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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 1) 240

I think the accumulation of power and loyalty required to make for a quick coup that doesn't spill over is the kind of thing that leads to executions (like what apparently just happened to Ri Yong Gil). If it's made clear that the elite are going to fall, they might take as much with them as they can. The orders may be internal, but it will almost certainly spill over, especially if someone decides that it's a South Korean/US plot to overthrow the government.

It could remain contained, but I'm not hopeful.

Comment Re:First Name Basis? Rude. (Score 1) 525

Grammer ignorami. Proper nouns should NEVER be preceded by articles.

Oh, the definite article is very commonly used before proper nouns, most often place names or geographical features (e.g. "The Mississippi (River)").

Sometimes "the" is used purely customarily (particularly in names translated from other languages like "The Ukraine" or "The Maghreb" ), but its primary function is to distinguish between nouns referring to specific things a speaker is expected to be aware of, and generic things that are just being introduced into the discourse: "a ball [which I haven't mentioned up until now] broke Mr. Smith's window; Mr. Smith kept the ball [which I just mentioned]."

In particular proper nouns which sound like they might be generic will sometimes customarily get a "the" tacked on to indicate the audience is expected to picture the well-known thing rather than some unknown one ("The United States", "The Great Lakes", "The Big Easy"). "The Donald" is a definite article usage of this type, with an bit of ironic deprecation mixed in.

By the way the plural of "ignoramus" is "ignoramuses", not "ignorami". That is because "ignoramus" was never a noun in Latin; rather it is a conjugation of the verb ignorare (to be unacquainted with, to ignore). "Ignoramus" entered English as a legal term to mean "we take no notice of" (e.g. a witness whose testimony is irrelevant because he has no firsthand knowledge).

Comment Re:Password Security 101 (Score 1) 89

I recently read my boys (12 and 8) Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things. It's sort of like computer science meets Alice in Wonderland. In one of the chapters, she has to guess a password. She notices that the little old lady working security (who looks the passwords up in a big book) takes longer to deny access as Lauren gets closer to the right word. So when she gives "About", the lady says "A... B... O... No", but if Lauren gave "Abrupt", the lady would say "A... B... R... U... No."

Even my 8 year old say the problem with this "password security." Not just giving Lauren clues as to where her given password went wrong, but the ability for Lauren to keep guessing over and over until she got it right. If an 8 year old can spot the hole in your security, maybe it's time to improve your system.

Comment Re:Instance or class? (Score 4, Informative) 214

Actually, I've seen answers to all of those questions.

> If I own a self driving car, is my insurance insuring the AI as the driver?

Yes. Google has stated they will assume liability. Other companies pursuing this say the same.

> Is the driving record of that AI individual to my car, or to AI's of that software version ?

This one is actually easier. The insurance industry will have much better figures on the probability of having a claim to pay for the AI drivers, since all those drivers will drive the 'same'. They will be able to say that cars of model X get into .00001 accidents per car per year (or whatever) resulting in $2000 payouts per accident on average (or whatever) and thus will be expected to pay .00001 x $2000 x $INDUSTRY_MARKUP for insurance. Of course it gets a lot more complicated when you have to weigh in modifiers such as the weight of the vehicle (heavier cars cause more damage), the paint job (red cars get more tickets), the environment the car is in (urban cars get hit more), and etc.

> Can I sue the AI, or am I suing the AI manufacturer. Is the AI the car, or separate from the car?

The manufacturer gets sued. The manufacturer would keep insurance and lawyers for these lawsuits.

> am I suing Google or Ford ?

You sue whoever sold you the car. One throat to choke.

Comment Re: This is a bad idea. (Score 1) 203

I agree. As a recent example, a woman I know on Twitter was harassed by a group of people. Her "crime"? She adopted two white kids and two black kids and this group of white supremacists couldn't let that stand. I looked through some of their tweets and felt like I needed to bleach my eyes/brain. (The tame tweets called her black children "things" and "pets." I won't repeat what the non-tame ones said.) Many of the people said they went to her website, downloaded all photos of her kids, and planned to use them in malicious ways. When they were reported, they accused her of harassing them for reporting them for harassment. (I've found that bullies often declare you reporting their behavior as "wrong" but see their actions as completely fine. They try to set the rules to be in their favor.)

Now, I'm all for free speech, but if you're harassing someone (not disagreeing with them, but actively harassing), then you shouldn't be surprised if you're booted from the service. Not doing this will make people less likely to post on your service for fear of coming under attack.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 1) 275

You'll also find plenty of blogs posting PR content verbatim. I get requests from PR companies all the time for my blog. They want me to promote their product using their words and I'll get "paid" in high resolution images of their product or to be entered for a chance to win one of the products. I ignore/delete these requests (after all, my credit card company doesn't let me pay off my bill using high resolution images) but too many people jump on board and do whatever the company says. They mistake company-provided content with quality content and hurt their blogs in the process.

Comment Re:Too Bad (Score 2) 275

It used to be that ExpertsExchange would show the answers but hide them under a "pop-in" window that wouldn't go away unless you paid... Or unless you used developer tools to remove the elements causing the popup. Then you could read the content for free. Sadly, they've caught on to this and now don't even serve up the answer on the page. (Which, to be honest, is the proper way of doing things. Not that I agree with their business model, but if you're going to do that you don't put the content on the page and then hide it since it's trivial to reveal it.)

Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 2) 240

North Korea is more rational than most people tend to believe, but not rational to the level that, say, Iran is (and they're far more rational than people tend to believe). They do believe the world is out to get them, but they also know enough not to pull the trigger themselves unless there's no other choice--though that may include taking the nation down with them if someone tries a coup.

Absent an enlightened successor to Kim Jong-Un in about 30 years, any shift in that impoverished country is likely to be bloody, violent, and involve a lot of carnage outside its borders.

Comment Re:Why give them 3 months? (Score 5, Insightful) 173

You are assuming they are only tracking people based on Cookies. That's a rather naive view, I'm afraid. You'd be better to assume that they are using everything they can get their mitts on to try and track and identify people; IP address, which browser, which headers the browser supplies, any OS details they can get... Just installing extensions to protect your privacy can in itself make you more readily identifiable for tracking purposes. Have a play with the EFF's Panopticlick tool and although you need to enable scripting to make it work the results from the fingerprinting should be an eye opener if you've not seen them before.

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