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Comment Re:Not so fast. (Score 1) 152

There is a use-case for locked down hardware in an automobile: self-driving vehicles.

As much as you should have the rights to tinker on the things you own (and you should) things get a lot trickier when we start talking about the software or sensors that actually control your vehicle as it drives down the road.

It's going to be a complex issue with a LOT of debate, so I won't pretend like I can solve it in a single post. Suffice to say, lets not dismiss the entire concept of non-user-serviceable vehicles, in the long term. (though one thing I will say, that fact would have to be fully disclosed at time of purchase)

If liability is what you're attempting to justify with DMCA, let me tell you what will happen.

Can't maintain your own trees on your property because you might do it wrong and it could fall and kill a human. Gotta pay a licensed professional.

Can't clean your own kitchen because there's a chance you could do it wrong and kill a human via food poisoning. Gotta pay a licensed professional.

Can't install apps on your phone because you could do it wrong and be part of a botnet that attacks some corporation or country. Gotta pay a licensed professional.

Hope you see the common theme here. Don't think for a second it won't come to this if we open that greedy fucking door. Things won't get a lot "trickier". Those in power will lobby to mandate and control every fucking thing that they feel needs to have revenue driven into certain pockets. Not unlike what automakers are trying to do today.

As far as autonomous vehicles, don't worry. By the time we get to that point of mass autonomy, the entire concept of owning the car will be illegal. You will pay for every ride every time.

Comment Re:So where are the criminal convictions? (Score 0) 82

Pay a fine, get off free? Hope they follow-up in parallel with a criminal case.

Criminal punishment?

For those who lobby to face is a slap-on-the-wrist fine, to ensure corporate crime is worth repeating?

The legalized weed movement is growing, so I don't even have to ask what you've been smoking.

Comment Re:American Jobs? (Score 4, Informative) 152

Let's remember, Autel is a company based in Shenzhen, China. Ford is based in Dearborn, MI, USA. So these bills are all about robbing American jobs, to support Chinese hackers.

To give you an idea of just how wrong you are, in this case, "hackers" cracking a code has created and secured American jobs by enabling American workers to thrive in a 3rd party industry that has been established for decades, fighting against automakers who wish to turn auto repair into some kind of fucking black magic voodoo, driven by greed.

The larger issue is the fact that we're reliant upon hackers from any country to crack codes that should have never been allowed to exist in the first place, codes created and protected by abusing the shit out of the DMCA.

And yes, this issue does get rather sticky because it's actually about fighting over American jobs. Those jobs created by automakers and "authorized" repair centers (read: stealerships) vs. the much larger industry of 3rd party repair shops and DIY mechanics wanting to maintain their own vehicles.

Perhaps if they didn't get so fucking greedy to earn the moniker of stealership, this wouldn't have grown to be such an issue. Either way, the DMCA abuse needs to stop.

Comment Re:DMCA is a federal law (Score 3, Informative) 152

Federal laws automatically override all state laws. So these laws will have no effect.

I think you may have forgotten the entire point of states maintaining a level of checks and balances with their own laws. A good example is the fact that marijuana is an illegal substance at the federal level, while many states have turned it into a legal industry.

Enough states get behind DMCA abuse, and it will likely drive modifications into DMCA laws at the federal level as well. That's usually the approach to combating shitty laws driven by greed.

Comment Re:American Jobs? (Score 5, Insightful) 152

You fulfill the stereotype that people with low user IDs are autistic middle age weirdos, likely unemployed, who can't work out conversations.

The parent has a valid point here, and the GP is an idiot for bringing up Chinese hackers. The actions of both those for and against the DCMA in this case is fighting over American jobs, but siding with the automakers and stealerships would result in a massive net loss for American jobs, since they would not seek to hire everyone they wish to put out of business by turning auto repair into some sort of DMCA-protected black magic.

This pretty much has fuck-all to do with China, apart from giving them credit for cracking a "code" that should have never been allowed to exist in the first place, under a weak-ass DMCA argument. Ironically enough, the hacking in this case creates American jobs.

Comment Re:American Jobs? (Score 4, Insightful) 152

That is a bit of anger! Relax Mr. Anonymous Coward!

This has nothing to do with Anonymous Coward. This has everything to do with Common F. Sense.

And if it's not about foreign v. American jobs, why does the summary say "Thankfully, voters are stepping up to protect American jobs"?

Because TFS is inaccurate. Sure as hell wouldn't be the first time. This has to do with protecting the rights of any car owner or 3rd party repair shop to service or repair a car if they have the knowledge and skill to do it. And to give TFS some credit for accuracy, yes, that would include American jobs, but more accurately any American who happens to own a device they hold the skill to service or repair, regardless if they hold a job doing it.

I've been maintaining my own vehicles for almost three decades, and as a result my cars have lasted me at least 200,000 miles each time. I've also not had to waste thousands of dollars on misdiagnosed issues of questionable legitimacy; otherwise known as why we call them stealerships. It's no secret the department driving considerable profit into a stealership is the service department, and I'm not about to be forced to have my car "serviced" by pure unadulterated greed just because they didn't get enough profit from me when I bought the damn car.

If automakers and stealerships had their way, every Discount Auto Parts and Autozone would be shut down, Haynes and Chilton repair manuals would be illegal, you would need a federal license to even look at the Craftsman tool department in Sears, and opening the hood on your car would require an encryption key. Abusing the shit out of the DCMA seeks to destroy an entire industry that has been established for decades, along with the thousands of jobs within. Are automakers likely trying to protect some American jobs? Sure, but the end result would still be a rather massive net loss.

