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Comment Ecenomic Darwin (Score 2) 122

Why shouldn't someone operating a hotel out of an apartment be expected to operate under the same rules?

I can counter with an equally valid, 'Why should they?'

They are not a hotel. If I rent let my neighbor do their laundry in my washing machine once in a while, am I a Laundromat chain? If I drive a friend to the airport and hit them up for some gas money, am I a taxi service?

Now, you might counter with some concerns that they need to be regulated in order that AirB&B suites are safe and follow rules governing proper business practices, and that is a fair request. In the next century, everything is going to become micro-transactional, and there needs to be a whole new set of laws and regulations that govern these businesses that are separate from traditional business regulations.

That does not mean that we should treat them like traditional businesses because it is convenient. The real story here is that existing vested interests are trying to use monopolistic practices to keep a rival with a possibly better business plan down.

If these Dumb fucks running big hotel chains were at all smart, they would just open their own AirB&B service to compete. If AirB&B is truly a threat, they should just adapt, and start stealing market share from Hotel chains that don't.

Comment Author is high (Score 2) 76

While the article is a little short of details (Did I miss a link to the whitepaper?), the 90% seems like misleading sensationalism. TFA mentioned that the attack is carried out via HbbTV signals and I think the intent was that 90% of TVs sold in recent history support this method of data transmission, hence the '90% vulnerable' claim. Of course, the author is probably aware that inflated and hysterical claims generate more traffic.

That doesn't mean that 90% of tvs are carrying 0 day vulnerabilities, but given the state of IoT security, I wouldn't be surprised if they all had some forms of bugs that could be exploited. I would think that this problem could be mitigated by simply disabling HbbTV capabilities and plugging into coax. I am not a TV technician, if you are, please jump all over this post and call me stupid for suggestion such a silly idea.

Comment Rules and fools (Score 2) 107

And how are you going to enforce this registration requirement? Jump up and grab an unregistered drone with collision avoidance software that is 100 ft in the air, and traveling at 30 mph? if you catch it, are you going to throw the drone in jail? You going to throw a spider-tracer on the drone, and follow it?

Good luck with that. That law should be as simple to enforce as anti-marijuana regulations. I bet you have this whole problem solved by Friday.

Comment There can only be one response. Get a Rope (Score 3, Informative) 542


LOL, brilliant. This is a terribly written article, for the simple reason that it fails to identify if the studios are doing a remake, a reboot, or simply adding more stories in the same 'Wachowskverse'. Remakes are usually dimwitted rewrites of old classics, (I challenge anyone here to name a remake that was better than the original.) while adding more stories occasionally yields real gems like Aliens, Empire Strikes Back, and T2. Reboots are somewhere in between where an existing IP is rewritten and started over again, such as thee fucking mess that Sony has been making of the Spider-man franchise for the better part of twenty years now. I might be willing to watch more new stories set in the same world, but I really don't need to see a new Neo movie.

Look Hollywood, if you aren't going to try to write new stories about new IP, at least write new stories about old IP rather than remake and reboot the same old stuff over and over again. We are bored with the same story over and over again.

Comment Re:Life is sometimes a bit difficult. (Score 1) 632

I think you have some reading comprehension problems. I didn't get work because of vast prior experience, that really didn't help at all when it came to landing a job. I am not sure why you are going off about how a mechanical engineer can't get pre-professional experience and how coders are all clueless. The point was, it takes hard work to get wherever you really want to go in life.

Comment Life is sometimes a bit difficult. (Score 5, Interesting) 632

I hear this year after year about how college grads have a hard time finding jobs. When I got out of college, I was already well into my second decade of coding experience, and nobody wanted to hire me because nobody wants to hire a n00b with no professional experience. But I stuck to it and I took a few lousy jobs to build up my resume and get some experience. Years later, I make good money now as a dev, and I have no shortage of job offers. I feel like each generation goes through this, was there ever a group of kids that got instantly hired up fresh out of college without any effort?

There should be a final class that is mandatory before you graduate were they tell people that life isn't going to be handed to you on a silver platter, and that some degree of struggle is par for the course.

That being said, the next decade or so should really open things up in the job market as all the baby boomers really start dying in droves.

