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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

no_go Re:ignored (574 comments)

Unless ?
It WILL compete for resources.
At the very least, Energy.

Count also on competition for materials for replication , enhancement of capabilites, and continuation of it's own life (AKA survival).

about three weeks ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

no_go Re:Ballsy (155 comments)

In the development of our current civil aviation environment, it has been found that the following process results in MORE safety.
If a certain technology is new:
- DO NOT allow widespread operation until such time that RISKS are well UNDERSTOOD and MITIGATED.
- Do a comprehensive (which means veeeery lengthy and expensive) test regime
- Account for risks (in terms of safety, security, etc...)
- Find ways to mitigate risk
- Create the relevant regulations
- Allow operation within the regulations

This means: NO commercial operations before this process is complete.

All aircraft manufacturers put their new designs (and in most cases , modifications of designs) through a demanding test regime.
Not doing so has been proven to be very very (very !!!!) bad !
Reading accident reports from the 1950 will show exactly why this is needed.

In this case, it is not only the design, but the mode of operation, which is significantly different from the remainder of aircraft (routes, density , etc..).
Any responsible regulator will be very careful with this.

With regards on commercial delivery operations on territories not under FAA regulations, I believe most advanced countries have the same kind of restrictions.
Most of the Civil Aviation authorities of advanced countries, will have regulation regarding experimental aircraft, and these will exclude commercial operations.

All this said, I believe most major Civil Aviation Authorities are looking into comercial drone operations.

about 5 months ago

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

no_go Re:Okay. Bidirectionally? (149 comments)

Or are we going to have to put up with an idiotically asynchronous connection like we already do with DSL (768K) now?

You probably mean Asymmetric.

I would think consumer and small business Internet access will keep on being asymmetric for the most part, whatever the technology.
Most users on those markets are consumers and not producers of data, which means more downloads than uploads.

Combine that with bandwidth being ALWAY scarce, you will have Engineers , network architects, product managers
and management designing their products taking that into account.

The market need for a symmetrical or a reverse ratio of uploads to downloads on the consumer segment is minuscule.

about 5 months ago

Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

no_go Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

So right , I propose a grass roots movement: Citizens agains chemicals on food

We should start with lobying the food industry in order to ban hydrogen and oxygen , those two are EVERYWHERE !!!
Think about the children!!!!!111!!!one

about 6 months ago

Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

no_go Re:call Snowden (73 comments)

I would guess the "everyone" you are refering to is some subset of the countries on the report.

If you look closely, you will see that some put some very stringent limitations on what info can be obtained, when can it be intercepted and by whom.
And , gasp , some even report the number of intersections and requests.

Not being a US citizen/resident, it's none of my bussiness what the NSA does in the US, but I do take offence at their actions abroad, specifficaly those that impact MY leaders, MY country and MY liberties.

about 6 months ago

Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

no_go Is this what passes for journalism these days ? (353 comments)

Unbelievably bad !

The Bugatti 100 wasn't a JET , much less an "advanced fighter jet". (Note to the author: Jet isn't synonym with combat aircraft).

It wouldn't be computer controlled . No computers with the right size and speed for controlling an aircraft where available (also, for the size, the control surfaces would be "muscle" powered, as where all aircraft of comparable size and era).

Being on the prototype stage, it would not ever be combat ready and in wide operational use for it to make any difference on the Battle of Britain (The prototypes for the Spitfire and the bf109 had first flights in 1936 and 1935 , operational around 1938 and 1937).

Compared to the previous issues, the "zero-drag cooling system" is of little consequence.

Also, no excuse for the author not being an "expert" on the subject .
Some basic fact checking ("oh, look it s got a propeller" or "when was the first flight control computer introduced ?") would keep the piece honest. (but would certainly intrude upon the the sensationalist tone).

about 10 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

no_go Re: It's about time! (1431 comments)

An armed society is a FEARFULL society. FTFY

If you have to be "polite" because you fear someone shoots you because you may sound "disrespectfull/unfriendly/annoying" the "politeness" is completely hollow and is in fact fear.
Social norm would then be "who has the biggest most prominent guns wins/has right of way/is right".
Sounds too much like medieval times...

And don't tell me that if everyone has a gun it will be a level playing field. (think weapon, fitness, health, mood, social settings, fear of injuring someone you love or have some responsibility over, etc..., etc.. ,etc...)

about a year ago

EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

no_go Re:Where? (177 comments)

The fear is that the US may be able to get Snowden's location by backtracing his connection, not what he may be saying.

about a year ago

EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

no_go Re:so says (177 comments)

Inferiority complex much ?

about a year ago

The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

no_go Re:What about the foreign stuff? (354 comments)

Doesn't that make it even worse ? (and it was the Bolivian President's aircraft, and he wasn't intercepted, was rerouted as overflight clearences were whitdrawn and had is aircraft searched in Vienna ).

Had it been the "Air Force One", there would have been a war....

A dark episode on Europe's foreign relations, now (unfortunately) forgotten.

If a state is willing to strong-arm other states into viollationg international law, diplomatic immunity and common courtesy to an head-of-state, then it certainly only has good intentions....

about a year ago

UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

no_go Re:UK introduces warrant less detention? (153 comments)

By the way things are going, the "EU legal system" part may be unavailable some time in the future....

The insistence on exceptionalism with regard to rules that apply to all the remaining member states is starting tho chaffe, and the constant "euro-ceptic" noises are starting to get a different reponse from people I know (It has change from "Why ?" to "Leave already").

The UK public should be aware that some day their government will insist on another exception (threatening to leave if they don't get their way) and they will be told "Then leave".
Europe as a political and economic entity will be weaker, the UK will be much much weaker (and it's citizens will loose access to a different legal safety net). The winners will be : China, Russia, etc ...

about a year ago

UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

no_go Re:next time... (153 comments)

Brazil ?!?!
I believe Brazil hasn't any claim over the Falklands/Malvinas (although they support Argentina's claim)

about a year ago

Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

no_go Title is moronic. (234 comments)

-20 , Title is moronic.

Why should any product (commercial or otherwise) be the future of education ?
The future of education isn't on buzzwords/marketing items/products with a limited shelf life.
It's on philosophies, methods and concepts.

about a year ago

Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

no_go Re:Does it matter (207 comments)

I Keep seeing this argument "X also does it" , but the proponents seem to forget that other Electronics intelligence agencies don't have the capacity to do data collection on the same scale as the NSA (Not even close).
They don't have:
- The manpower.
- The bilateral agreements with the same number of inteligence agencies
- The scale of technical infra-structure
- The number of locations where to implement listening posts (military bases, diplomatic posts, comercial entreprises).

This means that they won't have the capability to get the same volume of information as the NSA, and as a consequence, have less access to information they shouldn't have.

For Brazil (which isn't next door to Sweden), this means they will be less intruded on by the FRA than by the NSA.

about a year ago

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

no_go Re:What if she hates what is going on there? (399 comments)

As a PR professional she MUST take a really good look at what she says and writes.

If there is even the slightest possibility that it might be mis-interpreted it WILL, and should be stated differently.

Still a fail.

about a year ago

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

no_go Re:Freedom of speech..no? (399 comments)

Yes it is a freedom of speech issue (well , depending on jurisdiction...),
which means that people who disagree or feel ofended also have a right to voice their offense and disagreement.

No only that, but she is a professional that deals with Image and relates with the Public.
By public, i mean everyone that _may_ have any relation with the company she represents:
- Customers
- Advertisers
- Share holders
- Etc....

Some of these will NOT wan't to be associated with that kind of remarks (irrespective of aggreeing with them or not).
This reflects directly on that person's professional ability, and also on that person's image, as well as the companies represented.

This makes it a major and very public PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL FAIL.

about a year ago

Fedora 20 Released

no_go Re:Whoopty do (147 comments)

I'm running KDE on Ubuntu 13.04 (installed from the standard dvd download).
All i had to do is apt-get the relevant (meta?)package .
No need to download the Kubuntu dvd.

1 year,3 days

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

no_go Re:Don't they have an fiber to the node cable netw (229 comments)

Everyone knows ?

I don't.

Using cables has an enormous advantage:
It doesn't foul up the RF spectrum (or not as much as with Radio emitters).

Wireless may be a lot more convenient (in terms of equipment connectivity and installation), but has some serious capacity limitations:
- RF spectrum occupancy. (In which they will be in competition with : TV, radio, satellite, baby cams, wifi, Air traffic control, police, the list goes on and on and on...)
- Limited number of possible clients for each location and frequency. (if you need to enable access to more endpoints in the same location, you need another set of frequencies. In some cases you will also need both more antennas and more Radio equipment)
- Very expensive base station equipment.
Energy usage is also a lot lot higher.

Whatever advances you may get in RF that enable more bandwidth, you will almost certainly have the same with cable technologies.
It will be a long time (if ever) until we are fully wireless.

1 year,15 days

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

no_go Re:Freedom of thought (392 comments)

Western Europe did have authoritarian governments, right leaning ones, on both Portugal and Spain up to the mid 1970s.

The Portuguese dictatorship, although not as violent and repressive as the Spanish or the East European comunisms (at least on the european portion, the colonies where a whole different thing) was still pretty awfull. Political Police, Imprisonments, internal and external exile, the odd assassination, complete absence of any freedoms of speech, and also a very regimented economic regime. To all this add the behaviour on the colonies (pretty much all of what you have heard from apartheid South Africa).

I certainly do not want a return to those times.
"Free speech" is already regulated (of note: slander).
Restricting access to the public and civic arenas to those who which to restrict ALL of free speech (and willing to cause serious physical harm to those who opose them) is a necessary evil.
Doesn't mean we don't have to be vigilant on how that impacts political and civic life.

Comparing this directly with "constitutional rights" in the US, which has a very different sociological make-up and a VERY different recent history (to both Germany and Portugal) is a non-starter.

1 year,16 days

Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

no_go Re:Why are they doing this? (137 comments)

The French/Germans/etc do not have:
- ELINT / SIGINT capabilities on par with the US (at least in terms of volume capability)
- Fully staffed military base(s) nearby.
- Readiness to go to war (politically and psychologically)

The South Koreans ARE on the front-line of a cold war that could become extremely hot, and I guess they feel the need to:
- Not antagonize the only ally with real capability to help them if the North starts shooting.
- Have access to some intelligence regarding NK and the PRC.

As for Singapore, it's not much different. They are dwarfed by neighbors that have immense populations hand would be able to over-power them easily.
Compound that with the imbalance of wealth between citizens of Singapore and it's neighbors, and you have a situation which can easily be exploited by politicians that may want to "extend their reach" and provoke a war.
This means that Singapore needs allies to balance this situation (US and Australia). That means:
- Keeping on good terms with prospective allies
- Have access to some intelligence regarding their neighbors.

1 year,25 days


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