Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 1) 296 296

I would say the number is quite low, Ok I am just guessing, but murder rates (even in the US) are low, 4.7 per 100,000 you are more than twice as likely to kill yourself. To me to get rates that low it is more than just fear of getting caught. And the rates are not based on punishment, countries with much more liberal penal systems have much lower crime rates. I go to a market every week, you could easily steal from but most people don't, that's why it works. Make people live well enough, and feel valued then most people will not rob that liquor store.

Society works because the vast majority of people are honest most of the time. It is a huge waste of resources if you did not trust anyone, and checked everything anybody ever said to you. Yes psychopaths can take advantage of that, but if you get a high percentage of them people will soon stop trusting and psychopaths would loose their advantage.

Secondly why would you want to rob a liquor store anyway how much money would you get? If it became a real problem they would just move to electronic payment only, then there would be no cash at all to steel.

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 1) 255 255

The parties are all guilty, the politicians, the lobbyists, and the system that allows it. If I hire an assassin am I not doing anything wrong because I don't actually commit the murder.

Sure people should be allowed to say what you want, but do it from the street corner or on your blog, or some other public forum. The moment you can have a private chat with a senator then it is wrong. I am all for informing politicians, but if you do so it should be done publicly so people who disagree with can have a mechanism to raise objections to your point of view. The only exception to this is national security however even then the conversion should eventually be released once the information is no longer critical.

I am not for the statement: you have nothing to worry about, if you have nothing to hide, but when it comes to people who's decisions can easily effect hundreds of millions of peoples lives, then the "information" they are being given should be up for public scrutiny.

Comment Re:This is outrageous (Score 1) 267 267

Counterfeiting should be illegal, if you are not the creator then you should have to say so. But this problem is largely self inflicted, charging insane prices (compared to actual cost), imposing unreasonable restrictions on products. In a free market and there is money to be made the market will provide, that is the brilliance of the free market. If it is illegal it will just become a black market with higher profits for the criminals.

Anyway I don't actually see how anybody could make money by selling pirated movies or songs when it they are available easily for free. Unless they are claiming they are not pirated, then of course they are committing fraud anyway. I am sure this has been a big boost to VPN providers though.

Comment Frankly not enough (Score 1) 55 55

Apples Revenue was 182.35 billion in 2014, the fine is 532.9 Million that is 0.3% if you where on on $100,000 per year and threatened with a $300 (tax deductible) fine would even blink? Ok maybe blink but wouldn't be of significant concern, especially if that violation was making you money.

Ok, I disagree with the whole patent thing, and think they should be scrapped. But if we are to have laws that discourage it then shouldn't provide real disincentive for everyone? Not just the poor soul with millions of dollars worth of songs, that they clearly would have bought if they where not pirated.

Comment Re:Easy to implement (Score 1) 102 102

The problem assuming the government can keep your its key safe, (Big assumption) is that the government has published its public key. While I can reasonably assume no one is willing to spend billions of dollars working out my private key from my public key I am happy to assume it is safe, however hacking the governments public key is a very rewarding exercise and I am in no doubt that there are organizations out there that are willing to invest the resources to do it.

Comment Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 1) 431 431

The only difference between Greece and the US is that the US can print more money, don't you remember every couple of years the US has a crisis where it is running out of money, their solution print more money (problem solve right?).

I actually think that Greece should go bankrupt, sure it may be tough for a while but better that the whole country servicing debt indefinitely, which it cannot hope to repay.

Actually it probably will not be that bad, they probably have industries that produce essentials. I don't even think trade will stop, sure they won't be able trade Dramas for goods and services but they will be able to trade those for Euros, or US dollars and then trade those Euros for other services. Markets are wonderful like that, they adapt.

I think what the lenders are really worried about is what happens if Greece doesn't collapse, it will suddenly allow all those other poor countries that owe lots of money to contemplate doing the same thing.

It may also teach people to stop lending to entities that cannot repay, when you lend money to people to take on the risk that they may not pay you back.

Just like with an individual going bankrupt is not a desirable outcome, but is a better solution than living the rest of your life as a slave to your debt.

Comment Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

Although I mostly agree, I would say just because treat people differently based on their race doesn't make you a racist (ok it does), but it is all about degrees, it is totally natural for people to affiliate more with there family, then social group, ...

How long do first impressions take? According to this article http://www.psychologicalscienc... 1/10 of a second. There is not much you can do about that, the key is to realize that you are doing it and attempt not to let it influence you too much.

I also think that blacks face greater challenges because these stereotypes, but I do not think providing positive discrimination help them in the long run. For the following reasons:

1. It builds resentment whether it founded or not in the dominant class. Too many times have I seen schemes that probably return only minor benefit to a minority get overblown ire from people.
2. It diminishes the achievement of those who do succeed, since they will have been seen to have not achieved on there own.
3. I think this is the most important. It builds a sense of being a victim, oh poor me, I can't do it. You start believing that you are entitled to a hand out. Once you give up your chances of success reduced to almost zero. I believe black people are just as smart and capable as any other race, I think it is time they started believing it too.

Don't get me wrong I think we should help poor people (not based on race), with supplying education, health care, food, shelter, otherwise the obstacles can become insurmountable, but we should not be forcing employers to hire people based on race, or sex.

Comment Re:What about low-income boys? (Score 2) 473 473

Well you could state the good reasons, could be stated, but all we get is its like having shared changing rooms which it clearly is not. There is quite a big social taboo about the opposite sex seeing each other naked.

The other reason is poor girls somehow get less opportunity to learn programming than poor boys, where really they just show less interest, if you live in a free society then you should be free to choose what you want to do, not have it rammed down your throat.

Boys show less interest in ballet, sorry, have inherently less opportunities in ballet, does it mean we should be providing free ballet lessons for them?

Comment Re:Mythbusters Tested a Polygraph (Score 1) 246 246

First how exactly do you test a lie detector? If and you don't actually feel guilty, since the crime is fake, or if you are accused of a crime which you know is fake, you are not going to feel anxious. If a normal person is accused of murder they may feel anxious even if they didn't do it.

They also probably did the standard myth busters test, we tried and can't do it so nobody can.

As for betting speed cameras, I have an idea beating at least the new infra red cameras, put lots of really bright infra red LEDs around your license plate to "blind" the camera.

Comment Re:Pledge innocent and demand polygraph for himsel (Score 1) 246 246

He probably couldn't have passed the test, since the test is so subjective, the examiner knows he can cheat the test, they would just say that the detected him cheating, therefore he has something to hide, therefore he must be lying.

Part of his technique (if you are going to lie) is to not tell the examiner that you know how to bet the test

Comment Re:The trick... (Score 1) 246 246

according to this: http://www.differencebetween.n... it is far more likely that they are psychopaths.

For better or worse, there are few differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. Some medical dictionaries even consider them to be synonymous

however the differences it does list basically say, a psychopath is an organized, successful sociopath.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)