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Comment Re:This would imply (Score 4, Insightful) 99

You are absolutely right. What you put on Facebook is of no value whatsoever. You have nothing to regret giving it to us. We just like collecting meaningless chatter and none of our client advertisers have the slightest interest in it. Nothing to worry your little heads over, nothing to see here.

- Mark Zuckerberg

Comment Re:Silly navel gazing (Score 2) 451

What kind of crazy, concocted scenario are you coming up with where the AI controlling the car has to make a Boolean decision that kills people?

My car is driving down a busy road at a safe and steady 30mph. There is traffic in the opposite direction travelling at 40mph. The sidewalk alongside is crowded with people.

A child suddenly runs onto the road 4 feet in front of the car. There is nothing my vehicle can do to stop in that distance. It is mechanically not possible. However, it can swerve left or swerve right. One direction means a head-on collision, the other means mowing down a dozen pedestrians. Or maybe it does nothing and strikes the child. Whatever decision it makes will result in injuries, perhaps serious, and possibly deaths.

Which should it chose? Maybe my car reckons its safety systems will protect its passengers from the head-on. But unless it instantly enters into a split-second negotiation with the head-on traffic, how does it know what the outcome will be for it? What if the head-on traffic can react and avoid the collision? Or maybe it has actually got ancient, slow, AI and will not avoid the crash? What if it's a model with far superior AI, and has already calculated a path that is optimal for its passengers, but really bad for you?

This is not a crazy or unlikely scenario and involves the AI making several life/death decisions, perhaps in competition with other AIs doing the same.

Comment self-justification (Score 5, Insightful) 241

This interview is full of classic self-justification;

"I like to think I am a businessman. Not a criminal."

"I like to think my victims are rich and won't miss the money I'm stealing."

"I like to think those I'm stealing from had the opportunities I didn't. This makes us even."

"I like to think that because scamming is hard and takes time, it's like a real job."

"I like to think it's my victim's own fault I'm scamming them. It's not my fault they don't follow the rules and don't know the game."

Comment Re: Do we really need to learn Twitter's technical (Score 1) 48

The whole thing appears to have been written by someone with very specific inside knowledge of a lot of technical details about Twitter.

It more reads like someone making a whole heap of guesses and reaching unsupported conclusions, based on what they think they know about technical details about Twitter. The English language mangling and failure to write clearly comes as special added bonus that only Slashdot can supply.

All the summary you need;

"Something odd happened on Twitter. It was probably something they did themselves and it's not clear why anyone but Twitter should care."

Comment Re:An easier sollution (Score 1) 1144

Please refer to the discussion at hand. We're not talking about what happened, we're talking about what would happen if everyone was armed. Some believe the solution to incidents like this is ensure everyone has a gun. Because life is like the movies; the bad guys wear black t-shirts with skulls on them, and the good guys are easily identified because they're the handsome ones with the nice teeth.

Comment Re:Smells Like A Fish Story (Score 1) 210

If he really has forgotten to code then it's entirely his own fault. If he has had no "real" work to do for six years then he has had ample time to do whatever took his fancy. Who wouldn't love a job like that? Learn a new language. Play with new tech. Write an open-source game. Invest in new skills. Whatever.

But instead he apparently pissed his days away playing games and reading reddit. If he's fallen out of the job market its his own doing.

Comment Re:An easier sollution (Score 1) 1144

when a good guy kills that bad guy who has just started shooting up a night club, the shooting stops.

No it doesn't. These situations are chaos. Most people do not know what's going on, just that there are people with guns running about and people are dying.

So.. Good Guy shoots Bad Guy. Hurrah. But Good Guy #2 arrives at this point and has absolutely no idea who is the Good Guy, and who is the Bad Guy. Oh no! They have forgotten to wear a hat of the appropriate color! He just sees one guy shoot another guy. But Good Guy #1's appearance is enough to trigger Good Guy #2's personal prejudices about how a bad guy might look, and so he takes a shot at him. Good Guy #1 thinks "Shit, it's Bad Guy #2!" and shoots back.

Meanwhile Good Guy #3 has arrived, having heard gun fire, to see two guys shooting it out. Unsure who is the Bad Guy he hesitates. Good Guy #2 sees him, decides he's a Good Guy too, and shouts at him to take cover. Good Guy #1 hears that and decides that Good Guy #3 is Bad Guy #3, and so shoots at him too. Good Guy #3 concludes that Good Guy #1 is Bad Guy, and that the body of Bad Guy is Good Guy #1. He opens fire, but is a poor shot and takes out Innocent #1 instead.

Good Guy #4 arrives. He's a personal friend of Good Guy #1 and knows he's a Good Guy. He also has a bigger gun. He stafs Good Guys #2 and #3, making the safe conclusion that anyone firing at his friend and Innocent #1 must be the Bad Guys. Good Guy #2 fires back, taking out Good Guy #1. Good Guy #4 is upset about this and goes on the rampage .

The shooting continues. Everyone dies.

Comment The owner of the finger bears responsibility (Score 1) 186

It's not really a bear trap, as the person putting their finger there is, presumably, aware that it may hurt them. That's not how a bear trap works.

I'd say, in this example, the person offering up their finger has to take a fair proportion of the responsibility for any resulting pain.

Comment Not normal (Score 4, Insightful) 371

“If you’re living a normal life,” Thornhill reassures me, “then, frankly, you have nothing to worry about.”"

The definition of "normal" is not for this company, or my landlord, to decide.

"Tenant Assured doesn’t give users any way to view their ratings or dispute misleading data."

I think Tenant Assured might find that European law has quite a different view on that.

But I am happy to create an empty Facebook profile and share it with my landlord. I'll even put a post up there about paying my bills on time, and getting an early night. No other data in there? I'm sorry, I don't use Facebook that much, and it's not compulsory to use Twitter, so I don't have anything to share with you there.

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