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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

mariox19 Robots are cut no slack (327 comments)

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 forgive them.

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!"

about a week ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

mariox19 My guess? (106 comments)

They're doing it to spy on people.

about a week ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

mariox19 Eventually, it's all open source (100 comments)

Patents have a limited span, no? When the patent runs out, it's anybody's game. So, what's the problem?

about a week ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

mariox19 Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

mariox19 iPhone 4S (258 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

mariox19 Why a pill and not an enema? (135 comments)

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.

about a month and a half ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

mariox19 Of course not! (335 comments)

When has an act of war ever required a warrant?

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

mariox19 Talk is cheap (130 comments)

Let him put his money where his mouth is. Are all of his cash holdings in BitCoin?

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

mariox19 Re:its their own fault (280 comments)

Perhaps they do it professionally; and since people get sick of their jobs, perhaps some don't even like doing it.

about 2 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

mariox19 Re:This device is not new or interesting (651 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

mariox19 Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (316 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

mariox19 Re:Not comparable (600 comments)

Human beings have been "barely domesticated." When you manage to domesticate the average criminal, we can talk about domesticating the best defense against one.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mariox19 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

I want to know what this even has to do with Captain Kirk.

about 2 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

mariox19 Re:Can see it now: (152 comments)

And if anything goes wrong, we'll crucify the QA people that we never gave enough testing time to in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mariox19 Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mariox19 Switcheroo (541 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

mariox19 Re:First post (266 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

mariox19 Re:Ban caffeine! (511 comments)

It's gateway personalities that are the problem.

about 4 months ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

mariox19 You're forgetting... (126 comments)

They also collaborated, along with Motorola, on the PowerPC. Admittedly, that's a dubious thing to note.

about 4 months ago

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