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Comment OK (Score 1) 240

"The extraordinary claim that machines can become so intelligent as to gain demonic powers requires extraordinary evidence"

You lose points for using "demonic", but the issue in my mind is not the machine, it's what humans will use it for.

Imagine a AI hooked to CCTV, the internet, the cell network, imagine everything you do being intelligently analyzed, you think the NSA is bad? Imagine something super intelligent that never sleeps watching you

That's just the tip of the iceberg, think how many humans could be replaced by a true AI, doctors, lawyers, politicians, all those and more could be replaced.

A super intelligent machine bolted to a floor in some climate controlled lab isn't much of a threat its self, but what it could do in the the points mentioned above, it is absolutely a threat to mankind.
In any case the ideal place for an AI is in space not on Earth, limitless energy and raw materials and zero concern for length of a planets life span.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 478

It isn't a "proper firewall", but it acts as one for outgoing traffic and request your permission every time something tries to go out, unless you give the outgoing permanent permission

Something on your system already trying to talk out won't get caught by most "proper firewalls".
I have a firewall on top of that running on the OS and my network head is also a firewall.

I like that information of what's going out, if you're familiar with "Little Snitch" for OSX it's the same thing for Windows.

From their site.
NetLimiter gives you full network control over your computer. You will decide where your application can connect and how fast these connections will be.

        Full internet bandwidth control over applications and computers
        Powerful connection blocker
        Long-term internet traffic statistics
        Fully customizable behaviour using user-defined Rules and Filters
        And much more...

Comment For noobs (Score 1) 478

I think a lot of us here can figure out our own ways to limit the "privacy leakage", but think of someone that doesn't know much, or even that it's occurring.

You pay a premium for the OS so it should be opt in not the other way around, or "no choice" at all for updates (again you can shut that off but MS suggest there may be penalties for that).

I wonder what may be going on that we don't know about, and why MS has gone as far as it has with this behaviour.

I would love to see a TCP dump decrypted from a Win10 machine.

I also suspect in a few years we will see a subscription based Windows format for the OS as well as Office, etc..

Comment Just a detail (Score 1) 184

On my desktop I removed the update that facilitated the upgrade, I will wait and see how things go.
Then possibly purchase the pro version, or enterprise if available to consumers, as it offers more control.

But the detail is, MS doesn't appear to allow updates to virtual machines, I installed the KB 3035583 on the win7 pro virtual machine and nothing, no nag screen, no ability to update.

Comment Cameron (Score 1) 378

* All Britons' communications must be easy for criminals, voyeurs and foreign spies to intercept.

* Any firms within reach of the UK government must be banned from producing secure software.

* All major code repositories, such as Github and Sourceforge, must be blocked.

* Search engines must not answer queries about web-pages that carry secure software.

* Virtually all academic security work in the UK must cease -- security research must only take place in proprietary research environments where there is no onus to publish one's findings, such as industry R&D and the security services.

* All packets in and out of the country, and within the country, must be subject to Chinese-style deep-packet inspection and any packets that appear to originate from secure software must be dropped.

* Existing walled gardens (like IOs and games consoles) must be ordered to ban their users from installing secure software.

* Anyone visiting the country from abroad must have their smartphones held at the border until they leave.

* Proprietary operating system vendors (Microsoft and Apple) must be ordered to redesign their operating systems as walled gardens that only allow users to run software from an app store, which will not sell or give secure software to Britons.

* Free/open source operating systems -- that power the energy, banking, ecommerce, and infrastructure sectors -- must be banned outright.
https://www.schneier.com/blog/...

Comment Another "I hate multirotors" article. (Score 1) 102

The interesting thing in the video is that some suspect the pilot of espionage, and couple that with the recent Chinese army drill on a close copy of a Taiwanese presidential office.
http://qz.com/461110/video-a-c...

The issue as always isn't multirotors, it's human behavior.

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