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Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 574

by cs2501x (#48510375) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity
This, exactly. Unification of intensional and extensional logic to create 'strong AI' is so far from both 1.) achievement and 2.) physics it's really not a topic I would expect to bear serious fruit. Stephen is a brilliant person, as is Elon Musk--and both have my profound respect. However, the notion of A.I.'s destroying the planet suddenly in some uprising is the stuff of certain 1990's films that just won't die. I would argue such things hamper positive, creative thought on the matter.

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 1) 283

by cs2501x (#48233287) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"
Since when is being a reseller not a legitimate business? They resell other people's products taking a cut (just like financial companies do with credit lines). They resell computer software and hardware via their cloud services (just like you can rent videos or hardware from shops gone by such as blockbuster). Ballmer is an idiot -- as much as I hate Bezos, it's comments like this that make me glad he's no longer CEO of Microsoft.

Comment: Re: New York (Score 1) 372

by cs2501x (#48219211) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola
Basic quarantine seems like a reasonable thing to ask for considering the circumstances -- particularly if your claim about Nigeria is true and it's effective. People seem to be torn between the compassionate intentions of medical professionals volunteering in Africa, and their potential as disease vectors. It seems a reasonable compromise. I guess the other alternative is to disallow people from going to these regions -- I assume this probably isn't even enforcible?

Comment: Re:This is the wrong attitude (Score 2) 115

by cs2501x (#48026239) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution.

Wait, so we reject it because it provides more protections than the bare minimum required by law?

If you're assuming the reason it was rejected is in fact the one publicly stated, then it would seem so. I remain unconvinced, however.

Comment: Re:Forget ads, what about security implications (Score 1) 153

by cs2501x (#48025739) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers
This. Exactly this. Any kind of negotiated protocol would be vulnerable in an architecture using P2P type communication. So this means lock downs--PKI, or other pre-shared keys, etc. This implies a kind of trust and absolute administrative control over the devices in question. It's not a benefit to the consumer at all; it's a way for the cellular companies to not invest in better infrastructure. They will even be stealing users' power from their own devices to power their pay for networks.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 0) 246

by cs2501x (#47845035) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks
It's more like 58,000, and 10% of those are not US Citizens: "Microsoft is by far the heaviest single user of H-1B visas in the Puget Sound region. About 10 percent of the company’s 58,000-member U.S. workforce are holders of visas of various types."

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 246

by cs2501x (#47845029) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks
1.) Taxing corporations on their income is a valid type of tax. 2.) You may be confused as to why Boeing 'left' Washington: I quote: "The headquarters needs 'to be in a location central to our operating units, customers and the financial community — but separate from our existing operations,' (said by Phil Condit) Source: Also, lots of Boeing plants and jobs are still in Washington--they really only moved their primary headquarters, and some end manufacturing. There may have been factors their move but disallowing them an at best described tax-dodge wasn't the biggest I assure you.

Comment: Re:66% Accuracy versus 90%+ using Similar Techniqu (Score 1) 33

Ah, and if anyone is interested the paper will be presented at the 11th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Autonomic & Autonomous Systems in Laurel, Maryland. So it has been vetted, etc--it's open source, and the results are publicly available as well. Venue information is here:

Comment: 66% Accuracy versus 90%+ using Similar Technique (Score 1) 33

I was really surprised to read this article. It uses a similar approach to some research I am doing in self-healing systems. The central premise is that by monitoring feature behaviours and then autonomously classifying the state of the system/website using high-level operational validation tests, it's possible to identify the source of faults in front-end systems: Our results show a much higher degree of accuracy than the one mentioned though--averaging 90%+--even in noisy data-sets. The trick is to set windows for the data ingests and to use high-level operational validation tests for classifying data before forecasting feature behaviours--but studies in this area are new. The fact is nobody knows which learning algorithms or primitives work best and under what conditions. This is further complicated as some of the learning algorithms themselves are not understood as to how they work--take contrastive divergence as an example:, They're widely used despite not understanding how it works--supposedly Hinton's hiring at Google put this into place for a good deal of their search and advertising operations, but that's anecdotal. Anyway, lots of people are trying to claim advances in this area for various reasons. I agree, though, that 66% is definitely not fantastic results--even at 90% you'd really need something more like 99.999% to get businesses to adopt the technology.

Comment: Apple Product Resale Value = $0. (Score 0) 321

by cs2501x (#43972031) Attached to: Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense
So, call me a pessimist but this 'feature' seems to just be a gateway into requiring Apple to approve the resale of any piece of hardware they sell. "Want to sell your iPhone? Sorry, can't do that without entering the originally registered email address / Apple ID that came with it. Oh, by the way-if you want to update that info its a nominal $25 fee. Oh, did I say $25? I meant $250. OR! You could trade it into us for a new, unsaleable product. :) If you trade it in, we'll take $275 off your next purchase of $600 or more. Aren't we nice? Look, you have options." And, speaking of security--isn't the adage that there is no security without physical security? How will the phone know it's correctly associated with the right ID? Will it not either a.) cache credentials from a remote login to Apple ID, or it will b.) require an internet connection? In either of these cases it seems it'll be possible to unlock the phone with the correct info--and then proceed to spoof whatever information is necessary to get access to the base system. With security exploits all bets are off on what the software is expected to do.

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