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Comment World peace could be a nightmare (Score 1) 707

Let's assume for argument's sake that nukes really do give these assurances, then not only would they prevent war between nation states, they'd likewise within those nations protect the powerful few and their military from ever being truly accountable to their own populace. All hail our permanent overlords.

Comment Re:Hysterical hyperbole. (Score 0) 134

If you're going to call a parliamentary inquiry hyperbole, you better have something to back that bold statement up with. Yet all you come up with is grandiose value judgments containing no facts, no numbers, no sources, and nothing of substance whatsoever. Hold a mirror up in front of you, and maybe --in a hysterical feat of irony-- you will find where the origin of said hyperbole really lies. Pompous windbags like you, "beautiful mind", are why I dislike Slashdot more and more these days. For shame.

Comment Re:Available Already... (Score 2) 388

Machine learning systems are way better at that kind of stuff than humans. Don't believe me? Well, that's because apparently you are completely ignorant of the state of the art. Here's an example: autonomous helicopters. These things can fly upside down in formation, in a way no human helicopter pilot has ever managed to do. How do you think these machines manage to pull such feats off? Are they programmed to deal with every possible state of flight out there? No, they learn to do it themselves. Reinforcement learning. And guess what? Varying road conditions are a perfect domain for machine learning, although very much on the easier side of the spectrum.

Comment Re:Millisecond trading (Score 1) 158

What you propose is irrelevant. The stock markets are operated by the same people that benefit from HFT. They have no incentive to change. If you don't like that, make your own market place. Of course, to do so requires a lot of money and power, which you probably don't have unless you're one of said people to begin with.

Comment Vending machines in Japan (Score 3, Informative) 81

The significance of this development is probably not obvious unless you have ever been to Japan. Vending machines there are absolutely everywhere. Whether you're in the city, some suburb outskirt, a picturesque country side village, or even halfway up some random mountain, the nearest roadside vending machine is rarely more than a few stone throws away.

Since Asahi is one of the big players in the market, this could be made into a huge WiFi mesh.

Comment *YOU* can fight this. (Score 1) 155

1) Deprecate SSL in favor of a web of trust; a decentralized pool of user verifiable certifiers as mentioned before on this site.
2) Use the above to encrypt all your web sites.
3) Watch as the concept spreads and a significant percentage of personal content on the web is encrypted as such, after which businesses and browser makers follow through by popular demand.
4) See the old status quo become deprecated. Meanwhile, all countries filtering this "illegal technology" see their internet go stale, and eventually give in to an increasingly discontent populace.

Of the above (1) and especially (2) face the worst odds, but they're also the points where you, Slashdot nerds, have the greatest power to make a difference.

Comment Why does X let my entire OS crash? (Score 0, Troll) 145

Whether it's the flash player doing something silly or mplayer going or leaving full screen, occasionally the proprietary nvidia driver crashes, and I don't understand why X then lets my entire system crash with it. Nothing responds (except sometimes my mouse movements). That should not be possible. It's 2011, dammit, modular coding practices should be in place by now. [/rant]

Comment Re:Then (Score 1) 321

He might be Dutch. They always make this mistake when writing in English, because in Dutch both 'then' and 'than' is written as 'dan' (i.e. in Dutch there's no syntactical distinction between the two). I bet they make this mistake so often on the internets that they're increasingly confusing native English speakers.

Comment SSL is the key (Score 2) 52

Wait for the Chinese population to be as economically dependent on e-commerce as we are (which will happen very soon with widespread broadband availability). That will make it seem very unreasonable for the government to outlaw SSL without a major outcry from its populace. After that, the world should gradually move to make http over SSL the norm rather than the exception. Webmasters of the world, I'm looking at you. Let's see if the "great firewall" can handle that proficiently.

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