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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

w_dragon Re:This is laughable... (281 comments)

Yet we still can't answer basic questions about ourselves like 'why do we require sleep?' or 'what is a healthy diet?'. I think it is the height of arrogance to think we can achieve in a few decades what took nature billions of years. Today's computers are intelligent in the same way that a parrot is fluent in language.

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

w_dragon Re:Mod parent up. (160 comments)

The founder should be a subject matter expert. They should be the one guiding the product to the first release. Unless the product is a compiler it doesn't matter much if they can code. They need to have a vision of what the product will be, not what widgets are required for every function.

yesterday
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

w_dragon Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (322 comments)

I'd say chocolate is more like coffee. There are a few snobs who will happily pay incredible prices for what they're told is the best quality, a lot of people who want something that tastes right, and the majority that have never tasted it without drowning it in milk and sugar.

about a week ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

w_dragon Re:No. (206 comments)

Video ads are exactly as blockable as image ads. If it's served from the same domain as the content it's hard to block, otherwise it's easy.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

w_dragon Re:Number is irrelevant compared to severity (170 comments)

I would guess that they release when it is likely that they themselves are exposed, or when it is possible that the exploit is already used by others, which may increase their chance of being caught. Their ideal exploit to keep secret is probably in the realm of mathematical cryptographic weaknesses, random number generators being weighted, and other things that are really hard to find and hard to determine if your data has been exposed.

about three weeks ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

w_dragon Re:Ought to bring down ... (151 comments)

I worked in IT for a police force for a time. These systems have already been in place for more than 10 years, Ford is just making them an option on the Interceptor rather than requiring an after-market solution. And yes, police do get in shit for going 50kph over the speed limit without their siren on. Not that that stopped some of them.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

w_dragon Re:Because they don't want to. (265 comments)

There are lots of legitimate sites that send emails on behalf of someone not on the domain. A lot of 'email this content to someone' links work that way. Maybe Microsoft understands how email is used in the real world far better than you do.

about a month ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

w_dragon Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

That's interesting. Here in Ontario it's the opposite, people are almost always let go without cause and given at least the minimum severance required by law so they won't sue. I'm not a business owner, but I think the employment insurance payments are set based only on an employee's pay. Fascinating how much small differences in similar government programs can affect behavior.

about a month and a half ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

w_dragon Re:Not surprising (392 comments)

You haven't worked much as a developer. Having built systems used by tens of millions of users I guarantee you that every time Amazon rolls out an update to the store or cloud software there's an ops person biting their nails hoping the system doesn't die. When Google released Gmail they only allowed each user to invite a certain number of friends in order to slowly ramp up the system. Writing any software that is made to have millions of users on day one is really fucking hard.

On top of that steps 2 and 3 require interacting with external systems who may also not be able to handle load well, and probably use a combination of buggy and poorly documented interfaces, and step 5 requires reading a bill so long that the people who voted for it didn't bother to read it. You're grossly trivializing the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

w_dragon Re:Standards (152 comments)

It's worse than that. Large companies will lobby government to make sure that not only government contractors must be certified on the standard, so must anyone who sells to certain regulated industries. Want to sell to airlines or food processors, even if it's non-critical software? Hope you're certified.

about 3 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

w_dragon Re:Hardwoods and a broom (338 comments)

It's cheap, and no matter how crappy a job the builder did on your subfloor the carpet will not crack when the boards start to move apart. It also absorbs a lot of sound and causes less injuries when the kid falls down the stairs.

about 3 months ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

w_dragon Re:And how long does it take... (190 comments)

The only places you need quick-charge station are places where people will be traveling long distances. Most of the time people will charge overnight at home. Most highways have areas where you could easily build a huge lot with rapid chargers. I suspect the larger issue most places will be finding and transporting enough power to charge perhaps hundreds of cars at one time.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

w_dragon Re:Contact Us (278 comments)

Google 'free fax'. There are plenty of companies that will fax a PDF of a couple of pages for free.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

w_dragon Re:Now this just might.... (254 comments)

Perhaps they are exploiting security holes in current versions of Java that are due to be patched soon.

about 3 months ago
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Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

w_dragon Re:Opinion from industry insider (140 comments)

Does nobody do signing or encryption of signals to control systems? Having had issues with VW's electrical systems in the past I wouldn't blindly consider a more complicated setup to be a benefit from them.

about 4 months ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

w_dragon Re:PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification (180 comments)

It's a bug, but some people rely on the current behavior, so the next release will have RealSpecificationFormal that does more what people might expect.

about 4 months ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

w_dragon Re:Adopt (155 comments)

If you've in an area of the world where they grow tobacco people smoke, third world or not. Same way third world countries with poppies often have some level of opium problems. Drugs are cheap if you can produce them yourself.

about 4 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:What about on the ground? (468 comments)

On the ground this could be easily solved in a number of ways. When a plane goes off-course where it shouldn't be, however, the last-ditch attempt to communicate by the fighters that intercept is a standard set of hand signals. That could be a problem if they can't see the pilots.

about 5 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

w_dragon Re:Windows as point of weakness (468 comments)

Windows screw up the aerodynamics and force the cockpit to be at the front of the plane, making the most critical controls run the full length of the plane. If the front of the plane were smoother a flight could burn less fuel, the main cost in flying these days. If the cockpit were towards the back a lot of weight could be reduced in control lines to the wings and tail, all that's needed from the nose is wiring for a couple (critical) warning systems.

about 5 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

w_dragon Re:Creativity (209 comments)

The post-2000 revival of apple, sure, that was Jobs. But the founding and initial success of Apple would not have happened without Wozniak.

about 5 months ago

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