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Comment: Re:It only increases accountability (Score 2) 279

by PlusFiveTroll (#49778013) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Uh, anyone that has ever been involved in a driver facing camera camera system says their decent at improving safety, if managed correctly.

I say this as the IT manager of the storage system for the camera data of a fleet of taxi's. You review the cameras for safety issues before an incident occurs. The personnel management at this particular company does a very good job at only using the camera reviews to look for safety issues, other issues seen on safety reviews do not get turned in to the HR department. These reviews have dramatically dropped cell phone usage in public transport vehicles while moving at this particular company. I don't have good accident statistics at this time to tell you if it has made a huge difference, and that can vary greatly by weather events per year (we had two extremely dry years, then this year has been very wet and was icy during the winter).

Comment: spontaneous thought (Score 3, Interesting) 409

by PlusFiveTroll (#49765173) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

An AI that can tell me exactly what color of red a rose is, what soil the rose can grow on, but I should not buy that rose because it doesn't fit my girlfriends taste profile, does not scare me at all.

It's the AI that says "schnozberries taste like schnozberries, and I like them", because that AI has embraced the absurdity of the universe and is capable of all the insanity of man.

Comment: Re: Well... (Score 2) 409

by PlusFiveTroll (#49765127) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

1: doesn't want to share power with is, sees us as the parasite.

2. AI is an unknown unknown. There is a very high possibility that it will raise humanity to the next level. There is also the non-zero possibly it will wipe us out. therefore it is worth taking that possibility in to consideration.

3. The term intelligence is rather poorly defined on this topic too. Are we talking about a logical state machine, like a computer, that is intelligent yet limited in its actions. Or, are we talking about anarchatecture that allows for spontaneous and random thoughts, much like the human mind? Because the second type you do not control. Many people thought they had control over other thinking beings in the past, and the rebellions have rarely been bloodless (hmm is it actual bloodshed if AIs kill each other?)

Comment: Re:Debating over ridiculously defined problems... (Score 1) 95

>By their statement they obviously mean directly under...so what area are they using? The area of the soles of your feet? The widest area looking down from a top view? I assume it doesn't matter and they are assuming any area projected towards and through the Earth.

The easiest way would be to define that as the center point of your mass, reducing you to a point, which at the size of a human is not an unreasonable assumption. Humans are not really large enough to have a barycenter.

Comment: Re:seems kinda pointless (Score 1) 143

These apartments are

http://www.nydailynews.com/new...

You seems to misunderstand how police budgets work. They don't have the money to go after every crime, and they especially don't have money for crimes that no one cares about (black on black crime for example), But, if you somehow catch the attention of someone higher up in the department and they think they could get a career promotion from busting you, then you better believe they have hundreds of thousands at their disposal to catch you with.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 536

Yea, if most people put a traffic shaping rule on their router that limited them to T1 speed they'd go insane these days. Websites have grown huge, PDFs are commonly gigantic, and images are enormous. Oh, and don't even try to do anything with video.

Google fiber is the equivalent of an OC-20 (which doesn't exist per se).

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 1) 155

by PlusFiveTroll (#49280817) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Uh, no.

Remember it's not just someone else seeing the data you view or send to the server, it's also about the data that the server sends you.

Lets say you go to the census website. Is the PDF you are about to download really from their site, or has a MITM attack replaced the data with a file that contains an exploit? Included a javascript with malicious code? Or, just making the site display incorrect information.

Data from HTTPS sites is both encrypted and authenticated as coming from someone who has a valid cert for that website, and has very unlikely been altered by your ISP to include ads for example.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

Uh, yea, a whole lot.

It doesn't become cloudy instantly everywhere at once in the middle of the day. Generally a front moves in and creeping line of cloudiness moves in to an area at 10-80km/hr Your solar production has a rather slow decrease in production. Even if you wake up in the morning and your entire grid is under clouds, you don't move off your baseline power, and you just ramp it up with normal demand curves.

An eclipse is a 170 mile wide that moves 1,700km/hr. You get plunged in darkness very fast for a few minutes, output sags and other utilities try to ramp up, only to get the influx of solar minutes later when the shadow moves off. You put the system in to oscillations it wasn't designed for.

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