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Comment Re:They got off easy (Score 1) 336

Also, why do these militia/patriot types think its their prerogative to use lethal force or violence to get what they want? WTF?!? That is what criminals do. Isn't this obvious enough?

Look, I completely disagree with these guys and think what they're doing is stupid and counterproductive, but to say that it's "obvious" isn't correct. There have been other cases of armed actions and occupations that through the lens of history have been celebrated. The violent sitdown strikes of the 1930s are a good example: workers basically occupying a factory, taking up arms and fortifying it, and then engaging in battles against law enforcement and the private owners who try to remove them. Or armed Black Panthers occupying the California state capitol building, marching into a session of the legislature fully armed, and to everyone's credit, there was no violence. Again, I don't agree with this practice, but it is something that does happen in the US every now and then, and we don't simply label them all with the terrorist paintbrush each time.

Comment Re:They got off easy (Score 1) 336

They got off easy because the last time these types of groups emerged, the Federal government went in with guns blazing and ended up with a bunch of dead women and children on CNN, leading to a continued escalation until one guy decided to truck bomb a Federal building. That's why they've tried a different approach, because they don't want a repeat of the 1990s. However, given the events of the last couple of days, I think we're going to end up with another Ruby Ridge.

Comment Re:Militia ? (Score 1) 336

They haven't crossed the (iii) line yet though for domestic terrorism nor the 930(c) for the Federal lands. I think that will probably change now that we have siege in place, but at this point, this isn't really that much different from a large number of people storming a government building and occupying and fortifying it in protest. There are no hostages, no direct threats to kill Federal officers or employees - the nuance they've made is they think the government will kill them. Until the arrests ans siege, this is less terrorism than some of the labor protests we've had in the last century where workers captured factories and attacked people with homemade weapons who tried to approach the building.

Comment Re:Militia ? (Score 1, Insightful) 336

Militia is a particularly unique form of domestic terrorism / unrest that regularly pops up in the United States. It's distinguished from terrorism because the tactics are a bit different - they almost never aim to directly create mass civilian casualties or property damage like your more typical terror group. However, they do encroach and illegally use Federally owned territory. The American Federal government tends to be very cautious with them because the last tit-for-tat escalation in the 1990s ended with the Federal government accidentally killing dozens of men, women and children in addition to most of the militia members (Waco, Ruby Ridge are the two most public examples) that eventually did lead to terrorism by a group of sympathizers - the Oklahoma City Federal bombing. Maybe the more apt term would be anti-government rebels, but as one person pointed out, the US tends to be sympathetic to the term rebels given our history, so critics of militia don't like using the term.

Submission + - Computer Beats Go Champion

Koreantoast writes: Go (weiqi), the ancient Chinese board game, has long been held up as one of the more difficult, unconquered challenges facing AI scientists... until now. Google DeepMind researchers, led by David Silver and Demis Hassabis, developed a new algorithm called AlphaGo, enabling the computer to soundly defeat European Go champion Fan Hui in back-to-back games, five to zero. Played on a 19x19 board, Go players have more than 300 possible moves per turn to consider, creating a huge number of potential scenarios and a tremendous computational challenge. All is not lost for humanity yet: DeepMind is scheduled to face off in March with Lee Sedol, considered one of the best Go players in recent history, in a match compared to the Kasparov-Deep Blue duels of previous decades.

Comment Or Journalists Who Say What You Want to Hear (Score 1) 311

This really won't make that much a difference. If you were to implement such a system, people will gravitate toward second party reviewers who likely favor their particular ideological bend (e.g. Fox News types will find Fox News type reviewers). Then, they will have access and vote up reporters who favor their ideological leanings. It doesn't really solve the problem.

Comment Has Been a Problem in Every Economic Revolution (Score 1) 133

The thing people always seem to forget is that with every technological revolution, you have this problem - millions of people who are left behind and aren't able to be reabsorbed into the new economy. Their children may be able to adapt and fill the factories, but those formerly working individuals aren't, leaving behind an angry and unemployed mass of people and creating social upheaval. Here's one good take on it:

But this process of replacing one occupation with another has always been slow. Society needs time to adjust to a change in required skill sets. In truth, few farmers really retrain as manufacturers and few manufacturers go on to become computer engineers. It is much more likely to be the next generation that trains into the new skill set modern society requires. The farmers’ children go on to be manufacturers and the manufacturers' children become computer scientists. But at some point, the rate of change may happen quicker than children take to grow up. At some point, the manufacturer has to retrain as a computer engineer or confront a life with no livelihood.

If the past is a predictor (anarchists, communists, fascists and other violent revolutionaries who have nothing to lose), then we're in for a rough time.

Comment Not Disappearing Any Time Soon (Score 2) 289

Phone numbers are the defacto, common and relatively stable identifier that most people possess today. Yes, it may be archaic, but most people are comfortable with it, a global, relatively neutral means of communication. It's neutrality is protected by a patchwork of government regulations worldwide, and until one single company, alliance of companies, or single open standard becomes globally adopted at the same level as the phone number, Facebook or anyone else isn't going to replace it. While I'm sure Facebook dreams of usurping that role, their penetration isn't nearly global enough to provide the scale to challenge it. Now, if they created alliances with the Tencents of the world for a unified standard, maybe, but we're a long, long way from that.

Comment It's the DNI... no one in DC cares (Score 1) 132

Silly hackers... don't they know that the DNI is considered a dead end job in Washington DC, particularly in the intelligence community? Their position is basically just a title with no real budget, assets or control over the actual intelligence agencies in the United States (a la CIA, NSA, DIA, etc.) who think that the DNI role is really theirs in practice. Heck, if anything, the DNI is probably happy to get some actual press.

Comment Root Causes Important, but You have Crime & Cr (Score 3, Interesting) 102

For those who are trying to hand wave the issue with a broader "well, we shouldn't do things that make people angry *tsk* *tsk*", while addressing the root drivers will help mitigate the numbers of potential incidents, in a world where people have differing opinions, you'll always have a few folks who disagree strongly enough that they may just try to do something like deliver a dangerous payload via unmanned platform. Very least, you're going to have criminal elements that are going to try and exploit this technology for recon or more direct support in committing crimes, maybe even violent support. Therefore, you're going to need this technology to some degree whether through jamming or even outright shooting it out of the sky.

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