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Comment: Kind of like cooperation between FBI and CIA... (Score 1) 243

by DriveDog (#49149247) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics
If the use of all antibiotics were subject to rules from under the same roof (FDA), I seriously doubt we'd have such outrageous misuse of them on livestock. Get control out of the hands of the Ag Dept. Developing new antibiotics is a must, but the rate at which they become ineffective has got to be slowed.

Comment: Consumers fault, but not the way most think (Score 1) 114

by DriveDog (#49147271) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them
It's not that typical users don't understand how anything works and aren't willing to find out (though that annoys many of us). It's that they're busy salivating over the latest hyped product ("can't way for 6!") instead of demanding decent security and demanding that things be done right. When did parents stop teaching their kids to not take candy from a stranger? Everyone's eating apples with razor blades and only complaining when they nearly bleed to death.

Comment: long run danger (Score 1) 318

TFA lists short run arguments against autonomous robot killers, but a long run argument is that with them, the arms race will get so out-of-control that it will entirely consume the worlds' economies. Once both "sides" have them, they'll just fight amongst themselves, and both sides will have to deploy better and more numerous bots. Since no humans will be dying, there'll be much less pressure to restrict the scale of the wars. With R/C killers, there's still some limit on how many killers can operate per human (necessary to make the kill decision). Even if they do everything autonomously except kill, that still imposes some kind of limit. What happens when all the world is destitute? Chaos, unrestricted warfare, etc. So banning these things isn't a bad idea. The biggest problem I see with enforcing a ban is discerning between R/C killers and fully autonomous killers. R/Cs will become so sophisticated that they'll do everything themselves up to the point of pulling the trigger. From an outside observer, would it be clear whether a human ordered it to execute or an additional single line of code did it? "Today there are no victims of fully autonomous weapons..." Really? How do you know? Author should have said " far as I know."

Comment: Re: Gotta look at the source... (Score 2) 252

by DriveDog (#49112601) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."
8 years, this year. But when the people whose 401ks are worth 1/2 what they were 8 years ago still don't recover this year, you're going to have to start saying "9 years". There was a permanent loss of wealth, or at least the value on paper of it, and it's not coming back. Gains since then are gains since then, not restoration of what was lost. 401ks and the current "retirement system" are deeply flawed, because they were designed to supplant pensions, not to sufficiently support the retirees.

Comment: Re:just want I wanted! (Score 1) 307

by DriveDog (#48974629) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2
Yep. The proper response is "the OSs that have run up to now on the RPi ARE the industry standard, as well as the applications that work on them. Windows and Windows applications on lightweight devices have never been "the industry standard". It is unlikely that the majority of future lightweight and/or IoT devices will be running Windows or Windows applications, so it makes no sense to educate students using those, even if they function as claimed.

Comment: "Shortage" = underpaid (Score 1) 101

by DriveDog (#48972491) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market

Sure a lot of other things are important, but saying there's a shortage is just admitting you're not paying what the job's worth. If a good CEO is worth $1M, then a superb and highly productive engineer is certainly worth that. But you won't be finding many engineers paid better than "well".

If you're looking for individuals with superhero skills, then maybe you're looking for a single person when you should give up and hire several, each with superb skills in a certain area. After all, if a leader is worth the pay, they should be able to get the individuals to function as a team.

Another option is to try to identify those with potential and train them, then do whatever it takes to keep them. Again, pay well and offer those less tangible benefits. Not being willing to train people is just admitting that you don't expect to need them for the long term or don't plan to pay them enough later to stay.

Comment: A little much (Score 1) 165

25km? So I can't fly over the Potomac just upstream of DC? That's a bit ridiculous.

A small drone as a significant risk to the White House? Not. A sniper or a rocket attack on Marine One would be more likely. They acknowledge it, but I think they play down the sniper risk to keep from giving more crazy people ideas.

Comment: Solution? (Score 0) 127

by DriveDog (#48940287) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks
Then the US at least should enact a law saying that US banks can only use any software with source released to Chinese authorities when that source has been released to the public, and that there can be no backdoors whatsoever, and that they can only enter into transactions with banks using software without backdoors. Yeah, right, I can see the NSA going along with that...

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