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Comment Legal liability (Score 1) 924

The concert was completely ruined for the orchestra and the entire audience -- the profound effect of the music was lost.

That guy should face civil and criminal responsibility for his acts. You can't just go and ruin a concert that cost thousands of dollars to enact.

Considering that people had been preparing and expecting that experience for a long time, it wouldn't be too much to make him pay, let's say, $5,000 to each person in the audience plus $100,000 to the production.

Comment Re:im confused here (Score 2) 171

So nothing is stopping you, except billions of dollars of capital you don't have.

And this is where the idea of intellectual property makes sense. If someone invested billions in creating something, he's entitled to profit from that.

It's not like those billions were lying around. People worked to save money and invested it in shares of those companies, that's where the billions came from.

Comment Re:Pay for the tests (Score 1) 524

For (a trivial) example, suppose I specify that I want a program which takes two numbers, adds them and outputs the result.

If you think that example is trivial, it's obvious you've never heard of Giuseppe Peano.

For acceptance, that program should be tested to see if it implements a correct mathematical induction algorithm for addition.

Comment Pay for the tests (Score 4, Informative) 524

with the specifications I write there is no excuse for not testing their code.

In every engineering project I've ever worked on, the specifications included acceptance tests. Obviously, his specifications aren't good enough.

He should detail with his customers the functional specifications of the product and generate a set of acceptance tests. The end product of this would be a test procedure, which both the customer and the contractors have previously agreed upon.

There is no excuse for a contractor to blame the programmers who did not conduct testing, if the way the testing should be done has not been previously detailed. The formal test procedure is what separated bugs from features.

Comment Fake statistics (Score 4, Insightful) 996

The reason why they recommend lower and lower alcohol contents has more to do with the way they collect statistics than with any real effect.

If any of the drivers involved in an accident has any alcohol blood content at all, it is recorded as an "alcohol related accident", NO MATTER WHO CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.

This is bias in the worst sense of the word, it's political propaganda at its worst.

Suppose you drank one beer and is stopped at a red light. Then a madd bitch rear ends you. It will be an "alcohol related" accident, pointing to the "need for stricter drunken driving laws", even though the madd bitch caused it.

Comment Re:Brain (Score 1) 38

The top systems today are approximately at the same capacity as a human brain.

Brain neurons perform an operation that's similar to a dot product. Their operation can be simulated by a weight for each dendrite that's multiplied by that dendrite's input.

In rough order of magnitude, a human brain has a hundred billion neurons, or 1e11 in standard computer language notation. Each neuron has an average of one thousand inputs, 1e3, and performs a hundred operations per second. That is 1e11 * 1e3 * 1e2 = 1e16 flops, or 10,000 teraflops.

According to Top500, the highest powered computer system in November 2012 had a capacity of 17,590 teraflops.

This doesn't mean it has the same ability as a human brain, because there's also the software involved. There is a project, sponsored by Google, that tries to implement a computer system operating close to what the human brain does.

When they tested that system presenting to it one million random screenshots from Youtube videos, the system learned all by itself to recognize objects that appeared on those videos, like human faces and cats.

There's a good technical tutorial on this system at the Stanford university site, and a more basic explanation can be found in several popular articles if you google for "deep learning".

Comment There is no bright side of North Korea (Score 2) 322

Actually his dead grandfather is the eternal president still, they keep the country together by cult worship of him, "cleanest race" and blood purity propaganda, and the worst death camps on earth for the last 50 years such as Camp 14, where children are born as slaves for life under "three generations of punishment" .

Its unfortunate that these Nuclear and Chemical weapons headlines obscure the human rights violations. Currently there is a UN commission investigating NK for crimes against humanity. After reading "Escape from Camp 14" I was completely appalled that these death camps exist even today, and according to satellite images are expanding.

Comment Winter of Discontent (Score 4, Insightful) 539

She was a terrible Prime Minister and caused untold suffering and misery.

The British people who elected her obviously disagree with you.

She was elected after the policies of the Labour party dumped the country in the worst economic crisis in UK history

Labour had policies based upon raising the income tax without any regard for cutting government expenses. They claimed government spending and inflation are good for the economy. Sound familiar?

Comment IP legislation is a monster (Score 4, Interesting) 203

It seems that these days IP legislation tries to swallow everything. Nothing is safe from IP laws.

It's time to reverse that trend, most of the DMCA should be considered unconstitutional anyhow. If someone sold me a device, why can't I tear it apart to see how it was built?

Patents and copyrights exist for making sure no one needs to keep trade secrets. The intent of those laws is to let people learn about the technical details behind the technology.

Having laws that restricts the liberty of learning goes against every principle of a civilized society.

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