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Comment: Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (Score 1) 356

by ArAgost (#37831222) Attached to: Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault
While that may save your life in such a circumstance, if the cruise control fails to disengage, he won't be happy with the speed decreasing; I hope their feedback control is saner than the rest of the software, but you might end having the machine revving up like crazy by itself, still not good.

Comment: Re:Russell and Norvig (Score 1) 152

by ArAgost (#37531958) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Learn About Game Theory and AI?
You do raise a very interesting point, which would be worth discussing far more than my limited attention span and the hostility to long form writing of this input box allow me to.
I do think that the interest of OP goes beyond the superficial coverage of these topics we often see in press and politics, and this is already made evident by the fact he came here to ask. Moreover, even a cursory read of the Russel-Norvig brings no risk of misrepresentation - that's exactly why I loved that book: clear language, and only good information. I do think that a full-fledged, graduate level AI or game theory of soft computing course would be much more beneficial, but if he cannot invest that kind of resource, we can probably agree that he's better off with a great book than with some random snippets on wikipedia.

Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 5, Insightful) 230

by ArAgost (#36892502) Attached to: Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs
Actually it's not similar, it's way worse. Apple cached information about the user location on the user's terminal, for performance purposes (although it wasn't stored in the safest way possible). Google grabbed this info from the street, without asking permission, and used that information for business purpose (and not a very fair one, see the Skyhook vs. Google lawsuit). Plus, the notion that a company can collect data “accidentally” is laughable, especially considering the process in which it was acquired.

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