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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

thedarb I don't WANT to be 'more productive'. (572 comments)

"...or they could enable drivers to be more productive during the time they used to spend driving, which could earn them more money."

If I don't have to drive myself, I'm sure as hell not giving that extra time to my employer. It's my time. Now that I don't have to drive, I'm going to read!

yesterday
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

thedarb Good. (112 comments)

And all is right with the world again.

5 days ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

thedarb Re:Old fashioned detective work (81 comments)

And how do you think they knew where to put a mole in the first place? They needed to insert him into the operation so they could do their parallel construction of evidence.

5 days ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

thedarb Local encryption. (99 comments)

Apps SHOULD locally encrypt the data before sending it elsewhere. Encryption that requires you to open it, encryption that has not got backdoors.

Then when lawyers request it, they are boned. Depending on your country, that is, and the possibility of the obligatory wrench (xkcd).

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

thedarb Good. (528 comments)

Maybe this information can undo some of the damage you've done TO YOUR CUSTOMERS.

* Undo the malware drm you put on peoples PC's.
* Restore the ability to run Linux on game consoles that you wrongfully stole back AFTER you sold it.
* Unlock the bootloaders on your android phones.

Who knows what else. Probably a LOT of good can come from this. But the most important? Don't piss off your customers!

about two weeks ago
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A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

thedarb Re:Please don't misuse the word "rape". (69 comments)

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

  Stephen Fry

about three weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

thedarb With their rules and drm? No thanks. (183 comments)

They are so overbearing toward their customers and fans, they simply aren't worth it.

Someone bring back Tribes already.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

thedarb Hello... (129 comments)

I'm Wiki Bear!

about a month and a half ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

thedarb All I can say is... (553 comments)

I'm not sure what to think of this.

about 2 months ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

thedarb Spider Goat. (82 comments)

Spider goat! Spider goat! Does whatever a spider goat does!

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

thedarb You sir, are an ass. (429 comments)

Who says the bittorrent users are rogue? Who says they stole a password? You said it was public wifi. Why do you think they are lying to your face? Were you running around asking people? Just leave people alone, you self entitled jerk. Who's to say their file transfer is or is not legit, and who is to say it is more or less important than your work? Now people have to run VPN connections to keep you from interfering with them? I would not only kick you out of my coffee shop, but I would post pictures of you, and list your mac address across the net, so people know when you've entered the room. Your behavior is inexcusable.

about 2 months ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

thedarb Stop treating it lightly. (258 comments)

This isn't a disease to play around with. Hardcore mandatory quarantine all that have been possibly exposed. Not in their homes, but in a facility. Treat it as more communicable than it is, because it could change. If I was on a plane with that guy, I should expect to be held in quarantine. Asymptomatic or not, people still do contaminating behaviors all the time: coughs, sneezes, spit when they talk, wipe or pick their nose, poorly wash their hands (if at all), nervous sweat at take off or landings, etc etc.

And... For goodness sake, stop people from travelling to and from Africa, would you please? Isolate that dang continent until this is over, as much as possible. The average Joe should not be able to get there, at all. And any medical personnel going there, mandatory quarantine before they can return. Anyone breaking these rules that causes the disease to spread should be tried for murder.

Quit screwing around with ebola, or this is going to be the plague that took care of overpopulation... in a big way.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

thedarb Africa man... (74 comments)

That place is trying to kill us off, for sure.

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

thedarb You are missing the point. (798 comments)

Anti-wiretapping laws are there TO PROTECT YOU.

Yes, it is unfortunate that it hampers this kid's attempt at exposing the bullying... But the law is there to protect everyone from being recorded without their express consent. The fact that the recording was used for good does not make it legal, and I know that sucks in this case... but overall, the law is better left intact for the greater good. It's protecting you, all of you, from someone recording you and using it against you. Do you *really* want to lose that protection because of this one case? I hope not. Because once you lose a protection like that, it's gone forever. I say that again, it would be gone FOREVER. And in days... not weeks, not years, you would see people falling prey to the loss of that protection. Then you will look back and think, "What have we done?"

Don't get me wrong, I was bulllied horribly growing up. It was terrible! But losing this one legal protection we have to deal with bullies is not the answer.

Don't know what the real answer is... anything I dream up is just as illegal, as I was bullied myself and can only think of mean ways to deal with them. But losing our rights and legal protections is the *worst* way to go.

about 8 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

thedarb They want to scan the data. Duh. (257 comments)

I think it's obvious. They want the app so they can scan all of the messages to use to feed facebook's knowledge base about you / it's users. Like Google uses your gmail's, FB will use this to further monetize you as a product.

It doesn't need ads. They want the juicy data. Who you talk to, what do you talk about. Then they can use that data to make money.

about 10 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

thedarb Not if it can do facial recognition. (192 comments)

If they can walk down the sidewalk and instantly categorize everyone around them, no thank you.

These two scenarios would suck, but stay out of trouble and this won't happen:
"Hey you! You have unpaid tickets!" Pounce.
"Hey you! You have a warrant 5 states away for blah!" Pounce.

But, it could also label people by beliefs and behaviors:
Glass says, "Known Muslim" Or "Known Christian" Or Democrat, or union member, or 1/2 black even though they don't look it. Or 'Arrested 12 years ago.'

The risk of them choosing people to abuse goes up the more they know about those people.

So no. Camera, fine. But HUD and immediate detailed info on every face it sees? Hello no.

about 10 months ago
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Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

thedarb Keep them out of private sector. (251 comments)

Would it be legal to add "Have you ever worked for the NSA?" to your interviewing questions? I'd like to see them all denied jobs in the private sector once they lose their jobs with the NSA. They have knowingly worked to support spying on American citizens. Treat them like the criminals they are.

While we're at it, ask if they worked for SCO over it's last 5 years... don't want that so called 'talent' to ever have an IT job again, either.

Would it be legal to form a do-not hire list based on previous employment? It's not a race, it's not a sexual preference, it's not a gender... It's an indicator of ethics.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

thedarb If you don't know already... (381 comments)

a) You're in the wrong job.
b) We won't help you.
c) Make sure everything your company or government office is doing is legal, ethical, and morally unquestionable.
d) All of the above.

Oh, the correct answer is "d".

about a year and a half ago

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