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Comment: Re:I no longer think this is an issue (Score 1) 258

by paavo512 (#48800221) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

The reason is, AI will have no 'motivation'. [...] Without a sense of self preservation it won't 'feel' a need to defend itself.

This idea (not saying that I fully agree with it) is quite nicely played out in the recent "Automata" movie ( (film)). The critics could not make heads or tails of it, because they assumed the movies should be about people.

Comment: Re:This is not about revisionism or censorship ! (Score 1) 193

by paavo512 (#48476247) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

This is NOT revisionism or censorship. The fact we got to be forgotten is a something we enjoyed for most of our history. Until google and search engine came along, then it went out of the window.

You are right, this is not revisionism or censorship. It is luddism. You cannot turn back the wheels. What do you think the HR people do when they realize google does not give them all results about job applicants any more? That's right, they use another search engine. Or build their own.

Nowadays the society has a lot better memory, one just needs to acknowledge this. And the society needs to learn to forgive. By legal means if necessary.

+ - The first enemy of C++ is its past.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "During the last few years we talk about the “C++ Renaissance”. We have to admit that Microsoft was a major actor of this movement, I remember this video where Craig Symonds and Mohsen Agsen talked about it.

In 2011 Microsoft announced in many articles the come back of C++, and Microsoft C++ experts like Herb Sutter did many conferences to explain why C++ is back and mostly promotes the use of Modern C++. In the same time the standard C++11 was approved and we begin to talk about C++ as new language."

Link to Original Source

+ - E-residency Now Possible in Estonia

Submitted by paavo512
paavo512 (2866903) writes "Estonia will become the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” for foreigners. E-residents will get an electronic identification card similar to Estonian National ID cards which will allow them to use digital services like banking, registering a company in Estonia, and signing electronic documents. These signatures will be legally valid in the whole European Union, not just in Estonia.

This is not a real citizenship. For example, voting is not included in the rights of e-residents.

For obtaining the card the applicant must be at first be physically present in Estonia. E-residency can be cancelled at any moment by the authorities if there is a suspicion of fraud.

The first such digital ID cards go to the US risk capitalist Steve Jurvetson with Estonian roots and the British journalist Edward Lucas who intends to use his digital ID for encrypted correspondence in the journal The Economist."

Comment: Re:Why is Red Hat going to the mat on Digital Agen (Score 4, Informative) 21

two obscure commissioners on a "Digital Agenda" committee no one here has ever heard of?

European Pirate Party is certainly pro-open source and has made some comments:

Oettinger and Ansip are like night and day,” said Julia Reda, an MEP with the European Pirate Party, which focuses on internet regulation. “I am very pleasantly surprised by [Ansip's] level of understanding. He didn’t say anything outrageous in any case, which is a huge improvement over Oettinger.

Source: (if this appears paywalled, try via Google).

Comment: Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (Score 1) 211

by paavo512 (#47875079) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Information does travel through space at a velocity faster than c - see the EPR paradox, which was subsequently questioned by Bell, and then experimentally tested by Alan Aspect (sorry I don't know the correct French spelling for his name).

Based on the evidence, quantum information does seem to travel faster than c.

Given the paradox of the wave-function collapse within the Copenhagen interpretation of QM (once a particle is measured it takes on a definite set of properties, which means that the wave-function must collapse everywhere simultaneously) it suggests that quantum information is transfered instantaneously.

This most probably shows that the wave-function-collapse interpretation does not have much to do with the reality and is just an artifact of the theory. There are other interpretations which do not involve such mysterious collapses and provide smooth transition from quantum to macroscopic level. The logically most consistent one is the many-worlds interpretation (

Comment: Re:I have to wonder (Score 1) 239

by paavo512 (#47374031) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
The implementation of this Google policy seems quite strange. The article "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" can be found via, it is the first (non-advertised) hit in When searching via a Google site in Europe (, the title "BBC - Peston's Picks: Merrill's mess" does not appear in the search results, but there is an entry:

Forbidden - BBCõlgi see leht
29.10.2007 - All weekend, wave after wave of schadenfreude has been crashing on the head of Stan O'Neal, the chairman of Merrill Lynch. After Merrill ... BBC News - Have Your Say

When clicking on this title (,d.ZWU ), the original article appears! So, effectively Google displays the result, but says it is forbidden to read it? I'm baffled.

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