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Comment The language makes security harder (Score 1) 91 91

A language specifically designed to allow code to freely move around and execute on different nodes of a network of many devices is going to have extra challenges for security compared to other languages and platforms.

So those who came up with the language should be explicitly addressing the security aspects of this mobile code.

Comment Re:How easy is end to end encrypted instant messag (Score 1) 174 174

It should be pretty easy to design meta-apps that encrypt the traffic of the mainstream apps, if those app makers cave to dumbass laws like proposed.

I imagine script kiddies will be able to assemble and distribute new variants of encryption meta-apps on about a 10 per day new ones basis, using proven open-source code libraries as the core encryption tech.

Comment Re:Latest Macbook compromises too much (Score 1) 134 134

Oh give me an f**ing break. A comment about a similar laptop in the same weight class is pretty much on topic and discusses relevant design points that come up when computer makers make usability compromises to get the weight and size down to these levels.

Use your friggin' imagination before sniping stupidly.

Comment Latest Macbook compromises too much (Score 0, Offtopic) 134 134

Light is great, for travelling, as long as strong enough.

But the latest Macbook (around 2 pounds) has two key problems that would prevent me buying it.

1) The keyboard feel really sucks compared to the Macbook Air. Not enough travel. And just feels shaky and iffy.

2) Having only one port (a USB C doubling as the power connector and for any peripheral) is going one step too far.
Firstly, it doesn't have the amazing magsafe connector's safety, which is a showstopper for me.
Secondly, it is not a rare use case to want plug power AND at least one peripheral (e.g. extra screen, usb memory stick, tethered smartphone.)

So this one lost Apple's famous design edge and QA excellence. Are they slipping?

Comment Re:Alarming Freedom (Score 3, Insightful) 278 278

It's not alarming for people to have different opinions.

What IS alarming is that scientific peer-reviewed information and the expertise of those who have had the intelligence and focus to get top-level credentials in a field of study is not valued higher than the opinion of those who have only casually looked into a matter without any rigour.

I'm sorry, but everyone's opinion, on some specialized factual question amenable to scientific investigation, is not of equal worth.

It is basic civility to listen to everyone's opinion. But opinions should be weighed rationally, according the opinion-stater's probable level of knowledge, demonstrated ability to reason, and freedom from self-interest on the particular topic.

Comment Re:Happy to oblige (Score 1) 230 230

The joke in all this is that what people react to are stories filled with misinformed hyperbole written by the media.

The punchline is that while all the fuss and ridicule are going on among the chattering classes, the legitimate AI researchers keep on plodding inexorably toward increasingly sophisticated and capable AI technology. It has always been thus. Sometimes the misinformed hype and backlash leads to funding boons or busts, but the plodding progress of those actually developing it continues, and the progress gradually speeds up, as discovery assists discovery.

Comment The surprise and dismay of the replaced (Score 1) 230 230

The naysayers are going to be the most surprised when they are laid off by an automated human resources bot because their "knowledge worker" job is being outsourced to the smart cloud.

A.I. is really advancing very rapidly today. You can debate whether it's real or not til the robot dogs http://time.com/3703243/google... come home, but your philosophizing and wishful denialism won't change the reality on the ground, or in the clouds for that matter.

Comment A better compromise (Score 3, Interesting) 305 305

The governor of Hawaii tried a compromise where they would decomission 4 old telescopes, to be able to build this new one.

It was rejected.

My suggestion is, ante up on the compromise. Promise to build the new one on the site of one of the old ones. In other words, don't create any more development on undeveloped land, which seems to be a big part of the what the protestors object to.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay