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Comment: Re:Expert System (Score 3, Insightful) 159

by blackiner (#47400219) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers
Reminds me of how my AI professor described AI. You have two types of AI, strong and weak, strong being something akin to a conscious thinking mind (and not even guaranteed to be possible at the moment), and weak being stuff like data mining, translation, speech-to-text, puzzle solvers, etc. She also let us know that things are only considered AI until they are solved, then they are just 'algorithms', which I think mirrors people's perceptions of AI quite nicely.

Comment: Re:Funny he is in the aluminum business now. (Score 1) 238

by blackiner (#47371663) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
Exactly what I thought when I read this. Basically they are only allowed to hold onto aluminum supplies for a limited amount of time (I guess to encourage them to sell instead of hoard it?). To get around this they would load it all up onto trucks and drive around for a bit, then take it back to the warehouse. This let them artificially control the aluminum supplies and make massive profits.

Comment: Re:Oy (Score 1) 534

Those are pretty good examples, and are also kind of how things become in MGS4+. In Metal Gear Rising, it is revealed that the private military companies that were prevalent in MGS4 go on to be contracted by major US cities to handle the entire police force. And some of these private military companies are extremely powerful, World Marshall in Rising being an example, being directed by a US senator who is going to run for president.

Comment: Re:Not sure what the "secrecy" fuss is (Score 1) 222

by blackiner (#47294087) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

Furthermore, at least in the US, no treaty is in effect until it is ratified by the Senate, at which point all the elements of the treaty will be public and heavily debated down to the last comma.

Not if the treaty specifically states that the documents will be kept secret afterwards:

Additionally, the current draft also includes language inferring that, upon the finishing of negotiations, the document will be kept classified for five full years.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by blackiner (#47278983) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle
Well, I suppose that may work better. I go running on the side of the road a lot and I pay careful attention to hear cars come up behind me, which lets me turn my head and see if they have moved over enough not to smash me. I pay a lot of attention to sound while driving (obviously not as much as visual) so I figured it would help though, it definitely helps notice ambulances and police.

Comment: Very curious (Score 2) 253

The more I hear about them trying to quell discussion about these things the more interested I get. What in the world is so important about them? What are they hiding? I saw a strange object on a power pole when I was out for a run the other day, it looked like tree roots laid out horizontally... I can only assume it was an antenna of some sort. Was gone the very next day, and wasn't there the day before either... I wonder if it was one of these things?

Comment: Re:2 Decades (Score 3, Insightful) 139

by blackiner (#47184207) Attached to: Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

Now, they prosecute somebody, and simply say that the defendant doesn't have a right to hear the evidence against him, and the Constitution doesn't apply.

Oh it is worse than that. Nowadays they send in US Marshals to destroy evidence so that the courts do not even get a chance to deny access to the evidence.

Comment: Re:Free Market... (Score 4, Insightful) 260

by blackiner (#47184079) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft
It is sad really. One of the best things about America was that it was easy to just set up a company. Being able to quickly set up a business is the real answer to wage slavery. You don't like working a shit job making minimum wage and being a slave to the corporation you work for? Start up your own shop. It empowers the people, and allows them to break free of the control of mega corps. But the urbanization of just about everywhere people live makes it damn near impossible to buy a chunk of property if you want a place these days, and even if you do find a place to set up shop or have a business idea where you don't actually need land (like Uber), you get fucked by regulations. They have even come for software, which is arguable the easiest possible thing to set up a private business around. Pretty much any piece of software you write today is likely covered by some patent, and if you get big enough, they WILL come after you. Everything is perfectly set up to consolidate power in the established players, and cripples the average person.

Comment: Re:Why not? It fits the trend. (Score 1) 218

by blackiner (#47080715) Attached to: Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers
Dunno about that. Keep in mind anything above 40% market share can be considered monopolistic. That is pretty much right where Apple is in the US:

But hey, if you are okay with it, then that is fine. I was just making sure we didn't have a hypocrisy on our hands. To any publishers who may be reading: get on this!

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