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Comment Re:1 truck, better than 20+ shoppers... (Score 1) 136

When property owners can't get their stuff delivered, they'll make changes to their property, so the trucks have someplace to park that is not in the public right of way.

That's very unlikely. What is far more likely is that delivery companies will simply increase shipping charges to those cities to compensate. Then, when voting taxpayers find out that their costs are far higher than in more logically run cities, the officials that followed your advice lose their jobs at the next election.

Comment Re:You mean like Freifunk? (Score 1) 153

The problem would be establishing trunks to carry enough traffic to make it worthwhile...

That's only one problem, and that's just within a single neighborhood. The much bigger problem is how a mesh network would traverse countries and continents (even the friendly ones) without massive funds from the very people and companies who would be actively fighting against such a network.

Comment He Brought A Knife to fight the Death Star (Score 1) 255

All of his counter-argument are readily, and obviously, felled by variations on the same theme.

1.) Artificial intelligence is already getting smarter than us, at an exponential rate.

This is entirely irrelevant. Artificial Intelligence (a misnomer, if ever there was one) doesn't even have to be a factor. All that matters is that machines are purposed and sufficiently well programmed to do a specific task usually performed by a human. This is the exact same thing that happened in the industrial revolution. The only difference is that our machines and their programming are more sophisticated than in the past, and are therefore able to perform more sophisticated tasks that are usually performed by humans. As such, activities that need human intervention are slowly (and in some cases, quickly) dwindling.

2.) We'll make AIs into a general purpose intelligence, like our own.

We don't have to. Computing hardware is so relatively cheap, and the software cost so low, that we can have relatively dumb machines intruding to more traditionally human-driven jobs. Again, this is a continuation of the industrial revolution, but with only more powerful machines.

3.) We can make human intelligence in silicon.

Again, we don't have to. We need only create algorithms smart enough to do a particular job better than a human. This is progressing rapidly enough to be a concern right now. We have algorithms sophisticated enough right now to perform some intellectually challenging jobs better than their human counterparts. Specific machines and software to perform specific jobs.

4.) Intelligence can be expanded without limit.

Again, it doesn't have to. So called, "intelligence" isn't even required. Just raw processing power for a single task, with an increasing number of single tasks being defined and solved. This expansion is effectively limitless over sufficient, finite time.

5.) Once we have exploding superintelligence it can solve most of our problems.

Again, it doesn't have to explode, or to be super-intelligence. All it needs is to have specific tasks solvable in a manner that well exceeds human abilities. These small tasks need only be grouped and managed to have a dramatic, jaw-dropping efficiency that no human collective can match. That is much easier, and has endless examples from the 50's onward.

Replacing humans is the whole reason computers exist. I've watched it happen over and over where I work. Computer exist to automate tasks performed by humans, and to perform tasks that humans can't do. So, none of his arguments are in any way convincing. He is arguing from a perspectively completely disjointed from reality. It's not the threat of a single, large artificial intelligence that is the problem. The real threat is that of many small pieces working together to outclass humans.

Comment Re:Not a big deal (Score 2, Interesting) 136

Someone is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Not likely. We tried the Surface Pro at work. Its performance was so bad, its interoperability with Microsoft's own software so poor, its concept so poorly thought out that our management, largely pro-Microsoft since the beginning of time, threw the piece of shit in the trash.


They didn't repurpose it, didn't give it way, didn't recycle it. They literally threw it in the trash and swore against ever using it again.

This plummeting revenue mirrors our experience with it. Shockingly, Microsoft's Surface revenue has dropped by only 285 million. They couldn't pay us to even pretend to use it.

Comment Maybe, Maybe Not (Score 1) 387

There are several factors to consider, including, in no particular order:

1) Is he otherwise getting his job done?
2) Is there a conflict of interest?
3) Is company policy clear on the issue?
4) Can his side work benefit his employer?

There are many other factors, too. My company's policy is clearly spelled out: we are allowed to have side jobs and businesses, as long as there is no conflict of interest, no misuse of company property, and as long as they don't interfere with getting our work done.

We have found that side jobs and businesses tend to produce useful things that are then imported into company work. It's a win-win for everyone, under the right circumstances. The company benefits, and the employees benefit.

Comment Re:Tone down the trolls? (Score 1) 296

Now might not be the best time to alienate them/us further with "Moscow Donald" remarks and more demonization.

Do you actually think for a second that you and your party affiliation matters one bit for this discussion (don't panic, mine don't matter either). Pai and Trump have exactly one objective here: self-enrichment. Their constituents are rich businesses, and they make that abundantly clear every day.

All those who voted for either Hillary or Trump deserve to be demonized for their crass stupidity. The least qualified third party candidate was far and away better qualified as President than either Trump or Hillary.

Comment Re:DeadHat !! (Score 2) 85

I don't understand all this systemd bashing.

A lot of people don't like change.

There is one gripe, though, that I can sympathize with, and that's how systemd is expanding to encompass much more than is readily understandable. There may be perfectly good reasons for the expansion, but they're not readily apparent.

That said, I've been using systemd ever since Kubuntu switched to it, and I haven't had any problems with it. But then, I haven't tried a recursive rm recently.

Comment Still Not Worth It (Score 1) 146

I find his backpedaling to be funny.

"What you will get with hand-squeezed hacks is a mediocre (and maybe very messy) experience that you won't want to repeat once, let alone every day"

Here's the funny part: you squeeze or press the (mostly liquid) contents through an opening that is small enough to fit in your mouth. If it's too messy to squeeze, you could very easily just suck it out through the package neck, or by inserting a 1 cent straw.

But I still wouldn't buy even the pouches, as they are 10 times the cost of buying and preparing fresh, Organic fruits and vegetables myself. And they don't even have much of a time saving factor, either, as preparing multiple servings of frozen slushy with a blender only takes a few minutes.

This whole product concept was badly conceived.

Comment Which is Worse? (Score 2) 359

I don't know which is worse: that a company exists that thinks there are people stupid enough to pay ten times what this thing is worth, or that that there are enough stupid people in the country that will pay that outrageous price to support such a company.

With my $40 blender, I can make a frosty, 40-ounce Organic slushy by adding ice and about $3.00 worth of Organic fruits and vegetables. That's about sixty cents for an 8-ounce glass of a tasty, healthy snack in drink form.

Comment Diagnoses (Score 1) 48

I find doctors to be quite bad at routing diagnostics, so I think a roll of a d100 has at least as good a chance of predicting heart attack as most doctors.

Doctors are generally good at minor surgery, prescribing drugs, and addressing simple injuries. Beyond that, diving meaning from chicken bones seems to be just as accurate as doctors in predicting and/or diagnosing general issues.

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