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Comment: Re:Public road is not for joy riding... (Score 4, Informative) 679

by jopsen (#48615825) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

There's a level in risk in life that most people are willing to accept in order to live life the way they want. Just because some people are happy wrapped up on cotton wool and kept away from any possible harm doesn't mean that sort of life should be inflicted on the entire population.

True.... But on the other hand, just because some people thinks is cozy to send telegrams doesn't justify that the government keeps a telegraph network running :)
Well, some countries does have things like a ministry of culture, that subsidizes theaters and other useless things...

With regard to the whole risk thing... I don't know.... The US is remarkably bad at being rational about that... Just consider the excessive airport/plane security vs. poor car standards, shitty roads, lack of driver education, crazy traffic laws and poor enforcement, etc... Or how you violate human rights (on many levels) in the fight on terrorism, while allowing people to own guns and refuse to talk gun regulation after a school shooting.
Just saying, the discussion of risk in the US is very irrational :)

Comment: Public road is not for joy riding... (Score 4, Insightful) 679

by jopsen (#48615665) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

Well... The public roads aren't for joy riding. It's infrastructure for transportation. One might very well argue that you do not have the right to subject other people to unnecessary risk, just because you want to have fun.

Luckily the US has plenty of desert and car-crazy people, so if public roads were closed to human drivers, I'm sure there'll be lots of race tracks and open areas were human drivers are still allowed, etc...
Why should public roads be a government subsidized joy ride arena?

Comment: Re:The first few comments are awfully pessimistic (Score 0) 105

by jopsen (#48560927) Attached to: Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

well, of course, more labor decreases wages.

That's not the worst that can happen... When wages goes down, there will be a lot more projects that will suddenly be feasible to implement.

Sure it's possible to float the market... but it's not likely that we'll get enough people interested in CS anytime soon :)
CS is still a very boring field, and you can't sell it as anything else...

Comment: Re:The directive does not mention google. (Score 1) 237

by jopsen (#48552153) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

The right of EU politicians to erase old scandals trumps free speech & the public's right to know.

There are two sides of that... If you let politicians throw mud the way it's done in the US, you get a political system where all the politicians contemplate how to make each other look bad. Take a look at US politics, it's not like anything gets done...

Crazy baseless accusations and non-scandals/mud should be forgotten...

Note, I certainly see the right to be forgotten as an let's call it interesting experiment... We'll see how it plays out...
Either way, please don't claim that all EU politicians are conspiring to control the internet so their sex scandals can be deleted from public record. That's crazy talk...

Comment: Re: Entrapment is lazy policing (Score 1) 388

by jopsen (#48543551) Attached to: Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

you can simply trade with those who can (Russia? China? ISIL?) for profit or favors.

Please don't categories ISIL along with Russia and China. Neither Russia or China is interested in a conflict with the US, but both of them do have some resources. ISIL is pretty much the opposite...

Comment: Re:Taxpayer's Dilemma (Score 1) 213

by jopsen (#48494451) Attached to: Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Most western government have rather low bang-for-the-buck

It's easy to forget just how much waste there is the private sector too.
Mostly because when a private company waste money, the general public doesn't care all that much...

But look at the crazy start-up investments made in Silicon Valley (VC for an app like YO).
I could go on, but I'm sure we all have stories about waste in the private sector.

Comment: Re:The directive does not mention google. (Score 1) 237

by jopsen (#48477567) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

Every evaluation and ranking algorithm that is not based off a random number generator carries, by definition, biases favoring some criteria over others. There will always be someone crying foul because they're lower in the rankings. This is a tar pit.

Sure, but this is about ensuring that there is competition in the field, having multiple player, instead of a single algorithm sitting on the whole market is a good mitigation of the technical issue you describe.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 219

by jopsen (#48468713) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Well, sure, there are plenty of public servants who are motivated by a desire to, you know, serve the public, but they don't make headlines or get famous so you don't hear about them much.

True... I suspect the only reason a governor like Chris Christie is even being talked about with respect to 2016 is because he is in the media.
Granted I don't follow American politics closely, but it seems to me he is only in the media because he is borderline crazy...

Comment: Re:Wait, 314 million per year? (Score 1) 161

by jopsen (#48450667) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Yes, you ~should~ dump a lot of the projects that go on, and get back to the core project of making a usable cross-platform web browser that doesn't suck.

Maybe/probably, to be honest I suspect prioritizing projects at Mozilla isn't trivial.
I mean when your goal is to improve the open web, how do you measure impact of your projects?

Number of users, etc. is certainly a metric... But so are specs implemented by multiple vendors.

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