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Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

Yeah but what quality is that meat from Sam's club? Factory farmed meat doesn't really taste good (at least not if you know what GOOD meat tastes like). In this case, it may be they are eating vegetables instead of grass fed sirlon. Which you might argue people on a budget shouldn't be so picky about, but seriously once you get used to good meat it's hard to go back

Comment Re:All for legal reasons (Score 1) 214

a) Statisticians actually formally discuss these as type 1 and type 2 errors. The chance of rejecting a true hypothesis and failing to reject a false hypothesis is typically taken into account in the beginning of your analysis.
b) This is a non-trivial task. Sure, if you have a limited scope (we want our planes not to crash, so err on the side of something that is safer than required) it's easy. But in this case, it changes. "Find me a photo of hitler" is bad if it finds a woman who desperately needs to wax, but it's also bad if you're doing a search for hitler images and miss him. In this case there is no adequate framework to say "Here is how you determine acceptable error levels."

What all this boils down to is AI is simply not ready for prime time until it becomes MUCH more accurate

Comment Re:Might not be smart to quit (Score 1) 417

I might add: there will be significant resources made available for a large project (and this would count). While it's possible the FBI might have computers or whatever that the key employees to use, a big part of enabling this would be to have the resources of the company (e.g. libraries / documentation / etc) available.

Comment Re:Might not be smart to quit (Score 1) 417

If you RTFA, it's clear that no one person to crack the phone. The crack, if it happened, would involve a diverse team across silo'd departments. (E.g. Hardware, QA, Software, Security)

Because it's not something one person would have, but requires a concerted effort by a number of people, it's unlikely if people quit Apple will be able to be compelled to do the iPhone crack

Comment Re:Title is idiotic (Score 1) 82

Maybe not ideally, but what if there's no other choice? Sure if you need an appendectamy in New York City, you have no shortage of skilled surgeons, but what if your appendix bursts in a small village in Alaska, in the middle of winter, or you take a bullet on the battlefield with no evac in site.

Situations like this are where autosurgeons will make inroads.

Comment Re:This crap again? (Score 1) 264

Well, yes, different countries have different standards. I can remember a company outing to build morale to a ski slope, and most people ended up in the sauna afterwards (fully nude). In the US, anybody getting naked in front of a coworker, or suggesting to go to such a place would be sacked immediately, but there it was quite normal.

Comment Re:Well then (Score 1) 128

A few things to note:

a) Not an American in Europe: an American in the Netherlands. Visa programs are set by countries themselves so the experience in Ireland won't be the same as an expat in the Netherlands. There are certainly some countries that are more welcoming

In the Netherlands you can't just come over unless you're on an expat visa. And "Integrating" requires five years of continuous employment. The problem being if you get laid off (as I was) and blind sided you basically get shipped home.

And getting citizenship may mean renouncing your US citizenship. Again depends on the country, some will let you have two citizenships (although not all will)

b) There is a HUGE difference between current climate in Europe for immigration and five to ten years ago. Many new restrictions were added after the economic crisis. Even more restrictions were added when all the syrian refugees started showing up. With such a large influx of migrants (and rampant xenophobia in some countries) many governments are making the bar for a non-refugee much higher.

Comment Re:Well then (Score 2) 128

As an American who lived in the Netherlands for 7 years (first Maastricht and then Amsterdam) I can tell you it's not that easy to find a job. Dutch immigration laws are a pain, and thanks to the PVV and Gert Wilders they're basically trying to prevent more migrants coming and kick the ones already there out. (My source? My visa was revoked and I was politely asked to leave the country after my visa was revoked for being laid off).

What this ends up meaning is if you're EU you'll have no problems (because you can just move there, because it's EU) but if you're non-EU forget about it. (Actually it's just very difficult). And even if you have very hard to find skills you'll be punished for being a foreigner. They'll pay you less (because you pay less taxes) and gouge you for housing prices.

Still, despite the drawbacks it was worth it. If you get a chance, take it.

Comment Re:Open book for thee, privacy for we (Score 1) 440

I'm not sure who "Miss Whiplash" is, but if you're talking about your landlord, she almost certainly deposits the money in her own bank account.

Even if she spends it, the second she goes to a store to break the bill, it goes to the bank.

Your cash is only ever a transaction or two away from being tracked. Because, let's face it, most merchants deposit their cash so unless you pay all in singles (which will then be given out as change) your bills will get deposited.

Comment Re:Open book for thee, privacy for we (Score 2) 440

I think it's incredibly myopic to think any privacy already exists for your payments.


1) Unless you are working illegally your bank already processes your paycheck.
2) Your employer is already providing the government with both a) bits of your paycheck (called income tax) and b) a record of your earnings
3) Once the money hits your bank account, your bank already knows where it goes. If you withdraw cash, they may even know the serial numbers (and can track to some extent from that). ATMs certainly could be "upgraded" to keep a record of each bill handed out.
4) If large inflows or other transactions are seen, your bank will report it to the government. If you do not use a bank, when you buy something big, the bank of your merchant will report the transaction.

The days of just having a pile of cash, and no one knows where it's going are gone. It may be possible to take some steps to make tracking harder. For instance, prepaid debit cards come to mind. Once the economy gets rid of cash it may be that there becomes a hot market for these (much like criminals now use prepaid cell phones).

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