top Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans
The real problem is that the actions of people, in some circumstances, are considered beyond good and evil, and all the silly hypothetical situations in the world doesn't begin to capture this. In the heat of the moment, with only seconds to decide, people can't be relied on to make a choice that conforms to some explicit moral code. On account of that, when faced with passing judgement on the actions of people in emergency situations, we don't pass judgement; rather, we
Robots, however, are programmed, and "split seconds" don't mean the same thing to robots that they do to us. Thus, there is no way around what they're going to do. They will be programmed to do one thing or another, and
someone is going to have make the bad decision—since, in many cases, there are no good decisions to be made. And that poor bastard may have to program the machine anonymously, because what he will get is not forgiveness but, "What were you thinking!"
top NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015
They're doing it to spy on people.
top Group Tries To Open Source Seeds
Patents have a limited span, no? When the patent runs out, it's anybody's game. So, what's the problem?
top Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone
Seriously. A friend of mine had his ex-wife (they're on good terms) send him a picture of their daughter, who was something like 4 at the time. The girl was riding a toy horse, and but for a cowboy hat was buck naked. The ex thought it was cute; my friend was upset that she would encourage things like that. I told him to get that picture the fuck off his phone before he gets pulled over (he had a lead foot and a weed habit), arrested, and the cops find a photo like that on his phone. He saw the wisdom in that right away.
You can't be too careful. There are cops and attorneys at the D.A.'s office who like nothing better than to put the screws to people, at the smallest provocation; and in this "zero tolerance" world, you're guilty until you prove yourself innocent.
top Preferred smartphone screen size?
I just traded in my iPhone 4S last weekend. I ended up getting an iPhone 5S. The 6 is just too big, if you ask me. And, honestly, if Apple had offered a 4S form factor with upgraded innards, I very well may have bought that. I liked the heft of the 4S, and I much prefer having the headphone jack at the top of the phone rather than at the bottom.
A big reason I upgraded was because I realized my phone was getting a little bit long in the tooth, and I worried that there was no way I could wait two more years to see what Apple came out with next. If that were another big phone, I'd be SOL. I got last year's phone in self-defense.
top Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection
Call me a conspiracy nut, or whatever you want; but I question what's going on here. Is there someone with a background that can explain?
A fecal transplant can be done with an enema, and my understanding is that it's quite effective. But some doctors aren't interested, preferring either to deliver the dose via a colonoscopy or endoscopy. My father had C. Diff last year, but began to get nauseated when they tried putting tubes up his nose. So the doctor was going to recommend as an alternative—and I swear this is true—that my father mix feces up in a blender with yogurt and eat it. WTF!
If you ask me, an enema can be done by a nurse, or even at home, for next to nothing. There's no money in that for the doctor, like there is with a colonoscopy, for instance. Now there's a little pill: meaning, that drug companies can get rich, rather than pharmacies selling enema kits for $15 a pop. Isn't that what's going on?
Am I wrong here? I'd love to have someone tell me—with documentation—that enemas are ineffective and that pills and medical procedures are actually the best way, but I'm skeptical. I think there's more economics behind these courses of treatment than there is medicine.
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top US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
When has an act of war ever required a warrant?
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top Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'
Let him put his money where his mouth is. Are all of his cash holdings in BitCoin?
top Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule
Perhaps they do it professionally; and since people get sick of their jobs, perhaps some don't even like doing it.
top The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
People with a need for untraceable guns [...]
People, like, the police, for instance?
My uncle, long retired from the NYPD and now dead several years, told me a long time ago that smart cops carry a "throwaway." A throwaway is a small handgun that cannot be traced back to you. Should you happen to shoot dead a denizen of the 'hood you work in, and the shooting might be deemed questionable, you take your throwaway and plant it on the dead guy. Then, there's no question about why you had to shoot him.
Now, I realize we're only 3-D printing AR-15's at this point, and no one can keep one of those in his sock; but one day all sorts of guns will be able to be printed. The cops will be just as happy about this as the mafiosi and cartel kingpins.
top Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?
Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java [...]
It's amazing to think there is someone like this in 2014. It's like those stories they used to tell of Japanese soldiers stranded on Pacific Islands, back in the '50s and '60s, who allegedly had no idea WWII had ended. In all honesty, I find it almost easier to believe in the stories about the Japanese soldiers.
top High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
Human beings have been "barely domesticated." When you manage to domesticate the average criminal, we can talk about domesticating the best defense against one.
top Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
I want to know what this even has to do with Captain Kirk.
top Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?
And if anything goes wrong, we'll crucify the QA people that we never gave enough testing time to in the first place.
top Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?
Actually, from everything I can gather, medical school is damn hard to begin with—and you only get to experience that after
getting in to medical school, which, from everything I can gather, is damn hard to get into.
top New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
You mean, but will it run Windows 7?
top Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
I do not believe you did this on purpose, but you switched contexts during your argument. First, you stated that race does not exist at the "biological" level; and then you went on to say, presumably as an explanation, that there is "no genetic trait" behind race. Those two statements are not the same thing. I recall that when the human genome project was completed, scientists stated that one of the things they determined is that genes, by themselves, cannot account for all of the variability among human beings; and, thus, the field of
epigenetics took off.
What goes on at what you call the "genetic" level is not the last word on biology. If at the genetic level race is not distinct, that does not mean there is no
biological cause behind race.
top Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency
The traitors are those in power who have operated using unlawful actions. Nothing is more dangerous than a government operating outside of law. Get your priorities straight.
top Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture
personalities that are the problem.
top Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises
They also collaborated, along with Motorola, on the PowerPC. Admittedly, that's a dubious thing to note.
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