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Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 66

by Anrego (#47427857) Attached to: The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Indeed.

He's got crazy ideas, but he seems to be able to make them happen. We'll probably see consumer level electric cars and private space travel due in large part to his efforts.

He's pretty much the only person in the world who if announced had discovered perpetual energy, I'd probably believe.

Comment: Re:The Internet Needs More Random Data (Score 1) 330

by TheLink (#47423071) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys
Or Ubuntu and other popular distro to do something like this:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/148440

Then it's normal for people to have encrypted stuff on their drives that they can't decrypt. And thus a "reasonable man" could not be expected to be able to decrypt such stuff even if he cooperated fully. They could be using full disk crypto with an encrypted container file that they can't decrypt. They can decrypt the first but not the second (or maybe they can - it becomes harder to tell :) ).

But once a popular OS has stuff like this by default, it's much easier for the defence to argue that you can't do it.

Of course in this case - the guy has been supplying wrong passwords, so unless you can show it was out of desperation and/or due to duress, he'd still be in trouble.

Comment: Re:Forget reading, GET AN IMPLANT! (Score 1) 83

by TheLink (#47422603) Attached to: A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory
It's the wrong approach if you just want a prosthetic memory to help people remember stuff.

To have a prosthetic memory what you need is a computer that can remember stuff - video, audio, photos, text etc. Preferably wearable. Then what you need is to attach a device to appropriate parts of your brain that reads thought patterns that are distinctive depending on what you are thinking (elephants, purple etc). The device does NOT have to decipher or understand what you are thinking. All it needs to do is associate the stuff to be stored/recalled or even _commands_ with the thought pattern(s) you choose for it. I call these thought macros. See also: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3478821&cid=42956909

So you capture a video/audio/picture then you assign it a thought, or "current state" of mind. If you even have difficulty rethinking[1] a thought pattern, you could search by context and time (what I stored some time ago while at home).

There may need to be training phases like in speech recognition, and it's likely to work better with some people than others.

[1] The approach the military is taking would still have problems if people can't even remember that they are supposed to remember something- so whichever approach you'd need the ability to set up "prompts" based on time and context (and brain patterns).

I believe our technology is very very far from the state where you can drop in a memory device with memories already preloaded in, and which people can use to "remember that they are to remember something" (and even if we did, it would be scary and I won't want to have it).

Because there's evidence that memories are stored differently on different people's brains - some people have a halle berry neuron: http://www.caltech.edu/content/single-cell-recognition-halle-berry-brain-cell
http://phys.org/news4703.html
Seems to me to be a bit like a Bingo hall where a neuron yells bingo when it recognizes what the "announcer reads out". And the thing is those neurons aren't in the same place for everyone, they might not even be present for everyone, and one neuron might yell bingo for slightly different things (in one person they might have a neuron that goes bingo for Jennifer Aniston when it sees Jennifer Aniston + Brad Pitt, in another person it might not go bingo for the couple).

Which is also why I think that it's delusional for people to believe we'd soon be able to transfer our minds to other machines. You can transfer something, but it'll be far from everything.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 4, Insightful) 568

by causality (#47415533) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

But the real problem is this impression that you have to be born 80% as smart as Einstein to get into this field, and that the learning curve is impossible for regular people. That's totally wrong. Average intelligence plus persistence is all you need.

What you really need is to deal with this anti-intellectualism that's so popular in the culture today, and replace it with genuine curiosity, a joy of discovery, and a delight at learning new things.

Do that, and the rest will naturally follow, and not just in software development.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 159

by Teancum (#47404467) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

It would be impressive if legal code could somehow be "compiled" for syntax checks as well as encoded in such a way that it becomes expert system rules. That way, asking if a particular action was legal simply would be running it through the "AI" to find out.

That would sort of make some of the stuff that judges do to become obsolete, but is that a bad thing too?

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 159

by Teancum (#47404147) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

I'm betting that in this case "expert system" has become an abused term that the marketing guys of the software developer want to strongly avoid due to bad experiences (like the Denver Airport) over the years. Either that or because the people involved were originally from China, the translation of the term got mangled going from English to Chinese and back to English again. I am strongly suspecting more of the latter though.

