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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 109

by Wintermute__ (#48191039) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Are the Chinese officials trying to score some celebrity porn?

It's possibly related to the protests in Hong Kong and the government's desire to identify the leaders/participants.

Or any other type of dissident or protester they can collect dirt on.

Like the NSA or any other spy agency, if they can scoop up any private data, they are going to want it.

Comment: Re:Enjoyed the article ... (Score 1) 33

... I am not an AI nut, but since I am an old man, I have been aware of the field for some time.

Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Sentience are not the same thing. If an application seems smart to us, it's AI.

Worries about evolution to sentience are premature, at best.

We will recognize it in many ways, and one way will be when the machine weeps when it loses the Internet.

What will it do when it wins the internet?

Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 1) 380

by Wintermute__ (#47329369) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

1. Unlatch side battery door.

2. Slide out weak battery.

3. Slide in fresh battery.

That's 30 seconds tops.

You realize that most electric cars have a substantial battery pack. If it was as simple as opening the hood and removing a simple battery, don't you think somebody would have thought of that before you?

http://www.teslamotors.com/bat...

Somebody did. Granted, it takes 3x that 30 seconds.

Comment: Re:It's not really a myth anymore (Score 1) 222

by Wintermute__ (#47182703) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

Google's self-driving car only has to identify An Object and avoid it, on top of driving along a set course with GPS assistance. A killbot has to identify what The Object is, find out if it's a threat, then check if it's a friend or foe somehow, hopefully assess the possibilities of collateral damage and what war crimes it may be committing by attacking the target...what Google's self driving car can do is just the first step.

Nope. A killbot just has to identify An Object and kill it. You could make one of Google's self-driving cars into a killbot for pedestrians and bicyclists (and potentially motorcyclists) today, if you were sufficiently evil (or evil's cousin, incompetent). Good thing Google's motto is "don't be evil".

Comment: Re:He's lucky (Score 3, Informative) 265

by Wintermute__ (#47061291) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

He did. He "hacked in to a protected computer". Also:

"Mitchell is no stranger to computer-related controversy. In high school, he was accused of planting more than 100 viruses on the school's systems, according to a report in the Charleston Gazette newspaper."

Great choice, let's hire him!

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 522

Ryan Reed reports that when most Game of Thrones fans imagine George R.R. Martin writing his epic fantasy novels, they probably picture the author working on a futuristic desktop

Why would anyone think that?

Good question. I imagined him at an old Underwood banging away. None of those wussy Selectrics, let alone a PC.

Either that or a pen and paper, considering how long it takes him to write a book.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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