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Comment: Re:Fraudulent herbal supplements? (Score 2) 412

by nolife (#48975079) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Spend a few hours and browse some of the paid ads and ads that look like real articles about cures and balms from 1850~1915 or so newspapers in a Google newspaper search. I now understand why regulation or at least a standard is now in place that labels some things as "This is an advertisement" and why there are labels on things that state "not medically proven" and such.

One random example here at the bottom of page 1 column 4.

If you look and read random papers you will many more scattered throughout with some wild claims.
Ointments that promise to fix just about anything. Aspirin is even in some of those ads promising to fix all kinds of things, it is still around but had many more claims for fixing ailments back then. Left without regulation, people WILL make wild claims to make a buck, that is why we have many of these consumer protection regulations now.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 3, Interesting) 468

by nolife (#48911167) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

I've slowed down and drive much less aggressive as I've aged. Not because I feel more responsible now or that I was carefree when I was younger. I just don't have the awareness I used to have when I was younger and I am not as comfortable pushing things. It takes me much longer to verify no one is next to me before changing lanes, I used to just whip my head around, scan my mirror and then go, it takes me longer to refocus when I look in my rear view mirror or down at the speedo and back forward again, my vision is not as good as it used. I could take a 300 mile trip at night and remember almost every car I passed or passed me. Scope out areas where police might be like openings in the median or after bridges and down hills. I knew exactly what was around me, approaching, and pulling away at every moment. I was constantly scanning everywhere. I don't do most of that anymore, I just kind of... drive. I don't even use my detectors anymore. Although I still love to take trips and get in the car and go, I am just not "into" driving like I used to be. I'm probably not as "safe" as I used to be but at least I am going relatively slower than I used to.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 468

by nolife (#48910215) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Why limit it to 5 under, why not 10 or 15 under? It's funny that YOUR standard is right and everyone else is wrong.
I can drive for weeks on end and not tailgate anyone at all or get stressed when someone is in a crosswalk, let people merge in front of me at the last minute in a squeeze or wave people on from a side street in traffic, and slow down and cautiously drive around bikes and I am 100% stress free doing that. I do that at 15 under or possibly even 15 over the posted speed limit.

Comment: Re:sansa story (Score 1) 269

by nolife (#48587709) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

I looked around for my E200 running rockbox (3.7.1) after reading your post. Found it in a the bottom of a drawer in my spare room. Hit the power button, it fired up with 20% battery and started playing from where it left off the last time I used it. I don't know the self discharge rate of the battery but I swear it was at least 2 years since I last touched it.

Comment: San Francisco already did this (Score 5, Interesting) 178

by Animats (#48567503) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

San Francisco already did this. Almost all the masonry buildings in SF have been reinforced since the 1989 quake, and now the rules are being tighened on wood buldings. If you've been in an older building in SF, you've probably seen huge diagonal steel braces. That's what it looks like.

All new big buildings meet very tough earthquake standards. The bridges and freeways have been beefed up in recent years. Overpass pillars are about three times as big as they used to be. Two elevated freeways were torn down after one in Oakland failed in the 1989 quake. The entire eastern span of the Bay Bridge was replaced with a new suspension bridge. The western span was strengthened, and there are now sliding joints, huge plates of stainless steel, between the roadway and the towers.

Comment: The corporate AI (Score 4, Insightful) 417

by Animats (#48566135) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

What I'm worried about is when AIs start doing better at corporate management than humans. If AIs do better at running companies than humans, they have to be put in charge for companies to remain competitive. That's maximizing shareholder value, which is what capitalism is all about.

Once AIs get good enough to manage at all, they should be good at it. Computers can handle more detail than humans. They communicate better and faster than humans. Meetings will take seconds, not hours. AI-run businesses will react faster.

Then AI-run businesses will start deailng with other AI-run businesses. Human-run businesses will be too slow at replying to keep up. The pressure to put an AI in charge will increase.

We'll probably see this first in the finanical sector. Many funds are already run mostly by computers. There's even a fund which formally has a program on their board of directors.

The concept of the corporation having no social responsibiilty gives us enough trouble. Wait until the AIs are in charge.

Comment: Re:Of course... (Score 2) 699

by Animats (#48549251) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

It has apparently never occurred to publishers to band together and fund the creation of a system for buying content at dirt cheap prices using something like ACH transfers to keep the transaction costs low. How about a one-click purchase model where you pay $0.50/article or $3 for all content published that day?

It's been tried. Nobody bought. Except for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, no news outlet adds enough value that people will pay for it.

Comment: Re:All the cost, none of the benefits: Thanks US G (Score 1) 238

by Animats (#48524939) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Mod parent up.

"HTTPS Everywhere" is security theater. Most stuff doesn't need to be encrypted. Worse, as the parent post points out, it causes the creation of security holes. This weakens security for the few things that need to be encrypted.

We don't need "value added services" in the middle of the network. Not for secure content, anyway. Perhaps some content should be signed, but not encrypted, so it can be cached, but not modified. Cloudflare, which decrypts everything that goes through it, is a huge security hole.

Comment: Machines think. Humans work. (Score 2) 574

by Animats (#48508929) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

This is what work looks like with computers in charge. This is Amazon's new warehouse in Tracy, CA. The computers run the robots and do the planning and scheduling. The robots move the shelf units around/ The humans take things out of one container and put them in another, taking orders from the computers.

The bin picking will probably be automated soon. Bezos has a company developing robots for that.

As for repairing the robots, that's not a big deal. There are about a thousand mobile Kiva robots in that warehouse, sharing the work, and they're all interchangeable. Kiva, which makes and services the robots, has only a few hundred employees.

Retail is 12% of US employment. That number is shrinking.

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