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Comment Re:It's not mutually exclusive. (Score 2) 183

Um, yes, NSA is engaged in industrial espionage as well. At least Petrobras has been suggested as a target as well as the known ECHELON incidents. Most likely they're just better at hiding it as they tap directly in to the infrastructure rather than engaging in directed intrusions as often.

And frankly, even as a US corporation I'd say there's cause to worry unless you're the one cosying up with the NSA or your trade secrets might just end up with your competitors who happen to be pals with the right brass.

Comment Re:More to the point (Score 1) 187

The failure in the implementation is failing in temporal targeting. It doesn't matter if you know what someone's interests are if you don't know _when_ they are. Someone may be interested in psychedelics but they're not interested in them when at work or while chatting to a friend. They're interested in them while reading information on psychedelics.

That's why the tracking is pointless. You're getting worse targeting than if you simply target the content because it doesn't matter who they are, it only matters what they're doing at the moment. The content gives you both the information that they're interested in the target subject and that they're interested in it at that point in time.

You don't want a random sales guy sitting down at your table in a bar when you're talking with a friend and saying 'I've been following you around and would like to suggest you buy this oven I can tell you about'. But you might actually be receptive to a sales guy coming up next to you when you're looking at ovens and saying 'I can tell you something about the oven you're looking at if you want'.

Comment Re:Missing the reality of what kids do to insects (Score 1) 512

Frankly I doubt it's that useful an indicator, with the prevalence probably ranging in the 50+% range (and I wouldn't be surprised at an actual 100% prevalence). Traits like empaty and reasoning like ethics take time to mature. Now, if they still abuse animals or insects at 20+ there may be some possible issues.

Personally I can recall some magnifying glass incidents I'm not proud of. 30 years later, I'll usually release flies outside if I manage to catch them alive.

Comment Re:It is a slippery slope... (Score 1) 348

The most compelling reason for blocking child porn is not that it depicts the victim of a crime or has been produced by a crime, but that the very existence and distribution of the material can arguably be considered abuse and harm the victim. Considering the strong desire expressed from some to be able to remove embarrassing private history off facebook and other places, I would imagine the psychological impact of such materials being widely spread to be several orders of magnitude worse.

Comment Re: It shoud have suprised no one (Score 5, Interesting) 144

Maemo could easily have been adapted to run android apps as well and the capability was even commercially available before Elop took over. An android track at Nokia could have had a decent chance competing with Samsung. Having an OS that there are actually people who want would have put Nokia at least in a better position.

Considering Nokia was selling 10 times as many phones as Apple in 2010 they certainly were utterly crushing iphones.

So, Nokia certainly had a future and Elop certainly ran one of the greatest destructions of value in history. Hopefully he'll go on doing the same and finish what Ballmer's started at Microsoft.

Comment Re:NSA (Score 1) 356

Right. The NSA is very picky about getting good data so they're not interested in just dragnetting the whole internet and dumping it all in a huge database... No, wait, that was the NSA in that fantasy land I made up the other day that wasn't run by asshats.

This is the NSA in this reality and yes they will store any quality data on any users fingerprint, not because it might actually be good for stopping terrorists but because they can use it as a selling point to up their budget. Or sell it to governments they can trick into thinking it's useful. So of course the NSA will get a copy, pre-hash, of the fingerprints and they'll store it together with the rest of the useless crap they have stored. They won't stop any terrorists with it, but they'll claim they did and maybe they'll nail one or two false positives for fun.

Comment Re:This needs to be taken out of their hands (Score 2) 225

One sort of wonders if the bids to host the Olympics are drying up. If the choice is between one country that will massively riot at Olympic spending while the economy is crap, another country that might very well be in civil disorder due to conflict between a repressive religious government and a significant secular population and a third that has significant problems with radioactive materials in the hands of idiots then I suspect the events surrounding the games will be far more exciting than the actual games.

Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 2) 535

Well, on the bright side there are few things that work as well for collapsing profitability as mass producing expensive hardware that nobody actually wants. While Nokia shareholders certainly and deservedly (for hiring someone with the profile of Elop with the similarities to such as Richard Beluzzo) got thoroughly screwed, this may become a significant lodestone that sinks Microsoft faster than it would risk otherwise.

Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 4, Interesting) 535

Perhaps he will replace Ballmer. He does appear to have the desired 'consumers should just shut the fsck up and buy what we tell them to' attitude to consumer relations and seems as adept at handling employees and morale to make the shift in leadership seamless.

Somehow I suspect the problem at Microsoft is the board. They aquired the stock while liking the mindset of the management and having kept Ballmer for so long they obviously want that. They'll keep running it the same way, all the way into the eventual crash into the ground.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 732

I think it's more like 'cars will drive themselves before people accept bullshit like that'.

They want the car to make the decisions on how to drive, I'm fine with that, as long as it's smart enough to do it safely. Which basically means smart enough to drive better than me. But if the car's driving, I'm going to sit in it humming along after several pints at a pub after work.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 582

Wether they want to see opinions they agree with or not is up to them; if they up moderate both things they agree with and those they don't they'll get connected to people who moderate the same way.

Trying to force people to moderate without bias doesn't work very well, a significant portion will always downmod things they disagree with and things like metamoderation only affect the most excessive raters. This way you limit the damage so the subjective moderations only affect those who want it to affect them.

Perhaps you will end up with most discussions containing people who barely ever even see eachother. Much like real life. Or networks of groups who like having meaningful conversations will form. But which one you'd be part of would depend upon your preferences, not on what random people you have nothing in common with think about a specific conversation.

And, perhaps, just perhaps, there'd be a bit less of screaming for censorship anytime anyone gets offended by idiots if the easily offended got separated from the rest.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 2) 582

Opinions vary wildly on what is good moderation so personally I think a social moderation system would be the ultimate in moderation. Make it exceptionally easy to rate comments, then create a connection network where users get connected to and trust each others moderation based on how similarly they rated various comments.

You'll have an incentive to moderate and you bypass the entire problem of trying to objectively rate comments; each user gets to see what they prefer. Don't want the utter crap deleted? Then don't downmod it and you'll start trusting the moderation of others who enjoy the utter crap. Hate racist comments and don't want to see them at all? Eventually you'll build up enough connections to people who always downmod them to have them rapidly filtered out.

The difficult part will be building enough of a user base that most people get decent amounts of close matches.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 3, Insightful) 325

Self driving is the single feature that would ever get me to shell out for a new car. Nothing like having your own car drive you home after a couple of beers after work.

Ultimately, the huge capacity to save lives and the economic advantages of self-driving cars and trucks are going to drive this step very fast. Tens of thousands of lives every year, hundreds of thousands of injuries, tens to hundreds of billions in insurance costs, tens to hundreds of billions in savings on transportation, etc. In the face of the possible gains I think the regulatory aspects will get resolved faster than most people think.

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