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Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 5, Insightful) 199

by TapeCutter (#49164911) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Not asking permission is theft.

I'm a fan of U2 and I can see how some people might consider what they did rude or presumptuous, but theft? - No, just leave the contorted 'theft' analogies to the MAAFIA. No offense intended, but they are much better at it than you are.

Comment: Re:YES (Score 2) 371

by TapeCutter (#49160877) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
"Fact" engines such as Watson normally produce several results (facts) with a confidence rating on each and can show their "reasoning" step by step. The step by step reasoning is much more useful as a confirmation method than the source code. Source code won't help you much unless you have a solid background in statistical analysis.

Comment: Re:Search Neutrality? (Score 3, Interesting) 371

by TapeCutter (#49160681) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Maybe there should be a concept such as Search Neutrality.

Search is already neutral, it's the order of results that upsets people because by definition, ranking cannot be neutral. An intelligent search engine such as IBM's Watson gives a confidence rating on it's "facts", it can produce multiple answers each with a confidence ranking. They can also explain in excruciating detail how they arrived at the answer, and they can do it better than humans. Technology is a tool, a hammer that can be used to build or destroy a civilization.

Comment: Re:I appreciate the sentiment.. (Score 1) 102

The labs actually pull in money for most universities, when students are not using them they are rented out for private training. I remember the head of CS department bitterly complaining about being forced to share the bounty with other departments.

As for TFA the companies are offering $1.75 for every dollar they state puts in, that's not a shakedown, that's philanthropy. That education in the US has to rely on philanthropy is the real shakedown.

Comment: Re:Verizon is just following Alinsky (Score 2) 388

government control is a bad idea

As opposed to what? - Anarchy, tribalism, feudal warlords? An economic market is not a thing or a place, it's a set of rules that govern trade. The Fox News definition of "free market" = "free from regulation" is an oxymoron at best.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?