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Comment Think around the problem (Score 1) 177

Think around, not through. What we want is efficient, intuitive and reliable human computer communication. If voice recognition is that hard, with many facepalm inducing errors, it is a stupid way to go. It is easier for humans to adapt to the machine. This means artificial dialects and simple AI and a bit of human training. Human consumers are lazy and want magic. Apple and MS try to grab them with the illusion of magic. It would be better for the free software to research what changes to speaking habits make the software component easier, then write howtos and youtube guides as to how to speak to it.

Comment Signed patches (Score 4, Informative) 85

So basically they've taken a bitcoin like distributed ledger, restricted who can do the mining work, and allowed certain privileged entities to produce some form of signed patch. Effectively it's just taking something like bitcoin and adding a new transaction type. As such, it's a blockchain counterpart to the way that UDF allows modifying and deleting on WORM media (that is, a convention for saying 'x was deleted', or 'x replaces y'), perhaps with the means to prevent the erased information being recovered from the updated blockchain.

Comment Re:Why compare to the pi? (Score 1) 204

Exactly. It totally misses the point of the pi. An x86 board with a pi-compatible layout and GPIO pins (and a sata port would be nice), for under $50 and you'd be in the territory of 'outcompeting the pi'. It is competing against stuff more like this: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/...

Comment Re: Who knew? (Score 1) 294

The frustrating thing is that the system has all the legal means tied up, with a near monopoly on medical opinion and a 'doctor's judgement' notion to hide behind. Even if you are successful by legal means, there may not be much of the person you are fighting for left, long before you reach a conclusion.

Comment Should extend to bureaucracies (Score 1) 68

A robot is a mechanical device coordinated by a complex system of rules (its software). A bureaucracy is an organisation coordinated by a system of rules (law and policy). The rules largely define the behaviour. Whoever is responsible for the rules being the way they are has to take a large degree of responsibility for both writing those rules, and their consequences, and for their testing, maintenance, and if necessary withdrawal. This responsibility needs to be relatively unperturbed by conflicts of interest when human health and lives are at stake. Bureaucracies are robots built out of humans.

Comment Re:Wishful thinking (Score 1) 156

"Use but don't trust." is my general motto for cloud stuff. What you gain from cloud services is only truly yours when removal of those cloud services cannot take it away from you. "May be cancelled for business reasons at short notice" and similar are caveats to essentially all cloud services (given that those 'business reasons' may involve insolvency, which overrides any contracted obligations to you).

Comment Re: Are you for real? (Score 1, Interesting) 424

Social awkwardness, Aspergers, and so on have this nasty side to them. The natural desire and curiosity is there, the lack of social graces makes it hard to satisfy, the loneliness when others' social and sex lives work and yours dont can be excruciating, and the means to remedy the problems is often either taboo, niche, or unattainable. The pressure to enjoy spreading naughty videos is strong, and sensible alternatives non-existent. By seeing these people as 'akward herberts' to be sidelined, ignored and labelled away compounds the problem.

Comment Not a right to be forgotten problem (Score 1) 424

Modern society's attitudes to young women and sex are basically a fucked up mish mash of caveman reproductive instincts and simplistic religious bigotry. By making sex rarer, subject to various social conventions and expectations, you cultivate perverse fascinations, and inhibit maturity.

Comment Re:It begs to say... (Score 1) 140

The should have had a terms of use thing saying that if access to porn sites were made, a warning would pop up, and if the user accepted, their use would be recorded and sent to an admin team who could check out what was being watched through the tablets. Then said team would have an excuse for looking at porn on the payroll.

Comment Tagging based solution (Score 3, Funny) 196

There needs to be acceptable nudity policies. These should require users who upload photos with nudity to tag them as such, including whether sexual or non-sexual (the napalm girl is clearly non-sexual), and even pornographic (if there is a service that allows pornographic images). The rule then is that the uploader must tag certain tags if appropriate (e.g. non-sexual nudity), and so on. Then users have users settings on whether to block such tags, and if they see untagged images which should have been tagged, and would have been blocked given their settings, then there is the 'inappropriate image' system. When it comes to sexual nudity stuff, if present at all, there should be checks on users. Then AI can flag possible non-tagged images. This really ought to be well within what Facebook can do. In addition, with sensitive stuff (like the revenge porn stuff), there should be terms and conditions where blatant stuff like that european lawsuit is about can lead to details of uploaders being sent either to police or the victim's lawyers.

The problem is to try too hard to have an idiot-proof one-size-fits-all acceptable image policy.

Comment At least I'll be partially cured of my OCD.. (Score 1) 135

With Twitter, I almost always try to have a tweet with correct English spelling, grammar and punctuation, and which takes up exactly 140 characters, using at most 3-4 hash tags. (Yes, I'm on the spectrum.)

What am I going to do now? I hope I don't get Twittagoraphobia with all the space it will shower me with.

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