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Comment Re:Location locks (Score 1) 376

It's not that difficult to feed fake GPS data to the antenna of your phone while shielding out any legitimate satellite signals.

If a GPS lock were standard, you could probably expect customs to have their exam room to be set up to mimic any location on Earth about six months after the standard came into effect.

Comment Re:The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 1) 376

The Supreme Court has held that the Constitution only applies to U.S. territory.

Yeah, and they fucked up Korematsu, Dred Scott and Kelo too. What's your point?

Technically it is Cuban territory being leased to the U.S.

Which is irrelevant to the bill of rights. The fifth amendment doesn't say "unless you stash the people you kidnapped on foreign soil". For any American official to hold anyone in custody without trial is a crime.

all countries need to protect themselves from unlawful entry

This is a reason for positively identifying anyone seeking entry. It's not an argument for violating their 4th amendment rights.


Comment The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 3, Interesting) 376

The US Constitution is the entirety of the legal basis for the very existence of the American federal government. Is it binding upon all American government officials, agents, and employees at all times and all places. There is no provision in the constitution for the suspension of the bill of rights at the border, and the fact that our rights are routinely violated when entering the country is because our courts are derelict in their duty to enforce the constitution.


Comment Re:The machine ate my package (Score 1) 156

No matter how much damage, the ROMs are unlikely to be destroyed, which means there's value in delivering the contents no matter what, at least in this case. Of course with that many cartridges in one package, I wouldn't be surprised if some over-eager postal inspector mistakenly believed that somebody was importing pirated game cartridges to sell, in which case the package is probably fully intact in the evidence locker of some law enforcement agency.

Comment Re:It's all about the merger (Score 1) 98

this may be a case of keeping the active user count artificially high in order to keep the merger on track.

I should also still have a Yahoo account. It's been a few years since I logged in; way longer since I checked my e-mail there. Created 15+ years ago, never actively used. If this "delayed delete" is a way of keeping the "active" user count up (i.e. number of registered and not-deleted accounts), it's a total fraud from Yahoo's side, as it'll for sure also add inactive accounts like mine, in that case.

Comment Re:Sooo (Score 1) 71

People ride "driverless" elevators everyday without shitting or pissing in them. Why would horizontal movement be so different from vertical movement?

Elevators: usually the rider is not alone but there are strangers present; even if alone at any one time the door may open with other people wanting to get on. That's even before considering the CCTV cameras and the fact that rides are normally really short (less than a minute).

In short: there is no (expectation of) privacy in lifts. When it comes to cars, even when on the road, that's a whole different story.

Comment Re:Why "new employment"? (Score 1) 354

Not that everyone will want a life like that. People will always want more than just the basics.

Not stopping people from trying to get more than "just the basics". That's also the philosophy behind things like a basic income for all. The basics are covered - food, shelter, clothing, a little extra for entertainment - but for more you have to put some effort in it. That more, however, can be different for many people. Some want to go for more hikes which is basically free, others may want to collect vintage cars and will need to find a way to get the money for that, yet others like to start writing books or engage in painting. That can also very well be that "more than just the basics", it is something we can not do now, but when robots take over our jobs, maybe we can. But only if we're not going to look for other forms of employment to occupy our lives with, just to fulfil those basics, which is what Bill Gates is suggesting we do.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 141

Doesn't the same thing happen to YouTube videos already?

I've never posted anything there I don't want the world to see, so if they use one of my videos I'd be flattered instead.

However what does bother me is that I often see videos linked on other web sites, and then it's (C) YouTube. Or photos from Facebook, and it says (C) Facebook. Now I understand the part where YouTube and Facebook will have the right to re-use your videos/photos in any way they see fit, but how come they even can claim copyright on it? Or is that simply the news media not understanding copyright (which would be about as worrying but then for other reasons)?

Comment Re:It's the right choice (Score 1) 148

You got one thing terribly wrong in your argumentation. Ad blockers are NOT the fault of YouTube per se.

I don't see ads on YouTube because of my ABP, but I didn't install it to block ads on YouTube, that was just a nice side effect or collateral damage or however you want to call it. I installed it to block ads on other sites that were irritating me, the risk of drive-by malware infections, and the general lack of interest in whatever they were trying to sell. It is the whole of the Internet that made me install an ad blocker.

Maybe a few people installed ABP or equivalent specifically because of YouTube, for most I think it's not like that. By now I install ABP on a new system as a matter of course. Even if the Internet at large would do away with ads suddenly, I wouldn't notice the difference, and I would still keep ABP running. Same for the pop-up blocker of Firefox. For years I haven't seen pop-ups or pop-unders (except that really persistent one from TripAdvisor), I don't know if they're still being used, and I'm not about to try it out either as the blocker doesn't seem to be getting in the way of anything.

Now only if there were a proper ad blocker for Android phones (haven't found one)... I rarely use my phone for browsing but there are some really really annoying ads going around apps (black/white flashing and so). It's those that drive me into spending the time and effort of installing blockers.

Comment Why "new employment"? (Score 1) 354

With all those robots taking over our jobs, why should we have to do any jobs in the first place? Shouldn't ongoing automation give us more free time instead?

It is a quite fundamental question no-one seems to ask. Why do we have such thing as employment? Is it to produce things for other people to use (which robots can do for us), or is it for other reasons entirely?

Jobs and employment for a way of distributing money - and with it, the goods and services produced by those people. Now robots may come in and can take care of some or most of that production.

Comment Re:Slavery all over again? (Score 1) 69

Well... anything you'd call a 'script' wouldn't be 'AI', and you don't have to worry much about if you're treating an AI ethically unless and until you make one that is self-aware.

Of course if you've managed to make a self-aware AI, you probably also designed it to be happy doing whatever it is you built it for. Is it slavery if your AI wants to serve you even to the point of its own destruction, and in fact enjoys doing so?

Comment On regulation of AI development (Score 1) 69

I am no legislator, nor even a lawyer... but I think that any AI with the potential to harm humans should be requires to have sufficient safety features built into it to minimize the risk it presents to below that of a human performing the same tasks.

That puts human safety over cost savings: if the AI isn't safe enough, you can't replace a human with it regardless of how much more cost effective it is.

And that's pretty much the standard we see being used to judge driverless cars, not just because it's something you can measure and use to set insurance rates, but because it just makes sense.

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