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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

umghhh Re:Last Season of Star Trek (39 comments)

maybe their economy optimized living beings out of existence and now only the stock exchange boots are still there increasing the value and making progress as we speak.

about half an hour ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

umghhh Re:Then there was War Plan Red (277 comments)

I think you should use proper terminology - US have no allies or friends, they have vassals.

yesterday
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

umghhh Re:Urban legend? (277 comments)

The mail would have been delivered by Kevin Costner.

yesterday
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

umghhh Re:Red Dwarf (445 comments)

and on the top of it!

yesterday
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

umghhh Re:Culture of fear (782 comments)

I suppose if that were to happen the parents could be excused for keeping them in the cellar and feeding them only bread and water.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

umghhh Re:The Dangers of the World (782 comments)

I suppose this being US of A a proper investigation would find a number of legal problems and thus make an arrest a reasonable approach to these criminals, if tried hard I am sure one could have arrested them for possession - if they are normal people they would have smoked weed at least once, so they belong to prison. It is a free country after all....

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

umghhh Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

GP meant the market for laws, thus s/he was right.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

umghhh Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

I am sure there are pupils like you and possibly I was like this too (albeit I doubt that I ever had motivation and ability), yet neither knowledge in particular subject is all, nor claims of knowing more than a teacher are always correctly depicting reality. I am not a teacher but I do teaching at work by virtue of having students assigned to me for a year to do some menial jobs - they should be learning the right stuff mostly programming but more so around programming - because as far as I can tell nothing has changed much since I started - programming is a vital but minor part of developing software(*). I regularly fail to know all details that my newbies know about any chosen programming language yet I beat them every time on the actual programming and developing albeit I have to google more than they do. This will change of course and part of the course is for them to learn as much as possible. The point is - you may know all details but as so often in case of cohders - you fail to see the bigger picture.

* - some things changed since I started though - the division of work changed thanks to progress in communication technology which may make coding (and other things) being done in far away places (or in another office which is just the same if I do not know person doing the job). The system people cut jobs into small pieces and let Turks do the stuff for 10$ an hour. Yet I doubt that any big project can be done effectively only by outsourcing. If a company is a software house delivering software solutions then they most likely need to have in house competence in coding as well as developing, project management, communication and cooperation culture, decision making skills, presentation skills and much more. How often project fail because any of these were not there. Then again it all depends on the project of which part is people doing it.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

umghhh Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

First of all the current 'intelligent' systems are on a level of an ant or bee. This does not make them less lethal to humans however. The problems are already there then and the biggest is - even systems that are meant to be friendly may become lethal because of oversight, bug, miscalculation, abuse or because they may 'think' that humans are danger to other humans (which is mostly potentially and in quite many cases actually true). What about systems that are meant to kill or at least disable humans? In old good times a gun shot by itself once a year but it did so only if somebody pulled the trigger. Now the autonomous systems may pull the trigger all by themselves and they may have to decide themselves as humans in control loop are too slow. I think in most cases making system robust and reliable may be a shot in the right direction. Alas in the real world scrum team may decide this feature is to be move to next sprint or demo it albeit it is not ready etc... In other words - is anybody ready to pay for robust systems that are less likely to kill by accident? Yea I did not think so. We solve problems that come out of ant like creatures that have enough power to kill many, move on to quality and robustness and then when AI is on horizon we can start thinking about 3 laws and some such things.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

umghhh Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

In most of the cases those commissions are not needed and are a waste of time but we just do not know in advance which plumber's fuckup can be really problematic, so we assume any can be.
Bureaucracy is not a good solution to the problem but it seems the only one that can prevent many accidents. It seems to me that this attitude made nuclear industry surprising safe. At least when one does not think too much about waste disposal.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

umghhh Re: Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

This is probably one of the few intelligible posts on this thread. I too think that the question is badly formulated and problems are not what we think they are. It is not accidents but waste, it is not energy production but energy production and very important weapons production that stimulated development of fission plants, it is not either nuclear or coal but rather the question of how humanity affects its environment. So far the raise and fall of civilizations followed the path of: develope, shine, destroy environment beyond repair and if move to another place is possible - move and rearrange elsewhere. Problem with this is that we live now everywhere. That is typical of any living organism really - if conditions are good - develop and occupy as much as is possible. Overpopulation causes collapse usually. Sometimes renewal. I hope for the later although I know that usually the former happens.

about two weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

umghhh Re:Give Uber a dictionary (160 comments)

