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Comment: Re:Not convinced (Score 1) 408

Computers are still too stupid.

One of the analogies I've seen at a speech on the subject went something like, "A computer can detect an object in the roadway, but it can't yet tell if it's a paper bag that can be safely run over or a rock that's apt to damage the car."

This was a few years ago, so I don't know if it's still true or not, but it does demonstrate the programming challenge in processing something exceedingly simple that even the most inexperienced human driver would be able.

But the computer will do the sensible thing and reduce speed, try to avoid the obstacle, be it a paper bag or a rock. One novel modality of violent-neighborhoods robberies has been "fill oranges or other fruit with nails and let them on the road; unaware drivers don't make any effort to avoid fruits on the road, get stuck with one or more flat tires, profit".

Another thing to think about is: the computer was not on in three of the four cases; yes, computers can be pretty stupid when they are not working. :D

Comment: Re:"If you aren't with us, you're against us." (Score 2) 230

by hummassa (#49526595) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'
The only problem is: they are already doing it. Without "our permission". And nobody is doing anything concrete to stop them. And it's possible that there *isn't* anything concrete that can be done to stop them on their tracks (although we can diminish their momentum with the judicious applying of cryptography and security conscience)...

+ - The prodigal son returns

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hummassa writes: Brevity is the soul of wit, eh? I wasn't here, now I am. That is all I have to say, probably. For now, anyway...

Comment: Re:Even if Google plans to accept Bitcoin ... (Score 1) 157

by hummassa (#46054947) Attached to: Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"
Anyway, TNW's article reveals some read comprehension error (on everyone's part?); according to Ramaswamy's email, “We are working in the payments team to figure out how to incorporate bitcoin into our plans” but TNW interprets this as "it would suggest Google was getting ready to support the virtual currency". NO. It suggests that Google is thinking about how it could possibly do that.

Comment: Re: One and the same (Score 1) 441

by hummassa (#46052031) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
Assuming you are right, and THEY exist: As long as none of us peek behind the curtain, we'll never be capable of doing that. Even after we remove the puppetmasters, I am fairly certain new, improved puppetmasters will show up. (obviously, if you are wrong and there is no THEM, changing puppets does change things) (or at least create the conditions for changing things) The truth, IMNSHO, is that the will to get to power usually generates power, and no people have more will to have power over others than psychopats/sociopaths, and so those naturally drawn to power. Non-empathically-challenged people have to put safeguards in the social fabric and system just to be protected from the empathically-challenged people that will undoubtedly rise to power.

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