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Comment: Re:Blame America first (Score 1) 186

by mi (#49825271) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Gentlemen, we've given the prototype the codename 'Bennett Haselton.' At present it is capable of trolling up to 3.5 pbps across over a million sites at once.

+1 Funny, but Bennett is posting in English, whereas the article linked to by the AC above mentions, that the military's 2011 plans explicitly excluded English because that could violate the ban on government propaganda used on Americans: "none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology".

Russia, of course, has no such inhibitions and most of its trolls post in Russian — to be read by Russian-speakers inside and outside the country. Finding Russians capable of properly posting in English is about as difficult as finding Americans to post in Russian. Worse, Russians who have the sufficient command of a foreign language tend to be able to find better employment. In fact, the article about these trolls, that I read earlier, contained lamentations about how bad their Russian is too...

Comment: Re:Blame America first (Score 1) 186

by mi (#49824969) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Our Lavrenty Beria was a curator of Russian nuclear project

Obviously, as head of KGB — because your nuclear project had as much work for your spies as it did for scientists.

My point, however, was that Beria antedated McCarthy by decades. (That he is also responsible for thousands of dead , whereas McCarthy can only be blamed for a few scores having lost their jobs, went unmentioned.)

+ - Tim Cook: "Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people"->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill writes: Over the last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly made headlines as a spearpoint in the new crypto wars. As FBI director James Comey pushes for legally mandated backdoors on encryption, Cook has added default strong encryption to Apple devices and vocally resisted Comey's campaign. Echoing warnings from technical experts across the world, Cook said that adding encryption backdoors for law enforcement would weaken the security of all devices and "is incredibly dangerous," he said last night at the Electronic Privacy Information Center awards dinner. "So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason."
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Comment: Let the freedom ring (Score 0) 224

by mi (#49824225) Attached to: Carnegie Mellon Struggles After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers

This is the free market libertarian position taking to its logical extreme: the only thing that matters is economic activity

No, this is simply a freedom-loving position. I don't want to have to submit my employment choices to your approval so I am resisting your attempts to similarly violate the freedom of others.

Economic might is the only right.

Actually, I said nothing about "economic might" one way or the other — it was my opponent, who kept trying to bring Uber's wealth into the discussion. I consider that irrelevant.

My argument is that the voluntary agreements between employees and employers are simply none of our business.

Comment: Blame America first (Score 3, Informative) 186

by mi (#49824153) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Four years ago the article said: "The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda."

There is not a more recent update as to what has become of that software development effort. But we do know, that in 2011 — when the article you are linking to was talking about America's evil plans in future tense — Russian government's Internet-propaganda machine was already up and running:

A Russian journalist who visited one such comment-mill, the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency, met with a coordinator who said the job was not unlike writing copy for a hair dryer: "The only difference is that this hair dryer is a political one."

Let me guess, USSR's Lavrenty Beria was a normal reaction to America's Joseph McCarthy in your opinion too?

+ - Corn Ethanol is Worse than Keystone->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For years, environmental activists have opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming that development of Canada’s oil sands will be “game over for the climate.” But if those same activists are sincere about climate change, why aren’t they getting arrested outside the White House to protest the use of corn ethanol?
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Comment: Re: What is market value? (Score 0) 224

by mi (#49819685) Attached to: Carnegie Mellon Struggles After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers

Therefore it is impossible to overpay for something, as long as you're willing! :)

Indeed! Now, it is possible for a buyer to have a "remorse" — realizing, his willingness was in error. In that case, he will no longer be willing and will have had overpaid...

"Market value" in this meaning only applies in aggregate given the prior assumption of a liquid market.

It is always better, when the market is liquid, but it is not a requirement for there being a market value. The definition I gave usually applies to houses, for example — which are all unique. Painting or other work of art, for another example, can still have market value — often determined by an auction — whatever somebody is willing to pay for it.

What good is going to do any of us if these guys end up [...]

Bzzzz! Stop that Collectivist talk right there — none of "us" is a party to the transaction discussed (unless you are one of them or an Uber stock-holder). It is entirely between Uber and the engineers in question. To assert any right to control, regulate or even criticize their decision is to make a first step towards slavery (and there aren't many steps to it)...

It is simply none of our business.

It makes no sense to speak of market value when someone has so much money they can simply buy the best of everything and let it burn just to deny the other barons (er, capitalists) the prize.

Why does not it make sense? I can't even figure out, whether you are envious of Uber over their having so much money, or the engineers over their getting paid so well. But some sort of envy is dripping off my screen right now and I need to wipe it...

When somebody is getting paid "too little", Collectivists get upset. When somebody is paid "too much", they get upset too. Clearly, the idea, that "we the people" must be controlling prices, remains alive and well...

+ - Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson writes: While using a laser to cut a sponge made of crumpled sheets of Graphene oxide, Researchers accidentally discovered that it can turn light into motion. As the laser cut into the material, it mysteriously propelled forward. Baffled, researchers investigated further. The Graphene material was put in a vacuum and again shot with a laser. Incredibly, the laser still pushed the sponge forward, and by as much as 40 centimeters. Researchers even got the Graphene to move by focusing ordinary sunlight on it with a lens.Though scientists are not sure why this happens, they are excited with new possibilities such as light propelled spacecraft that does not need fuel.

+ - Elonis v. US conviction reversed->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Social networking statements are not threats just because someone feels threatened.

"The Third Circuit's instruction, requiring only negligence with respect to the communication of a threat, is not sufficient to support a conviction"

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Comment: Re:Do these companies really hate people so much.. (Score -1) 224

by mi (#49815555) Attached to: Carnegie Mellon Struggles After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers

Someone explain this techno nerd obsession with replacing people with robots, I just don't get it.

Well, ask your grand-parents, why they replaced the icebox — for which ice had to be personally delivered by a human — with an electric refrigerator. (Bonus points for also accosting them over that refrigerator's use of ozon-destroying freon and climate-warming energy.)

Move on to discuss with your parents other appliances, which replaced household help: washer and drier. Every time you watch TV or YouTube, you are replacing live entertainment with impersonal machinery and soul-less electronics. Got it?..

There is no difference between the stone-axe put together by the first hominid and the latest robot — they are all clever implements meant to increase productivity and improve lives. To reject them on account of somebody losing his job doing things the old way is stupid...

Contrary to popular misconception, people (in any society), need to work not to make money, but to get things — both tangible products and services — done. If I can be driven to an airport by an automated car, I'll take it just as I am now taking automated dish-washing. And so — despite all your posturing — would you.

Comment: What is market value? (Score 0) 224

by mi (#49815369) Attached to: Carnegie Mellon Struggles After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers

I'm not sure if it is market value. It could be at a premium.

There is no distinction in the two, much less difference. Market value, by definition, is what somebody is willing to pay. By offering more for what these people are selling (their labor), Uber demonstrated their willingness thus automatically raising the market value.

It could be a strategy, also used by MS, of poaching talent just to keep it from falling into the hands of the competition

It could be, but it still is a market value. And the "strategy", if that's what it is, is perfectly legitimate too. The people in question aren't slaves of the University and free to change employers.

Uber has poached 40 researchers from Carnegie Mellon University

Wow. "Poached" — as if the employees were chattels or animals in CMU's private reserve... Nice TFA...

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