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Comment: if it worked (Score 0) 374

by crystal_rose (#44725885) Attached to: Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph
If any device really was a "lie detector" then it would not be possible to trick or defeat it - either you're telling the truth or lying and the device will determine which one you're doing . Trying to supress information on how to defeat a polygraph "test" is therefore a tacit admission that the emperor has no clothes.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 0) 582

The problem with moderation systems is that they tend to support the populist view, which is not always the correct one.

The problem with that line is that it presupposes that there is one correct view. Who gets to decide what is correct?

The scientific method or, for matters based on opinion rather than scientific evidence, vox populi, vox dei.

As gratifying as it may be, no amount of berating or deriding the popular view will convince the majority that they're view is wrong. However, a compelling argument might. So long as the minority opinion can be "heard", it has a chance of becoming the majority view.

Comment: Everybody knows the dice are loaded (Score 1) 135

by crystal_rose (#41690509) Attached to: Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars

The patient system is broken but that's only a symptom. The real problem is that the people who write laws are in the pockets of the those who benefit from the system being broken.

If the patient system were to be completely re-written from scratch tomorrow, in your country or in mine, does anyone really think the politicians would create a better one than what we currently have?

I don't know how to fix it, but right there is the underlying problem.

Comment: Re:'Fair Use' is not sufficiently well defined (Score 1) 194

by crystal_rose (#41258491) Attached to: The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords

> They should be allowed to run them, however, the consequence of them being wrong should place a large enough deterrent
> that they should not WANT to if it isn't extremely accurate.

Falsely accusing anyone of violating the copyright on X results in X being released to the public domain. Problem solved! By the way, punitive fines in the order of $22k per "lost" page-view* has a pleasing kind of symmetry.

* Everybody knows a "lost" page-view == a lost sale for whoever might be advertising on that page, right?

Comment: Re:Overstated topic title (Score 1) 146

by crystal_rose (#39606705) Attached to: Should Failure Be Rewarded To Spur Innovation?

A failure-intolerant environment would have listened to those concerns, and the iPad never would have launched. And what a mistake THAT would have been..

OMG! One less device to watch porn on. How could civilisation have survived?

But yes, I do agree with the sentiment of your post. Looks like some VP from TFA actually had the intellect to grasp the message of the 'Three Little Pigs' story we learn as children (learn from mistakes and hopefully do better next time).

You never know. If this keeps up we might, one day (lets not get too far ahead of ourselves), get some management up to high-school comprehension level.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.

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