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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 Justice is blind (Score 5, Insightful) 284

Justice may be blind, but she sure is greedy. Not that I'm a huge gawker fan, but clearly having a billion dollars lets you have your way in the courts. Had they posted a sex tape of some average Joe and/or not somehow pissed off Thiel, Mr. Average Joe would just have to live with it because he wouldn't have the money to fight it in court.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 158

Open source (well, sort of) means that we know our Android devices are tracking our every move. Apple isn't defending your privacy. They're defending your false beliefs that they don't track you.

That said, so long as I can use the fact that my phone wasn't at the scene of the crime as an alibi, I'm all for the government having such data (after getting a warranty, of course). That way we only have to worry about the criminals with IQ scores of 10 or better.

Comment Ha, suckers! I'm getting NextLight (Score 1) 218

I live in Longmont, Colorado. The city government is running fiber to the entire city. A guy just strung a piece of glass into a box on the side of my house the other day. Next Monday they come to install the inside port and give me my fiber modem. I'll be paying $50/month for 1Gbps and I can't wait to give Comcast the boot.

So HA! Suck it all you capped mofos. Looks like your big commercial ISPs have put a cap in your arse, so to speak.

There's a house down the street from me for sale if anyone's interested. ;)

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 1) 311

This is the same issue as the mortgage loan robosigning thing. Did anyone go to jail for that? Or loose their job? Or even face a meaningful fine?

The law is clearly there to make non-super-rich individuals suffer at the hands of the very wealthy. Both the judicial and executive branches make that abundantly clear.

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

> "Your video has been subject to a DMCA claim, filed by someone who has been identified as submitting excessive numbers of fraudulent or unproven claims. Contact our legal department at xxx for assistance."

Or better yet "click here to automatically file a counter-claim using our one-click-counter-claim feature". Of course, Amazon them would probable sue Google because Jeff Bozos thinks he owns anything "one click".

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

In this particular case, it /could/ be automated if Google simply required the DMCA filer to provide the date of the copyright they say is being violated. In this case, this weekend > 2009, so clearly the claim is false. Could they not refuse on those grounds?

Additionally, can this guy not file a DMCA notice with Fox itself, forcing them to take that episode of Family Guy off any of their streaming services until it went to court?

Comment Re:Pragmatic judge, but... (Score 1) 54

...won't be able to alter them without being detected, that is.

Seriously though, this makes the Wayback Machine a huge target for hackers, doesn't it? Imagine advertising on darknet the ability to plant evidence in the Wayback Machine. I expect someone would pay a pretty penny for that.

Comment Re:interestingly (Score 1) 54

Digital signatures (assuming you mean the cryptography ones rather than a .jpg of your handwriting) require that the user appropriately protect his or her private key. The average person doesn't know how to do that and even for those of us who do, it's inconvenient and error-prone. (I assume my personal PC hasn't been hacked, but I have no way to know for sure.) Digital signatures are therefore not really much more secure than paper+ink+analog phone line sort.

Since they involve what the public and many judges think of as "computers magic", using them run the very high risk of treating them as a form of non-repudiation even when limited ability to ensure the secrecy of the private key makes that inappropriate.

Comment Re:solve a small problem (Score 1) 255

Small problem is the ticket. Scratch your own itch. Anyone who can't think of something they want a computer to do that their computer doesn't already do just isn't thinking very hard.

And I don't mean something there isn't an app for. There probably is an app for almost everything. But programming isn't really that hard and finding apps among the gazillions is, so it's often easier to just code your own. If and when it breaks in ways that annoy you, it's much easier to fix yourself.

Of course the real problem isn't the processing and display of data, but getting the data in the first place. Big companies and lazy/unfriendly governments (as if there were any other type) make getting the data you want really hard and/or expensive. Try getting "public" property records for the entire US. Or court records. How about just the complete list of UPC codes and a text description of what they translate to, much less pricing various businesses sell that product for. Or how about just your own financial or medical records. Some of those things are "sort of" available in a programmatic way, but I long for a future where they're all available in their entirety via simple ssl-protected REST API calls. Today we have a gazillion useless apps. Maybe someday we'll get access to the data to create a few useful ones.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 357

I didn't say we had to have a 2-party system, nor did I say "sure, throw your vote away". I said that you actually have to do the hard work of campaigning for your 3rd party candidate (lots of time) rather than just voting (5 minutes). If you're unwilling to put in the effort it would take to actually give your 3rd party candidate a chance then you're just a lazy bum and you are throwing your vote away. If all you're willing to do is spend 5 minutes voting, you should probably vote for someone who's electable without all that effort you're unwilling to put in.

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