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Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 534

I don't think that's true. There are people who really do like ads. I used to have roommates who eagerly awaited the daily delivery of fliers, then spent the evening reading them all.

I don't understand it, but these people do exist. However, they're not the ones running ad blockers. Those are the people who hate ads with a passion. If I were an advertiser I would thank ad block for offering a free way for me to avoid pissing them off.

Comment Re:Easy answer: (Score 1) 49

That's one particular gene that is associated with Alzheimer's. There is no "Alzheimer's" gene, despite what the summary says. Even if there were, it doesn't mean you can't do anything to delay it. You could make an argument that the disease called death starts having an effect at the age of zero, but you should still buckle up and not smoke.

Comment Re:Run faster on the treadmill (Score 1) 89

Yahoo's "hope" seems pretty optimistic all right. I'd think they'd be more interested in the finding the vulnerability bit anyway. Run it on your code before you make it live and fix the bugs yourself if you have to.

They probably decided they needed to explain why a major tech company was sponsoring develop of automated cracking tools though.

Comment Re:Technology Buzz Words (Score 1) 89

Your definition isn't the one commonly in use. Most people would say "human-level AI" or at least "hard AI" to talk about what you describe.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is applied when a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as "learning" and "problem solving".[2] As machines become increasingly capable, facilities once thought to require intelligence are removed from the definition. For example, optical character recognition is no longer perceived as an exemplar of "artificial intelligence" having become a routine technology.[3] Capabilities still classified as AI include advanced Chess and Go systems and self-driving cars.

So a program that runs through a list of vulnerabilities checking for each one wouldn't really qualify as AI, but one that used a more sophisticated approach might.

Comment Re:China needs to get out of 1939. (Score 1) 173

Read "The Better Angels of our Nature" by Stephen Pinker.

The answer to your question is that lots of things have changed since 1939 (or 1039 for that matter) and while the exact details of the mechanics may not be precisely clear, the incidence of interstate and civil war, genocide, other killings by governments, terrorism and murder have all decreased dramatically.

Factors that appear to make it unlikely for states to go to war with each other are one or both being democracies, a strong reliance on international trade, and membership in international organizations. While China isn't really a democracy, the US is (mostly) and both rely very heavily on international trade and are members of a great number of international organizations.

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