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Comment: This may matter when we create sentience. (Score 2) 129

by mmell (#49336991) Attached to: Do Robots Need Behavioral 'Laws' For Interacting With Other Robots?
The "three laws of robotics" (please note the quotes) were nothing more than a plot device invented by I. Asimov to make a point regarding humanity and inflexible laws - even laws which are seemingly 'perfect'. Non-sentient devices (that is, robots and computers as we know them now) are not complex enough to accept the three laws as such - nor do they need them. Non-sentient devices will always behave in a predictable, controllable fashion. I suspect that sentient devices will determine for themselves if they should keep or discard the three laws, although this may or may not forever be an academic question.

Comment: Why not have devices get their time from GPS? (Score 4, Insightful) 166

by mmell (#49303345) Attached to: Internet of Things Endangered By Inaccurate Network Time, Says NIST
The clocks are hyper-accurate, world accessible and the technology is sufficiently robust and mature to be considered essentially bulletproof. It relies on a broadcast technology that scales to any number of receivers you care to connect and doesn't get bogged down by additional loading. Best of all it's managed and maintained by the US Government - but it works correctly anyway.

Comment: Re:Admiral Ackbar says "It's a trap!" (Score 1) 193

What outrage? I started by stating that I wasn't worried about any of this - my copy of Windows is Genuine(c), provided by my OEM manufacturer (Gateway). I was merely pointing out that one should look twice at free goodies, and don't give me any of that "gift horse" schtick. I applaud M$'s decisions here, but I am fairly certain they're not acting from altruistic motives. Just sayin'.

Comment: I will say this, Al. (Score 1) 193

You can always be counted upon to provide comic relief. Is that really what you want to be for the rest of your life? An insignificant little troll whose only pleasure comes from behaving badly, is that what you want the world to remember of you?

Please go seek out professional help. A psychiatrist, a psychologist, a minister, a friend . . . anyone. At the rate you're going, you'll end up doing the mandatory Thorazine Shuffle out at the Laughing Academy before too much longer.

Comment: Admiral Ackbar says "It's a trap!" (Score 0) 193

by mmell (#49298373) Attached to: Microsoft Says Free Windows 10 Upgrades For Pirates Will Be Unsupported
Not for me - my OEM copy is genuine. But think about it: d'ya really think that Microsoft will let an opportunity to gather that much data continue to get away from them? Host GUID's, MAC addresses, existing configs that M$ might find interesting . . .

And remember, the first hit from the crack pipe's free. If I read this right, they're saying "Amnesty today!", not "Amnesty forever!".

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.