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Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 778

by umghhh (#48835245) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
I suppose this being US of A a proper investigation would find a number of legal problems and thus make an arrest a reasonable approach to these criminals, if tried hard I am sure one could have arrested them for possession - if they are normal people they would have smoked weed at least once, so they belong to prison. It is a free country after all....

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 1) 388

by umghhh (#48804377) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I am sure there are pupils like you and possibly I was like this too (albeit I doubt that I ever had motivation and ability), yet neither knowledge in particular subject is all, nor claims of knowing more than a teacher are always correctly depicting reality. I am not a teacher but I do teaching at work by virtue of having students assigned to me for a year to do some menial jobs - they should be learning the right stuff mostly programming but more so around programming - because as far as I can tell nothing has changed much since I started - programming is a vital but minor part of developing software(*). I regularly fail to know all details that my newbies know about any chosen programming language yet I beat them every time on the actual programming and developing albeit I have to google more than they do. This will change of course and part of the course is for them to learn as much as possible. The point is - you may know all details but as so often in case of cohders - you fail to see the bigger picture.

* - some things changed since I started though - the division of work changed thanks to progress in communication technology which may make coding (and other things) being done in far away places (or in another office which is just the same if I do not know person doing the job). The system people cut jobs into small pieces and let Turks do the stuff for 10$ an hour. Yet I doubt that any big project can be done effectively only by outsourcing. If a company is a software house delivering software solutions then they most likely need to have in house competence in coding as well as developing, project management, communication and cooperation culture, decision making skills, presentation skills and much more. How often project fail because any of these were not there. Then again it all depends on the project of which part is people doing it.

Comment: Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (Score 1) 258

by umghhh (#48797775) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines
First of all the current 'intelligent' systems are on a level of an ant or bee. This does not make them less lethal to humans however. The problems are already there then and the biggest is - even systems that are meant to be friendly may become lethal because of oversight, bug, miscalculation, abuse or because they may 'think' that humans are danger to other humans (which is mostly potentially and in quite many cases actually true). What about systems that are meant to kill or at least disable humans? In old good times a gun shot by itself once a year but it did so only if somebody pulled the trigger. Now the autonomous systems may pull the trigger all by themselves and they may have to decide themselves as humans in control loop are too slow. I think in most cases making system robust and reliable may be a shot in the right direction. Alas in the real world scrum team may decide this feature is to be move to next sprint or demo it albeit it is not ready etc... In other words - is anybody ready to pay for robust systems that are less likely to kill by accident? Yea I did not think so. We solve problems that come out of ant like creatures that have enough power to kill many, move on to quality and robustness and then when AI is on horizon we can start thinking about 3 laws and some such things.

Comment: Re:Why the overreaction? (Score 1) 166

by umghhh (#48794357) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million
In most of the cases those commissions are not needed and are a waste of time but we just do not know in advance which plumber's fuckup can be really problematic, so we assume any can be.
Bureaucracy is not a good solution to the problem but it seems the only one that can prevent many accidents. It seems to me that this attitude made nuclear industry surprising safe. At least when one does not think too much about waste disposal.

Comment: Re: Renewable energy ist cheaper! (Score 1) 166

by umghhh (#48794101) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million
This is probably one of the few intelligible posts on this thread. I too think that the question is badly formulated and problems are not what we think they are. It is not accidents but waste, it is not energy production but energy production and very important weapons production that stimulated development of fission plants, it is not either nuclear or coal but rather the question of how humanity affects its environment. So far the raise and fall of civilizations followed the path of: develope, shine, destroy environment beyond repair and if move to another place is possible - move and rearrange elsewhere. Problem with this is that we live now everywhere. That is typical of any living organism really - if conditions are good - develop and occupy as much as is possible. Overpopulation causes collapse usually. Sometimes renewal. I hope for the later although I know that usually the former happens.

Comment: Re:Give Uber a dictionary (Score 1) 160

by umghhh (#48763589) Attached to: Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town
People do not really hate Uber or rather most of us had unsettled view of the company and its methods till more and more stories about criminal or almost criminal activities came out. This is topped with all comments on these evil commies 'banning' Uber in say Berlin i.e. on requiring Uber to follow the law as all others do. Stop throwing verbal abuse at opponents and use arguments of reason instead, then maybe the 'hate' will become reasonable doubts about revealed business practices. But I guess that is too much to ask, is it not?

Comment: small stones (Score 1) 182

3strikes are for wankers and liberals - let them criminals make small stones from big stones for few years and then release them into free marketplace with a permanent criminal record. That will teach them.
If they are abroad drone them down - no need for a court order then.

Comment: Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 1) 252

by umghhh (#48735469) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System
So what is your point exactly - that iThings are inhackable or that they are hackable but they are not popular enough to make a difference or what exactly?
What I see a problem with is, that increasing the amount of devices having mostly crappy software inside does not stop. TV sets usually call home (i.e their makers) or else you cannot use some of their functions, the same will happen with the rest of appliances. The problem is not with all but with some of the users who will be abused - trough misuse of the processing power and storage capacity as well as of your connection etc. The increase of attack surface is inevitable. I am rather pessimistic about the remains of our privacy and wealth. IN wild west as well as in middle ages it was not whether you were robbed but whether you survived a robbery and whether you could recover from it. It seems we are getting or already are in a digital version of that. Having more digital shit at home is not going to help much.

Comment: Re: Not so sure about this... (Score 1) 252

by umghhh (#48735443) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System
Sorry to bring it to you but for this you would need an automated system to sip trough the information and ask you only in rare case of doubt for decision or else you are going to do what all other users of software do - press appropriate key to get rid of the warning or disable warning after the first time already. While such automated systems are possible to make by your self you will have to tweak it for each new appliance having slightly different set of APIs and then maintain the whole lot because the upgrades will surely introduce changes that your systems did not foresee etc. Automatic upgrades will require your attention etc. You can of course switch to bought in privacy and security protection suite from the market leader but uhum how is that going to save you if they are hacked by some criminals on request of NSA etc.
It is increasingly close to impossible to live a normal life and stay out of reach of digital criminals hunting for your data and money. It is like musical chairs but you participate as soon as your mobile and more often when that of your neighbour is on. The digital equivalent of missing a chair is when your data is stolen and misused by privet and state criminals.
1984 is already there only we do not notice because there is not one but a legion of different organisations, mostly private, that dig into your life every second.

Comment: Re:And therefore it is no surprise that ... Putin (Score 1) 92

by umghhh (#48735381) Attached to: Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

I knew it. Something was a-miss this morning, some hidden urge or itch was there. I am sure you know this feeling, you know something is wrong but do not know exactly what. You took cover away and then the difficult to identify feeling becomes a full blown itch and burn - this big monster is called Putin sending his proles to do their dirty deeds.

But seriously - I know there are technical means to mitigate such attacks but they are still an annoyance and the only way to combat those is to go after the attackers. Pointing fingers in general direction of Putin, Russia or Zamunda is not going to do anything but raise tensions possibly, strengthening this overwhelming feeling that conflict is inevitable making the conflict in fact inevitable - if you are under pressure from all sides you may justifiably feel threatened , sort of self fulfilling prophecy.

Yet from another angle - all the BS that NSA and security military industrial complex did over years is making me uneasy about any request for more power. Clearly the police needs more powers to find perpetrators of such acts of IT violence but we also know that they are going to abuse that as soon as they get those new powers. Thus NSA is also a culprit then.

Are we running light with overbyte?