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Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 359

by dfn5 (#48668361) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

To quote a very stupid cop who was arguing against cameras:

"People react differently when they know they are being watched".

What this cop was too stupid to realize was, the response to his comment is:


I think he meant that cameras will also reduce the level of police engagement within a community.

Comment: virus eradication and the ability to write code (Score 1) 561

by dfn5 (#48426615) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
I see male software engineers infect their own laptops with viruses and malware and then have to enlist the support of the help desk department to clean it off for them. I don't see how this point is relevant to the ability to write code. Unless, I suppose, if your job is to write malware and viruses.

Comment: Re:The problem with certifications (Score 1) 276

by dfn5 (#48401575) Attached to: World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

The problem is that you only have to remember specific information to pass a certification.

For the most part your right. 99% of certifications are useless and I ignore them when trying to hire someone. However, I kind of like the Cisco certifications (the advanced ones anyway), where you are asked to build and configure something in a lab, then they come in and screw with it, and you have to figure out what is wrong and fix it. Being able to fix something that is broken demonstrates a deeper understanding than mere memorization of facts.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 2, Insightful) 503

by dfn5 (#47481775) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
Because the pilot union doesn't want that data to be available for anyone to look at outside of an accident situation. Consider if your car had a black box, which it should. But in addition to collecting the data was transmitting that information continuously to the government for them to peruse any time they wanted. One already gets speeding tickets automatically when your fast lane toll pass records you traveling between toll plazas faster than you should be. Imagine if that was all the time.

Comment: Re:It's not really a myth anymore (Score 1) 222

by dfn5 (#47182679) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

That's what I was just coming here to say: robots and AI doesn't have to be evil as long as the people controlling the string are.

I think the point is that if AI is involved then the machine is stringless. It doesn't sound like Hawking is saying don't do it. He says understand the risks beforehand. i.e. instead of after it is a problem. That sounds prudent, not fear mongering.

In addition, I don't see what transcendence has to do with AI. A human consciousness in a computer is still a human consciousness. It seems that we are mostly worried about AI because it lacks humanity. So in transcendence we are just dealing with more sophisticated humans against less sophisticated. This is a problem humanity has faced since the invention of tools. People being dominated by other people.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan