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Comment Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 308

Then again, there are others who regard polite disagreement as disrespect. I have friends, or, well, 'friends' who I don't discuss politics with as they just can't handle it. I still sometimes listen to their rants, as I personally find all opinions interesting, but they're not likely to convince me of anything. Their arguments are simply pathetically blunt and filled with errors as they never engage in real debate, but rather hang around in an echo chamber.

Comment Re:Other things we don't know (Score 2) 142

Of course, if the system actually uses a resolution that accurate, it's quite likely you won't even be your own doppelganger. Retaining water would be enough to throw it off.

I'd wager that evolution and neural net learning has struck a pretty optimal balance between false positives and false negatives for this in the human brain.

Oh, and the human system definitely uses measures the researchers didn't take in this study; ever failed to recognize someone because they're not in the same context you usually see them? Heck, I once spent 2 hours on a train talking to someone I thought I sort of recognized. A day later I realized I'd been talking to a (former) CEO of one of the biggest companies in the country, but of course, I wasn't exactly used to seeing him outside TV or newspapers. Ah, well, at least he got an early insight into free software.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 4, Insightful) 621

The commission is the only entity that can propose legislation. Usually, you do elect the people who can propose legislation.

The power of the actual elected body, the European Parliament, is still quite limited. They don't even have enough power to prevent their forced relocation from Brussles to Strassbourgh every month, rather being caught in a perpetual schoolyard bully 'stop hitting yourself' moment. They've managed to block legislation, what, once in history?

There are good and bad things about the EU, but democratic credibility isn't one of the good ones.

Comment Re:This is BS (Score 1) 440

Yeah, I think it's quite common in most places for the same reasons you mention. And a human or an autonomous car with more situational awareness can deal with those situations by being extra alert and careful and keeping a pre-planned problem resolution at hand (ie, ensuring there's space behind/at the side to emergency break while passing).

But the Tesla just drives right into it, keeps a speed that might as well have been planned to make it invisible to the truck, while closing the distance to the car in front in a place where the road layout makes it look like it's intentionally cutting people from the merging road off from being able to take the exit. It's really bad behaviour.

I can't even say that it's good that it's collision avoidance managed to avoid the collision, because it that's how it works, there's a high chance that people will start to figure 'oh, look, I'm being cut off by a Tesla being a dick. No problem, it's fast enough to deal with me forcing myself into its lane.'.

Comment Re:This is BS (Score 1) 440

In the near miss video the Tesla is engaged in behaviour that is so dangerous that it's illegal in many countries, as it's overtaking the truck in the outside lane. The legality might be a bit mitigated due to what seems to be a road merge right before, so the lane speeds might not have gotten sorted out, but considering the off-ramp or whatever it is that the truck is heading for, it's a traffic situation where exactly what happened is highly likely to happen. A situation where most human drivers would be very, very careful about exactly what that truck was doing if they intended to pass it. And where any real autonomous car should absolutely not be moving faster than the cars in the lanes to the left at anywhere near highway speeds.

Comment Re:Negotiating (Score 1) 455

Reading the actual article (sorry...) the actual reason is that 'computer programmer' in this case means (more or less) 'mainframe programmer'.

The study also includes the titles we would normally be including in 'computer programmer', and they have slightly different statistics...:
Software Engineer – $0.94
Mobile Developer – $0.97

Comment Re:What if it had supported "social justice"? (Score 4, Interesting) 572

Well, it's hardly surprising if the bot used Twitter to build its responses, Twitter seems to excel in dragging it's users mental capacity down into the gutters. Exposing it to Tumblr would probably have resulted in something more stereotypically 'teen girl', and putting it in a class on critical theory and you'd get a random generator of meaningless words.

Neo-Nazi Sex Robot has a better sales potential than windows mobile though, maybe Microsoft should see if it can aquire Boston Dynamics from Google and combine these revolutionary technologies into a truly spectacular future for humankind.

Comment Re:This guy over here.... (Score 1) 254

Are they actually serious? I assumed this was the way that it was always done; for as long as I can remember it's always been pointed out that self-destruct traps are essentially pointless as no serious attacker would be so grossly incompetent that they'd try to break into the original.

For things like rubber hose protection you'd use plausible deniability material instead where the 'wrong' password reveals something somewhat embarrassing but fairly innocent, so they basically can't tell if there's anything more available. Destroying the contents instead merely means you gave them the wrong code and they know there's a right one and they still have the next copy and can beat you with the rubber hose until you give them one that unlocks it.

If the FBI is actually working with the original there needs to be some serious firing done...

