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Comment Re:Be careful of what you wish for... (Score 4, Insightful) 41

Their goal was to make a system capable of mimicking the knowledge and intuition of human security analysts so that attacks can be detected in real time.

That boils down to letting the expensive firewalls do their job and checking the log files later on. Meanwhile, back to minesweeper.

No, it boils down to having the computer check the log. Meanwhile, since your skillset has now been automated, back to McDonald's.

Comment Re:Shit (Score -1, Troll) 327

How is the UK acting "shitty" here?

The UK is helping the US punish Assange for airing their dirty laundry, in order to intimidate anyone else who might, so the state can keep its citizens from exercising democratic control over its actions by keeping them ignorant of said actions. In other words, the UK is assisting the US in a coup against their own populations.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1829

Add a disagree mod.

Because we don't have one, people use mods like troll and flamebait inappropriately. We need an explicit "disagree" mod to allow mods to express their intent.

Their intent is to bury content they don't like. Using a "disagree" mod would not achieve that intent as well as "troll" does. Thus people who abuse the moderation system now would still abuse it with a specific "disagree" mod.

Also, what's the point of just expressing "I disagree"? Write a reply and explain why. (Dis)likes are for Facebook.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 0) 667

From what I've seen in the news, universities and colleges have become places where whiny little kids demand they only be shown a fair and just world which conforms to their worldview. Too damned bad.

Excellent, actually. You're describing the rebirth of student activism. The West has been adrift since the Cold War ended. We've been sitting on our metaphorical asses, getting fat and weak while basking on our past accomplishments. It's high time we began trying to improve again, rather than just mindlessly hoard stuff. Stagnant societies die.

Comment Re:Dear black and whiter (Score 3, Insightful) 579

The residential street is 100m from a 35mph four lane avenue. No fence, no limits. What stops the same careless kid to step onto the avenue to the left, instead of the street in front?

The fact that it's a four lane avenue rather than a residential street. Kids aren't generally stupid, just inexperienced about entitled assholes who think they're above the law.

Following the "think of the careless children!" reasoning, we'd either have to:

No, we don't "have to". We also have the option of simply enforcing existing speed limits with a special emphasis on residential streets and other low-limit areas. Just make the fine proportional to ((speed - limit) / limit) and unwillingness to enforce shouldn't be an issue anymore.

Comment Re:Gibberish (Score 1) 121

The neuro-"scientists" have this little problem that consciousness does not fit their models at all.

What specific neurological models does consciousness contradict and how?

They assume physicalism as ground truth and that is a religious approach, not a scientific one. Actual scientists would realize that the question is still open at this time (but the more we know, the more it goes towards "some kind of dualism", although certainly not a religious one) and would search in both directions.

What non-physical entity do you propose is paired to the physical brain, why do you think it's there, and why should it be considered non-physical?

Interestingly, quantum-physics has the concept of an "observer", but the observer seems to be extra-physical as it can do "magic" and drag superposed quantum-states into a definite state. No purely physical object should be able to do that and yet it seems human beings can.

Any kind of interaction between two particles that allows a particular property of one of them to be measured changes (if needed) the particle's state so that that property becomes well-defined and the complementary property becomes undefined. There is nothing extra-physical about it.

Comment Re:Survival of the bribiest. (Score 1) 90

Socialism is worse than crony capitalism because crony capitalists only do evil things that they can make money from.

Such as slavery, polluting the environment, building a dangerous factories in the middle of a city, locking your employees inside so they'll perish in a fire...

Also, I really don't see why you assume a capitalist - crony or otherwise - wouldn't be just as hungry for power in all its non-financial forms as everyone else.

Socialists will do any evil, and money is no object. In fact, they'll happily run their own national economies into the ground with their schemes. It's sad.

Evil schemes such as universal healthcare, free education up to and including university level, social security...

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

The sad thing is that the conservatives were right about the fall of communism. Marx said that the state would wither away, conservatives argued that this would never happen because people are basically selfish and lazy, and Marx was essentially predicting that human nature would change. It didn't, and communism failed as an economic system.

The irony is that the state is withering away under globalization. Modern nation-states are bound together with ever stronger economic and cultural ties while the cost of war and rebuilding continues to rise. As a result, they're slowly but surely integrating through various international arrangements. Just look at Europe: even if the EU were to fall apart, that would simply start again European wars, which would grow until they forced a new attempt at unifying Europe.

Also, while the first attempt at communism failed, that failure did nothing to resolve the problems - exploitation and uneven distribution of power - that cause dit. As the generation that fought the Cold War dies off, capitalism will either evolve into a less oppressive form or gives birth to a new generation of revolutionaries.

Comment Re:Seems non-sequitur. (Score -1, Offtopic) 293

This almost sounds like Flo is plugging that Progressive tracking chip straight in your head...and charging you based on your risk behaviors and travels for each day.

Really, now? Because last I checked, it was the Conservatives who go into conniptions over the thought of subsidizing someone else's suboptimal behaviour. It's your side which insists on everyone carrying their own risk and nothing more, and thus needs to track it on an individual basis. The Progressive approach is to tax everyone, give help to whoever needs it, and simply accept that this means some people end up costing more than they pay.

Fsck that.....

Indeed.

Comment Re:google strays from its core competences to fail (Score 1) 27

google( and other big techs ) seems to think throwing money(= people and resources) at all kinds of frontiers ( and even non frontiers) will result in success( that will keep the company relevant) . so far it has precious little to show in way of successes.

Very little except, you know, Google and the other big techs.

google should do what it is doing well (and perhaps expand on edge of those things) . but not go after things it know nothing about as an institution .

Going after new things is what being a tech company is all about. A large company can simply hire expertize in any desired area. What the company brings to the table is an institutionalized process of turning research into products which will fund further research, and the sheer size needed to absorb failures for the chance to invent the Next Big Thing.

Comment Re:I remember him (Score 1) 67

E.g. in elevators that don't work on days where the building is supposed to be shut down. (Oh, sunday: who needs an elevator? No one, so if one hits the button it must be a burglar, switch of the elevator.

That's an error alright, but it's not a computer bug, it's someone playing a vigilante. What the elevator should do is call the cops.

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