Comment Money != Smart (Score 2) 231

Yep. That guy. He is an idiot, and every time I see him open his mouth, my opinion falls further. He knows business, and has got some pretty cool electric cars made, but he keeps saying bat shit crazy things about tech fields that I don't see him as technically qualified to discuss authoritatively. I would love it to have some brilliant Tony Stark style billionaires running around in the world, but having a lot of financial success doesn't meant that you are good at solving any problem other than making a lot of money.

BWT, signing checks for AI research does not equate to being a Fuzzy Zadeh, John Holland, etc.

Comment Sort of confused at what you are shooting for... (Score 1) 231

So, you have gone back and confirmed that I have consistently said that AI is a tough field, and that we are a lot farther out from generalized AIs than CEOs would have you believe. Check.

Then you pull in a quote from a conversation with a ms game dev. I am not quite sure what point you were hoping to illustrate with that. The point I was making was that game devs of the time weren't even trying to build a intelligent, learning system that would adapt to player behavior or environmental changes, but they simply took the lazy/easy path of just peeking at player input and using asymmetrical information to appear to be smarter than they actually were. I was appalled at the intellectual laziness of the dev, because they hadn't even attempted to experiment with more nuanced approaches but simply waved them off because it was simpler to just let the AI cheat.

Now, I get that there are real world time and budget constraints, especially with game dev work. However, the attitude I encountered was akin to 'I think PI = 3, because anything more is too much work, and setting PI = 3 has worked on all the bridges I have built so far'

I am a little confused though, on how either of these points leads you to the conclusion that 'Academic Techniques' aren't adequate for real world problems. Some of the best and most exiting work in the 'real world' being done by big companies is built solidly on academic techniques. Go read about Google's machine translate work, for example. It is built on a neural net model, and is making some pretty amazing progress.

Finally, if you hope that using my own opinions about the state of AI will somehow shore up your opinion of academic AI techniques, I will be the first to claim that I am a talented amateur at best. Build your arguments on my thoughs on the topic, and you are truly building a house on sand!

CEOs and other Imbeciles < My opinions < Real Researchers who know their shit

Comment CEOs are smarter than anyone (Score 5, Insightful) 231

Well, since a CEO thinks that this will be true, it must be. I love how CEOs like this guy and Elon (idiot) Musk are predicting the future of AI development. As opposed to say, leading AI researchers that are attending conferences and writing papers on the state of the art.

My response: STFU register biscuit, and work on growing your companies valuation rather than talking about shit that people way smarter than you cannot predict. This headline might as well be, "Random unqualified person speculates on the unknown future".

Comment Tidal locking? Sign me up! (Score 1) 273

Tidal locking would be GREAT for developing life. Having a constant source of light/warmth is wonderful for a lot of types of life. Sure, there wouldn't be a photosynthetic life developing on the dark side of the planet, but could you imagine the abundance of life that might grow on the light side of the planet? Imagine a planet with a constant, never ending spring or summer. Of course the actual orbit would likely alter the temperature seasonally, but 24/7 (relatively speaking) light would be fantastic for life.

Comment I am as insecure as POTUS's phone.... (Score 1) 507

Because I'm sure that's the only device he has with him ever, and never does he have an aide standing by that holds onto whatever phone the Government issued him.

You mouth breathing moron, do you realize that that the phone is a huge security risk without him ever making a single call on it? If it is an unsecured phone, it could very well be broadcasting POTUS's GPS coordinates constantly. This would give his exact position at all times away to anyone with hostile intent. Further, smartphones have microphones in them. If you root the phone, you could possibly listen in to conversations happening in the same room. What harm could occur if 'bad guys' (Trump's words) could start listening in on POTUS's confidential conversations? And who knows, Trump might just disregard the Secret Service instructions and use the phone sensitive calls. He seems to have established a track record for making poor judgements.

Yes, it is a very good use of elected officials time to make sure that a POTUS who wants to be a loose cannon is not allowed to jeopardize the safety of America.

Comment It is all obama's fault... (Score 1) 507

yup - and after 8 years of Obama we have more racial tension than ever before, more blacks hating cops, Iran getting payoffs....the national debt DOUBLING...

In the last 8 years, vast numbers of stupid people felt empowered to express their poorly though out world views on the Internet.

Thanks Obama.

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