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Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 29

I'm suggesting if Google is driving, and the passengers are passengers, then why the hell would anybody pay for things like liability insurance for an AI?

Could it be because it's still going to have a "fuck it, you drive" mode which passes responsibility to the human so Google can claim they're not responsible?

A self driving car becomes useful when I can have no controls, and be asleep in the back. I don't pay liability insurance on a bus, train or taxi ... why the hell would I pay it when something created by Google is in charge of driving it?

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 1) 111

Many studies have shown that much of the financial system is essentially random

Once set in motion, the financial system is essentially random. I will believe that.

But, increasingly the entire premises are just a pure con job -- from valuations of stocks at IPO being magical thinking, to the expectation companies will grow 10% year over year forever, increasingly the entire financial industry sits on a foundation of complete lies and bullshit.

The value of a company is no longer tied to its assets or revenues, but the hope that unicorn poop will create billions of dollars out of thin air, despite there being no rational reason to think that.

WHY was Twitter ever valued at $28 billion? Unicorn poop.

Comment Re:Illegal phone running (Score 3, Interesting) 33

This is far more than a war on encryption.

This is a war on your ability to have secrets from the government they're not allowed to access by going to a third party -- and that's before they even start claiming they don't need a warrant for this shit, which increasingly is exactly what the do.

How this isn't a violation of both 4th and 5th amendment rights is baffling, but apparently digital invalidated those.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, comrade.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 2) 111

You gave a bad example. Twitter is a service that is still trying to establish a real revenue stream.

Twitter is a great example of what I was giving an example of.

Twitter is, essentially, an advertising company .. that's the revenue model. It just piggy-backs on inane garbage like when the Kardashians shit.

Twitter went IPO for $28 billion dollars, in the 10 years since Twitter has been operating, they've lost $2 billion dollars.

You'll note that the poster I replied to, and quoted, said tech companies are basically ad companies, and essentially ponzi schemes. Here it is again:

they are giant advertising platforms, but spend most of their revenues and investor money on user acquisition through advertising. This is like a giant ponzi scheme really.

So, in terms of an example of a company which is essentially an ad platform, which has failed to make any money, and which was overvalued from the start and is losing money ... exactly like a ponzi scheme ... I didn't give a "bad" example.

I gave an example of exactly what I was trying to give an example of, and in agreement with the poster I was responding to.

Twitter is a bullshit vehicle which collected $28 billion of other people's money at IPO, has lost $2 billion dollars flailing about trying to have a business model, and whose stock keeps losing value.

Giant. Fucking. Ponzi. Scheme.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 433

It doesn't matter what you want, the most modern automatic transmissions (e.g. ZF HP9) already don't have a linkage. They are too complex to operate with a hydraulic valve body, even for limp home mode. Consequently, where it is used (which is practically everywhere) there is already no drawback to a pushbutton interface. Pushing P while moving could select N, and apply the EPB (electronic parking brake) automatically when the driver comes to a stop, then shift into park. Pushing N would do the same, sans brake and autoshift.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 2) 111

they are giant advertising platforms, but spend most of their revenues and investor money on user acquisition through advertising. This is like a giant ponzi scheme really.

That's actually a really good analogy.

Twitter is a great example of this -- they went IPO at $28 billion freaking dollars.

They had no business model, assets, or revenue to support that valuation. It was all hype and "ZOMG, the Twitterz". Now, fast forward, it it loses ... what, $150 million per year? How do you do that on almost $600 million in revenues?

Tech companies have pretty much been starting out as grossly overvalued, by the end of the day when the big investors have laundered their profits, and the little guy is left holding the bag ... the stock is never worth the same again, at least not in the long run.

The value of tech stocks relative to actual value has rarely held up. Essentially they're all over sold as ad platforms, which in the long run never actually justify the original stupid prices they fetched.

Over the last 20 years (at least), tech companies have been a series of giant ponzi schemes of grossly overvalued companies which ultimately can't deliver on the bullshit hype.

Honestly, I don't understand how the financial industry works if it's all wishful thinking, bad math, and funny money. Oh, wait, they make their money up front, and then pass the shit on to the next suckers in the scheme, of course.

It just transfers money into the hands of big investors who buy in first, and leave everyone else wondering how they got fleeced. Exactly like a ponzi scheme.

Comment Re:Re-entry aiming (Score 1) 107

It depends on how bad they are. The world's first ICBM had a high, 5km CEP. But still, plot a 5km circle on any major city, you're still going to hit a densely populated area.

That said, it's quite true that NK's nuclear weapons are (comparatively) quite weak, and (probably) heavy.

Comment Re:dmbasso is a pedophile (Score 3, Insightful) 107

Note to the new owners of Slashdot: this here conversation is precisely the sort of rare case where you should actually get involved (where the person or people involved don't care if they get modded down to zero and will just keep popping back up with more angry, offtopic rants in whatever thread they feel like)

Comment Professional or not? (Score 1) 94

A truly professional "IT Pro" will learn to forget the things he has seen about his/her colleagues.
We've all had to do things like: check mail spools, check user directories, enable debug-level logging on various systems, etc. and seen embarrassing or personal things. The question is: are you a professional who learns to forget it and stick to the relevant data or are you a shithead who spreads rumours and makes us all look like privacy-invading assholes?

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