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Comment: Re:So much for privacy.... (Score 1) 69

Why the heck can't Outlook by default display a warning about such with wording similar to: "You are about to send a message to 100 or more people. Please confirm....".

I've had some embarrassing moments myself from such mistakes.

And a similar default warning for large messages or attachments.

Comment: Re:What the "doomsday" critics all have in common: (Score 1) 79

by Tablizer (#49374195) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

Not one of them is an expert in AI systems.

I don't believe most AI experts outright dismiss doomsday AI; they merely think the possibility is a good ways off because they've personally seen how slow and difficult it is to get even incremental AI improvements.

We still have nothing even remotely close to a general-purpose AI (at least not beyond insect level). We are just beginning to make practical highly-specialized savants which are complete morons outside of their carefully-crafted specialty. (Then again, so is Congress :-)

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 93

by hairyfeet (#49373681) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

That is why I said the guy who came up with "Don't be evil" should have been given a new car and a million in cash, because no matter how much Google fucks over consumers, no matter how nasty they get, hell they can do shit that would make Gates in the 90s cringe and they will ALWAYS get a legion willing to defend them because of one stupid advertising slogan.

Think the most effective ad campaign was "have a coke and a smile" or "where's the beef?", not a chance in hell as "Don't be evil" has worked like a magic cloak for fricking years. Gotta give the man credit, its the most brilliant piece of marketing since Jobs sold the world that Apple was a bunch of t-shirt wearing rebels.

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.