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Comment Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 190

...although it arguably puts up the "cost of doing business" for ISIS. That is, they now (may) have to make up fake social media accounts over a period of many months/years to make one their dodgy people look 'clean'.

I'd imagine though, if you want to get anyone 'dodgy' into the US, a fake passport is probably a lot easier than fake social media accounts.

Comment Re:Exactly the same one who is liable.... (Score 1) 179

...but if your tumble dryer catches fire due to a build up of (your) fluff, it's the manufacturer's fault, and not yours.

Before the design defect in the product was established, insurance companies would pay out to owners and then take it up with the manufacturers. The manufacturers presumably paid out a few times, did an investigation and realised they needed to alert end-users so the slew of claims would come to an end. Now we believe it's the manufacturer's problem and that they need to fix it.

In the case of AI-based products, it's not really any different. However, because the product makes actual decisions based on inputs, there is room to suggest that something other than the product may be liable. It's more like if you knock someone over in your car, it's not always your fault - if you were doing the right speed, paying attention, took evasive action, etc then it may not be your fault.

Of course, all this means nothing because the whole thing is in front of politicians and bureaucrats, where logic and reasoning do not apply ;-)

Comment Re:Common Economic problem (Score 1) 495

FWIW, if the terms and conditions of operation and maintenance of the vehicle are made clear by the vendor at sale time (or hire time?), and are fixed for the life of the product, then I'd have to say "fair enough". If you don't like the terms, buy elsewhere. If a vendor decides that the support calls from modified vehicles are too much hassle, then they do (IMHO) have the right to stop them from happening.

However, in this cases JD are quite massively extending their side of that agreement without giving anything in return. As such, it's quite rightly being criticised. I suspect if JD has said "for anyone who bought their tractor before X date, we'll give you 10K refund", I doubt anyone would be complaining nearly as loudly (although it'd still be a highly questionable action on their part).

It's a little like HP pushing out software (with a timer on it) that suddenly stopped accepting non-HP ink. As customers we lost something we had at the time of purchase, and so we're quite rightly pissed off and now buying non-HP printers any chance we get. The difference being printers cost a couple of hundred, where as these cost a quarter of a million, and so don't get replaced nearly as often.

Comment Re:Nice (Score 1) 71

...and also they're not "personal assistants" in so much as they don't really assist you. You can't ask any of them "hold my calls unless they're important" (I'm not sure any of them can even "hold calls" beyond maybe turning your phone to silent).

As for Samsung getting into this - honestly, not one bit of Samsung-built software I've knowingly ever used has been any use or any good (look no further than the comical 'Samsung Push Service' on the Play store). They make good hardware, but their software sucks. Since this is software-only, I'd imagine it's terrible.

Comment Re:Production server (Score 3, Insightful) 234

The real advice is that "while working in the role of Developer, do not have access to the prod servers". If you additionally have the role of "sysadmin" from time to time, then so be it, but don't abuse your development power, nor your sysadmin power.

In my experience of big companies, small companies and a few in between this really does work best. People talk of 'creating high walls' and whatnot, but by forcing devs to mould their output into something system-friendly results in a far superior product and far less maintenance overhead. It appears to take longer to get things into production, hence the 'high walls' comments, but the alternative is almost always worse in the long run.

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