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Comment Re:Flood defenses? (Score 3, Interesting) 134

And then what?

They buy a device that's horribly insecure, the manufacturer sends out one security update, then abandons it, and it becomes part of a botnet. And you fine the person who bought it?

Actually, you're right. That's a great idea, because it will kill the whole 'Internet of Things' idiocy overnight. No-one will risk attaching anything to their network if they can't verify it's secure.

Comment Obviously AI is superior to any human judgement (Score 1) 192

An AI can't make mistakes, and only ignorant Luddites with severe paranoia issues would retard process and a better world without human error and the terrible death tolls that follow when doctors are texting or drunk or ... Oh wait. That's self-driving cars. Only SDCs are perfect, I guess, though one would think SD AI doctors would be far better than humans, given the premise of SDCs. If you trust an AI to drive a car, you should trust it to diagnose your cancer. Mistakes on either's part will kill you.

Comment For me, never worked (Score 1) 292

I've tried pairing my phone to Ford cars, and it never works. It pairs, but then: zilch. It thinks it's a music player of some sort. Phone doesn't function through the car. I always carry - YES - a 3.5 audio cable and connect the phone through the headphone jack to hear music. Even THAT fails and I have to reboot the system to make it work. This among many other common failures of simple gadgets make me laugh to see self-driving cars - we are no where near ready for that level of complexity. In the real world, these toys crash constantly.

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 292

Odd. The same comments they made could be applied to self-driving cars, which will certainly be far more buggy than the infotainment screen. Only the SDCs could actually kill you. Why people think the music player would naturally be a piece of useless crap code while the car will be an AI marvel far better than human drivers... explain this to me...

Now for the comments about paranoia, stupidity, Ludditism...

Comment Re: As it should be (Score 1) 230

This is going to be a bloody lesson in hubris. Not that believers will look. SD cars already have been in plenty of accidents; it's just our rules for finding fault were written with humans in mind. The car that hits another car is almost always at fault, per human rules, and the SDs are being hit, so therefore no "mistakes" are tallied. Further investigation would be made by the SD car company, which is biased to not find error. The problem is robots can drive so stupidly that a normal human will hit the SDC, and suck up the blame. The real stats are being fudged.

Comment Formal verification is a niche tool (Score 1) 531

...and it always will be IMO.

Writing formal specs, and proving your code meets that formal specs, is very hard, very slow work. Data61 proved that their microkernel implements a formal spec. It took them 25 person-years to implement a 7500 line kernel. Very very few software projects justify that level of expenditure.

I agree that system programming should be moving to languages/environments that make safer programming easier though. Why we're still writing non-performance critical code with buffer overflows in 2016 is beyond me.

Comment Re:Where?? What is wrong with MORE CHOICE (Score 1) 551

But the audio adapter dongle requires software keys that only Apple can provide. And can withdraw. So, it is DRM that hasn't been switched on. Yet.
Don't give the monkeys the keys to the banana plantation.
This leaves the key in the lock for future implementation. Don't give them a lock, or a key. Audio is all that is left for us now.

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