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Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 2) 299

Someone leaks sensitive information to the media. Government tracks phone. Government dispatches goon. Government bricks phone to prevent victim from alerting the medial, recording the incident, calling for help, etc. Victim is disappeared.

Or, like it is now;

Someone leaks sensitive information to the media. Government tracks phone. Government dispatches goon. Government orders phone company to prevent phone from working to prevent victim from alerting the media, recording the incident, calling for help, etc. Victim is disappeared.

I don't see any difference.

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by bombman (#47211665) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

I remember writing a bot for an online text based adventure years ago that pretended it was a female newbie that followed people around asking lots of questions and praising them for their skills. AI? not in the slightest, but scripts, pre-programmed patterns and social engineering (no learning!). Lots of fun, and it fooled quite a bit of players (for 5-10 minutes) who, as a thank-you, tended to kill her with extreme prejudice every time they encountered her.

Maybe if I write a script that goes ;
"Hello, this is Thomas's mother, hes 2 years old..."
and then continue to spew out random letters -- would that pass a Turing test?

Comment: Re:GMOs and cloning are the devil (Score 1) 156

by bombman (#45963049) Attached to: Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Last time I heard, cloned pigs display same variety in response to various tests (drugs, sickness etc.) as sibling pigs does.
So they are not as similar as you might think. It takes a bit of the "dangers of cloning" out of the issue. I believe cloning
should be limited to areas such clinical research, because if you replace pigs everywhere with very limited genetic variance,
you're setting up a system that is rather vulnerable to diseases.

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