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Comment Re:I thought Linux was supposed to be secure? (Score 1) 96

Maybe we need to forget trying to secure devices and instead try to secure the router. Each device would have a profile, something like "can only access this short list of IP addresses, rate limited to X bytes/second and capped to X bytes/day." Literal alarm bells when limits are exceeded, with the device auto quarantined.

Comment Re:LPB! (Score 1) 240

Some games just add lag for everyone, so that a low ping offers no advantage. Street Fighter 5 does that, there is a fixed lag of 8 frames (128ms). You press a button, even in a local match, the character reacts 8 frames later. So pings under about 100ms are all the same and offer no advantage.

Players just got used to it.

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 4, Interesting) 161

Because the idea that there are alternate facts and all viewpoints are equally valid needs to die. There really is objective truth and impartial journalism is entirely possible.

To be honest I'm not sure what this new site adds. Sources like the BBC are already very good. Yes, they screw up sometimes, but they fix it and 99% of the time are factually accurate and impartial. We don't really need more than that, what we need is a way to flag up fake news and opinion marketed as news.

Imagine if inaccurate statistics or misrepresentation of sources could be flagged up by wiki-style crowd sourcing. Kinda like what Facebook is doing but with volunteers and public oversight instead of Facebook staff, and for all sites.

Comment Re:Online ? Authors never shopped in real life (Score 1) 230

Online is much better, actually. As well as clearing cookies and using different browsers/VPNs, just abandoning your shopping cart often generates a discount coupon. Search engines and price comparison sites are more efficient than going to 20 different physical shops. You can Google for coupon codes too.

If I could do grocery shopping online reasonably well I would rarely go to town any more. Unfortunately groceries kind of suck online in the UK.

Comment Okay, but... (Score 2, Insightful) 160

It would be nice if Tesla included charging for other vehicles. There are only so many sites on major routes where you can connect a megawatt or two of chargers to the grid, and Tesla has been fighting other networks to get them.

It would just kind of suck if all the best spots were Tesla only. I say that as someone who plans to buy a Model 3.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Hollywood (Score 1) 480

Go watch the video. The point loss/recovery perfectly balances out.

Which is entirely unimportant for the point being made.

By the way, no response from /. about our debate. Any ideas? How about debate.org? Formal style, you make arguments and rebuttals, and other members of the site then vote.

I'm up for it. You can pick the first topic.

Comment Re:What's changed? (Score 1) 305

Using terms like "regressive" and "SJW" is just poisoning the well. Both are just ludicrous extremes that no one in real life lives up to. The only way you get there is by distorting people's positions deliberately.

That's why my sig quotes that AC. The moment you call me an SJW I know you aren't actually listening or making a genuine attempt to respond to my argument, you are just ranting at some imaginary degenerate.

Comment Re:I'm surprised... (Score 1) 165

The video you linked to is over an hour long. I don't know where he said that and I'm not inclined to go looking because you didn't post a time code.

Anyway, Stalman has said that he isn't against selling software or services like development and support. And in fact companies do just that quite successfully, e.g. Red Hat.

Comment Embarrassement of riches... (Score 1) 280

Having tools/AI that can increasingly automate tasks is basically the fulfillment of the wish of anyone wanting things done.

Lots of people here are programmers and developers and engineers - basically the modern-day,real-life equivalent of genies, folks who can basically make anything happen, but with the cost of needing to REALLY draw out the exact desire so that the result isn't worse than the problem.

So, over time, the humble dish washer gets a bucket, then a sink, then a dish washing machine, and eventually an automatic servant that will do every classical part of the task given enough economy of scale.

The big consequence of this is that we're faced with big questions again about what we want. We have enough shared power and resources to feed everyone, to free ourselves of the most difficult, dangerous and annoying tasks of life.

On the other hand, we have our economic system. Basically, the monetary system, where folks trade services and items for various currencies, based on markets and occasionally governing bodies.

The bulk of the money is tied up in the hands of a relatively small percentage of individuals who saved large amounts of money, looking to get an optimal percentage return on that investment.

This global pool of money is essentially what makes most publicly-traded corporations act exactly like 'corporations', where image to investors is the primary goal, and actually performing as a company is secondary.

Service to this logic is basically deeply, DEEPLY embedded in psyche and even deep morality of most of the modern adult population. The idea of not spending one's waking life in service to maximizing income, either in managing a company or performing tasks for one, is deeply shameful to most.

There's going to come a point though, when the tasks of performing the role of managing most companies is going to be >95% automation, and the remaining <5% is not going to be a reliable way of fulfilling the 'need' to let most of the population avoid the shame of being a poor return on investment, since automation will always be a better investment once it advances a little.

We're going to have to figure out what we want from ourselves. That's not a very difficult task individually, but as a group, it's going to be tumultuous.

The wealthy investors and funds will still demand return on investment, but the increasing percentage of the population unable to prove a return on investment will still have real needs, and have increasing government power.

In this conflict between shrinking (but increasingly wealthy) investor class versus growing government class, the government side would in theory win in the end, though we'd likely encounter several rounds of crazy outcomes like Donald Trump being president.

The longer-term outcome is likely still not going to be some star-trek utopia, but it won't be Somalia either. It's going to be the usual mix we see in history, with the trends extended - less average violence, occasional crazy decisions and wars, endless fads, 95% junk/5% awesome, the old afraid kids are going bad, while the kids are actually measurably smarter over time.

Our AIs are still going to be very dumb for a long time, but they will let us have slightly less absurd goals for our own lives, than figuring out how to scam some global investment class out of currency as some sacred life goal.

Until then though, we hobble along as we can, advancing what we can.

Ryan Fenton

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