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Comment How long will it take for the real deal? (Score 1) 74

There already exist flexible materials which can be made to change shape under an applied current, it should be possible to make them small enough to display haptically at the tip of a gloves finger a fingerprint taken by a fingerprint sensor on the inside of the glove.This would solve the problem of the stolen glove as well as the mistaken belief in biometric access control.

Comment Re: It Doesn't Matter; It Won't Ever Happen (Score 1) 451

You are perfectly right, with people there is no moral decision involved, they just act, most often inadequately in retrospect, and we are fine with that, as strange as it might seem, with rare cases being "tragic", inescapable, impossible to prevent. This is the problem with algorithms, the accident does not simply happen, it is happening the way it is happening in some explainable way, so people want to know the reasons why it is happening like this and not like something completely different. So it does ot suffice to be better than a human statistically. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe we can find acceptable moral algorithms and we should pursue creating them.

Comment Re: Problem with Artifical Stupidity: discriminati (Score 1) 386

You are quite right to require non-discrimination, thanks for providing this insight, as I would generally accept any method that assesses risks reliably, like having no credit record. Everyone will agree probably, that we are talking about illegal discrimination based on inacceptable grounds, like gender, heritage or sexual preferences. Discrimination based on former ability to pay back loans should be acceptable, also discrimination based on income or presumed job stability, there will be a lot of factors we might accept. If there were factors which looked OK at first, but would in fact be discriminating in favour of straight middle aged white males, we should object to these factors being used, both morally as well as legally. Even with these proxy discriminations ruled out, there will be differences in your groups total loan acceptance rate, but you, as an individual, should get the same evaluation as anyone from any different group in a similar situation. There is a catch though. What if I told you that formerly, in the good old times, when actual people decided on your loan, these people might have been far more racist, mysogynist, homophobe and otherwise preferential than any current algorithm? I deem it rather probable, that any big company trying to earn money by lending money to you is rather more interested in this said money than pushing some ideology into the world. On the other hand there is one additional problem, are we able to evaluate the algorithms? Are we able to spot wilfull incorporation of proxy discrimination? Neural nets might be able to produce good evaluation results, usually they are built with no explanatory component. Expert systems are able to explain, but are we able to understand the explanation. Apparently we need better software, designed to be able to prove it is non-discriminatory. Furthermore, we probably should require this software to be transparent, enabling us, as society, if we think the grounds are acceptable. Thus we could lead discussions like this, is it acceptable policy to deny heavy drinkers a loan.

Submission + - European Commission spokesman: Google Removing link was "not a good judgement"

An anonymous reader writes: Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed.

Submission + - Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

An anonymous reader writes: In a post published Monday, Symantec writes that western countries including the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland are currently the victims of an ongoing cyberespionage campaign. The group behind the operation, called Dragonfly by Symantec, originally targeted aviation and defense companies as early as 2011, but in early 2013, they shifted their focus to energy firms. They use a variety of malware tools, including remote access trojans (RATs) and operate during Eastern European business hours. Symantec compares them to Stuxnet except that 'Dragonfly appears to have a much broader focus with espionage and persistent access as its current objective with sabotage as an optional capability if required.'

Submission + - Scammer With Some Decency

eibo writes: There are lots of places where you can download ebooks illegally, depriving the authors of their income. The new kid on the block is different, Ebooks for shared will only give you access to some download surveys, as a download they offer always the same file with a non-working password for any ebook your heart desires, as they openly state on their DMCA link:

But all download links of the books are not working or they are fake. It is just a joke for those who want to read some paid books for free.

Submission + - YouTube Introduces 60 fps Video Support (

jones_supa writes: Google's YouTube announced that it's adding two new features that will especially benefit people who enjoy watching gameplays and those who stream games live. Most excitingly, the site is rolling out 60 frames per second video playback. The company has a handful of videos from Battlefield Hardline and Titanfall (embedded in the article) that show what 60 fps playback at high definition on YouTube looks like. As the another new feature, YouTube is also offering direct funding support for content creators — name-checking sites like Kickstarter and Patreon — and is allowing fans to "contribute money to support your channel at any time, for any reason." Adding the icing on the cake, the website has also a number of other random little features planned, including viewer-contributed subtitles, a library of sound effects and new interactive info cards.

Submission + - The Next Big Thing in FOSS, according to the author of Linux Cookbook (

trogdoro writes: Command-line lovers, allow me to introduce you to Xiki, the incredibly interactive, flexible, and revolutionary command shell. I do not use the word "revolutionary" lightly. The command shell has not advanced all that much since the ancient days of Unix. Xiki is a giant leap forward. If you're looking for the Next Big Thing in FOSS, Xiki is it.

Submission + - Protestors Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center (

Dega704 writes: Plenty of nightmare surveillance theories surround the million-square-foot NSA facility opened last year in Bluffdale, Utah. Any locals driving by the massive complex Friday morning saw something that may inspire new ones: A massive blimp hovering over the center, with the letters NSA printed on its side.

Activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace launched the 135-foot thermal airship early Friday morning to protest the agency’s mass surveillance programs and to announce the launch of Stand Against Spying, a website that rates members of Congress on their support or opposition to NSA reform. The full message on the blimp reads “NSA: Illegal Spying Below” along with an arrow pointing downward and the Stand Against Spying URL.

Submission + - Google Joins the Virtual Reality Craze ... With a Piece of Cardboard (

Zothecula writes: Virtual reality is all the rage these days. Well, that is, apart from the fact that you can't yet buy any of the most talked-about VR hardware. But if a just so crazy it might work Google project has its way, we might all soon be walking around with homemade VR headsets made on the cheap. Meet Google Cardboard.

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