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Comment: Re:A.I.? (Score 1) 403

No, I don't think so.

We have improved our understanding of "the problem."

A lot of things that we thought was hard, was based on the fact that it's hard for a human.
There are a lot of progress on the things that we think is "simple", such as looking at a spoon,
and classifying it as a spoon, moving and navigating, etc, but it's almost nothing compared to
the simplest animal, even insects.

As an example: The ratslam algorithm is really interesting, and a rather neat and surprisingly simple algorithm for location awareness
based on biological processes. Still not good enough for vacuuming my house though.

Pure "logic" in a box is "solved" but useless since in reality we need fuzzy-logic and semantics and human-like analysis to clean up the data before it's analysed -which is hard. I think that Watson and other expert systems are getting fuzzier, but there is along way to go there.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 5, Insightful) 494

by blippo (#49555433) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

If you don't care for what other people think or their interests, why would they care about your ideas and interest?

Really intelligent people - those who are smart over the whole range, not just the logic puzzle part, are normally a delight to talk with.
And although they might be smarter than you, and know more about the world, they generally do no tell you so.

Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 4, Interesting) 173

by blippo (#49504283) Attached to: FBI Overstated Forensic Hair Matches In Nearly All Trials Before 2000

I think that that's actually how it works here in Sweden.

I seem to remember that it's also not always good. Since they only answer questions, more open ended searches are seldom performed.
In one case where an elk killed a woman (unique case, apparently) the police got hung up on her husbands lawn mower (!) which happened to have traces
of blood on the blades (which in fact could have been rust combined with other biological material ) and spent a year or so trying to convict him for murder,
until someone actually saw a YouTube clip of an elk-attack and asked the lab if it could have in fact been an elk. Answer: Yes. Most likely.

Comment: Re:Mamangement (Score 1) 290

by blippo (#49409611) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?

Because a sense of humor is what saves the world.

Dictators, repressive governments and religious despots share a lack of humor. As do certain companies, lawmakers and enforcers, as well as some public servants in otherwise reasonable states. Some people take themselves too seriously, and then things get dangerous. That's how simple it is.

If you pull the plug on a whole product line just because a few developers made a silly message, then you are probably doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:The Web of trust only works (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by blippo (#49330517) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

It's a bit of a scam from the beginning. I remember almost 20 years ago I asked where the safety was in that we had to shell up a relatively large sum of money to some unknown company on the other side of the world, so that they could "verify" our identity (how exactly?) - just because they had bought (?) a place in Netscape's or Internet Explorer's root CA list.

Since there are so many certificate authorities it's safe to assume that too many are compromised by- or under the influence of- criminal organisations or non-democratic and/or corrupt governments. (Ignoring the just-for-lulz hackers, I'm not that worried about them.)

I really wished PGP/GPG-style trust chain model worked in real life, but it's a hassle even for techies.

One idea would be to utilize the existing social networks + phones for something, but I doubt it would be possible to build something that is idiot-proof enough.
(Especially since a lot of people seems to have no idea who some of their contacts actually are...)

It could potentially solve email too though.

Comment: Re:Sounds reasonable (Score 1) 243

by blippo (#48434567) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Aftermatch: Nothing.

The other informed in leading roles, including other ministers indicated that this was vetted by the ministry of foreign affairs and ultimately the minister.

Coincidentally and very unfortunate, she had been murdered by a madman when the story broke, and I think that took the edge out of any public or criminal investigation.

I think a lot of people hid behind this unfortunate event - she was definitely informed, but since the gentlemen in question where allegedly two very dangerous terrorist suspects, it's hard to tell how the details where presented. The swedish ambassador made some effort to ensure a due legal process in Egypt, but I think in retrospect, everyone can agree that it's was a naïve approach.

Comment: Re:Sexism (Score 4, Interesting) 253

by blippo (#48151505) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

No, this is sexism against women.

First - freezing the eggs is simple, but getting them is not. It's not risk-free, and not at all a non-event. If you do not believe me, stab yourself in the balls with knitting needles 20 times after giving yourself a hormone injection every day for a few weeks.

Second. Signalling that healthy women should consider infertility treatment is just absurd. If they work so much now so they don't have time to find someone, is this really the solution to the correct problem?

Helping women (and men) with fertility problems is noble and good (maybe - it's also very hard to adopt children.) But pitched like this, it's just sick.

Comment: Re:Application sandboxing (Score 1) 577

by blippo (#48043187) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Is that it? I have needed to reinstall my phones, consistently after a few month although I haven't installed any new apps, etc.
It usually goes to a point where it takes 5-6 seconds for the phone to respond when answering a call - after the last reset,
the performance deteriorated rather soon again. Very annoying.

Comment: Re: that depends (Score 1) 511

by blippo (#47746247) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

I don't think the language itself is bad - there is not much bloat left in java8. The bloat is coming from code coventions and jee. And perhaps some retarded APIs - most of the core APIs are rather nice. Maybe low level programming is a bit awkward but doable, and i suppose you need C and assembly for AAA game engines.

There are a lot of architecture astronauts and other complicators using Java, that's for certain.

The JVM is rather fast once it's started, but that takes a while.

Comment: Re:Dead as a profit source for Symantec, well, ... (Score 2) 331

by blippo (#47687945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Since the industry managed to turn against the users and trust only the media industry, the "trusted computing" solution is not a viable option.

Othervise, it would have been nice to allow only certain binaries or software developers/publishers to run. It would also be nice to sign the binaries
and not allow changes.

Since the user seems to be the least trusted element, and that it seems that I have to blindly trust 200+ root certificate signers when using the web,
there is no use in pretending that there exist any computer security at all. Anyone that is motivated enough will be able to run an executable on your machine.

Overflow on /dev/null, please empty the bit bucket.