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Submission + - Tackling near and far AI threats at once

Lasrick writes: Artificial intelligence experts are divided over the threat of superintelligent computers. One group argues that even though these machines may be decades or centuries away, the scale of the catastrophe they could cause is so great, we should take action now to prevent them from taking over the world and killing everyone. Another group dismisses the fear of superintelligent computers as speculative and premature, and prefers to focus on existing and near-future AI. Seth Baum of the Catastrophic Risk Institute believes there is common ground here, and that both groups can and should work together. He outlines the three areas they should work on, starting with putting their collective emphasis on technology for the benefit of society.

Submission + - SPAM: Prosecutorial Misconduct is Now a Felony in California 1

schwit1 writes: Along with signing a major asset forfeiture reform bill last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law making it a felony for prosecutors to intentionally withhold evidence.

Under the new law, prosecutors who alter or intentionally withhold evidence from defense counsels can face up to three years in prison. Previously, prosecutorial misconduct in California was only a misdemeanor. Courts were statutorily required to report misconduct to the state bar association, but advocates of the bill say the laws were rarely enforced.

"When a prosecutor intentionally withholds exculpatory evidence, an unknowing and innocent defendant can be convicted, sentenced, and incarcerated for a long time," California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a group of criminal defense lawyers that supported the bill, told The Los Angeles Times. "These bad-acting prosecutors rarely, if ever, face any actually consequences for their actions."

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Submission + - Bronze Age inferno preserved an extraordinary view of life in the United Kingdom (

sciencehabit writes: Reconstructing daily life in the Bronze Age has been difficult in northern Europe. Most houses were poorly preserved, traced out by postholes or barren remains of hearths, and offer up only meager fragments of pottery. A major excavation near Peterborough, U.K., promises to fill in the picture. Archaeologists have dug up 3000-year-old roundhouses that were perched on stilts above a river, perhaps for defense or facilitating trade. The building materials and much of the contents are well-preserved because the five houses were quickly abandoned during a fire and then collapsed into a river. The rich array of artifacts includes textiles, wooden objects, metal tools, and complete sets of pottery. The arrangement of artifacts could indicate how various sections of the houses were used and perhaps new details about diet. The fact that all the buildings burned down, apparently at the same time, and the belongings were left behind, suggests the fires may have been part of an attack.

Submission + - It's a federal crime to visit a website after being told not to vis (

Okian Warrior writes: he U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very important decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facebook v. Vachani which decision is quite troubling. Its reasoning appears to be very broad — it says that if you tell people not to visit your website, and they do it anyway knowing you disapprove, they’re committing a federal crime of accessing your computer without authorization.

Submission + - Privacy is Consent (

cqwww writes: Privacy Must Be Defined By Consent In Today's Connected World. Let's define privacy in a way that applies to more than the privileged, or ignorant, who can claim they have nothing to hide.

Submission + - SPAM: Alzheimer's gene already shrinking brain by age of three

schwit1 writes: The Alzheimer’s gene, which dramatically raises the risk of developing dementia, is already affecting carriers by the age of three, shrinking their brains and lowering cognition, a new study suggests.

Children who carry the APOEe4 gene mutation , which raises the chance of dementia by 15 fold, were found to do less well in memory, attention and function tests.

Areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, such as the hippocampus and parietal gyri, were also found to be up to 22 per cent smaller in volume.

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Submission + - Visual Studio 2015 c++ compiler secretly inserts telemetry code into binaries ( 4

edxwelch writes: Reddit user "sammiesdog" discovered recently that the Visual Studio 2015 c++ compiler was inserting calls to a Microsoft telemetery function into binaries.
"I compiled a simple program with only main(). When looking at the compiled binary in Ida, I see a calls for telemetry_main_invoke_trigger and telemetry_main_return_trigger. I can not find documentation for these calls, either on the web or in the options page."
Only after the discovery did Steve Carroll, the dev manager for Visual C++, admit to the feature and posted a work around. The "feature" is to be removed in Update 3 of the product.

Comment Re:Yeah, for exactly one search (Score 1) 328

It is an evil practice born of corporate interests, just because it could be evilier does not mean we should turn a blind eye to it.

Evil? Really? I can see sneaky, sleazy, underhanded, or even manipulative, but evil? Evil is murdering people because you don't like the color of their skin. Evil is shooting young girls in the face just because they want an education. Evil cutting people's heads off. Evil is putting corporate profits before the health and safety of customers or workers. No one is going to die or become ill because they don't notice the check box. I agree that opt-out instead of opt-in benefits Yahoo at the expense of the user, but if we keep using 'evil' to describe any behavior we find disgusting, the word loses its power and becomes meaningless when real evil comes along.

Comment Re:Somebody needs to remind him (Score 1) 302

I've seen it. Not a lot, but occasionally. Someone saying (seriously, not sarcastically) they don't want a large share of computer users to use Linux. Some say they really like being in a semi-exclusive little community. Others fear the whole Linux experience will get dumbed down to fit lowest common denominator of user, missing the point that FOSS let's anyone who really wants to make the software as simple-to-use or complicated as they want.

Comment Re:Heuristics... apk (Score 1) 74

I just went through and checked those registry settings on a laptop with a default Windows 7 SP1 install, and that's how they're already set, except for the built-in administrator account, which on Windows 7 is disabled by default, so any other setting is meaningless. Maybe it was different before SP1, I didn't have a Win7 machine then.

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