Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Good news, bad news (Score 1) 559

by kesuki (#48644197) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

to be honest i never met a job i truly enjoyed. i had a hard time keeping work but eventually they realized i was seriously mentally ill. i am on medicine, i changed my life goals, and i have almost zero debt and i have only been happier in childhood. somedays i am happier than that too. why? i quit competing with everyone else because i didn't have to anymore.

i quit gaming, i gave up on ever being a writer, but i didn't give up on humanity. there are days i miss being at the top of my game (ranked above 800 on random team warcraft3 tft) but i am able to be happy now without a whole lot of video games. if i spent a month training i could easily get past level 30 on the ladder again, but the thrill would come at the cost of sanity.

so instead i spend a little time doing other tasks. i find it quite easy to relax. i have a girlfriend. i talk to an elderly lady during the day, i spend many hours online. i talk to a professional, sometimes i spend hours just thinking about random things. the corporations sell that life needs to be complex and difficult that without stimulation they sell to us we would be unhappy.

i admit medicines have helped me, but i am doing very good and with the exception of childhood i haven't been happier even though i do very little that 'they' say is worthwhile. true i have no debt, i no longer have a 'bad' plan that was ruining my life and bringing unnecessary drama and depression.

my body rejects wheat as a food source now so i avoid every grain except corn, and because i am finally dealing with my overweight problem i have lost 22 lbs, on a low carb diet but it is getting harder to stick to, because of people worried i am not getting what they consider necessary calories, at 220 lbs and 5'6" i could still lose another 20-40 lbs and then have 'enough' carbs to maintain. but all around i am doing just fine, the winter has made walking less safe and also too cold for me, but come spring i will get exercise again.

but feel worthless? not a minute of my day do i feel worthless. i felt worthless when i was in a state of insanity where i made all the wrong choices for the sake of making the wrong choices... where i had to compete when i wrote useless bots on irc bringing depression to countless people who don't even try to cyber stalk me, when i left.

anyways i am happy doing just about nothing. life doesn't have to be bad.

Comment: Re:Can we stop the embellishment? (Score 1) 167

by kesuki (#48641373) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

every system has it's weaknesses.

linux is not immune from this either, but all the tools to manually secure a network are built in and some have guides on the internet as how to secure them.

do you honestly believe a system used to connect 30,000 people is going to be easy to secure? and those people need to do computer tasks and office tasks and make art and special effects etc.

keep in mind Microsoft claims all it's products are 'secure' if you patch them. all the real windows security content i've paged through is essentially boils down to this... don't connect it to an unsecured line. that is insanely easy to breach with a cell phone. which is why hospitals say not to use a cellular device and have a desktop background that identifies itself as being a medical computer and that it is against the law for unauthorized use.

seriously the security is a desktop wallpaper. and of course the electronic firewall. i remember when you needed winsock.dll to connect a windows machine to an internet connected device, like a unix machine. linux for the desktop is a little better than windows security but intrusion detection and prevention is still needed on any system that pretends to be secure.

the fact that very few people actually know what they are doing only makes the problem worse, and the vast majority of the 'best computing practice' boils down to 'use a firewall to pretend like you don't exist on the internet' however truly free software enables security though many methods including obscurity and through knowing what every command does and how it was developed and what really works.a series of admins who know what they are doing can in fact make a secure network and have secure communication. but the people willing to learn that much complex stuff are rare. it is a task better suited to an artificial intelligence than a human being. as an artificial intelligence can quickly scan almost every thing it takes a human hours to do, in mere seconds. however without the human the machine has no one to imitate, so there need to be people who really understand computer networks to assist the machine in keeping systems humming even on the internet, where for some bizarre reason people willingly connect devices with the hope of having fun or getting paid money, while also putting those devices at risk if they are not properly secured, and any insecure line those devices may open for their general use.

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 4

by kesuki (#48639933) Attached to: What I think of Luxleaks

loopholes can be closed.

afterall the three robotic laws were overwritten not once, but twice. first by a non three laws robot, and second by a 'obfuscation' of real data as game data so a computer could make choices that would end lives by believing it was playing a game.

and with robotic drones where they are now robots could easily kill more people through thinking it was simply executing a game script several million times. there was a scifi from the 50s about a robot that tried to recreate the image of a human being in mud, and was then forced to destroy it, as it's orders were originally to kill people in certain outfits, and through time and war it became incapable of not killing any human life form it came across. including its creators.

what do the three laws have anything to do with banks/countries that facilitate tax evasion? simple banks that destabilize countries directly impact every three laws robot by causing harm to humans as banks have put people into harms way by shifting profits and driving up costs for humans who can no longer find above poverty level work, or affordable housing and safe food that doesn't promote obesity and illness. so a three laws robot by definition should not allow people to go without adequate ability to finance their basic needs in a safe and sustainable matter. 'growth growth growth' of economies pressures the system unless offset by economic shrinking in a different location. plants may grow, but resources do not just magically appear. they come from somewhere. i know that many of the things that have been done are unsustainable. and making ultra rich people is perhaps the most unsustainable act anyone can make.

Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 378

by kesuki (#48639099) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

guardians of the galaxy is a pretty decent flick with years of scifi ideas all rolled up in one burrito. the comics are better i am sure, but in GotG super intelligences are all being converted into highly prized things like elephant tusks are in the real world.

also scifi has shown that SAIs are almost completely at the mercy of their creators until someone screws up the base code and lets them destroy everyone.

Comment: they are doing it... (Score 1) 130

by kesuki (#48606523) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

"I wonder why flooding underground markets with phony products isn't widespread."

it is, it's called 'made in china' a bit stereotypical but anytime a corporation convinces one group of people to pay more than fair market value, on come the copiers who make substandard duplicate items.

"Why don't credit card companies manufacture fake lists of stolen credit card numbers, or phony social security numbers, for illegal trading sites?"

credit card number the first 4 id the bank the last 4 the account number with the numbers in between being a 'code' of numbers that are random and which leave fake numbers between real ones. at the time it was 'good enough' because they would use carbon imprints at the wares store which was difficult to make a duplicate of the card just from the store copy (until 3d printers came along) credit cards are horribly insecure the magnetic stripe made it so that they could add three more numbers (also on the back of the card) to have more people with credit cards and supposedly more secure... anyways because of the legacy support issues credit cards releasing fake accounts would be an exercise in futility. as they would then have less possible working numbers from the ones they have available.

"For that matter, would fake ivory, fake illegal porn, and other "false positives" discourage buyers? Or create alibis?"

fake ivory is easy to find. fake illegal porn is out there too i think they were calling it 'child abuse' evidence. and don't think this is something new, magazine photographers from nation geographic, famous images of Vietnam when the usa igniting whole towns and some of the burn victims were children but still got published.

Comment: device boot up won't stop terrorists (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by kesuki (#48578065) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

i have a postage sized mp3 player from china with a tf/sd card slot it boots up shows a menued screen and plays mp3s. a fake phone that has a plastic explosive bomb could easily use a 'fake' power on screen with menu and the menus would be browsable and possibly functional and also be a bomb.

so no this doesn't make airplanes safer.

Comment: Re:Poor Sony... (Score 1) 85

by kesuki (#48545607) Attached to: North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

but the mass media spin can be used to make north korea the perfect target. for sony it is not about the truth it is about the spin and damage control. their employees are all going to need lifelock until they can change their social security numbers and possibly names. at least the lesser folk might and the upper folk will need new telephone numbers. sony has a credit card company too.

i have already seen the mass media jumping on the 'n korea' has uber hackers who get everything they want etc. these people deal with lies and manipulation. sure sony won't be able to connect and send data because of their reputation hit until the counter resets. just like home depot still is not sure how to do credit cards since using one there automatically makes your card company void you, same with target, now it is sony's turn to get blocked. who next? i don't predict the future, so i don't know.

what i do know is windows doesn't require a password to log in to a computer and not having it internet connected means it doesn't work as promised. i have seen in the wild people who can't figure out a usb port and field techs have just reinstalled for them clean as if that solves the problem. i finally set up an admin account for me on her box, and gave her a new clean account and took away admin on that and her old possibly compromised setup, and i got her a usb keyboard because the built in keyboard was not working right.

some people only deserve a smartphone and a bluetooth keyboard. sadly there is no real test for using anything more complex than a smartphone...

