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Comment Introducing technology creates more attack vectors (Score 1) 263

If you can not find volunteers to count ballots, then your democracy is already dead.

If you can not have a fair process for the voting system, then your democracy is dangerously dysfunctional, if not totally doomed.

If your voting system is like the USA, you are stuck in the past and need to become a modern civilization (see

If you can not reasonably predict outcomes from exit polls you are heavily propagandized to the point where mathematics, science, and education have too little influence.... your democracy is going to fail.

If you think Nate Silver is a genius for simply being competent in a corrupted profession then your part of the problem.

Comment It's nearly a "You have to be there" situation (Score 2) 396

Cult members have a difficult time leaving too and they usually have a way out.

Dogs can break free of their electric fence too... or when the fence is off they can do so easily... yet both situations work quite well at keeping the dog policing it self.

Modern Psychology is powerful enough to get many people to enslave themselves. It's not perfect, but it only needs to work well enough on enough people. Once caught up in such a situation, it has to be difficult to escape - and since it requires a deeper understanding to really grasp, outsiders will be clueless in their judgements of the victims.

Comment Democracy: Lessig (a lawyer) is in not error! (Score 1) 458

Most people, (especially Lawrence Lessig who is a lawyer) does NOT mean "direct democracy" every time the word democracy is used. It should be obvious to everybody who doesn't have a propaganda stick up their ass.

A REPUBLIC by definition (look it up) is where the ultimate power is held by the people, thru their representatives; the implementation is not really specified. The creation of the word itself even gives you the meaning!

People who are paying attention should have known for some time that the public does not have the power anymore.


They can smash stuff legally already; however, a flying drone is something they are not equipped to smash out of their way, unlike your car parked in front of a fire hydrant... (I've seen a firetruck smash a car that was in the way.)

The law is not needed, what is needed is a way to take out drones quickly. They may not have the right to operate the kind of guns needed to shoot down drones.... plus the falling drone is a new kind of problem -- it is not like cutting holes into burning houses or ripping apart a car.

I would propose a gun which shoots a net on a rope. the net should have some loose strings on it just in case it's one of those drones which have a lot of protection around their propellers. The other benefit is that if you can "bag" a few drones instead of letting them fall, you might be able to track down the owner later on.

Comment Re:In the USA... (Score 1) 188

Remember RoundUp and how EVIL it was. It's not relevant that some aspect of it is not as bad today; the damage was done and is still being done as well as new ways to repeat the same process with new chemicals and plants.

I didn't get into how they work to undermine science when it goes against them. People thought tobacco was bad with it's industry holding progress back for decades; Monsanto is more capable today than big tobacco ever was.

Comment In the USA... (Score 1) 188

Monsanto would have spent the money and had it blocked from market because it does not use any pesticides. (remember their successful round up ready approach lets them charge for GM seeds AND for the pesticides for the genetic disease they unleashed. Oh yes, it's a genetic disease, they didn't make the plant sterile for the same reason they someday will likely create pathogens where only they have the cure. )

Comment Opinions and hype but no expert insight. (Score 1) 421

Most the experts have a positive view but lets focus on the ones we can skew into a fear of Skynet along with celebrities. Woz being one of the better opinions.

Domain specific knowledge is needed to make educated guesses or at least informed assessments of the current threat level. Currently, AI is not at all intelligent; with in a specific narrow domain the AI can do as well as or better than a human. Big deal. So can a horse or a car - they are superior within their specialized domain. We are nowhere near a general artificial intelligence; we are making slow progress on simulations of natural intelligence which might prove interesting and possibly quite disturbing someday; but if you can simulate a natural brain's intelligence that isn't artificial is it?

Back on topic, AI is only applied intelligence within extremely narrow domains. A thermostat is an artificial intelligence; within it's domain/context.
Talk of Gigahertz is grossly over simplified. Biological brains are massively parallel and the interactions going on involve quantum mechanics (although may not be necessary for operation-- it likely will be a huge problem for simulators.) The gigahertz is hardly important when you have a network mesh that is MUCH larger than the neurons within it...

The REAL issues are how jobs can be simplified so an average or slow human can perform the job. Those jobs are beginning to be feasible for customized AI systems to perform and replace the human employees. Furthermore, just as kids can solve protein folding problems by playing a game, an AI can be augmented by human brain power in ways that simplify the job greatly. Your 6 year old child could be putting you out of work with their video game playing. The real cyborgs to think about will be AI attaching human intelligence. Like a surgery robot which does most the work with the surgeon assisting multiple bots at the same time... reducing the number of surgeons required (think of all the prep work etc that could be automated...)

Comment New markets (Score 2) 119

The education market is largely untapped and trillions are there to be won in this new "industry" by creating a marketplace from what was a public service with altruistic motives.

Their agenda is to foster a market and transition education into an industry from which great profits can be had for training worker drones who are specifically tailored to the job market. Employers no longer want to train employees - the numbers on that are so low that most people do not even think about employer training or realize that employers used to have full time instructors of their own. It's all about cost externalization - they externalized employee training and are acting like the education system is failing them when it never did their job for them.

Perfect is the enemy of good. Education in the past got us all the successes of today. But that isn't perfect, the perfect little snowflakes are not to blame... we have to get 100% success with every child and if not, it is NEVER their parents fault or the society. So lets completely revamp education which worked so well because it's not perfect. It's similar to how they destroyed the UK Postal System (Royal Mail) with tons of waste and destruction just so they could improve the service by a few % to become perfect. Now they've completely privatized it - it's still far from perfect...but new money can now corrupt the system so perfect now won't matter...

I don't care if 40% can't read out of high school; send those people to another school targeted at their failure within the old system. The major steps forward were done by a minority of people who thrived in the old education model -- not everybody is a genius and whatever was done that let those people shine and deliver the progress we had should be left alone. Don't kill the golden goose people! You can experiment on the teenagers or children who fail but you should leave the successful ones alone! You can also not claim that somebody who did poorly (Einstein) did not benefit from the system; it is foolishly simplistic to measure success by short term simplistic metrics. In reality, human learning and development is far from understood - it is far more of a black box than people realize. (besides, learning to cope with failure is a huge lesson to learn properly. )

One size does not fit all. Policy makers are always obsessed with making universal policies. Utopia is an incredibly evil goal.

Comment Re:Whack-a-mole (Score 1) 87

"Laws too severe are seldom obeyed" -Ben Franklin.

Addicts by definition will put themselves at risk unreasonably, so you have to be a fool to think addicts would stop even if you passed a law where the punishment was a shortening of their lifespan or torture them so badly it leaves them with permanent medical conditions! ( like the drugs already do to them on their own. )

The simple solution is to destroy the black market (which is about as free market as you get; it exists outside regulation...) you simply have a no strings attached free socialized drug service with minimal safety regulation.

Nobody would pay on the black market when they can go to the local free clinic and sit in a padded room and shoot up without any risks aside from what the drug does. It would be much cheaper but it also would likely cause another banking bailout since billions of laundered dollars would disappear... not that we'd not have more billions in savings from shrinking the police state to bail the banks out...

We may as well forget actually fixing anything that makes big bankers bug bucks. In the USA, the Mexican drug cartels should incorporate and just buy some politicians and "think tanks" to ensure nothing ever is solved.

Do not forget the drug research that shows unhappy people are way more prone to addiction...

Comment Is it really IE 12 or not? (Score 1) 133

Did rebranding IE12 into "Edge" include the browser identification string? Are there any signs of the app is still essentially a new version of IE.

I doubt they started completely from scratch and with different staff than IE 11...

A new app name doesn't make this any different than 11 was from 10... so is it really more significant? or is this just merely a rebranding from the trusted MS marketing department.

Comment Windows365 (Score 1) 199

Every software vendor has dreamed of a subscription based model and how with the internet and DRM they can start to realize those goals.

Didn't MS buy windows365 or some domains like that last year?

You know they will never give it away for free; they will charge you for your habit. (not ruling out their past behavior of giving free or massive discounts to get people addicted.)

Comment Mod parent up. (Score 1) 227

Spot on except that Fascism is Italian and it IS government by the corporations.

Government is captive already; the end game is still being setup the huge fight to reclaim it has not even begun and possibly will not until it is too late.

End game: between "1984" for intellectuals and "Brave New World" for the sheeple.

Comment Quality Walmart McEducation? (Score 1) 227

Quality McDonald's Food you can raise your child on... now as... education!
Quality Walmart products and service with a highly desirable clientele that you feel perfectly comfortable with allowing your children to visit on their own.... now as.... education .... and "super" walmart have free daycare!!

Low low prices...

Comment Not about propaganda (Score 1) 227

The education "industry" potentially is into the trillions which has a captive customer base; almost as captive as the healthcare industry has.

The potential profits from just a small slice of this developing new "marketplace" is staggering. No bigger gold rush exists outside of managing social security.

Regardless of intentions, the appeal here is extreme. Prisons were/are only a starting point and those have less growth potential (despite the heavy lobbying already present to keep numbers up.)

Sure corporate interests will be protected and some people do want their own little factories of goosestepping consumers but there is more than just that going on here.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine