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Comment Re: Never (Score 1) 369

"t takes someone on the outside who has no idea how hard the job is to come along and undertake the task that conventional wisdom holds is impossible"

I've worked a little in both (software and class A driving) and I can tell you the outside perspectives can be a problem too. Really, self driving trucks on clear interstate highways are a few years off, but complete replacement in cities is a long way off. Its not about sensors that slam brakes on like a little Google car, its about facts like that at 40 tons, they take 7 seconds to come to stop, so you are contantly predicting human actions 15 seconds into the future and things like that.

Its a situation of diminishing returns to try for city driving as well. Trucking pays so well because long haul drivers are away from home for weeks at a time, and it's the mindless driving on major highways where pay costs stack up. But local drivers grabbing trailers from drones gets them home every night, so its way less hours paid and easy to hire the best. Also, the customer infrastructure isnt there for no human drop off and pickups. Even empty self driving trucks on highway would take major changes to DOT laws and infrastructure.

Comment Re:THE DRIVER (Score 1) 114

That's the problem, the "driver is responsible" model is useless. Babysitting a self driving vehicle is no easier than just driving it. The untapped resource with self driving vehicles are the state and federal DOT's. With fairly cheap roadside infrastructure (including cameras, centimeter accurate local positioning systems, vehicle location recording and broadcast) and a certification process for what software must do to drive a car, responsibility for the whole system becomes distributed over companies AND state and federal governments, and incremental changes can be made publicly over time for safety. No CEO gets to be Tony Stark and single handedly take all the credit for the system, but also no one takes all the blame when things go wrong, and it can move forward openly with public input.

Comment Re: Subject (Score 1) 290

That's exactly right. Music sellers too could make so much more money if they let us put 50 cents or a quarter on certain songs, though that wouldn't buy it right away, after a period of time and statistic analysis of our purchases they could either call our bluff (we'd actually pay more) or sell it to us for that price. They would make so much more money that way at no cost, by identifying the songs that we would buy, just not for $1.29. This kind of thing should apply to all IP matters, including medicines. If the medicine cost is covering R&D rather than production, they should have it available to the third world at lower quality or whatever, (so it can't be resold to US) rather than just letting people die.

Comment Re:Failure of imagination (Score 1) 370

That was a good post, spoken like a true scientist: The story of the horses.

And its valid. We are all horses in our ability to do certain tasks, and as those tasks get taken over by machines who do more for less than horses, you don't need horses any more. The issue isn't just those machines getting better at specifics, like plow pulling, the issue is they got better at general tasks, any work you needed done was better done with an engine. Those horses didn't move on to get better jobs, they were replaced. This can happen with people.

Comment Re:Kill yourself (Score 1) 1042

But what if we're jacked in for a good reason? It could be, you free yourself from the simulation, and you become aware of your decaying future body in painful stasis, waiting for your new vessel to be grown for your consciousness to be downloaded into it. That's when you realize how much you were enjoying your conscious escape / history lesson into the pivotal time of the early 21st century, living comparatively pain free.

Comment Re:Two days after a blockchain editing was announc (Score 1) 62

The comment above about Elliot Anderson and E-Corp references the show 'Mr Robot', a hacker TV series where an Evil Corporation has its hands in hacker activities, to create crisis it can exploit. It rolls out a cryptocurrency called E-coin, leveraging the trust in bitcoin and recent hacker attacks against it to make it a popular safehaven currency. This principle works because the brain is implicitly Bayesian: it makes decisions off probabilities based on prior experiences. Those priors are adjusted after new experiences. Since Bitcoin built trust in the tech, people will trust new blockchain tech after bitcoin, even if its not as good. Not saying that's what these banks are doing, but if it is, that's how it works.

Comment Re:Self-inflicted vulnerabilities (Score 1) 138

Do you really think its fair to blame US intelligence services for the backdoors? What you have to remember is they are authorized to basically do whatever they want. If they want a secure login to your phone, they can get it. If someone in the private sector developing software for phones makes that same secure login and then logs in to spy on customers, he can be found and convicted just on the basis that he had the password to get into his own backdoor. However If he "screws up" and makes a vulnerability "by mistake" anyone can exploit, who can tie it to him if "some hacker" happens to exploit that vulnerability to get in to spy on customers? It makes sense most of the backdoors are coming from this kind of corruption in the private sector, not the government.

Comment Re: How about (Score 1) 369

That's exactly right. The issue is computer skills are the new math literacy. You need to integrate a function for some science? Do it in wolfram alpha, put it in a script you can use, and move on, and you can skip calc 2. But my Dad taught his whole life, and saw scores going down as computers came in to replace problems near the end. There's no substitute for rigorous thinking, once learned in math classes, the same rigor needs to be trained in CS, or the students just become dumb. There's no pain free path to mental or physical fitness.

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 4, Insightful) 259

Now web browsers need to work on improving security even more to avoid cross-site content and block suspicious sources even better. This is not only the ordinary cookies or injected ads that are to be considered but also "super-cookies" and cookies/caching of plugin data. Virtualization by default may also be useful - so that each program runs in its own sandbox.

A lot of the stuff isn't even hacking, its abuse of permissions. The other day I had a third party tracker request permissions to turn on my mic, and my understanding is if I said yes, the permission would remain across all sites with their tracker on Chrome. So they could listen to me across the Internet. Similar are browser extensions which request the power to read and change data on all pages.These need to come with clear privacy policies, and some kind of audit process to make sure it works.

The main thing to me is advertising has stopped being advertising: connecting people with products and services they might want - and started being about something else. Since when was "Mad Men" about a wiretap that listens to people in their homes?

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