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Comment: Re:not just unlikely, completely avoidable. (Score 1) 70

by evanh (#49307841) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely

Stuxnet did, of course, use autorun - A so called feature that was a glaring hole the day it was introduced. I can't believe autorun actually persisted beyond a year or so.

Early viruses lived by being run from floppies. Most embedded themselves in other executables but in the case of the Amiga, it's early firmwares had a bug that would run a particular named file from any floppy inserted instead of from the boot drive in order to validate the disc.

Comment: No jobs = no need for money (Score 1) 227

by evanh (#48825531) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

The obvious extrapolation to the machines doing everything is no need for money. Every need is catered for by the machines. The machines maintain themselves.

The bigger question then becomes, what do the people do with themselves? The options for self-destruction get all the easier, especially with the machines at our beck and call. Can we have cultural aims that never include genocide?

Comment: That's always an expensive option (Score 1) 516

by evanh (#48465595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

It requires a decent battery, and an inverter with the ability to run off-grid. Lead acids are cheap but short lived. Lithium phosphates are still expensive. The inverter/charger combo is much higher priced than plain grid-tying.

It only makes sense if you aren't already on the grid, since paying for a new line to the property has it's own hefty price tag.

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.