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Comment basic logic error (Score 1) 298

"If AI kills everyone in the future, then we cannot be living in a computer simulation created by our decedents. And if we are living in a computer simulation created by our decedents, then AI didn't kill everyone. I think it a fair deduction that Professor Bostrom is wrong about something."

Well there is a basic logical error if I have ever seen one. If an AI is smart enough to kill all human beings (and we humans can be pretty resourceful when we are pushed), then why would that same AI not be able to create simulations? Come to think of it, when an AI comes to the level of where it simply wants to know everything there is to know, there is a high probability that it would build simulated worlds, just to find out how stuff like evolution works on a macro scale.

Comment Isn't this kinda vague? (Score 1) 65

While I'm all for a system that rewards excellence, I think that unless Google is totally transparent about their methodology, this is going to be really easy for them to become further corrupted as a corporation and uprank loyal advertisers and downrank apps from the unwashed masses.

I would hope they would publish their testing methods and benchmark constraints.

Comment Re:Native applications aren't static (Score 2) 154

I get a call from family members like the people you're describing and I always have to come up with an excuse as to why I can't fix their computer. Usually I just try to help them but only if they answer some questions quickly.

I find that I can usually solve the problem by step 2, but I always send the questions to them via email so they can work it out.

I find this helps even noob computer users to learn to fish.

1. Can you summarize the problem in under ten words?
2. Call me back when you can summarize the problem in under ten words.
3. What did you do now?
4. Why did you do that?
5. What did you find when you googled the summarized ten word problem?
6. Google it, call me back if it is still a problem in 1hr.

Some internet users aggressively self-sabotage. You can't fix stupid, so you might as well be nice about it while you let them down gently.

Comment Re:Native applications aren't static (Score 1) 154

This would appear to solve so much trouble caused by JS.

More info for those interested:
http://webassembly.org/docs/se...

Each WebAssembly module executes within a sandboxed environment separated from the host runtime using fault isolation techniques. This implies:

1. Applications execute independently, and canâ(TM)t escape the sandbox without going through appropriate APIs.
2. Applications generally execute deterministically with limited exceptions.

Aaaaaand:

The design of WebAssembly promotes safe programs by eliminating dangerous features from its execution semantics, while maintaining compatibility with programs written for C/C++.

Provided this is designed & implemented with an end-user-first mentality, sign me up! If it's designed with a Facebook-shareholders-first mentality, it will trigger another Noscript update to deny webassembly reqs from unknown hosts...etc.

tl;dr: just make the web work with the end users in mind not the greedy sods

Comment Dangerous Behaviours, Predictable Results (Score 2) 154

Most of what we need the internet for is being replaced and overshadowed by graphic-heavy bells & whistles. We could use the internet safely if we applied a more minimalist approach to design and if we standardized video or dynamic UI for the internet better than we are now.

Ethics watchdogs need to step up and start really trying hard to break the current push for more javascript.

The web browser should display a page that can be interacted with effectively and efficiently, without all the added bells & whistles, because those bells & whistles are often introduced to create security vectors for black hatters.

Most people using the internet have limited safety understanding. Flash is one of those platforms that can seriously harm a computer if the Flash object is designed as malware. Couple this with the loose security in users still using IE that often utilizes ActiveX and the results are predictably negative.

MSFT can try as much as they want but I'll never trust them very much and everything they release has to be combed through by teams of 3rd party security experts in order to protect their clients.

Again, using Firefox & Noscript, coupled with a given user's paranoia, will prevent most malware type issues.

Comment Passive Aggressive (Score 5, Insightful) 330

Sure let's hear what you have to say. What did you say? You don't want people to have access to your private personal information? Let's see here... okay so we'll go ahead and just release some of that publicly for you. Don't complain. We haven't released EVERYTHING on you, just yet...

Comment Re:Awesome. (Score 4, Insightful) 90

Really interesting choice of words since Apple decided that they can 'make a word mean whatever will benefit them the most' when they changed 'app' from being an appearance in a sport to 'software interfacing with a hardware system.' In riling against the practice you subtly reinforce it. Bravo!

Slow down cowboy!

App is short for application. Apps is the plural. You got this wrong totally. If Apple uses the term APPS, they are merely using the general term with the happy coincidence that it includes the first three letters of their company name.

How many of you remember WAREZ APPS? Apple wasn't even a thing back then for most of us. :D

Comment Disheartening Trend (Score -1, Troll) 399

The trend to always include feminine gender whenever some story is happening speaks to a much larger global issue. Egalitarians prefer non-gender biased news. Feminists are egalitarians. If you think you're a feminist but you have many views that exclude egalitarianism, then you are NOT a feminist.

That said, Trump's weird foreign policy news is not really something Slashdot should be covering. It's sorta interesting because these are robotics people caught up in the torrent but them being girls has nothing to do with the story, really.

Comment Re:Awesome. (Score 4, Insightful) 90

I get that you're joking but the erosion of our language to this pseudo-marketing language is devolving us completely as a species.

No corporation can deny the meaning of common words.

Skill is not the same as "number of apps interfacing with a hardware system," and this perversion of language continues to be tolerated.

Corporations want this because it means they can make a word mean whatever will benefit them the most, either to limit their own culpability or to trigger a buying response.

Amazon wants to take the word "skills" and apply it to "app-count" but if this was truly an amazing product, it would work on every app and not require special coding just to get it to work.

Comment Re:Blew their cover pretty stupidly! (Score 1) 63

The article says (or implies) that they tell who they are so that when the gambler wonders why there is a charge from some fabric store on his card and contacts that vendor, he doesn't challenge the charge.

Still seems like that should go out via the channels of the gambling site and not the help desk of the fake store. but I'm not a pro money launderer so maybe I'm missing something else. :D

Comment Blew their cover pretty stupidly! (Score 1) 63

> staff who answered helpdesk numbers on the sites said the outlets did not sell the product advertised, but that they were used to help process gambling payments

"Nice job moron! You blew our cover!"

How do you not train your people on day 1 of the job at a money laundering outfit, that you don't admit to anyone that you're not a real shop. If anyone should call in complaining that they didn't get their goods (I'm assuming cops ordered items and called in to inquire about the order), apologize, say that item's been backordered, and give them a refund. I'm pretty amused by how dumb they were to admit that outright!

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