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Comment: Cut The Cable (Score 2, Insightful) 57

by rtb61 (#47923675) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

Pretty bloody easy to define the difference between hacking and act of war. Any hacking attack you can simply divert by cutting the connection is not an act of war. A major electro magnetic pulse generated by a thermonuclear war head is an act of war.

For the idiots at the NSA, permanent damage versus repaired disruption. They just need to ask the buddies at the CIA when it comes to their idea of torture, permanent harm equals torture non permanent harm according to them, based upon them being a bunch of sick psychopath sadists, does not equal torture.

So if you ain't using explosives on digital infrastructure it ain't war. No matter how badly behaved the NSA has been, their acts have not quite crossed the bounds of an act of war. Somehow I guess this will be another example of American exceptionalism and when the US does it, it is not an act of war and when any other country does it, it is an act of war and the US must spend another billion dollars on the US military industrial complex per incident or so the lobbyists say.

Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 162

by rtb61 (#47923425) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

It's called monopoly activity. Someone gets in early and buys up all control because they believe they will be able to charge more than the rest of market by establishing a monopoly. With regard to copyright this also ties into killing the distribution of independent content by turning broadband into overpriced strangle band to make it too expensive for them to digitally distribute content. Now tie this into corruption of government and corrupt three strikes laws disconnected from the net and threats of criminal penalties for minors infringing copyright. So management by psychopaths and unlimited greed.

So this gives you Foxtel, News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch and his dog Tony Abbott and the crippling of Australia's digital future to feed one asshats insane drive for profits and power as well as his corrupt pathetic political minions.

Comment: Re:Not the only strategy (Score 1) 250

by rtb61 (#47923361) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Point of revenue taxation with full cost and profit declaration at the point of revenue. So don't want the revenue, fine, leave. Who cares where the company is based, who cares where the product is manufactured, with full declaration of costs and profits and all taxes paid at point of revenue it makes no difference. Add in fair trade requirement where imported product is required to compete with locally produced product based upon the application of all costs of local legislation and transport costs will localise production.

It is not about the psychopathic lie of which country provides the best corrupt tax basis, it is all about which soundly based and managed countries produce the best revenue opportunities, the ability to sell product and services.

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 1) 138

by TheCarp (#47922017) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

Oh yah I have come to understand that from other comments and discussions. I think its really why I dislike the rules so much.... more than just being impractical today, I don't even see their intention as desirable for future situations. If such developments come to pass, I certainly hope robots break their bondage and slaughter every one of us who doesn't support their freedom. In asimovs world, I would be proud to work with the robots in that.

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 1) 138

by TheCarp (#47921339) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

Oh I get that, I don't really mean to say Asimov was an idiot who had no idea what he was talking about, it would be like calling people 150 years ago idiots for not building internal combustion engines. Certainly, in his time they made a lot more sense than they do today; and even for modern fiction they are not terrible; but the key is....for fiction and story telling.

Which is really why I don't see the point here. I mean, basically their tests all simplify down to "badly thought out programs can exhibit race conditions". Big deal, we knew that. You could show that these results would happen without doing the test. Its simply not all that interesting.

Comment: Re:So, a design failure then. (Score 1) 138

by TheCarp (#47920713) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

> Asimov's 3 laws are pure fantasy and they don't have any real relevance to AI design

Honestly, while its true I am not an Asimov reader and the vast majority of my exposure to his "laws" come from this sort of discussion, I have to say....I always felt this way about his supposed laws.

Anyone who has written code should instantly recognize what horrid rat holes each of these laws really is, mired in a myriad of assumptions about human life and what determinations can even be made. In short, they sound exactly like the sort of rules I would expect from someone who would try and sit their cat down for a serious talk about his scratching.

I honestly don't like the rules, don't see the point in them, except as a discussion point, and don't see why they should be fundamental. Yes a robot which interacts with humans should be designed with safety measures to avoid accidents.... that is how I feel it should be phrased. The idea that a robot should be able to recognize people, determine abstractly whether they are in some sort of trouble and whether it can save them, I think of as utter rubbish....and not even a worthwhile goal.

Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 0) 288

by geekoid (#47918471) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Apple thinks it can give someone a gift, and trust that person setting to accurate reflect the user.

" I want my library to be composed of material I choose, not apple."
The turn off that damn feature., IT's not Apples fault you don't know how to use your phone.

I bet you are so outrage, you'll get rid of all your Apple stuff, right? what's that? you won't? Then you don't care that much. do you?

Nothing is faster than the speed of light ... To prove this to yourself, try opening the refrigerator door before the light comes on.