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B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

mspring Re:I wonder (190 comments)

Just as a thought experiment, imagine your parents (or whatever "loved ones" you value) being in one of these 20 cities...

about 2 months ago
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EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

mspring It's not about *forgetting*... (199 comments)

...it's about remembering to not serve out this piece of information.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

mspring Re:My PC cannot be conscious the way I am (426 comments)

Even if machines eventually acquire a form of consciousness, how would *we* know?
Who would believe a machine's claim to be conscious?

about 2 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

mspring diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

But won't telling the patient "the facts" diminish the placebo effect?
What would maximize the placebo effect?
Is using the placebo effect always bad practice?

about 3 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

mspring social dimension (391 comments)

Typically no two software engineers agree on a solution.
Business introduces additional constraints and decisions.
Younger folks want to reinvent the wheel.
Etc.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

mspring muscle memory (876 comments)

With text you can develop muscle memory (muscle macros) which can be applied without concious thinking while expressing abstract ideas.

about 5 months ago
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Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

mspring crowd-sourcing of traffic enforcement (157 comments)

...is the future.
It's more just: No observers of an infraction, no problem, regardless of the letter of the law.
I'd just add a reputation based moderation system to supress malice.

about 6 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

mspring it has to get worse before it gets better (208 comments)

Why not let them conduct this "experiment"?
The results will be useful as a negative example.
And just make sure the people responsible are not forgotten.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

mspring non-technical issues (473 comments)

Dealing with established cultures working with outdated technologies and trying to drive change.

about 9 months ago
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Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

mspring If people are prevented to die... (121 comments)

from heart disease, what will they then die from? And how much will that cost?

about 9 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

mspring horizontal waste (1191 comments)

Why is the new design wasting so much of horizontal screen real estate? The design should leverage the full browser window!

about 10 months ago
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Preventing Cheating At Hackathons

mspring don't do hackathons (104 comments)

Why does everything being fun have to be turned into a competion where there's an incentive to cheat?

about 10 months ago
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Report: By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year

mspring same automation kills markets (325 comments)

The same automation technology will have placed so many people out of work who then no longer can afford these cars.

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

mspring honey pot profits (398 comments)

Set up honey pot cars, catch the thieves, charge them for the honey pot expenses and some more: Profit!
Self-financing mechanism to reduce car thefts.

about a year ago
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Judge Orders Google To Comply With FBI's Warrantless NSL Requests

mspring continuously stating to not having received an NSL (167 comments)

What if I stated daily that I have not received an NSL. When I receive an NSL, my daily statements would seize. This way I would comply with the NSL, but it was obvious that I have received one.

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

mspring reputation-based crowd-sourcing of enforcement (400 comments)

Traffic enforcement should be crowd-sourced, with reputation-based ranking like the Slashdot moderation system. If there's no one documenting a traffic violation, there's no problem. The more people are in the vicinity to documenting it, the more expensive it gets for the violator. Reputation management to maximize honesty. The system will be fine-tuned as it gains more participants.

about a year ago

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