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Comment: Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info? (Score 4, Informative) 148

by ShanghaiBill (#48474301) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

If the app does not have permission to access these personal data, then why is Android giving it access? The solution to privacy is not trust, but robust security. No app should be able to access my call logs or other personal data unless I give explicit permission.

Comment: Who picks what is universally valuable? (Score 1) 93

by rmdingler (#48473647) Attached to: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
It could be argued the free dissemination of the world's collective knowledge should be widely available to every corner of the green planet.

It's easy to see how much more valuable access to Wiki is to the average dotter (probably not so much for the Facebook-addicted) and every government would have a differing perspective what was good for their citizens.

Comment: Re:Red Queen (Score 1) 115

by ShanghaiBill (#48454451) Attached to: How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

Last time I looked the US spent about half its budget on the military

Maybe you should look again. Military spending is no where near "half its budget". Not even close. America spends 3.8% of its GDP on the military, which is near to the all time low. The world as a whole spends 2.4% of world GDP, which is far lower than at any other time in history.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 2) 323

Norway is the third richest country in the world by per-capita GDP, it's highly protectionist

Norway has been a member of the WTO since 1995, and is a member of the EFTA. It is one of the least protectionist nations. Most of its imports are completely tariff free. But comparisons with Norway prove little, other than it is a REALLY good idea to find massive offshore oil deposits in your territorial waters.

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 2) 323

That means tax imports, all imports, with a flat tax.

Last time we tried that we got the Great Depression, and World War II. The problem with tariffs is that when we impose them on others, they retaliate, and impose them on our goods and services. So trade stops. Countries use their labor forces to do things that are more productively done elsewhere. Everyone loses. This has been well understood since at least the time of Adam Smith, and there are plenty of historical evidence that protectionism is really really stupid. But there are always plenty of morons looking for simplistic answers, especially when they can blame "foreigners" for their problems.

Comment: Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (Score 0) 443

The writer also doesn't get exponential growth. By the time you see the singularity coming, it will be too late to stop it.
Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug....
Too late.

Comment: Re:Not easy to go nuclear, though it's the answer (Score 1) 145

by ShanghaiBill (#48446037) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

they've been led around by people like Hermet Kohl and Angela Merkel for so long they just don't know any better.

Angela Merkel has never led anyone anywhere. She just waits to see which policy is going to be most popular, and then she jumps in front of it.

Comment: Re:What did China promise? (Score 2) 145

by ShanghaiBill (#48445943) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

China promised to do nothing, other than make Obama look like a dumb-ass.

Obama didn't promise to do anything either. Under American law, no international agreement is binding unless it is ratified by the Senate. Chance of that happening in this case: 0%.

What Obama "promised" is what America is on track to accomplish anyway. Vehicle fuel efficiency is rising. Shale gas is replacing coal. Electricity consumption is falling, as people go from incandescent to CFL to LED, and CRT to flat screen.

That does not compute.

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