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Comment No, he wasn't (Score 1) 262

Assanage's offer was always empty, given that the US isn't after him, at least not publicly. Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret, though he's presented no evidence of this and of course one would have to question if they'd agree to a public deal for something secret.

Assanage is wanted by Sweden and the UK. Sweden for a sexual assault case, and the UK for skipping bail in that case. The US has not filed any charges against him, though I'm quite sure they don't like him. If he left the embassy he would be arrested by the UK and shipped off to Sweden. Or they might not send him off, since he's broken UK law by skipping bail and try him there for that crime, then ship him off once she's served his sentence.

So this was always a stunt.

Comment Re:Related Links? (Score 1) 49

"Playing along" with a sting operation is dumb, though, if you take acts in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy. You're not a LEO. You don't have immunity. You should simply refuse to take part and instead film the people allegedly goading you into it. You can find a guide to the law on the subject here.

Comment Re:Related Links? (Score -1, Offtopic) 49

Because some people got scammed by /pol into believing that hookers were paid to pee on Obama's bed in Moscow. Which of course the media decides to devote 24-7 coverage to. They've investigated it for months and have yet to produce any corroborating evidence worth a damn, and instead have only managed to inform us of the obvious, that Russia runs RT, America runs PBS and the Brits run the BBC. That said, I will give them credit for nothing that, "Disclosures through WikiLeaks did not contain any evident forgeries" (p. 13).

Meanwhile, good luck finding stories about the DisruptJ20 people who were caught plotting to gas people with butyric acid by pumping it into ventilation shafts. Be sure to read the MSDS on what that stuff is.

Comment Re:AI as a marketing term (Score 2) 139

I think "machine learning" is a much better term for the sorts of things being developed. For instance, Google algorithms being able to determine pictures of "dogs": Machine learning, not AI. Still, just because it's labeled incorrectly by the press, pundits, and marketers doesn't mean the work that's being done isn't impressive.

Comment Of course not (Score 0) 1

Lots of people who are not at all fans of Trump, but who are experts in the field, have said this is bogus fearmongering. Go read erratasec, or look at what Glenn Greenwald is saying.

When you can only find credulous, partisan hacks like CNN, Huffington Post, Washington Post, etc. pushing this narrative, it's time to wake up and realize that you're being lied to. The evidence is terrible and the excuses are worse. We're supposed to believe that we're being taken over by Russia, but they're never going to give us any evidence because it might compromise a source or method? If that were actually true, what then would be the point of *having* these intelligence departments in the first place?

The real problem is that they've given us the "evidence" they have, complete with ridiculous rumors from hoax documents, and it stinks. They try to talk up their MI6 source, but never mention that nobody could find any worthwhile corroborating evidence for the entire memo after spending months trying. All they've found is proof that the memo has people in completely the wrong countries, meaning their "raw intelligence" is a load of crap.

Worse, they're now talking up protests and the head of the National Guard in DC refused to stay on, he's quitting during the Inauguration and all the Democrats are planning to avoid the area. They're busing in lots of protesters, too. I wouldn't go within a thousand miles of there if I could help it.

Expect shenanigans. The loonies are high strung enough that someone is almost guaranteed to do something stupid. Trump isn't as stupid as he's assumed to be, though. He kept on his private security for a reason. If you're stupid enough to take part in the shenanigans, you'll get exactly what you deserve.

Comment Fear is the mind killer (Score 2) 128

That AC is being dumb about the subsidies--Elon has done far more good with those than most and I cheer for his success. I sincerely wish more of our subsidies were bringing us awesome tech the way the ones going to him are. That said, your post is nonsense too.

Elon is a Trump advisory team member and they've been cooperating together.

But why let facts get in the way here when you can conjure more Russian boogeymen?

Comment I'll be glad when the inauguration mess is over. (Score 0) 732

First, you apparently don't know what I believe. Second, it's really odd that you believe nothing will change when most people against Trump are saying silly things about Nazis, martial law and nuclear annihilation. Third, rationality doesn't work that way. You believe people based on evidence.

That said, can you explain exactly why it's unreasonable to have a low Bayesian prior for P(they're lying) when they've repeatedly lied, even to cause wars, in the past, when they've presented ridiculous and flimsy evidence that was torn apart, and the best they can give us are political hacks and anonymous sources? Or perhaps you can explain why empiricists should believe things without evidence after having been given quite a lot of disproved evidence?

Oh wait, no, you were just building a straw man ... Is Burning Man coming up again? For some reason it feels that way...

Submission + - Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC? 1

MarkBrown151 writes: Russia, we are told, breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), swiped emails and other documents, and released them to the public, to alter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

How substantial is the evidence backing these assertions?

Hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate unusual network activity, the security firm Crowdstrike discovered two separate intrusions on DNC servers. Crowdstrike named the two intruders Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, in an allusion to what it felt were Russian sources. According to Crowdstrike, “Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none,” and “both groups were constantly going back into the environment” to change code and methods and switch command and control channels..Source

Comment Re:Shocking news (Score 2) 404

I'd say half the work people do could be eliminated altogether, and few would care.

There's a hell of a lot of bureaucratic make-work that goes on in this world. Examples: Laws so complex only lawyers can understand them, or tax rules so complicated only CPAs can understand them. Result? You've got to hire lawyers and CPAs. Or, middle managers at large corporations or in government that just shuffle around, create more paperwork, and enforce internal rules that perhaps made sense to someone, somewhere, but now just inflict pain on people beneath them actually trying to get real work done.

And that doesn't even describe the fact that no one is truly productive throughout the entirety of a workday, with breaks that are stretched out a bit, or time spent daydreaming, or futzing around on Facebook when you're supposed to be working.

I fully expect we'll be able to create plenty of make-work that only humans are qualified to do in the foreseeable future.

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