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Comment New Normal (Score 2) 33

Get use to the new normal. It may get harder and harder to use the internet as bad actors (whether criminal or State) adopt AI to compromise systems. Of course we will use AI to protect systems, but this is probably an asymmetrical fight. What use are captchas or security questions if a basic enough AI can pose as a human and has enough background information to draw from? I don’t know whether the coming AI proxy wars will speed AI development, or slow it down as the internet grinds to a halt.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 2, Insightful) 488

Unemployment numbers are a bit worse off today than they were when Obama took office, regardless of which measure you look at. So Obama didn't really "fix" anything. Here's an article from CNBC where they explain the differences in the various measures of unemployment and why the number mentioned in the OP isn't terribly meaningful.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/02...

Comment Re:Are we there yet? (Score 1) 201

The IRS needs to seek new avenues to fleece the populace now that it's about to be pried out of the middle of 17.5% of the US GDP (healthcare industry).

Abolish most of the IRS and all the parasites that feed off the ridiculous and intentionally complex tax code. A flat tax plus perhaps a consumption tax would allow most Americans to do their taxes on a post card. Of course, millions of tax accountants and attorneys would then need to find honest work, but that's a small price to pay for complete transparency. A scenario where half of the citizenry pays virtually nothing (or gets net payments) while the others foot the bill is unsustainable.

Comment Re:Pay attention. (Score 1) 152

mod up.

the R's own all the bullshit that has happened under obama.

whatever O wanted, the R's denied. 'whatever it is you want, we don't want it and we will burn the country down to show how much we have O'

don't give us shit about the D's being at fault. they have not been truly in power in well over a decade.

at this point, with all 4 branches led by R-based idiots (the nsa/cia/fbi are the 4th branch. you didn't know that?) - we're going to see some major derpage coming our way and we won't have anyone to fight it. god dammit so much!

Comment Re:Ban Encryption (Score 0) 152

its already there, its called intel management engine and its one of the best kept secrets of the computer industry.

NSA very very likely has 100% access, probably a level higher than the corps that WANTED this ability.

I fear what 4 years of full republican asswipes will do to what few freedoms we have left. stupid flyovers - they fucked us good. I hope the 'stigginit' they did backfires and makes THEIR lives hell like it will for the rest of us.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 553

citation needed; why you think the US has to 'ask' the UN to change its view before the US will.

100 % pure bs.

the US has already decrim'd it in many states and outright made it legal in others. the UN does not matter anymore and in fact, it never really amounted to much in this world.

the US can and will do whatever it wants. but the prisons and profit centers that LIKE MJ being illegal - those are the barriers that stop it from being accepted and fully legal at the national level.

nothing to do with 'health'. we allow all kinds of bad things and don't stop them for 'health' reasons. that's 100% pure bs, too.

Comment Re:real open source (Score 2) 66

fuck nokia and also ericcson. both scandinavian companies and both, in the US, drug-test their employees.

both those companies are on my do-not-buy list. I disagree with what they consider important and so I will not give my money to them for any reason, if I can help it.

some people don't care, but when I find companies that follow ultra conservative ideals and force them on their employees, that really pisses me off and I have no desire to buy their products.

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