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Comment: Re:Expected, as it's yet another source of data. (Score 1) 241

by tehcyder (#48855235) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

The Privacy Policy I read long before the phone or TV states if you have legal issues with Samsung, they claim jurisdiction in some province in South Korea, which you have previously agreed to.

That's meaningless; your local laws will still apply. Microsoft couldn't get out of paying fines in the EU for monopolistic behaviour by saying "tough, you'll have to sue us in Washington". (Well, they could, but then they wouldn't be allowed to trade in the EU).

Comment: Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (Score 1) 227

by tehcyder (#48830509) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

We already have a working example: The human brain. So, of course it is possible, unless you believe that the human mind is based on some sort of magic.

The whole "it's just a question of understanding and then engineering" argument does not acknowledge that something like human consciousness may not be magic, but it might be unreproducable due to acting at a lower level than we can perceive or manipulate.

I know Roger Penrose gets a lot of stick here, but there may be something in his idea that at the quantum level we will simply never be able to model a human brain fully.

The easiest way to disprove this would, of course, be to build an artificial conscious entity.

Comment: Re:Killer AI will kill journalists for slandering (Score 1) 227

by tehcyder (#48830183) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

And a strong AI will certainly need a lot of input data (humans need at least ~16 years of input before being considered employable

But only 2 years to walk and talk, so I think using "we will have to wait 16 years even if we do develop AI" is a bit of a feeble excuse. (Never mind that there is no obvious reason why an AI should have to follow human development exactly).

Comment: Re:"Forget about the risk that machines pose to us (Score 1) 227

by tehcyder (#48830035) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

it's not like we have to build AI from the ground up. we have a prototype already. it's called the brain. your brain is just a meat processor. it's a system of cells, interconnections, chemicals, and electric pulses. all of that can be modeled in software, and run a million times faster

If the human brain (and more importantly human consciousness) is just a very big software model, we should be able to duplicate one already, shouldn't we? There is a huge amount of computing power available nowadays, why waste it on trivialities like predicting the weather slightly more accurately?

Comment: Re: Prepare for more (Score 2) 257

by tehcyder (#48829447) Attached to: Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Only 64% of Muslims in France said violence was never justified. Wow! Only 64% - why such a low number? How many Christians in the United States would not support violence? Got to believe it would better than 64%

If you asked a sample of Americans whether violence was never justified to defend themslelves, I imagine a lot less than 64% would agree.

It depends on what question you ask, and how you ask it.

Comment: Re:And they may have. (Score 1) 257

by tehcyder (#48829305) Attached to: Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

First of all, the law says that these men cannot have guns, espcially fill auto guns. Fat lot of good that law did in this case huh? Get a clue douchebag, people who intend on killing others, be they actual-in-fact mozzie animal terrorists, or be they simple run of the mill criminals, don't really give a shit what the law says, so the acquisition of the firearm is really the least of their crimes.

In Britain, it's even harder than in France to acquire guns. The two psychos who killed Lee Rigby had to run him down in a car and use blades.

You can't stop desperate people murdering other people, but you can certainly make it more difficult for them to commit mass atrocities.

Do you seriously believe that machine guns and high explosives should be available to buy anonymously off the shelf in a supermarket?

Comment: Re:Solution? Import more Islamists into Europe ! (Score 1) 257

by tehcyder (#48829083) Attached to: Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Fortunately, the last politicians who have grown up in our hippie days are retiring, and hopefully we will have a more realistic outlook on politics in the years to come. Our left wing parties are growing smaller and smaller every election. There is hope.

Sieg fucking Heil.

Comment: Re:The most beautiful thing ever! (Score 1) 299

by tehcyder (#48820755) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

they are placing passengers at risk due to no valid license or insurance

People keep saying this, yet I've never seen any evidence it's true. In fact, on the contrary, here in the UK at least, Uber are licensed like any other private hire company. Not to mention the fact that, just about everywhere, running a business without appropriate liability insurance is illegal (and stupid) anyway.

Just because Uber themselves have public liability insurance (and you're right, it would be extraordinary if a business didn't) doesn't mean that an individual driving for Uber is insured to take paying passengers.

They are two totally different things, and my understanding was that drivers don't actually work for Uber, but that Uber act as a middle man between driver and passenger. I hope I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:Are you trying to get legislation? (Score 2) 299

by tehcyder (#48820585) Attached to: Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings
Uber is not a new technology that will make taxi drivers obsolete, it's just a way of circumventing the rules about being a taxi driver and handing the work to amateurs instead.

And the idea that autonomous vehicles will replace taxis and cars within a decade is frankly laughable. Even if self-driving cars were a technically solved problem, the economics do not stack up, unless someone magically finds a way of making them cheap enough.

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