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Comment: Re:Spin everywhere... (Score 5, Informative) 154

by MrL0G1C (#49769155) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

RTFA and you might then understand the issue.

What they don't clearly say is the real reason they dropped the bans is because the bans would likely not be legal if TTIP were implemented.

TTIP removes the ability of the gov't and EU to protect people and the environment in many ways. ISDS allows companies to sue governments if some new law causes them to lose profits. In effect, new laws to protect people can not be written if they impinge on some corporations TTIP given right to make profit at any expense.

TTIP is insanely bad, it is undemocratic, written by The Commission and corporations in order to help corporate profits at the expense of jobs, health, public serivces and the environment.

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you - Comment - Voices - The Independent

UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses | Global | The Guardian

New trade deal with U.S. will open the door to inferior food pumped with growth hormones and pesticides warns Jamie Oliver | Daily Mail Online

TTIP will cost one million jobs: official | War on Want

Email MEP (not mp) (sorry UK only)

This capitulation is very much proof that there will be a race to the bottom with regards to standards, there will be a corporate orgy of cost-cutting at the expense of our health and product quality. All of this cost-cutting will of course cost jobs.

Stop TTIP, sign the petition

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 0) 742

by MrL0G1C (#49767735) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Because US debt is denominated in US dollars, we could pay it off tomorrow with a spreadsheet entry at the Federal Reserve which created $16.39 trillion by fiat

So why don't you.

There's no short or even medium term replacement for dollars as a trading currency

Other than the Yen or the Euro etc.

When you control both the printing of your money and issue debt in the same money, anything is possible.

Yeah, like hyperinflation.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

Have you any idea how bad these treaties are? Nearly two million people so far have petitioned -against TTIP - a treaty that they tried to write in secret and they tried to exclude important stakeholders.

TTIP contains ACTA - a copyright treaty which was strongly rejected by the people of the EU. If the Commission were democratically chosen which they are most certainly not then they would not be pulling this crap.

The Commission is not in any way democratic any more than civil servants are democratically chosen, it is akin to calling a quango democratic.

Comment: from my journal a couple of days back (Score 1) 412

by MrL0G1C (#49764971) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

It seems to me that the AI systems we create are all very application specific, like the IBM Watson - how many hours of work did it take just to get Watson to be able to play a simple game, it's not a generic AI system, it wasn't an AI that could enter any quiz.

Watson was good at Jeopardy not because it had a good AI, but because it's creators were highly intelligent and were able to code a computer to be good at Jeopardy because *they* not the computer were intelligent.

Is there a computer that exists that can do a normal IQ test like for example IQ Test

From what I've seen when AI's have been tested, the tests have been created, altered or cherry-picked so that the AI can complete the test, which of course is of dubious value. And of course IQ tests have a tendency to be very math and geometry based.

And journalists come up with headlines like "Artificial Intelligence System 'ConceptNet 4' Has IQ of 4-Year-Old", but it's not like human intelligence..

ConceptNet 4 had very uneven scores across the board, which would typically concern those who administer the test. The AI system did well on vocabulary tests and the ability to recognize similarities, but lacked when it came to "why" -- or commonsense -- questions.

How does all this apply to real world situations? Well, the google car has been rear ended 7+ times, roughly ten times the norm, this raises questions as to why? Did the car fail to anticipate being rear-ended? Or did the car brake suddenly because it was not intelligent enough to determine that there was no risk of harm ahead? Did this come down to the cars inability to recognise an object in front of it, or did this come down to the car not being able to decide that it would be better to go over the object rather than being rear-ended.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

ACTA, TTIP, CETA and TISA These are the reasons why we should leave the EU, the Commission keeps throwing extremely bad treaties at us because they can because they are unelected.

We should not have an unelected body writing our laws.

And the EU appears to be trying to build up an army at the same time as needlessly antagonising Russia. Read 1984. Again.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

but I challenge you to point to some EU directives that have actually worked against UK citizens

ACTA was thankfully rejected with huge opposition by EU citizens but now they are throwing the same crap at us within TTIP, CETA and TISA.

We don't need EU to be able to trade, we don't need the EU in order to keep the Human Rights treaty.

My computer can beat up your computer. - Karl Lehenbauer