Comment Re:No winners here. (Score 1) 379

Quotas we barely ever use anymore, to the extent they exist they tend to be integrated into applications if there's a point to them. Wasting employee time is extremely expensive compared to disk. Most systems support snapshots on multiple levels already, from OS/LVM and virtualization layers down to the SAN/NAS. ACL's, after 30 years, managing probably about 10k unix systems, I have run across a handful of situations where it would have been useful, and exactly zero cases where the cost benefit ratio would have made it economically viable. Most modern filesystems support them, but for applications that need that access granularity, the functionality tends to end up in application or database layers. Minor cache improvements pale in comparison to simply throwing the entire performance demanding application on flash-only, FusionIO or NVME disks.

Boot environments like that have been done in various ways for as long as I can remember, where the earliest were basically the diskless NFS based clients where you could simply copy the filesystem and run the update on that. After that, any simple disk mirror could be split off and cloned for a snapshot system to work with. Thankfully, such functionality is approaching irrelevance as well, as application design is growing up enough to actually build redundancy into the application layer so you can take any number of servers offline at any time. Snapping a root filesystem isn't exactly necessary when the application is built to live on a server instance that will disappear and be replaced with a fresh disposable instantiated image on next reboot...

And yes, most features mean pretty much raid, compression, caching, deduplication, snapshots, etc.

It's not that it's a bad filesystem, it's a quite good one. But the problems it solves are becoming legacy issues of less relevance in an industry where the discussion is shifting toward whether there will be an OS as we know it underpinning the application infrastructure at all.

Comment Re:No winners here. (Score 3, Insightful) 379

Making ZFS incompatible with linux was the whole point of putting it under the CDDL from the start.

That said, having run ZFS since pretty much the start on Solaris servers here, it has to be the most overhyped piece of software ever released. Initially it was pretty much unusable for things like database loads, it was unstable as hell and had serious memory usage issues. These days, the glaring problems are largely fixed, but in an enterprise environment most of its features are of limited use as most of the storage will be on centralized SAN/NAS arrays anyway.

The whole discussion is one of those that gives me flashbacks to the 90's, same as when some database guy specifies that they want their volumes on this many striped spindles...

Comment Re:should be interesting (Score 5, Interesting) 327

There's a reason why Sweden has one of the highest rape rates in the world and it's not because there are that many actual rapes going on.

But it is somewhat amusing to watch the racists and the feminists fight over it, as the racists claim it's because the immigrants and the feminists have to constantly switch their realities back and forth between 'it's only a statistical issue' and 'but rape is everywhere!', depending on the situation...

But yes, if you read the original police documents, the purpose of going to the police was to force an STD test. That the US was involved I rather doubt, as any borderline chargeable offense will automatically be pushed by the police and prosecution whether the supposed victim wants it or not it's quite enough that an activist prosecutor like Marianne Ny smells some publicity and the opportunity to 'send a message' to start that chain of events and completely screw up the victims life far beyond the original issue. Hopefully Ny's utter incompetence in this has put a permanent black mark on her career.

Comment Re:Already here (Score 2) 412

'In some way or another' probably refers to the various general social security systems that are in place. Technically it pretty much should be hard to starve in many European countries. In practice, many 'normal' will probably kill themselves rather than go through the hoops necessary to ensure payout, while exploiters can make a very decent living off abusing the systems.

Personally I'm in favour of universial basic income, provided all other benefits are removed at the same time. You get what you get, and no, that won't let you live in a decent area of a major city, there won't be any extra payout for special needs, etc.

I think the reason it won't end up done in Europe for a long time is simply that the welfare dependents, their organisations and the welfare administration workers will oppose it. Far too many special interest groups who'd stand to lose a lot.

Comment Re:Complicated (Score 1) 69

And if docker means you're going to spend more time managing OS level instances, then any savings on hardware are often eaten within weeks of deployment. Shared systems are a PITA if there's any need to coordinate between multiple users of those systems at all.

The fact is, I suspect the only way to avoid triggering manpower costs while implementing docker currently in a large company is basically to deploy it on a one-container-per-OS-image basis. Basically as an application packaging method. Which of course means there won't be any cost reduction on hardware at all. But then again, nobody cares about that, which should be obvious from the lack of optimization in the actual software running.

Comment Live patching cloud? (Score 2) 52

If you need to live patch your kernel you've got a misdesigned application. Failures happen and if you can't design your application for redundancy, don't expect uninterrupted service.

If you need to live-patch kernels in your cloud infrastructure, you need to go back to the drawing board because you don't have a cloud, you have a SPOF.

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