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Comment Re:AI is not real thinking (Score 1) 183

The only AI's that have to appear human are AI's that are *intended* to pass for human. AI is artificial intelligence, that is, intelligence that happens to be artificial. Full stop. Nothing more, nothing less. Any human-like characteristics that we desire to assign to an AI are entirely independent to what AI actually is, by definition, and are only circumstantially related to it in the sense that an as-yet unprecedented sophistication level of AI would need to be achieved to implement many of those characteristics.

Comment Re: This wil not work anyway (Score 1) 300

The only places in the area where I live that you could get to the airport for $5 on cab are the places that are close enough to walk there, because it costs $5 just to *GET IN* to a cab.... before you go even start to go anywhere. It is roughly a 30 minute drive on the highway from my place to the airport, and that trip adds another $50. If most of that money is going to the driver, they make a heckuva lot more per hour than I thought they did.

Comment Re:A speed limit (Score 1) 150

Deprioritized packets = inferior quality usage to what one would otherwise have received at the time. So yes... somebody's usage suffers, even if that suffering is for the good of the many, it is caused by a policy that the ISP decided upon rather than by the physical demands that are being placed upon the network at the time.

Comment Re:A speed limit (Score 1) 150

And, without it, you're limited to only being able to use the service in the absence of contention over bandwidth.

That is a limit.

True... but that is not a limit that is determined by the provider, that is a limit created only by whatever threshold the current demand exists on the service is as it approaches its own limitations to provide that service. It is limited in the sense of "limited" being an adjective, but it is not "limited" in sense of it being a verb because the provider is not actually limiting anything... the only limits that apply are physical limitations that the provider themselves is just as subject to as any of their customers. If a provider does not have the capacity to cope with the threshold of so-called unlimited bandwidth users without affecting everybody's ability to use the service, and if continued quality service for the largest number of their customers is genuinely important to that company to the point that they will deprioritize packets of particular customers based on their historical patterns of usage rather than only on whatever current demands they are placing on their network, then that company should not call the service unlimited in the first place. And even if everyone's usage suffers during periods of high congestion, nobody suffers during periods of lower congestion, so it is genuinely possible for companies to offer unlimited packages if they wanted.

Comment Re:A speed limit (Score 1) 150

What you seem to be missing is that deprioritization of users who have already downloaded more than some threshold in the current billing cycle is still a *limit* on the level of service that those heavy users pay for. That they wouldn't be able to continue to get such service during periods of heavy congestion anyways is irrelevant because all users are affected equally at those times, and that is not a limit imposed directly by the provider but by the underlying physical architecture and the real-time demand for it.

You suggest that deprioritization increases your ability to use the service, but it does so by explicitly *limiting* the amount that you are allowed to use the service without deprioritization.

My objection is not that providers do this... my objection is only that they call a package "unlimited" when they have actually set a real limit on how much you can use it without deprioritization before they start deprioritizing your packets.

Comment Re:A speed limit (Score 1) 150

If they are deprioritizing your traffic only after you exceed some threshold then that threshold is certainly and quite literally a *LIMIT* on that level of service, and they are relegating you to a different level of service after that point. While physical limits to usage will always exist, those limits apply to everybody equally, regardless of what level of service they have paid for, and are not artificially imposed upon you by a policy that the company has chosen to follow, even if that policy only exists to maximize the overall throughput of the greatest number of subscribers.

I have a cell phone plan with unlimited nation-wide calling anytime... I pay extra for this service, and I regularly make use of it. if the company decided to change my terms of service so that if should make too many long distance calls that month because they determine that they don't have the capacity to allow me to make the number of calls that I am and still provide acceptable service to other customers, and so they started limiting the quality of service for my phone calls for the remainder of that billing period, as reasonable as it might be for my cell phone service provider to do this, they aren't offering me the same package that I signed up for, are they? How could they continue to call it unlimited when they are imposing a hard limit on it

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 2) 300

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 300

You can have a country that the boat is registered to... that doesn't mean you are paying property taxes. For boats that you live on, the closest thing to property taxes is mooring fees, (the marina pays property tax though), and if you not not keep your boat docked most of the time, then you only pay mooring fees for the times that you are docked, and not when you are using your boat on open water.

Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 300

Insurance, registration, and maintenance fees are not property taxes, which was the issue I was addressing Property taxes are paid to the municipality for permission simply to use the land for the housing that you *do* own. If you do not live on the land, then you do not pay property taxes, period. You may pay mooring fees, but if you should keep your boat undocked most of the time, and far enough away from the coast, then you only pay such fees when you are docked, and not for all of the time that you are using the boat on the open water.

But waxing a bit scifi here... what if you built a structure at the bottom of the sea, and lived there? I seem to recall there was a James Bond movie where the villain had some sort of set-up like that, actually.

Comment Re:This wil not work anyway (Score 1) 300

Using self-driving taxis will be much cheaper than owning a car.

Just how cheap are you thinking it will get? Right now, when I take a cab to the airport from my place, I'm looking at it being about $50, while my car, which is not even particularly fuel economical by the way, uses about $3 for the same trip. Uber is cheaper than cabs, but not anywhere close that much.

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