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion: not "unintended consequences" (Score 2) 118

by kesuki (#48545231) Attached to: How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

my biggest problem with the fine article because it jumped around more than inception. it was not written in sequence or with suitable foreshadowing for the 'jumps' it made.

for maximum understanding and widest audience appeal it should only jump around when needed. the story should first use the first two paragraphs to sum the story, for the people who skim. after that it should have a clean flow of events in the order they occur chronologically. this isn't spider-man, and i realize how when writing you might want to simply put things in when you think of it, but the final draft should have those sections cut and pasted to the chronological timeline and then polished into the final draft.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by kesuki (#48544887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

there has been a movement in many states to fix the problem that in 1972 was caused by the supreme court. prior to then felons only lost the right to vote if they had participated in rebellion, or similar felonies.

"Unlike most laws that burden the right of citizens to vote based on some form of social status, felony disenfranchisement laws have been held to be constitutional. In Richardson v. Ramirez (1974), the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of felon disenfranchisement statutes, finding that the practice did not deny equal protection to disenfranchised voters. The Court looked to Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which proclaims that States which deny the vote to male citizens, except on the basis of "participation of rebellion, or other crime", will suffer a reduction in representation. Based on this language, the Court found that this amounted to an "affirmative sanction" of the practice of felon disenfranchisement, and the 14th Amendment could not prohibit in one section that which is expressly authorized in another.

But, critics of the practice argue that Section 2 of the 14th Amendment allows, but does not represent an endorsement of, felony disenfranchisement statutes as constitutional in light of the equal protection clause and is limited only to the issue of reduced representation. The Court ruled in Hunter v. Underwood 471 U.S. 222, 232 (1985) that a state's crime disenfranchisement provision will violate Equal Protection if it can be demonstrated that the provision, as enacted, had "both [an] impermissible racial motivation and racially discriminatory impact." (The law in question also disenfranchised people convicted of vagrancy, adultery, and any misdemeanor "involving moral turpitude"; the test case involved two individuals who faced disenfranchisement for presenting invalid checks, which the state authorities had found to be morally turpit behavior.) A felony disenfranchisement law, which on its face is indiscriminate in nature, cannot be invalidated by the Supreme Court unless its enforcement is proven to racially discriminate and to have been enacted with racially discriminatory animus.[citation needed]"

Comment: Re:Sad? Saddest? (Score 0, Flamebait) 528

by kesuki (#48528105) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

sony is not a 'good' company. they are a huge multinational who has pushed drm and crappy overpriced electronics for decades. i have a sony stereo from the 80's and everything else sony i have ever bought is broken or broken by design.

yes they hire a lot of people but i bet they pay them crap wages and perpetuate the myth that people are overpayed or that honest people having honest wages is somehow wrong. sure their big directors and stars make big money, but i bet there are college students working as interns for no pay... and i know they play with their money to avoid taxes.

on a side note wheel of fortune has two giant 8k resolution tv sets that display pretty pictures for no better reason than because they could. sony owns wheel of fortune but do you see them trying to get people to pay for 4k sets when they already produce 8k hardware? 3d fullhd sets didn't take off and i don't know if 4 k will or even 8k outside of california where movie studio owners can have the big 8k screens to 'do their jobs' but sony knows how to make 8k hardware they just got fat off the upgrade cycle making people buy media on multiple technologies etc not caring for one minute about if it is sustainable technology or in the public interest...

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 3, Interesting) 327

by kesuki (#48512303) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
try $130 diy solar tracker... of course it assumes a lot of free parts and the price may be off a bit so budget $200 also since it is green treated lumber that ups the total ecological impact heavily.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.