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Comment solid advise (Score 1) 280

Whenever I'm out of my mind enough to look at the world as an outsider, I would advise any aliens to take off and nuke the site from orbit. Though they certainly have some way to just kill off the human species and let evolution try again. Come back in a million years (surely you've managed age) and check if earth intelligence v2.0 is better.

We definitely want to find them first, so we can check if we can conquer, enslave and economically exploit them. If not, to buy us time to improve our military until we can. We didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain for no reason, right?

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

That's not his fault, it's an american culture deficit. In the USA, success equals smart equals good. People read all these "do these 10 things successful people do" without stopping one second to think that there's zero evidence for a causal relation. Or in simpler terms: Yes, maybe twenty successful people do X, but so do thousands or millions of unsuccessful people.

But yes, throwing money at a problem seems to be a typical response these days. Don't even look at what the problem actually is, just throw money at it. It has something religious.

Comment Re:Get out of your city more often (Score 2) 274

Here in Europe, private ownership of cars could go the way of the Dodo bird and many people would welcome it.

The main differences:

One - our cities are older and streets smaller, the insanity that is hundreds of thousands of people each driving in a huge metal box that is mostly empty becomes visible very fast under such conditions. Parking in most European cities is a nightmare.

Two - we actually have working public transport.

I would be more than happy to use self-driving taxis in the city, and keep my car only for long-distance trips where train is not a good choice for some reason (remote village, castle, animal park, whatever in the countryside, etc.)

Maybe americans love their cars so much - but half of them also liked slavery and anyway it was abolished.

Comment translation (Score 2) 53

revealing the different models of IMSI catchers the force owned would make the devices more vulnerable to hacking.

In other words: There is at least one audit report giving them very bad marks on security and they don't have the time, budget or expertise to fix the problem. Basically, they should be treated as if they are already hacked by an unknown party or two.

You are not afraid of disclosing basic information unless you cover up known vulnerabilities.

Comment Re: In other words. . . (Score 2) 314

I favor the libertarian model. Just to be clear, I'm not a Libertarian but I like many points of their philosophy.

Many people are surprised by this because as a black man, they don't expect that I'd argue in favor of someone's right to discriminate but yes. If you want to discriminate, it should be legal BUT you have to face the consequences of that decision.

I suspect that the vast majority of the people I know, of all racial backgrounds, would refuse to do business with someone who mistreated me just as I would refuse to do business with someone who had mistreated them.

Being that this is AirBNB, a private entity, I like it. If you're going to discriminate, they will not do business with you.

The power of the Free Market at works.

LK

Comment Re:258,000 results[ Re:Russian disinformation...] (Score 1) 531

About 258,000 results (0.49 seconds), according to Google over here. Doesn't Google work over there?

You made the claim, you bring the evidence.

Ok, your first 3 are all from the same source, the NATO. Hardly unbiased.

DW is a respectable medium, as are most of the following (I don't know about "UA position").

From these articles, I admit you are in part right. There is propaganda being made.

The fact that all of the articles center on the same three points (the false rape case, Sputnik and unnamed NATO officials) makes me believe the scope is not as huge as the typical western propaganda wants us to believe. For 70 years we've been told the same story - that evil russians are ready to invade/conquer/mind-control us as soon as we let down our guard.

I've travelled to Russia. I will tell you one thing: No country in the world is remembering WW2 and its horrors as much as Russia. These are not people waiting for an opportunity to start a war.

Here's the funny thing: Propaganda in Russia and propaganda in the west sounds very similar. The other guy is threatening and evil. We are the good guys defending us and our friends. We stay calm despite their constant aggression. They are irrational and dangerous.

My russian isn't good enough to follow the russian news, but I wish it were. I'm quite sure it would be enlightening to watch both US and Russian news every evening.

So yes, there is some propaganda being done, you've convinced me of that. I don't think it is of the fear-inducing scale that you claim it is, and from what I see around me - including russian-born friends I have - the media exaggerates. Just like the guy who's leads a club that 6% of the local russians are members in, but he claims to speak for all of them. Exaggeration is the backbone of propaganda - on both sides.

Comment We're not there yet but... (Score 1) 265

I was a kid when I saw the Terminator. It caused me to do a lot of thinking about autonomous weapons systems and the fear is completely justified.

The killing of human being should only be done BY human beings. There has to be some human cost to be paid by the killer. There are some things that a human being can flat out refuse to do.

Launch a missile at a parking lot full of baby strollers? No.

A machine will not question such an order and will do it without hesitation at the time or remorse later.

LK

Comment Re:Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 1) 531

Did you ever read the comments section at tagesschau.de, the principal public news website, whenever there's an article about Putin, Russia, Ukraine or the war in Syria? The same applies to other prominent news websites and forums.

Like slashdot, for example? Not like we don't have a fair section of trolls here, for or against virtually any topic that you can imagine.

Das berichtet die "Bild"-Zeitung.

The newspaper that regularily invents articles. Very respectable source. Got anything better?

or you simply don't read the comments sections of online news.

Of course not. Anyone with three brain cells who actually reads that nonsense? I have never, ever seen comments from there been mentioned anywhere else. As far as I can tell, those sections are write-only mediums. Nobody gives a fuck what's written there, it is never cited anywhere else, it's a big circle-jerk.

Maybe those sections are pro-russian. How exactly is that going to influence anything in Germany? Nobody I know reads them. Nobody I've ever talked to has ever said something like "as a comment in xxx mentioned..."

Show me that these comment sections have any measurable influence on public opinion, and I will change my mind.

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