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Comment Avoid US (Score 1) 894

When do people finally learn to avoid the US? You don't want to be a foreigner there, because you practically have no rights (and you will be harassed if you're not a white person). You also don't want to do business with the US, because your data will be stolen and used against you. We're trying to avoid US services more and more. Our government investigates a 'national cloud' to avoid these issues.

Comment Business, not consumer software (Score 1) 400

.NET Framework, Windows Azure, IIS, Windows Server is what I deal with every day. While I admit Microsoft nowadays also releases buggy software, with some knowlege great things could be accomplished with these technologies. Talking about openness, the .NET community is great. The main alternative, hosted by Oracle nowadays, raised some concern recently too..

Comment Ten fatal bugs versus thousands of human errors (Score 1) 604

The question here is whether we'll be able to accept the fact the system can't reduce traffic death to zero. In factual numbers, the improvement is significant. Morally, we will have to accept bugs in the system with death as result. Maybe, sometimes even indeed a school bus will be involved.

If people are fine with this, fine. If they can accept the computer prefers their death over others, fine. You also need a very good DTAP environment in order to be able to be ultimately sure about any changes and fixes in this system. Continuing on this. At the moment, everyone is responsible for a safe traffic system. When this system comes to reality, responsibilities suddenly become very visible, material and calculable.

Comment Re:75 trillion (Score 1) 545

I agree. There IS no preservation of history or enrichment of culture anymore. Social mankind stopped being useful generally. Evolution has been stopped a while ago by humans. History will not be created too from now on. let's face it: Most (commercial) services we're all using at the moment will be gone within ten years. Without history writing, logging, let alone support whatsoever. Digital music, software, hardware support, books, blogs, all you clouds, all gone within, say, twenty years.. It's the shallow world we live in today.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce