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Comment Re:... move to a shared, distributed database ... (Score 1) 65

True, but proof-of-work blockchains are a *really* expensive way to achieve the goal.

Bitcoin is based on "proof-of-work", but the banking blockchains are not implemented that way. They are much less computationally expensive. Anyone can mine bitcoins, but the banking blockchains are only accessible (or at least writable) by members of the club. If you don't have a SWIFT code, then you don't have access.

Comment Re:... move to a shared, distributed database ... (Score 1) 65

Blockchains solve the double-spend problem. Great, but banks don't typically have that problem in the first place because the currency is not the record.

It could be another strategy for getting to a cashless economy. If the money is digital it can be cut off, confiscated, or pretty much anything the controlling authority decides. The only way it would be allowed to go forward is if there's a way for government to control and track it.


Comment Re:Intelligence Busting (Score 1) 82

I actually agree with your approach but the problem is if Uber ignored this is would be one step closer to having the drivers classified as employees no matter what Uber thinks.

I don't dislike unions so much that I care to spend my own money against them. But it doesn't hurt to warn others of the dangers so I put forth effort to do that when I can.

Comment Re:Careful Seattle, payback is coming (Score 1) 82

The thing is that in not allowing self driving cars, now you aren't just affecting Uber but regular people as well. That's why it's a whole different level of political action than trying to muscle Uber into allowing union takeover of the drivers.

does it make sense to expect them to just allow driverless, or even autopiloted ones?

If they really want to be thrown out of office, up to them. Any trying to back technology that cans obviously benefit the elderly or other less mobile people is going to face a horrifically difficult re-election.

Comment Re: That doesn't change anything (Score 1) 82

I was where you were before I started taking classes covering self-driving car technologies and current start of the art in neural networks and deep learning. Yes that sounds very buzzwordy but the thing is, it's working really really well now... You have no idea how fast those obstacles are being blown past. Already the tech exists to recognize very well various objects like signs and people around the car, even in extremely bad weather. I still think snow may foul up some things but with a small enough area (camera lens) you can use a lot of advanced materials and techniques to keep the camera view clear enough to work...

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 3, Interesting) 450

I'm genuinely curious as to how it damages / inconveniences / hurts you to just call her a her?

HE committed a crime. SHE is getting her sentence commuted.

If the sex change had happened before the crime, I wouldn't be using he/she at all. If it had not happened before the commutation, likewise....

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 450

No. The "funny" part will be if he surrenders to the Brits, who hand him over to the USG rather than Sweden. Thus proving the rape allegations were a farce, a mere pretext to get him arrested and extradited to the United States.

Maybe you missed it the first time: there is no US extradition request for Julian Assange.

Your Assange fanfic could be a little more believable. Keep working on it.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 2, Insightful) 450

Huh? Manning was convicted - hence there was a trial. What use would another trial be?

She pled guilty, so there was no trial. She was not allowed to use the defense that her actions were justified, and in the best interests of her country. That is/was not a permissible defense, and the jury would not have been allowed to hear it. So she had no choice but to plead guilty and go to jail. So much for a "fair trial".

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 450

Since the alt-Right media doesn't know the difference between a commutation and a pardon.

The practical effect is the same: she gets out of jail. She is still technically a felon, so may lose the right to buy a gun and vote, but since most Americans don't own a gun or vote, those aren't big concerns. She can write a book, be a consultant for the "Collateral Murder Movie", etc.

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