You are correct, this simply is an expert system applied to a large practical application worth millions of dollars.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 1) 349

by Teancum (#47404065) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

The ISP won't lose the safe harbor status. You never had them in the first place, so there isn't anything to lose as you aren't an ISP with that. The ISP does lose that safe harbor status if they refuse to put your content back up... thus they are throwing all of their support into the party that issued the original take-down notice and are willing to be subject to any possible penalties for removing the content. Most ISPs aren't that stupid. YouTube even removes black marks from your account until the judgement is made (I think this is even required by law... at least after some lawsuits against YouTube/Google showed them the light) and the judge has formally ruled against you.

A judge can get involved in the process at any time, where you can simultaneously issue the counter-notice AND file a lawsuit over the original take-down notice (your option). It isn't like this is too hard to get into a court-room, but you are here insisting that the judge get involved right from the beginning. I simply think you are wrong as it is silly to the point of absurdity that judges need to be literally reviewing even the most trivial matters possible like reviewing very clear cut Linux kernel source code as being a copyright violation merely by posting it in an on-line public repository.

I also think you fail to even comprehend what the DMCA take-down notice process even is in the first place to continue this kind of argument.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 1) 349

by Teancum (#47404039) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

You don't need to demonstrate anything other than simply demand the content be restored. You do risk getting sued by the folks who issued the original take-down notice, but you already know that your are in the cross hairs of whatever company issued the take-down request in the first place.

The person you need to demonstrate that you actually have a legitimate claim on this content is simply yourself, so far as being bold to demand that it be restored with a counter notice. If you get such a notice, take a moment to pause and really consider if it is legitimate or not. If you think it is (perhaps even consulting a buddy who is a lawyer if you really want to be sure), don't hesitate and demand it be restored.

I am also suggesting very strongly that most often you won't even get anything else happen after it is restored, because most of the trolls don't want to spend money (it does cost money to file a lawsuit) unless they know they are going to get something from it. By filing a counter notice, you already are showing a little bit of backbone, so they are further hesitant to just automatically go onto the next step without doing a pretty good review of whatever you demanded get restored.

I'll also note that if it goes to the next step of an actual lawsuit, "actual damages" are a whole lot easier to assess so far as legal fees are concerned, which can be a part of the judgement. It doesn't take a separate action here BTW, unless you really intend to file a lawsuit over the initial takedown request where they refuse to take any further judicial action. Note here there is also a statue of limitations that limits how long the company can wait before filing the lawsuit after you demand the content is restored. Repeated take-down requests also show judicial abuse and can get some fines and statutory damages.

Don't get me wrong, the DMCA is a horribly written law, but in this situation with the take-down notice process, it really is one of the better parts of this particular law (not perfect, but better) and an improvement over the earlier process of fighting lawyers through snail-mail responses and cease & desist letters. The take-down process also doesn't stop a lawyer from sending a formal cease & desist letter after you demand that the content is restored too, so there are additional steps that the people like Qualcomm, BMI, or Disney could take before even filing a lawsuit.

The alternative, what you are refusing to acknowledge, is without this first step and goes straight to the lawsuit. At least with the DMCA take-down notice there is a small speed bump along the way that can give everybody (both the target of the request as well as the person making the request) a chance to review what is going on and potentially flag abuse. If you really think something better could be done, please express that alternative other than going straight to the lawsuit phase. I also disagree that this puts the burden hugely on the defending party.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 1) 349

by Teancum (#47394539) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

We are talking circular arguments rehashing the same thing over and over again. The point of the DMCA take-down process is to avoid needing a court room, in effect turning the court room into an appeals venue. There are alternative approaches that could be done beyond simply the DMCA, and you seem to be insisting that a judge is involved in every situation. That isn't even the point of a courtroom in the first place, which is where I think you miss what a judge actually does.

This isn't a matter of sacrifice, but showing a misunderstanding of the legal process as a whole.

Comment: Re:On this 4th of July... (Score 1) 349

by Teancum (#47394499) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Oh, I don't think even the original poster was trying to argue that the law doesn't apply to you or I. The problem is that the while technically the law applies to the larger stakeholders, to get the law enforced requires a lot of resources.

My experience in clear-cut cases is that it doesn't take much in the way of resources. It might take some research and having somebody willing to do some pro bono work to help you prepare the case definitely helps. None the less, the judicial system isn't so completely out of touch that you should automatically roll over and let these big companies always get their way.

Comment: Re:No they're not (Score 2) 63

by TheLink (#47394421) Attached to: Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

I don't see anything new or interesting in the articles to consider it a "discovery of a way" (e.g. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Pag... )

In contrast this is a better article with more detail on how whales could _actually_ affect ecosystems significantly: http://www.newscientist.com/ar...
And that's a 4 year old article.

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