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Comment: Re:Source? (Score 1) 337

by Garfong (#49304183) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

Germany and Japan are near there in terms of [military expenditures]( Which seems to me to be a better measure of military power, as number of military personnel is going overestimate the military power of low-tech militaries with lots of infantry.

Comment: Re:Terribly regressive penalty (Score 1) 760

It's still less regressive than fixed fines. And according to the article their system accounts for many of your objections by basing of spending money, not income. For an average Finn, this apparently works out to 30 - 50 Euro/day, or 500 Euro for an average fine.

And most parts of the world have professional police forces who are hired, not elected, so are not subject to campaign contribution bribery such as you describe.

Comment: Second source? (Score 1) 199

Is there a second source for this? I can't find anything outside of the linked article. E.g. In Google I can't find anything about OPP child porn busts since Sept 2014; I can't find anything about this on the OPP home page; nor in the last month or so on EFF blog (EFF provided a quote for the article).

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

by Garfong (#49140809) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Barber is not a good example, since (afaik) barbers are not required to be licensed. Generally licensees are due to public safety concerns: e.g. the push for licensing engineers was due in part to pressure vessels exploding and killing people. Similarly poorly done plumbing can spill sewage into neighboring houses; improper electrical installations can start fires; improper gas fittings can cause natural gas explosions; etc.

Comment: Re:The indians also have mastered the art (Score 1) 381

To expand on the other reply: It's out of place for a technical discussion because it's a very uncommonly used word -- at least I didn't know the meaning before I looked it up. Whereas in a technical discussion you tend to keep vocabulary reasonably straight forward (I think I heard Grade 9 level once) since the goal is to express technical information clearly, not impress your listeners with flowery vocabulary.

Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 391

by Garfong (#48639453) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Even if I am wrong -- even if the majority of alien civilizations turn out to be biological -- it may be that the most intelligent alien civilizations will be ones in which the inhabitants are SAI.

SAI is her term for "superintelligent artificial intelligence". So she has just written a tautology. Unless you want to get into super-superintelligent or ultra-superintelligent.

And the rest is more of the same.

Or maybe intelligence is weakly ordered, and "most intelligent alien civilization" has as much meaning as "biggest civilization". I.e.: most intelligent/biggest according to what measure?

Comment: Re:Southwest Airlines (Score 1) 48

by Garfong (#48576015) Attached to: Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

Airspace is mostly empty, and air traffic flows along well regulated routes, with many electronic aids/sensors (radar, glide slope & localizing beams for landings, etc.)

The challenge of land vehicles are (1) the unpredictable, dense, environment, and (2) the signalling is mostly visual (lines, stop lights, etc.) which is hard for computers to interpret.

Comment: Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (Score 1) 234

by Garfong (#48475561) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

The problem with being able to allow/deny individual permissions is the app developers now have 2^n configurations to test, instead of just one. Which is either going to lead to a much higher testing cost, or apps which are buggier when run with less than full requested permissions.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy