Over the summer I learned that the medical research division at ARPA has one bio-ethicist on staff. He's completely overwhelmed, walks around in a horrified daze, and rubber stamps everything that lands on his desk (when they bother). This is third-hand, of course. I can't believe that a Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer for the NSA would be any more useful than just a PR stunt.
And, sadly, once he saw it, and reasonably knew what the second one was likely to be used for
A couple of months ago, Bruce Shneier linked to an interview with a professional safe cracker. Relevant piece:
Q: Do you ever look inside?
A: I NEVER look. It’s none of my business. Involving yourself in people’s private affairs can lead to being subpoenaed in a lawsuit or criminal trial. Besides, I’d prefer not knowing about a client’s drug stash, personal porn, or belly button lint collection.
When I’m done I gather my tools and walk to the truck to write my invoice. Sometimes I’m out of the room before they open it. I don’t want to be nearby if there is a booby trap.
I think if Anaya was following the same rule, he'd be a free man today. Once the mechanisms failed to trip, he should have handed the gentlemen tools (drill, saws, etc..) told them where to drill and walked away.
Can anyone show me an alternative that isn't getting totally hammered right now? That kind of thing just doesn't inspire confidence...
If these services are totally hammered now when people are just browsing for an alternative, think of how piss-poor it will be when the service has actual users, and data and... .
Someone will eventually emerge with a usable, scalable service to take in the Reader Refugees. Until amateur hour is over, I'll just sit on the sidelines and wait for that service to emerge.
PS: Fuck you, Google.
Possibly as a segue into a history discussion?
This affects a large chunk of the planet's population and hasn't happened in 600 years.
This'll give the history nerds something to talk about. (There are other kinds of nerds than tech nerds.)
Agree about Cyanide & Happiness. Sick, perverted, and completely inappropriate. And always funny despite just being stick figures.
(The thinking man's version of xkcd.)
If this hacker group is "sophisticated" enough to DDOS banks... wouldn't they realize that "eliminating" ANYTHING from the Internet is impossible?
The stated goal is for shit. This has nothing to do with some video insulting the prophet Mohamed. That was simply the next excuse that came up when the Mohammedans shook the Magic 8-Ball of Islamic Gripes. The next will be Israel's existence, infidels in Afghanistan, pornographic magazines like "Time" and "National Geographic" with immodest women, or some other perceived insult that demands some kind of retribution.
Let's use your physical mail analogy, under your idea charitable organizations would not be allowed to mail people who have signed up as supporters unless they went through a commercial mass mailing company paying a huge fee per piece mailed. While that's kind of the status quo for poorly run charities with a high overhead cost none of the charities I choose to support are so stupid, why you would want to reduce the amount of money reaching deserving causes and feed the commercial mass mailers I have no clue.
Once the charities reach the size that the volume of mail they send raises the hackles of the post office, then they've already become part of the "conspiracy". The Iron Law is already in effect, regardless of their donation/overhead ratio. They just need to own up to it and formally join the cabal.
To the original article: a mailing list of 400,000 addresses isn't a community, it's a nation bigger than Iceland or Belize.
RMS would be the stuffy guy they'd hit with a cream pie in every episode.
I was more addressing the fact that the liability issues of building and "selling" a thinking machine have been considered before.
However, an Asimov robot can be manipulated into violating the Laws. For example the First Law could be voilated if a robot was convinced that a human really wasn't human (this worked on Solaria in "Robots and Empire" [?]) or by performing a seemingly innocuous action that led to to a human's injury ("The Naked Sun"). Also, Asimov robots were built with altered Laws to allow humans to perform potentially hazardous work ("Lost Little Robot") and child care (drawing a blank here, so that children could actively play and risk minor injury).
To put it bluntly, raise your hand if YOU want to be the first car manufacturer to make a car for which you are potentially liable in *every single accident that car ever gets into*, from the day it's sold until the day it's scrapped. Any takers?
... no one. But you'll get plenty who charge mandatory tune-ups to ensure compliance. The question will be "which company DOESN'T charge a fee for a mandatory yearly check-up"?
Asimov's early robot stories dealt frequently with corporate liability and it was often the source of the plot conflicts. If a proofreading robot made a mistake causing a slander ("Galley Slave") or an industrial accident resulted in injury, US Robotics was put into the position of having to prove that it was not the fault of the robot (which it never was).
This is why Asimov's US Robotics didn't sell you a robot, they leased it to you. The lease was iron-clad, could be revoked by either party at any time, had liability clauses, and had mandatory maintenance and upgrades to be performed by US Robotics technicians. If you refused the maintenance US Robotics would repossess, sue and claim theft if you withheld ("Bicentennial Man", though unsuccessfully; "Satisfaction Guaranteed").
A properly functioning robot would not disobey the three laws, and an improperly functioning robot was repaired or destroyed immediately ("Lost Little Robot"). Conflicts between types of harm were resolved using probability based on the best information available at the moment ("Runaround"), and usually resulted in the collapse of the positronic brain when it was safe to do so ("Robots and Empire", etc.).
It's other development tools are marginal though. Debug your app in Firebug, and fire up IE to check it for compatibility and find the slow bits.
"Artificial Womb" sounds so awkward. How about axlotl tank?
Likely they were observers. My wife has worked the elections for the Clerk's office and as a poll observer (not at the same election). Really, there's not much they can do but sit and watch and stay out of the way.
Long, complicated ballot in Michigan this year with lots of asinine state constitutional amendments. This made for about a 45 minute wait in line to even get a ballot. I figured out my choices the weekend before and put the options on my phone to read in the booth; even then, filling the real ballot out correctly still took about 5 minutes.