of that... If you let politicians throw mud the way it's done in the US, you get a political system where all the politicians contemplate how to make each other look bad. Take a look at US politics, it's not like anything gets done...

Crazy baseless accusations and non-scandals/mud should be forgotten...


Note, I certainly see the right to be forgotten as an let's call it interesting experiment... We'll see how it plays out...
Either way, please don't claim that all EU politicians are conspiring to control the internet so their sex scandals can be deleted from public record. That's crazy talk...

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

jopsen Re:Linux is basically finished. (106 comments)

Why all the Linux zealots modding good posts down, mod parent up! Great comment. I agree Android is pretty much the only good Linux software out there these days.

Yes, let's use windows on the server, ha ha :)

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

jopsen Re: Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

you can simply trade with those who can (Russia? China? ISIL?) for profit or favors.

Please don't categories ISIL along with Russia and China. Neither Russia or China is interested in a conflict with the US, but both of them do have some resources. ISIL is pretty much the opposite...

about two weeks ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

jopsen Re:Taxpayer's Dilemma (213 comments)

Most western government have rather low bang-for-the-buck

It's easy to forget just how much waste there is the private sector too.
Mostly because when a private company waste money, the general public doesn't care all that much...

But look at the crazy start-up investments made in Silicon Valley (VC for an app like YO).
I could go on, but I'm sure we all have stories about waste in the private sector.

about two weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

jopsen Blame slashdot... (235 comments)

I'm sure the press release didn't have the same sensational headline... This is probably another case of bad journalism...

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

jopsen Re:The directive does not mention google. (237 comments)

Every evaluation and ranking algorithm that is not based off a random number generator carries, by definition, biases favoring some criteria over others. There will always be someone crying foul because they're lower in the rankings. This is a tar pit.

Sure, but this is about ensuring that there is competition in the field, having multiple player, instead of a single algorithm sitting on the whole market is a good mitigation of the technical issue you describe.

about three weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

jopsen Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (219 comments)

Well, sure, there are plenty of public servants who are motivated by a desire to, you know, serve the public, but they don't make headlines or get famous so you don't hear about them much.

True... I suspect the only reason a governor like Chris Christie is even being talked about with respect to 2016 is because he is in the media.
Granted I don't follow American politics closely, but it seems to me he is only in the media because he is borderline crazy...

about three weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

jopsen Re:Having worked with prosecutors (219 comments)

It's actually funny.

It might be funny... It's certainly not justice.

I don't get why you elect judges and prosecutors mixing politics into the justice system. It makes the whole thing so adversarial.
When it should be about truth and not convictions...

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jopsen So how is the price... (284 comments)

LTO-9 goes to 25TB/cart, LTO-10 goes to 48TB.

So comparing this to AWS glacier, at 0.01 USD/GB, that is 480 USD for 48 TB...
Probably still an advantage to tapes... but how close it?

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

jopsen Re:Inconsistent (101 comments)

Slashdot users probably use keyword search anyways... I suspect this is aimed at "normal" people, the kind that clicks on everything.

about three weeks ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

jopsen Just make it inert (106 comments)

It's a lot cheaper and safer to make an inert nuclear weapon... Just don't tell anyone :)

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

jopsen Re:Wait, 314 million per year? (161 comments)

Yes, you ~should~ dump a lot of the projects that go on, and get back to the core project of making a usable cross-platform web browser that doesn't suck.

Maybe/probably, to be honest I suspect prioritizing projects at Mozilla isn't trivial.
I mean when your goal is to improve the open web, how do you measure impact of your projects?

Number of users, etc. is certainly a metric... But so are specs implemented by multiple vendors.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

jopsen Re:Wait, 314 million per year? (161 comments)

Translation: Our core business (browsers) is so ridiculously profitable and since our mission is open ended we can spend it on almost any pet project we like.

I don't speak on behalf of Mozilla; let's be very clear about that.

Anyways, if you wanted to do a startup, or a small and focused group, you can certainly find more lucrative opportunities (also open source), than writing a web-browser. Granted I don't touch much gecko code, but it's my clear impression from co-workers (and the few patches I've done) that moving it forward is not easy.

By the way, a lot of things still is happening in Firefox. Try out the latest nightly, it comes with process isolation (e10n); it still extremely buggy, but it's nice to see it happening.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

jopsen Re: Education versus racism (481 comments)

A lot of us do. More than you would guess.

Hmm... I don't think that's enough... The problem here is in large the adversarial nature of your justice system.
With cops being allowed to lie during interrogation, the state offering plea bargains if you confess, etc...

Cases like this were someone after hours of interrogations breaks and "admits"
'You’re telling me you have a video, so I guess it happened but I have no memory of it.'

The only reason that guy isn't rotting in prison, is because he could afford 200k in legal expenses.
Lesson being, don't talk to the police in America. Doing so is a liability most people can't afford.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

jopsen Re:Nonprofit?? (161 comments)

Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit, it owns Mozilla Corporation which is a for-profit entity.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

jopsen Re:Wait, 314 million per year? (161 comments)

That is a lot of money. What could they possibly be spending it on because it certainly isn't firefox. I mean... it is a nice browser... but.... 314 million?

Disclaimer I work at Mozilla... There is obviously a lot of development, not just Firefox and FirefoxOS, but also research projects like rust, servo (new browser engine), daala (video codec). Followed by an end-less line of smaller projects, services and what not. For example I work on a project called TaskCluster which runs tasks (currently only docker containers on AWS spot nodes); the goal of this project is to make our CI infrastructure faster, cheaper and easier to configure (more self-serve; and more cloud based).

But this is only the development things... Mozilla does things ranging from lobby work (net neutrality to name one); to education and campaigns for this (See webmaker parties). Sometimes I'm surprised to see all the things that goes on at Mozilla.


A lot of what Mozilla does yields little obvious results... A lot of it is high risk (from a business perspective)... A lot of it has no business perspective at all. But Mozilla is not about money, it was we should really dump a lot of the projects that goes on :)

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

jopsen Why do you speculate??? (161 comments)

Yahoo knew this, and probably offered them $150 million a year (Google may even have declined to make an offer of renewal

From the official blog post you'll see that all the options, including a renewal of the Google contract, had stronger economic terms (for mozilla).
To spell it out: Google offer to renew the contract and to pay more than they currently do.

I see this partly as a way to diversify revenue, by having different partners in different geographical regions. And as a strategy to avoid a fostering a global search mono-culture.

about three weeks ago

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