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Comment Problem (Score 1) 202

He doesn't understand the limitations of technology. Unless quantum computing becomes mainstream, it's unlikely we'll have the processing power necessary to realize anything that we would recognize as AI (say, passing an unseeded Turing test with an arbitrary respondent).

It's been 35 years that I have been watching this and nothing better than an optimized Eliza has been demonstrated.

Comment Re:Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 1) 104

You aren't tracking why it caught on. I obviously have more familiarity with the situation in the mid-1990s than you do. There were ample commercial alternatives to the internet which died on the vine precisely on the issue of corporate control and cost. If the government had attempted to closely control the network post-1994, none of this would have happened.

Comment Google is evidence that the internet failed (Score 3, Interesting) 104

The whole goddamned point was an online network not controlled by a big telco or the government. And here we are - controlled by monopolistic entities and/or governments. I'm so relieved it isn't a big national telecom monopoly (not).

Through the combined efforts of criminal activity, rogue states and a failure to just fragment the network, large monopolistic entities now control communications in a way they hadn't since the advent of public internet access. You can't run your own servers, at least if you don't want to play whack-a-mole with constant threats, paramount being the DDoS that you have no power to resist yourself. The common protocols have been one by one exposed to be insecure. The price of sufficent infrastructure to provide an emulation of those protocols has risen to the point that individuals can't afford it. If you still are, you just haven't been attacked vigorously enough yet, or you're already compromised and don't know it.

The problem is the money. None of this would be happening if it weren't possible to steal money or commit fraud over the network.

Disconnecting entirely sounds better and better every day. It's just going to get worse.

Comment This is dumb (Score 3, Insightful) 197

The rights holders are the problem and will never allow this.

The fragmentation of media into smaller entities is a good thing and while the complexity goes up, the result is a buffet of entertainment for any mildly skilled geek due to the broken technologies that resulted from this lack of coordination. Apple can talk and talk about fixing the brokenness but nothing is going to happen. Mainly because no one can figure out how to make money off of it except Apple.

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