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Comment Re: Incriminating evidence (Score 1) 126

In that case, I side with the cops, as unpopular as that may be.

Actually, it seems that the analogy would be the cops grabbing everyone's keys in the office, and then using the keys to go snoop through their homes. I don't believe that such a warrant would be granted or, if granted, would be constitutional, just like I don't think that this was constitutional, simply because of the broadness...

Comment Less associates or more lawsuits ? (Score 1) 329

The big question I was trying to raise in my above post is :
- are young associate lawyers being made redundant by OCR and AI, to the point that they are fired and we see even less lawyers nowadays than before ?
or :
- are OCR and AI enabling the young associate lawyers to do much more work for the law firm (e.g.: now they can use google to search online through a large corpus of archive, instead of painstakingly going through microfiche in the basement of some government archive), so that the law firm can process even more lawsuits. To the point that we see even more and more lawsuits and other legal cases everywhere than there used to be in the past ?

My current impression of all the information I find online is that law suits and other legal proceedings are actually on the rise.
(e.g.: the several million of DMCA take-downs issued by the brazillian equivalent of **AA against an obscure "mp3toys" downloading website).
We're not seeing *less* laywers, we are seeing lawyers being more busy thanks to the modern computing tools.

Or in another field : Watson isn't putting medical doctors jobless on the street. Watson is helping process more of the simple stupid cases that could otherwise swamp a doctor's office. It helps doctors process even more patients cheaper than before thus bringing more affordable healthcare to the population.

Comment Also mine vs. others (Score 2) 329

Also, the survey taker will be more concerned about others' jobs (i.e.: jobs in general), because they see the over-all advances in AI (e.g.: speech recognition in Siri, automatic image tagging in Facebook, automatic face recognition nearly everywhere) and think that in general term, AI is progressing and one day might replace them...

But when they think about they own job (i.e.: they think about a specific area where they have expertise) they have much more insights on the details (they know all the intricacies of their crafts.
They might even have seen and/or tested some automation solution) and have noticed that we aren't quite there yet.
(e.g.: though speech recognition has made advances, automatic transcription isn't perfect for anything but the most easy cases. Youtube automatic captions still need to be corrected by a human. etc.).
Might even notice that robots are going to augment rather than replace them - as mentioned by others in this thread (AI is currently helping with the research work in law. It's not replacing attorney. Instead it's enabling a law firm to do much more without needing to hire more interns and assistants).

So hence the "my job" vs. "others' jobs" fears.

In addition of "not being frightened 'once a week by a robot' " as mentionned,
they might know that due to the specifics they know about their job, it won't exactly mean overnight take over by bots within the coming month.

Comment Apps solutions (Score 1) 83

I switched to the "Lite" versions of Skype/Facebook/Messenger because they were designed for 2G networks in BRICS coutries.
(Thus they phone back less to the mothership. And subsequently wake up less often).

And as for the jailing : webos powered Pre phones did attempt a bit the jailing idea.
Given that modern kernels have even better isolation features (containers like LXC and Systemd nspan), that should be even easier.
(Having each container's network connected to different types of bridges, some of them disabled when you leave for the weekend and don't want our battery to die).

Comment Homophobia and suicide (Score 3, Insightful) 191

Awww, did someone call you a faggot? He's a meanie!

There's solid data showing that suicide rate is higher among bi- and homo- sexual youth (teens and young adult) than among their heterosexual peers.
This is believed to be strongly linked to the difficulty of feeling accepted. The more a young individual with an unorthodox sexuality and/or gender identity feels rejected by the surrounding society, the higher the risks of suicide.

Check again the summary, it was not a young internet shouting homophobic slurs at a senior officer, it was the other way around.
By keeping a climate were "being [homophobic slur]" is considered as a bad thing, that senior officer is actively contributing in a small part in the lack of self acceptance and higher suicide rates among non-heterosexual young people.

It's not about being ridiculously excessively nice to people so they feel special snowflake.
It's avoid to keep a general situation were young persons feel so much rejected by the society that suicide seems a better alternative.

Comment Aadhaar vs US (Score 1) 43

For those of us who would be happy using less bandwidth stateside,

What part of "also uses India's controversial Aadhaar biometric authentication" did you not understand?

And you, what part of stateside didn't you understand ?
US citizen (and in my case european) aren't very likely to have their biometrics database in an Indian government database.
Users can still log-in using normal Microsoft credentials (as far as I know) and completely ignore that microsoft offers to Indian the possibility to log using biometrics they stored into a database that leaks private informations all over the place.

Comment Bogus URLs (Score 1) 81

Yup it's basically that.

With the additional peculiarity that here, "" will spit a valid page with suggestions, no matter what you throw as a name afterward (even if "" isn't in their database, it would still give a list of not necessarily related download links).

So they are not exactly issuing DMCA about links that don't even exist (these URLs do not return 404s), only DMCA about links that are not in google database (random links that elict a random answer from the website).

The claim is borderline bogus because, as mentioned, the website return random non related download suggestions. So the website is not necessarily infringing on the DMCA submitter's IP. On the other hand, as the result page is random, Google can't prove that the submitter didn't get their IP showing by random chance on the result page on the precise occurence when they tested the URLs about which they decided to file the complain.

So currently Google is deciding to accept the submissions. But that could easily get changed in the future.

