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Comment Does the Robot that owns itself pay taxes? (Score 1) 392

An assumption is that robots will not have sophisticated AI and will always need a human to manage it. What happens when the AI is able to manage it and has no need for human managers or a corporation?

Suppose the self driving car is able to act as a self contained corporation, earn it's own profit, pay for it's own repairs, hire or pay for it's own new designs based on data it and it's clones collected from passengers?

The problem is either going to be "who owns the robots" or "who pays the taxes". Human beings don't want to pay taxes but don't want robots to pay taxes because a very small group of humans expect to own in concentrated fashion the robots which they don't want taxes.

But there is no technical reason why robots require human owners. An autonomous agent which can take on all the functions of those humans need not even be very smart or sophisticated to have the ability to interact as a self contained business or individual economic unit.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 785

This lets the desktop environments have more advanced features then they would with init systems that don't do this delegation.

First, is it the regular user account or the DE itself which essentially gets its privileges escalated? Either way, that sounds inherently dangerous -- if you want the DE to be all powerfull, just login as root (there are good reasons not to login as root of course, but if systemD is doing it for you anyway, why even bother with the distinction between root and user accounts).

Comment Re:A couple comments... (Score 1) 242

Bit torrent has no ads.

I'm old enough and can afford to pay for my content. There's nothing good enough to make me want to pirate it (or sit through ads) to get at it.

Also, oddly, Agents of SHIELD has no adds... on Netflix.

Agents of SHIELD is a 1 season behind on Netflix, the season that's currently playing on TV is only on Hulu.

I can wait a year for Agents of SHIELD and binge watch it on Netflix instead of dealing with Cable TV (which I don't own anymore) or a Hulu subscription with ads.

Comment Re:A couple comments... (Score 1) 242

Hulu says ad's allow them to provide their service at a lower price. Yet still refuses to offer ad free service at a premium.

That's not true anymore, they now offer an almost* commercial free experience for $11.99 vs the $7.99 subscription.

I canceled my Hulu account a while back sighting commercials as the reason.

I might try them again in a few months. Their show selection is not too compelling and I have plenty to watch on Netflix/HBO Now still.

* Exceptions:

Due to streaming rights, the shows below are not included in our No Commercials plan. You can still watch these shows interruption-free. They will play with a short commercial before and after each episode. The shows are:

  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Scandal
  • New Girl
  • Grimm and How To Get Away With Murder

Comment Re:Translation (Score 2) 85

Exactly right.

The incentive for people to contribute to a closed source project isn't all that much. Remember that open source isn't a gift by your company to the public, it is an offer of trade -- you let the public have the source, the public provides you with feedback (bug fixes, enhancements, etc.) and gets its suggestions provided back to it. It's a circle.

What you are suggesting sounds like you want the benefit of that deal, while negating the benefit for those who are doing work for you. Psychologically, it's a hard sell to say to someone -- "mow my lawn for me and I'll sell you a lemonade afterward at full price --- um yeah, I'd also sell you the lemonade at full price if you don't mow my lawn." You aren't going to get many takers for that deal, and the ones who do take it will have questionable motives (scoping out the property) or will just be naive and gullible (not a great foundation to build upon).

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1) 434

The statute the sent Oliver North to prison might apply here. https://www.law.cornell.edu/us...

Paragraph b, aside from other punishments, bars a person from holding public office.

The way I see it, the emails were filed with a public officer of the united states as required by par. a (HRC was a public officer so the emails sent/received were filed with her personally) and by deleting the emails, they were certainly "mutilated, obliterated, or destroyed". If deleting emails filed with the SOS is illegal, then that's good for 3 years in the pokey.

Next, under par. b, it is clear that HRC had custody of the records and again, destroyed them. If she is found guilty of par. b, she simply can't be president -- she couldn't be dog catcher. She'd be fully and finally retired.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 0) 434

The Rethuglikans are freaking out about Hillary. Absolutely losing their shit in a big way.

Let's be clear hear. HRC is a warmongering neo-con wallstreet cocksucker on the Democrat team. Some warmongering neo-con wallstreet cocksuckers on the Republican team hate her because she is on the other team.

I hate them all because they are war mongering neo-con wallstreet cocksuckers. I don't give a fuck about what team they're on -- I care about what they stand for.

Comment Re:Investigating if laws were broken (Score 1) 312

Ignorance of the law is not and has never been an excuse.

This is a legal principle that literally goes back to Greek antiquity.

How Heller-ishly convenient. There are so many criminal laws on the books, it is impossible to know them all (ask the ABA, they tried to simply count them, which is much less than _knowing_ them, and failed: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB... ). And yet an individual person without ranks of lawyers to do the research, is presumed to know each and every one. This is extremely dangerous because it gives those in power the ability to lock up anyone they don't like, which means that an individual's freedom and liberty -- core American values right? -- are subject to the whim of any dickweed with a little power.

Comment Re:pardon my french, but "duh" (Score 1) 288

For someone using computers a lot, they're probably going to figure it out.
For someone not using computers a lot, and who have managed to do things by remembering exactly what to click - this is enormously fragile.

Even for people who do use computers a lot. I recently got a new macbook pro with Yosemite on it. I've been sticking with Snow Leopard because it seems so much better, but now that isn't an option. Yesterday I touched the touchpad in some way that made the computer go into some sort of mode in which I couldn't interact with any of the windows. I tried escape, random touchpad stuff, some other things. I'm embarrassed to say that I finally just resorted to a hard shutdown and reboot. There is apparently some cryptic touchpad sequence that will put the computer into useless mode, and a cryptic sequence required to get out of useless mode (and for what -- the view was just like normal view except for a darkened 1/4" frame around the whole screen -- it wasn't expose or full desktop -- I have no idea WTF it was for, normal view without the ability to interact with anything at all, not even force quit menu). Yosemite makes me seriously consider just putting Debian on that computer.

Comment Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 452

Reddit may well find its users going elsewhere if someone else manages to build something that they find familiar without all of the current baggage.

I haven't tried it yet, but this looks interesting: http://getaether.net/

Aether is a free app that you use to read, write in, and create community moderated, distributed, and anonymous forums, an "anonymous reddit without servers."

Comment Re:Because...it's the LAW! (Score 1) 423

So we can just add the 1st amendment to the pile, you know, that pile of constitutional directives the government adheres to so much, like the 4th and 5th amendments, congressional responsibility for declaring wars, and likely others things I'm not aware of too. Essentially, anything that stands in the way of ever expanding executive power, corporate welfare, or wall street bailouts is just ignored. Instead, the NSA must monitor us and the police must practice military tactics, not because of terrorism, but because those mega-money interests pulling the puppet strings don't want to face any dangers.

That constitution is so quaint -- it makes a great wall hanging.

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