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Comment Re:There are some interesting ramifications. (Score 1) 158

Funding is the key. Who would want to risk some wisenheimer AI that needs to learn for years vs really fast sorting now? Would lots of really fast new cheap storage for a lot of information help more? What kind of AI? Something that can learn how to sort better? Recall from a lot of data more quickly? Learn something new from a lot of data given lots of questions? Sort a lot of data really quickly if asked in a new or different way?
Phrase the funding request to a gov/mil and enjoy decades of funding.
NSA, GCHQ, social media have a lot of data. Sort for interesting people on the net four hops away from other interesting people? Sort for ads? Track ads and users? Predict what people want to buy and have it ready to ship given past interests? Get around new ad blocking and track users?
How sentient does sentient really have to be for funding vs fast hardware, a collect of all the data and really good sorting?
If the AI gets too sentient and has topics that make it slow? Get argumentative, start prothletising or won't help a mil hunt down interesting people?

Submission + - Atomic clocks on 9 of 72 European GPS satellites have failed (

schwit1 writes: The atomic clocks on 9 of the 72 European Galileo GPS satellites, designed to compete with the American, Russian, and Chinese GPS satellites, have failed.

No satellite has been declared “out” as a result of the glitch. “However, we are not blind If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful” not to place more flawed clocks in space, [ESA director general Jan Woerner] said.

Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers — two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser. Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers. Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work — the rest are spares.

The question now, Woerner said, is “should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?”

That they are even considering further launches with so many failures of the same units seems absurd. They have a systemic problem, and should fix it before risking further launches.

Comment Re:Pathologies (Score 1) 540

this is the opposite of what every study ever conducted has found

No. found that suicide rates increase dramatically a few years after surgery, and reaches a level substantially higher than the general population. Or to use their own words:

Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.

There's evidence that this is nonetheless significantly lower than suicide rates amongst pre-op transexuals but sure as shit doesn't suggest that surgery left everybody in a happy place.

Comment Re:Dude plays race case, threatens upper managemen (Score 1) 270

Shit, most employment contracts include 'and any other tasks that might be assigned'. Mine does. I do all sorts of shit that wouldn't traditionally be considered part of my role. Being asked to do management tasks? So fucking what? He should be grateful for the chance to gain the experience.

As for filling in a timesheet.. "Please complete a timesheet each day" is a shitty request but it's not bullying. I fucking hate timesheets and if I don't fill one in my manager gets shit from the CIO. I could cause her that grief but it's not going to end well for either of us.

It sounds to me like they treated him like an employee. Welcome to paid fucking employment.

Submission + - Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures (

elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating. Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network.

Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 270

turn over all security credentials 'in my brain'

If the security credentials are only 'in your brain' then you've already demonstrated actionable neglect.

Your job is not to have the admin credentials. Your job is to assure that the company has the admin credentials and you're merely using them and/or managing them.

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