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Comment: Operating Systems in future (Score 1) 382 382

Will work that OS's do change much in future you think?

Will their core work still be interfacing filesystems, networking, processes and accounts to the underlying tin?

Will some UI-type tasks typically carried out by applications shift the OS? (UI: voice/video/gaze/gesture recognition... user information management: social feeds, messages... environment management: ... malware detection) Will there be real-time requirements?

Comment: Computing conceit - not an 'education thing' (Score 3, Insightful) 89 89

Its is a peculiar computer science conceit - that people, with their biases and foibles, can be replaced by sufficiently sophisticated computing resources.

The conceit shows up everywhere - from users with 'system says no' responses, to Google's algorithmic approach to everything, to OLPC talking of heli-dropping laptops into remote villages, to apps for everything: no matter how unimportant.

Unfortunately, instead of augmenting humans tech tries to supplant them

Comment: Allstate ... Again? (Score 1) 54 54

Didn't Allstate show up yesterday with a silly patent?
                                  http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

First an overly broad patent (wait until a toilet seat manufacturer patents 'diagnosing- while-enthroned'). Now this.

Thought I don't think there's anything wrong with using a drone for this, as long as inhabitants (i.e. owners and renters) of a covered property have a choice in the matter. But its likely someone in Allstate is already dreams of a fleet of cheap unmanned drones in every Allstate building, sent off on frequent 'combat missions' to increase premiums and reduce claims.

Looks like someone's funded Allstate's Technology department a bit too well.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

No.
Nukes were and are produced by government owned national labs*. Not by gunsmiths-turned-megacorps.
Nukes = nuclear bombs.
Nukes != yellowcake.
No. Private citizens or corporations cannot lawfully buy nukes. Or import them from Russia.

*Now operated by private contractors to whom the govt. pays a management fee: http://thebulletin.org/us-nucl...

The govt. still owns the labs.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 2) 609 609

By the same token, US citizens should be able to buy nukes!

Now there *is* the small possibility of owners going postal now and again! Perhaps even rendering the place inhabitable. But thats a small price to pay for a free market, right? In the long run, the market always sorts it out (perhaps has a different species take over... maybe cockroaches.... viva la market!).

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment: Re: dont' engage it with people there? (Score 1) 392 392

Do you, with non neglible cognitive ability, not realise people, kids, or emergency personnel can walk into an area where a car has apparently paused to let them through? And that technology that replaces human function better behave somewhat 'human' ?

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.

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