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Comment: Badly written (Score 2) 205 205

This is a very dumb article. First off, just because he argues that the livespan of intelligence is not infinite, it is finite, as if he knew the number. Second, his basic argument is that entropy reduces the differenctial between the energy levels of point A and point B. Sure it dies. And the amount of energy differential approchases zero. BUT IT NEVER GETS TO ZERO. And the level of energy differenctial needed to support intelligence will probably 'approach' zero also, but never get to zero. Even today artificial intelligence requires a tiny fraction of the energy (differential) that it needed five decades ago.

This guy must be assuming also that Physics will stop dead; that nothing will ever be discovered. What about alternate universes? How's your predictor function there?

No thanks; not well done.

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

I am sweet on a lady who has had her tubes tied. I figured out that a doctor could make a small incisionand extract a few of her eggs from her ovaries. Then he fertilizes them in a test tube with my sperm. Since her vagina is all messed up we'll have to get my other girlfriend to carry the foetus for nine months. A baby girl with two mothers would be wonderful. In Thailand everything is possible.

Or when the war breaks out the government might pay us to make a baby boy as cannon fodder. So much for your eternal sterilization program.

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

Personal point: I moved to Thaiand in 1990. In 1994, faced with a medical 'crisis', I chose to stay here. I found that I would rather die in Thailand than live in the United States of America. I guess that means that I would rather die in Thailand tomorrow than live forever in your USA.

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

I'm going to call you an outlier.

OK, I'll accept that. Or you could spell it "outlaw" if you wish. Yes, I'm an outlaw. I think I'm a nice guy, but I am fundamentally un-authoritarian. I am dis-obedient, always have been. "If they give you lined paper, write the other way." Even if only one percent of the population is dis-obedient, that's a lot of trouble for you.

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

OK, that clears it up. Nobody but a grovelling jerk would submit to a legal anti-aging treatment. "High. We're going to keep you alive forever, and in exchange for this we're going to cut your balls off." Flights from San Francisco to Asia will be booked solid. (I've had seven children with five mothers so far, and have no plans to stop. My children will eat your children.)

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

I think my basic point revolves around the idea that human bodies are designed to produce children. Any attempt to prevent this, whether with pills or surgery or chastity, can be bypassed naturally. Even today birth control is primarily the woman's responsibility, because she's the one who gets pregnant and she can never quite believe what he says when she asks "Have you been fixed?"

In your future utopia he will say "yes" and produce papers and documents and a medical X-ray that all proves - well, it proves nothing, actually. You can fly overseas and buy a copy of any document published anywhere, with the original name changed to your name. You gonna put his virility status on his passport, while there are hundreds of places he can buy a fake passport?

Documens can be faked. Databases can be faked. Internet domain names can be subverted. I can agree to anything as long as some poor slob walks into the hospital and signs my name to the consent form.

You're imagining a classic illegal environment. It wo't work.

When babies are outlawed, only outlaws will have babies.

Comment: Which Technology? (Score 1) 306 306

Do we want the kids to be perfecty prepared to build 1990's technology? Remember, you are reading this on a WEB PAGE. Web pages were not even invented until the mid-1990's.

I sympathize with those who want kids to be prepared. But we used to call computer technology, and what we should today call cell phone technology, is changing so fast that almost anything you learned in school will be obsolete before you can get a job using it.

For example, in college I learned FORTRAN and CDC 6400 assembler language. My first computer job I worked in RPG (Report Program Generator) and IBM 360 assembler language. I had the mental focus, and the learned disrespect for computers, but the actual coding learned was history. Ten years later we gave up on punched cards. What will today's programmer do when a speaking AI robot creates custom-made apps?

I have been programming for forty-five years. Teaching kids how to program is like learning to read Latin - historically interesting, but in the market place completely useless.

Comment: Re:Yes you can (Score 1) 692 692

"You can tell people not to reproduce"? Ha ha. My American wife and I had two children. That's all. At about age 40 I left her and moved to Thailand. I've had five children since then. She got to keep the first two.

You can pass a law restricting reproduction. It will work just as well as your anti-drug laws, your copyright laws, and your immigration laws. You gonna pass a law against sex???????? Holy Shit what a dumb idea! People who OBEY THE LAW just don't think the way the rest of us think.

+ - Two thirds of public sector workers keep quiet on major security breaches->

An anonymous reader writes: A cybersecurity survey conducted by British IT and telecom firm Daisy Group has revealed that almost two thirds of public sector employees would not report a serious data breach that they thought would cause problems in the workplace. The research, which was based on a study involving 2,000 public sector staff, also discovered that many workers held a negligent attitude toward sufficient password protection. It found that respondents were willing to sidestep corporate security policies to ease their work life. The survey showed that 64% of employees in the public sector would keep quiet about major security breaches, and that 5% had disabled password protection features on a laptop, mobile or other mobile devices. 20% confirmed that they do not regularly update their passwords, while a further 8% answered that they used ‘simple’ passwords that could be easily guessed. Daisy Group’s product director of cloud services Graham Harris explained that the survey served to highlight the importance of staff awareness and involvement in effective IT security management.
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+ - Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

An anonymous reader writes: A malicious version of the popular open source SSH client PuTTY has been spotted and found to have information-stealing capabilities. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine for a malicious actor. Attackers can ultimately use this sensitive information to get the highest level of privileges on a computer or server, (known as 'root' access) which can give them complete control over the targeted system," the researchers explained.

+ - Pirate Bay domains seized by Swedish court->

An anonymous reader writes: In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous ThePirateBay.se domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.
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