In this case, Common F. Sense needs to prevail over Corruption N. Greed. Plain and simple.

Comment Uh, can't recover hardware? Why? (Score 4, Interesting) 316

"I'm realistic. I'm not going to see that computer again..."

The victim stated he went through her Facebook profile when she "left the room", implying he might have also had remote control of the camera. Is a picture of her face along with an entire Facebook profile and IP address somehow not enough gift-wrapped evidence to provide to the authorities for them to execute a simple knock on a fucking door to recover stolen property? What the hell...

Comment Re:Heads-up Texas Holdem (Score 5, Insightful) 149

Heads-up (2 player) Texas Holdem is not the most commonly played version of poker.

Most people play Texas Holdem in groups of 6 or 9 players. Working out an optimal strategy to beat multiple opponents is a LOT harder than beating a single player. We may have a dominant heads-up poker AI soon, but I would expect it to take several more years for a dominant multi-player to be created.

Uh, several more years? Allow me to quote one of the poker players:

"...every time we find a weakness, it learns from us and the weakness disappears the next day."

Let's not underestimate the power of learning at damn near an exponential rate. I expect an AI multi-player tournament next year to crush human opponents. How quickly do you think an AI supercomputer could process every single hand of play that a professional poker player has ever made in their life to analyze and exploit every weakness to be able to predict behavioral patterns with great accuracy? Lather, rinse and repeat for the top dozen poker players in the world. How to get AI to beat humans in a game of finite limits and statistical values is not exactly a mystery.

The largest mistake mankind could make is underestimating the speed at which AI will prove it can do a lot of things better, faster, and more accurately than any human could ever do. Underestimating that speed will greatly reduce our ability to properly prepare for a world of unemployable humans.

tl;dr Poker isn't dead, yet.

AI beating humans at a game is merely a beta test. The real application will feed unending greed, which will never die.

Comment Re:Short-term numbers versus long-term (Score 1) 160

I just challenge the assertion that a computer with multiple cameras is likely superior to a human.

Computers don't get distracted, sleepy, angry, or become ragemonsters.

Oh really? Computers essentially can inherit all of these traits when they have hardware failures, software glitches, or become hacked.

Meatbags are inherently bad at motor vehicle operation.

And computers (or more to the point the meatbags programming them) are inherently bad at security, which causes them to become as vulnerable as meatbags, if not worse.

Comment Re:Encouraging corporate arrogance. (Score 1) 79

You are missing the real point which is to provide some sort of income from the uber rich to the government of the United States. While the US will not "Tax" the corporations involved, they can still penalize the corporation and save face.

Sorry, but trying to "save face" is a rather stupid excuse for not taxing these corporations in the first place, as they should.

Besides, that whole income-by-penalty plan doesn't always work for the government of the United States. See, they've legalized this whole get-out-of-jail-free system called bankruptcy...

Comment Re:AI does what AI is programmed to do (Score 2) 155

It does exactly what it is programmed/trained to do, nothing more, nothing less.

The DANGER of AI, especially when integrated into weapons systems, is that the people pushing for it, dont understand that the risks of the AI deciding a friendly is an enemy because of their wearing the wrong colors, (or, enemies getting free passes for the same) IS VERY REAL.

Similar with putting AI in charge of certain kinds of situations, where its programmed methodologies would result in horrible clusterfucks as it maximizes its strategy.

No, AI in a killbot *IS* very dangerous. Just not in the "Kill all humans(install robot overlord!)" way. Instead it is more the "human does not meet my (programmed impossible) description of friendly, and thus is enemy combatant, Kill the human" way.

You're exactly right.

AI does exactly what it's programmed to do, which is the exact reason that hacking is THE threat to be concerned about today.

Attach a weapon that can take human lives to that hacked system, and now the danger is VERY REAL.

Comment Corporate Arrogance (Score 3, Insightful) 68

So, why did AT&T do this?

Fuck You. That's why.

Just another example of Corporate Arrogance, demonstrated by yet another Too-Big-To-Fail corporation who struts around with the confidence of knowing consumers won't actually do a damn thing about getting screwed over with unjustified costs that do nothing but line the pockets of the elitists.

Comment Re:How (Score 1) 79

How is this not criminal? Why hasn't someone been arrested. Will UBER admit wrong doing?

Most of the time, a company will agree to pay a settlement in exchange for actually admitting any fault whatsoever.

This of course, allows executives to do the same thing over again and again without ever actually admitting to being an unethical bunch of lying shitbags running a company.

Comment Re:Remote work is validated once again. (Score 1) 146

Clearly humans, possessing more developed language and sophisticated intellectual capabilities, have been able to develop more sophisticated social organizations than other primates.

But it doesn't stop them from displaying regressive behavior that shows pretty clearly while we've branched off into a new species we still carry a lot of primal instincts from our ancestors.

*Darwin peers into the boardroom window*

"Yup. Fucking nailed it."

Comment Encouraging corporate arrogance. (Score 4, Insightful) 79

What I'm now more curious about is the true impact of a $20 million dollar penalty against corporate lying. If it is a mere slap on the wrist financially, then the FTC is doing nothing but encouraging this kind of arrogant fucking behavior by organizations. They are literally perpetuating the concept that it's OK to bullshit and lie about products. If that's the case, you might as well abolish all regulatory agencies.

The impact is becoming far too great to continue to ignore the fact that accountability does not exist within corporations anymore. Neither does ethics. Capitalistic greed has trumped all.

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