Comment Attention (Score 1) 131

not all humans are capable of staying focused on the ride while not involved in it

Hence some strategies of asking to keep the hands ready on the wheel (and other similar micro-involvements)

(And there is experience, coming from the world of train automation, that suggest that this works (a bit).
e.g.: TGV train operators are required by the system to periodically hold the thrust control wheel)

Also in my personal experience, you still remain involved in the driving :
- even if the adaptive cruise control is taking care of keeping distance with the car in front, you need to periodically adjust target speed depending on the limitations of the local part of the highway. And in a city settings you still need to react to traffic lights, stop signs, yield, etc.
- even if your car has a lane keeping system, you still need to initiate overtakes (even Tesla's Autopilot 's lane change isn't good enough to be done without supervision. The car's sonars have a very short range and might miss a car coming fast from far away in the target line) and over all handle the whole highway entry/exists, and city crossing.

and what is the point of that anyway?

the same as having a friend in the passenger seat also watching the road :
additional checks.

Machine are never distracted : the LIDAR, cams and radar are always on, their input constantly processed. The car's computer will never lose focus.
Computer excel at boring repetitive tasks. The car will always be ready to execute an emergency braking if there's a risk of collision.

So, compared to just a lone diver steering the car, an autopilot ("Level 2" in official parlance) in addition to the human watching is always better (redundancy against possible accident), even better if driver AND passenger watch the road in addition to the AI.

Comment Devil's advocate (Score 1) 128

Playing the devil's advocate

There was a time people believed combustion was "phlogiston" exiting the material;

Which isn't entirely wrong. It's just the same usual equations but with an arbitrary minus sign in front of the oxygen.

(Just as you could mathematically describe orbits with a complex bunch of circles, but using ellipses makes it way much simpler for everyone).

blood was generated and consumed in the body (not circulated);

(medieval dark-age medecine hardly qualifies as a science. more of a superstition.
christian middle-age somewhat focused on a very small subset of the knowledge (mainly Aristotle) available in antiquity that happen to play nicer with their religious believes.)

(Real notion of blood circulation can already be found in many other greek scientist and as far back as egyptian antiquity.
Middle age just settled on Aristotle body humors for an arbitrary reason)

the Sun revolved around the Earth;

and then Einstein came and declared that everything is relative and it's only a matter of referential.
(You can pretty much put whatever you want in "your center", all relativist equation remain valid).

All of these ideas were eventually discarded through a process that was not incremental, but revolutionary.

and which yet still build-up on several other smaller past discoveries to arrive at the big conclusion:

mice could be "created" by leaving some food and rags alone in a bucket in a barn for a few days, while fly maggots were "generated" in meat.

the disproving of which requires both preliminary advances in chemistry (e.g.: Le Chatelier - matter can't just pop up into existence) and general understanding of evolution (e.g.: Darwin - mice must come from other mices or at least ancestrors close to modern mices) and in turn has interesting implication in germ theory (Pasteur - bacteria can't just pop into existence, exactly as mice can't neither) and for medecin (Koch and the identification of agents causing diseases).

Around Maxwell`s days it was believed aether was needed for the propagation of electromagnetic waves

And yet Maxell didn't competely invent electro magnetism out of the blue. (again, e.g.: Volta for a much older contributor) Even the word Electrictiy come from old Greek "electron" =amber, i.e.: the thing that you need to rub with cloth to generate static electricity.
And in turn his models were perfected by Einstein, and then further into quantum physics (Heisenberg and co).

and the age of the Earth was under estimated because the radio active processes preventing a more rapid cooling down were unknown.

yet, some geologists did came to differing conclusion due to plate tectonics.
And you needed the advance by the Curies couple to then be able to advance calculation of the Earth thermal cooling. And isotope dating too.

Yup. Some steps are wider than others, but they still built upon all the knowledge that was accumulated up to this point and start as far back as when the first monkey-man lifted up his nose and started wondering about the stars in the sky instead of just thinking about where to get the next fruit.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 81

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Comment Depends on supervision (Score 1) 131

It's not a terribly difficult problem to get to work 99.5% of the time, but with lives at risk most people aren't too happy with that number.


If the system works even 90% of time and there's a human backup that is alert and focused, then it's good already.

(like autopilots found in airplanes, boats, some modern high-speed train.
Autopilots help automating some minute detail of the driving/sailing/flying.
But autopilots are still under the supervision of a human in charge.
It just relieves the human of part of the stupid hard gruntwork.

That's also were Tesla's autopilot and Google's prototypes on highway fell in).

If the system works even 99.9% of time, and the human is asleep, that's an entirely different can of worm.
You need well established public awareness that the autonomous driver is better and cause far less accidents than the humans.

(The small scale slow driving google cars with no steering wheel fall in this category).

Comment Yes, it's *giants* all the way down. (Score 5, Insightful) 128

Cue in citation about standing on giants' shoulders by Sir Isaac Newton.

Yup in reality - unlike what TV show and glamour media want you to think - there isn't such a thing as a "revolution" and "geniuses" in science.
Science is mainly an iterative process that build upon what was known and possible up to now and pushes the boundary a little bit further on each step.
It's not powered by "geniuses", but by brilliant humans that are able to notice what is available to them and how to combine these things to push the above mentioned boundaries.

That means that you can't trace back the "smartphone" as a single revolution started by one single person.
Countless scientists have each added their small brick to the Great Wall.

(e.g.: We could also add Volta : all current gizmo are electricity powered).

The flip side of this is that geeks and nerds tend to never be amazed by new technology.
We tend to realise that the latest over hyped and marketing pushed "revolution", is basically an evolution of what we've done in the past decade, only a tiny bit better.
(Nope, Apple's iPhone didn't start the smartphone. Only the mass-marketed smartphone craze. Idea of portable computers have been in the wild for quite some time with companies producing PDAs like Palm, Apple's own Newton, Psion, etc.)

The *yawn* reaction that you get from /. isn't merely condescending. It's just that we are better aware on which giant's shoulder the latest craze is standing.

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