People do not really hate Uber or rather most of us had unsettled view of the company and its methods till more and more stories about criminal or almost criminal activities came out. This is topped with all comments on these evil commies 'banning' Uber in say Berlin i.e. on requiring Uber to follow the law as all others do. Stop throwing verbal abuse at opponents and use arguments of reason instead, then maybe the 'hate' will become reasonable doubts about revealed business practices. But I guess that is too much to ask, is it not?

about three weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

umghhh Re:Give Uber a dictionary (160 comments)

How is that relating to the subject of the discussion? Not at all which is to be expected from naive /.ers as well as from Uber shills.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

umghhh poverty and basic education (341 comments)

improve on that and you probably have a better chance of increasing minorities participation in tech. I doubt however if parity with the population structure could ever be achieved and I do not think it makes sense.

about three weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

umghhh Re:Do it in your free time (300 comments)

After lawyers and finance industry sucked the civilization dry they evolved into a star sucking monsters described as 'massive balls of plasma' in TFA.

about three weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

umghhh small stones (182 comments)

3strikes are for wankers and liberals - let them criminals make small stones from big stones for few years and then release them into free marketplace with a permanent criminal record. That will teach them.
If they are abroad drone them down - no need for a court order then.

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

umghhh Re:Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

So what is your point exactly - that iThings are inhackable or that they are hackable but they are not popular enough to make a difference or what exactly?
What I see a problem with is, that increasing the amount of devices having mostly crappy software inside does not stop. TV sets usually call home (i.e their makers) or else you cannot use some of their functions, the same will happen with the rest of appliances. The problem is not with all but with some of the users who will be abused - trough misuse of the processing power and storage capacity as well as of your connection etc. The increase of attack surface is inevitable. I am rather pessimistic about the remains of our privacy and wealth. IN wild west as well as in middle ages it was not whether you were robbed but whether you survived a robbery and whether you could recover from it. It seems we are getting or already are in a digital version of that. Having more digital shit at home is not going to help much.

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

umghhh Re: Not so sure about this... (252 comments)

Sorry to bring it to you but for this you would need an automated system to sip trough the information and ask you only in rare case of doubt for decision or else you are going to do what all other users of software do - press appropriate key to get rid of the warning or disable warning after the first time already. While such automated systems are possible to make by your self you will have to tweak it for each new appliance having slightly different set of APIs and then maintain the whole lot because the upgrades will surely introduce changes that your systems did not foresee etc. Automatic upgrades will require your attention etc. You can of course switch to bought in privacy and security protection suite from the market leader but uhum how is that going to save you if they are hacked by some criminals on request of NSA etc.
It is increasingly close to impossible to live a normal life and stay out of reach of digital criminals hunting for your data and money. It is like musical chairs but you participate as soon as your mobile and more often when that of your neighbour is on. The digital equivalent of missing a chair is when your data is stolen and misused by privet and state criminals.
1984 is already there only we do not notice because there is not one but a legion of different organisations, mostly private, that dig into your life every second.

about three weeks ago
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Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

umghhh Re:And therefore it is no surprise that ... Putin (92 comments)

I knew it. Something was a-miss this morning, some hidden urge or itch was there. I am sure you know this feeling, you know something is wrong but do not know exactly what. You took cover away and then the difficult to identify feeling becomes a full blown itch and burn - this big monster is called Putin sending his proles to do their dirty deeds.

But seriously - I know there are technical means to mitigate such attacks but they are still an annoyance and the only way to combat those is to go after the attackers. Pointing fingers in general direction of Putin, Russia or Zamunda is not going to do anything but raise tensions possibly, strengthening this overwhelming feeling that conflict is inevitable making the conflict in fact inevitable - if you are under pressure from all sides you may justifiably feel threatened , sort of self fulfilling prophecy.

Yet from another angle - all the BS that NSA and security military industrial complex did over years is making me uneasy about any request for more power. Clearly the police needs more powers to find perpetrators of such acts of IT violence but we also know that they are going to abuse that as soon as they get those new powers. Thus NSA is also a culprit then.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

umghhh Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

It is not only his but he got 2 insightful mods too. I guess this means lots of Aspies got mod points today.

about three weeks ago

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Does piracy actually hurt music industry?

umghhh umghhh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

umghhh (965931) writes "Well if you believe the article (and why would we not?) the figures on sales of CDs are really bad of late but the music industry in general makes a splash.
The question then may be: what are new sources of revenue and new business models (besides legal action against young and elderly) — well read the linked article if you want to know!
I suppose RIAA and other parasites do not realize their time is coming."

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