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Comment Re: Legal? (Score 2) 139

Surely it is very clearly marked "will release noxious gas if cut" and is therefore not a boobytrap? As far as I'm aware you can, e.g., electrify a fence, you just have to put up appropriate signage. It is cheaper and more effective to deter thieves from trying the lock in the first place than to actually release the gas.

Comment Re:AI -- FAR more hype than substance (Score 1) 197

Filtering out extraneous data and acting on the environment is something all living things can do but computers are horrible at.

Unless computers have been trained to do exactly that. We're (genetically) trained to do so through natural selection. Things like software controlled radios are trained to do the exact same thing through careful programming in comparatively short time, rather than across millions of years of trial and error.

Comment Re:What's the Solution? (Score 2) 120

It is worse than that.The problem with DDOS is that the real victim probably doesn't know about it.

The proper way to thwart these kinds of attacks is to have a method of detecting them and then cutting off people who are making an inordinate amount of those kinds of packets aimed at that address. The solution to a coordinated attack is a coordinated response.

Comment Re:AI is not real thinking (Score 1) 197

Your conclusion is interesting, but flawed for it is purely subjective to your current moral viewpoint. A different morality would have a different goal.

Other "moral" options:
Help the most people and the expense of the fewest.
Help the most important people, and the expense of least important.
Help nobody while hurting as few people as possible
Help everyone equally, while hurting as few people as possible
Help everyone without regard to the harm done anyone.

Some of the values in the above options are intentionally vague. For instance, "Help the most people and the expense of the fewest." If we can help 90% by extending their lifespans by 10% (by 20%, 30%, 40%), but 10% are left dead or sick, do you do it? What if the decision was 51% get a 100% increase in lifespan, but 49% of the people die? At what point does the "Positive AI making the decision become "negative"

Comment A simpler solution? (Score 1) 74

It's miserable and unfair to be in poverty. And simply giving them broadband will not solve that. Therefore I offer a simpler solution:

Why not just mandate that the poor "not be poor" anymore?
We should just give them all say, $100,000 per year, and then nobody will be poor and everyone will be happy.

That should work just fine.

Comment Huh? (Score 2) 101

"That sequence of events followed the lander's largely trouble-free approach to the Martian surface..."

Er, not to split hairs here but it was a largely trouble free approach to MARS.
After it arrived at Mars and after the bit following orbital insertion and correction, the next steps would be:
- separation
- descent ...and then all the OTHER steps of a fairly complex landing sequence went spectacularly wrong.

So it's a heck of a stretch to say anything but a trivial portion of its "approach to the Martian surface" wasn't a complete botch...?

Comment Re: Great! (Score 1) 252

Yeah, Dyn is just a bunch of clueless amateurs. If only they'd asked you how to mitigate a colossal DDoS flood. You'd tell them: security! Because ... the problem with a publicly exposed service that doesn't work if it's not publicly exposed, is that it doesn't have good enough security to keep the public traffic out. Gotcha.

Comment Re: Great! (Score 1) 252

Brave words in defense of a social media platform ...

I'm not defending Twitter, I'm defending YOUR right, and mine, to be free of script kiddies trashing things just because they can. And I was replying to a user here who was cheering on a DDoS attack and hoping it permanently destroyed something he doesn't like. I didn't see that user, or you, proposing or providing an alternative that unicorns its way past your standards.

So, you don't like SV's social media systems. What have you got designed that will work better? Be specific.

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