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Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 397

by mysidia (#47710199) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It is already updating "rules" all the time. It has to. Maximum clearances on road. Weight restrictions

I don't think so...

Speed Limits, One Way, Carpool, Toll Roads

I expect a self-driving car to not require to know exactly where it is on a map to know that it is driving safely and down the right direction and side of the road.

If GPS stops working, "just shutdown" is not an option.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 397

by mysidia (#47707133) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Rules are loaded with the map.

Don't like that idea. Too much risk of exposure to bugs applying the wrong rules.

My car is never going to Europe, or even out of state. I would rather it only know about RH rules, just to be safe.

It should not be willing to go out of state or accept a different state's rules without special permission, either.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47706099) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Which doesn't help newcomers to the Web, such as seniors and children.

Sorry about that, but someone will serve their needs. Children will have adults to show them, and they usually learn pretty quickly.

Seniors, sorry, they might not be the target market ---- they will need to attend training or have a friend/relative show them.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47693871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

That might be true.... but I've never known a web browser to include documentation either; it's good enough that people were familiar with the first browsers, so if you make a good web browser, then you don't in general need to produce much documentation for end users.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 354

by mysidia (#47693829) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

No, it's fear mongers like you who are the problem. Ebola is spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. I don't know how you interact with people on the bus, but rarely do I get bled on on my way to work.

Ebola can be transmitted through saliva. Often people cough, and there is a "fine mist"; if any of this lands on your skin, you can contract the disease through micro-abrasions in your skin

Comment: Re:Quarantine the whole city (Score 1) 354

by mysidia (#47693795) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

As the quarantine centre has been looted, maybe they should try to contain the outbreak by extending the quarantine to the whole city. Declare martial law and not allow anyone to enter or leave the city.

Agreed. Armed military blockade around the city and lockdown of major thoroughfares to minimize travel, even quarantine neighborhoods with infected people, until the infected can be re-isolated and those responsible for the riots can be rounded up.

Comment: Alter the phone so standard tools won't work (Score 5, Interesting) 82

by mysidia (#47687805) Attached to: EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

For example, take steps to disable 'data communication ports on the device that you don't use.

Disable the ability to pair over USB or bluetooth.

Use nonstandard filesystems.

Analysts attempting to execute an illegal search of your device are not going to be "technical gurus"; too few of those to go around.

They'll be using standard software tools they bought from some vendor.

Make sure no "standard" tools will work as expected on your device, and their costs go up tremendously.

Comment: Re:This is just evil. (Score 1) 166

by mysidia (#47687079) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

For example, if the browser is allowed to make network connections then it can run a spam-bot.

A script running on a page can make network connections; HOWEVER, it can only connect back to the same hostname that displayed the page.

Also, the connection can either be to a non-well-known port, or it can be to a HTTP/HTTPS URL with the same hostname.

Comment: Re:We need to push full time hours down with force (Score 1) 303

by mysidia (#47682969) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

Resorting to fines is not a solution, its battling a symptom that won't change the fundamental trend.

Since the change is economically driven... the government is quite in a position of changing the economics of the situation.

Imagine a required 'permitting' and 'taxing' process for certain commercial uses of fully automated cars and other drones that changes the Cost/Benefit and Risk/Reward ratios of putting robots in the job instead of humans.

For example: a requirement to calculate "wages" for every robot as if it were a human employee, including witholding taxes, remit the entire amount to the government as a tax for "Commercial operation of a robot or automaton working on a task traditionally conducted by humans", and the "wage" must be no less than 120% of the minimum wage TIMES the work volume done by the robot per day DIVIDED by the work volume a normal human would be expected to do per day, for each robot or automaton.

Once the robots cost as much as or more than a human worker, then the perverse incentive to get rid of humans and replace them with robots goes away.

Comment: Re:https is useless (Score 1) 166

by mysidia (#47681871) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

were found to be issuing bogus certs for the government to compromise people, they'd get their roots pulled by browsers. That's a death sentence for a CA, hence my skepticism in response to the proposal that they're actively assisting governments.

They might engage in this indirectly by CROSS-SIGNING an intermediate CA which the government would have control over.

Verisign would then have plausible deniability, since the government agency produced all the required "audit papers" indicating compliance with the required policies.

Nothing bad would happen to verisign --- at most some browsers would add the rogue government CA to the "Untrusted certificates list", and maybe some other root CAs would add the intermediate CA to their CRLs in order to invalidate the CA.

Comment: Re:This is just evil. (Score 5, Insightful) 166

by mysidia (#47681795) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

Yep, that's called a browser. Arbitrary code is exactly what a webpage or video is.

No. Full stop. A webpage or video is a page which may contain some script language which is to be executed within a certain restricted context pertaining to the webpage domain.

It is code execution, but not arbitrary code execution. A webpage is not supposed to be able to run arbitrary code within the meaning of arbitrary instructions on the CPU; only certain safe instructions within a highly limited scope.

Comment: Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (Score 1) 303

by mysidia (#47680895) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

Could a computer write an entertaining movie? A sitcom? I wonder.

No real reason to believe it cannot be done or that it won't be done eventually.

However, one sitcom entertains millions of people. There is only a limited appetite the population as a whole has for entertaining content.

The demand certainly isn't sufficient for the jobs needed by this one sector of the business arts/entertainment to gainfully employ a significant percentage of the population.

Comment: Re:We need to push full time hours down with force (Score 1) 303

by mysidia (#47679675) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

reducing human employee's productivity & increasing their cost will only re-enforce the case for replacing them.

How about a "fine" for reducing the number of workers doing any particular job?

For every X workers you have doing job Y, no matter who you fire or hire, regardless of reason, you are expected to at least meet or exceed worker count for the job; if the 12 month rolling average of workers doing this job TIMES median salary OR total number of workers doing a certain job decreases by 10% or more workers (or workers X median compensation) from what the average was 12 months ago, then you pay annually on a recurrent basis, until corrected, 0.5 times the decrease times the median annual compensation as an extra tax/unemployment insurance penalty during that year, plus an additional 1 time penalty of 75% of the median annual compensation payout decrease for the Job amortized over 2 years.

If your average number of workers doing job Y increases and your average value of number of workers X annual compensation increases 10% or more, then there is a tax credit for 20% of the amount extra being paid to workers.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.

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