I gotta say, I'm kind of tired of stories like this and then the parade of 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' and 'thiswillendwell' and all the comments talking about how this is the beginning of Skynet.
You know what's going to happen from this? Two little robots that look like RC cars will act out a prescribed game of hide and seek. It will end just fine. Nothing could possibly go wrong. There is no way that the deception which is 'taught' to these robots will end up magically transferring itself to our cell phones, computers and toaster ovens. Self-checkout counters will not begin to suddenly shave pennies off transactions.
Of all people, the readers of slashdot should know that. I know it's fun to joke but people here seem to be taking the joke seriously.
This is not a local incident. Cities have been caught illegally shortening red lights in a ton of different cases over the last few years.
http://www.motorists.org/blog/6-cities-that-were-caught-shortening-yellow-light-times-for-profit and many more at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=yellow+light+short+red+light+camera
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No I will not.
In the Wired article, Evan regularly logged in to the internet and even conversed with people involved in the hunt.
Clearly this is not the way to disappear from society, so I wouldn't be surprised if the contest includes rules mandating you to do certain things that make you catchable.
If someone with outdoor experience just walked off in to the wilderness, they would not be found. The Appalachian Trail might as well be an interstate freeway compared to the isolation that's possible if you just wander off cross-country.
I'd love 10 grand to go on a month long backpacking trip, and you better believe a lot of other people would too!
I agree with your take on this, but what I don't get is how Murdoch is able to continue in this campaign.
It seems to me that he is damaging his reputation and the reputation of his companies with all the press this idea is generating. Does he not have advisors that he consults with before making these press releases?
Ditto, I also have integrated with that service, so this seems like a non-story, maybe a different rate schedule if anything.
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i4i is an actual company, that sells actual products. They worked with Microsoft, and Microsoft, line for line, stole their code. i4i subsequently sued them, and won.
Hi, uninformed person here. If they stole code line for line, why is this a patent case and not a copyright infringement case?
Now that I think of it, this might be the reason that Apple removes all the Apps with profanity on them, because they're operating under a different set of regulations (i.e. the ones the FCC covers) with a mobile transmitter than with a normal computing device.
The FCC regulating the content of a subscription service? Sounds unlikely.