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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

tehcyder Re:Positive pressure? (368 comments)

A perfect example of Poe's Law. Modded +5 funny, but just as likely to be serious.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

tehcyder Re:Positive pressure? (368 comments)

And you think that has not been tried? You just insulted all the engineers working on ATMs as utterly stupid morons.

You must be new here.

Every slashdot story contains a few comments on the lines of "I may not be an expert in scientific/engineering discipline X, but as a computer science graduate, it seems obvious to me that you should just do Y and here's a link to a small PERL script to do exactly that."

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

tehcyder Re:What's more irritating? (251 comments)

Cloud Of Contemporary Knowledge.

I'm just going to check my COCK out, Sir.

2 days ago
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'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

tehcyder Re:Regular users only (96 comments)

There are a few people that organize their money using envelopes. They have a specific limit and envelope for each category and when they pay for things they take it out of the proper envelope. When there's no more money in that envelope, no more buying of those types of things.

So if your food envelope's empty, you starve, even if the booze and hookers one is still full up?

Crazy talk.

2 days ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

tehcyder Re:Kill them all. (261 comments)

Look at a remote tropical island that doesn't have any of these species. They exist. And guess what... they're fine.

On that basis there's no problem with getting rid of elephants, big cats, giraffes, monkeys, parrots, polar bears, blue whales or whatever, as obviously there are places on earth where they don't live.

2 days ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

tehcyder Re:So.... (261 comments)

Thanks for this message, sponsored by Monsanto, the friendly face of capitalism.

2 days ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

tehcyder Re:So.... (261 comments)

Yes, it will die out, it's guaranteed.

Best said in a mad scientist voice with a "mwah hah hah" at the end.

2 days ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

tehcyder Re:So.... (261 comments)

Yes, because a model of a ball in a bowl fully reflects the complexities of the entire fucking planet's eco system..

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re:Tax (525 comments)

If corporations don't pay their share of tax, then ordinary law-abiding citizens will just be charged more.

And if you don't approve of what the government spends its money on, you have two choices: vote for someone else or start a revolution.

4 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re:Tax (525 comments)

maybe the governments need to get with the times

Yeah, they should, like, disrupt themselves and adopt a paradigm shift to a leaner, more agile model.

Tax is just so Twentieth Century.

4 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re: iCult (525 comments)

That still doesn't answe the questiom, does half of the US constitute a "cult"?

A cult is devoted to worshipping something specific: its followers don't necessarily have to be a minority of the population.

For example, in ancient Greece, the Cult of Apollo was quite widespread.

4 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re:Tax (525 comments)

I thought I'd check, and in their 2014 annual accounts, Apple showed tax payable of $14 billion on a net profit of $40 billion. Unless this is just some totally fictitious accounting entry, I'm not sure where you get the idea that they don't pay any tax.

4 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re:Tax (525 comments)

But the point is that Apple's profit is extremely high and so it should be paying a proportionately large amount in tax.

It's not some dodgy set up like Amazon, which has huge turnover but genuinely makes losses and so pays minimal or no tax. (Which in any other industry would mean it was bankrupt).

4 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

tehcyder Re:Tax (525 comments)

Some of us still believe in ethics. Old fashioned, I know.

4 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

tehcyder Re:Hear Hear! (397 comments)

I've got 20 inches and it's still going

Hmmm...

5 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

tehcyder Re:Urban legend? (308 comments)

Think of the issues that the UK had with Irish insurgency during The Troubles, where appearances were similar even though accents were vastly different

Yes, in Northern Ireland all those terrorists with Northern Irish accents really stood out like a sore thumb.

5 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

tehcyder Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

This will change nothing. If you want to convince people that individual lives matter...collectivism is not the way to go about it.

You embrace godless communism nearly the entire world over (economy & education)...what did you expect would happen?

Yes, it certainly works better if you let God-fearing Roman Catholic priests do the work.

5 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

tehcyder Re:Expected, as it's yet another source of data. (241 comments)

The Privacy Policy I read long before the phone or TV states if you have legal issues with Samsung, they claim jurisdiction in some province in South Korea, which you have previously agreed to.

That's meaningless; your local laws will still apply. Microsoft couldn't get out of paying fines in the EU for monopolistic behaviour by saying "tough, you'll have to sue us in Washington". (Well, they could, but then they wouldn't be allowed to trade in the EU).

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

tehcyder Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

We already have a working example: The human brain. So, of course it is possible, unless you believe that the human mind is based on some sort of magic.

The whole "it's just a question of understanding and then engineering" argument does not acknowledge that something like human consciousness may not be magic, but it might be unreproducable due to acting at a lower level than we can perceive or manipulate.

I know Roger Penrose gets a lot of stick here, but there may be something in his idea that at the quantum level we will simply never be able to model a human brain fully.

The easiest way to disprove this would, of course, be to build an artificial conscious entity.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

tehcyder Re:Killer AI will kill journalists for slandering (227 comments)

And a strong AI will certainly need a lot of input data (humans need at least ~16 years of input before being considered employable

But only 2 years to walk and talk, so I think using "we will have to wait 16 years even if we do develop AI" is a bit of a feeble excuse. (Never mind that there is no obvious reason why an AI should have to follow human development exactly).

about two weeks ago

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