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Comment: I'LL NEVER TRUST A ROBOT (Score 2) 216

by codeAlDente (#43095029) Attached to: When Will We Trust Robots?
I don't see foresee trusting a robot, if it's even remotely true that 88% of people believe robots are necessary for warfare because it's just too dangerous for humans. It's all good until one of these people deems that I'm not good enough for this planet, then becomes my judge, jury and executioner with one little hack. I'm starting to wonder whether a robot singularity is the best hope for the survival of humanity.

Comment: Re:cue jokes about RieserFS (Score 1) 1719

by codeAlDente (#42328157) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage
Asperger's was not exactly eliminated from the DSM-V. Its diagnosis criteria were simply lumped into the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many functional slashdotters would be diagnosed with this disease, and perhaps even medicated. How do you know that over-medicating kids isn't the main driver behind actions like these? Sure, psychiatrists are trying to help, but the fact that they're just beginning to explore a difficult new field should scream "HEY, they don't understand the systems they're pharmacologically manipulating, and their actions are quite possible doing kids and society lots of harm!" This is not how science works. It's how fishing works. They didn't catch a fish with their Asperger's lure, so they made up another ad hoc classification which will surely be changed again, probably to be treated with a different cocktail of drugs whose actions are minimally understood, but provide plenty of profit for pharmaceutical companies.

Comment: Time is Money (Score 1) 604

by codeAlDente (#42108543) Attached to: How Do We Program Moral Machines?
One moral dilemma for the driverless society regards the speed at which a destination can be reached, and individual choice in this matter. Both speed and acceleration reduce fuel economy, driverless cars will know this, and society will demand overall standards for fuel efficiency. I already envy the kids who can afford the 'drive like Andretti' software.

Comment: An argument for Jill Stein (Score 1) 707

by codeAlDente (#41864909) Attached to: In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:
Her budget/platform is full of rainbows and unicorns, but I haven't seen anything much more realistic. Mostly, if we're going to be communists, we might as well have a president who admits it. Moreover, unlike Gary Johnson, who also opposes NDAA, she can evidently run a campaign with legitimate fiscal disclosures on a balanced budget ( ).

Comment: Re:Global market for labor needed (Score 1) 795

by codeAlDente (#41782155) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
My impression is that it's mostly about things like tariffs and pollution. If one government subsidizes the production of widgets (via cash or lack of regulation), then companies in that country can afford pay the same wages and make more profit than companies in another country. For the subsidizing government's lawmakers, this is a win because their economy gains a global competitive advantage, and employment is increased in that country. In response, the disadvantaged country can impose tariffs and restrictions. These economic and political barriers go hand in hand with international disparities in labor costs, oil consumption per capita, real estate costs, etc.

Comment: Re:Message to the intolerant (Score 1) 957

by codeAlDente (#41443177) Attached to: Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN
One might argue that there is an obligation to respect the belief systems of others, in the sense that taxes support psychotherapy for some people, and professional standards for clinical psychologists prevent questioning a person's belief system. This seems like 'legislating respect' to me, though it may not lead to an increase in common sense in the end.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.