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Comment Need to start including USB keys (Score 2) 15 15

Every secure wireless device - such as a router or NEST etc, should come with a cheap USB drive - 1 GB drives go for less than $2 now, in quantity.

When you get the device, plug the USB into the device and press a button. It would randomly generate a key and save it to that USB drive.

Now to connect anything to that device you have to plug the USB drive into it, transferring the password key,

Comment Re: They are fools (Score 1) 428 428

On something out of the public eye? No.

On a story that CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC follow? No.

Doing so would be giving their political opponents way too much ammunition.

Again, the main thing gained by the US giving Snowden a pardon is to remove the political chip that Russia has. If you betray your word, you show yourself to be a tyrannical government worse than the Russians.

Right now, any offer of immunity would be valid. Now, if I were him, I would be extra sure to not only pay his taxes, but to also be extremely conservative about what he claimed.

Comment They are fools (Score 3, Insightful) 428 428

The question is not right vs wrong, but instead who benefits and who suffers.

The United States and the Obama administration are the ones that suffer from having an American claim Asylum in Russia. Right now, Russia benefits from the situation more than anyone else. Snowden himself suffers minor inconveniences relating mainly to lifestyle and the ability to see friends and family.

A Snowden Pardon will not in any way encourage people to do what he did. He did what he did out of patriotism - though some may consider it misguided. Martyrs - whether they are heros or villains - do not concern themselves with such minor punishments.

Such a pardon would benefit everyone except Russia. Russia would lose a major political/moral chip (Look we protect an American from the evil USA - wait a second, where did he go?).

Comment Re:I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 1) 280 280

This was not a formal logical argument, it's an internet comment board.. The example of the kid with a rifle was not about equivalence but instead an attempt to explain a concept. I successfully conveyed the intended meaning using a far lesser example.

As for using similar but not identical terms, if this was an attempt to defend a dissertation, then your complaint would be valid. As an internet comment board, where people generally do not know the difference between moral and ethical. For this reason, I feel fine using them interchangeably. The distinction is irrelevant for our purposes.

Furthermore, I myself have a definition that you probably won't agree with - morals are religious, while ethics are not. This belief is not based on philosophy or dictionary definitions, but instead based on how people use the terms. In general I have found that religious people and politicians talk about morals, while governments and organizations that make no claim about religion talk about ethics.

Comment Re:Why wasn't he arrested? (Score 2) 291 291

1) Bounty Hunting is expensive, not cheap. If they won't pay 5k to have him arrested, they certainly won't pay the 50k. As for KILLING him - he has not come close to committing a crime worth killing over. In fact, your desire to have him killed for $USD 50 K is in fact more of a crime than anything he is wanted for currently. I would rather you personally go to jail than him.

2) Even ignoring your casual attempt to hire an assassin, Bounty hunters are paid by bail bondsmen that have loaned money to people arrested and charged with a crime. In order to get that loan, they give legal permission for the Bail Bondsmen to hunt them down. It is illegal for a Bounty Hunters to go and hunt down someone that has not legally given them (or rather their bail bondsmen) permission to hunt them down. That is called KIDNAPPING, not bounty hunting. They could do a citizen arrest, but you never get paid for that.

3) This was in Illinois one of the seven stats that have either banned or heavily restricted bounty hunting (Canada has outlawed it).

Comment Re:I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 4, Interesting) 280 280

This is one of those "You only hear about the failures" situation. No one hears about the crazy kid that was given psychiatric counseling and decided NOT to use an ak47 to kill everyone.

There have not been 4 attempts to do this (Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, North Korea), but 400. We stopped well over 90% of them, but you don't hear about them

As for those people you mentioned, many of them were hamstrung by ethical people whose refusal to kill slowed down their crazy lessons.

Comment I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 5, Insightful) 280 280

The problem is not the rise of an AI revolution.

Instead, it is the rise of a human psychopathic tyrant working with a force of soldiers that obediently kill at his command, with no chance of moral rebellion within his own force.

Comment Re:Why wasn't he arrested? (Score 4, Informative) 291 291

Because they are quite literally too cheap to pay for five airlines tickets - oneway for the rapper and two return trips for the cops necessary to bring him back.

Unless we are talking murder, high profile case, or something in excess of 1 million dollar stolen, the police simply do not bother to extradite criminals across state lines.

Comment Also Gas (Score 1) 252 252

I absolutely guarantee that a robocar will use less gas and have less maintenance. Simply because they will be programmed to drive well, rather than drive for fun. When the light ahead turns red, they cut their gas right away, rather than blindly speeding up for that last 5 seconds to make sure you are first in line.

Similarly I bet repairs will be less even for simple things like oil and belts.

But on the other side, I bet that while some people will share robocars, most two car families will continue to own at least one robocar that they do not rent out. Renting a car out means it isn't always available and if you have two people + a family they will have sufficient need to keep one full time car.

Comment Re:Rise of clickbait headlines (Score 1) 191 191

I am sure Einstein described himself as a patent clerk as well.

Let me ask you a question - have you ever pleasured yourself?

Would you like me to describe you as "Noted Masturbator"? It may be true that you have done it, but it is not an appropriate way to refer to you.

Similarly, they may have described themselves that way - probably after being asked a leading question - but that is NOT a good reason to describe them that way in the headline. Headlines should be the most important part of the story, not the most attention gathering. That's the problem with clickbait.

Comment Cynical writers (Score 1) 93 93

Look, the people 'exploiting' these rare mutations are learning about them.

I absolutely guarantee you that no one will ever cure those medical conditions WITHOUT learning about them. Also, I guarantee you that if they come across a cure, they will make it.

These are not evil companies/doctors heartlessly exploiting sick people. Instead, they are wise corporations and doctors investigating a medical condition, hoping to both make some money AND also cure the condition. If they can only do one, they will - regardless of which one it is.

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