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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 4, Insightful) 202

To explain why it should be illegal. Hey dude, what are you doing with that bike. Crook cuts lock just as the person attempting to stop them gets close. Now that person trying to uphold the law and protect someone's bike, gets the dose, retching and disorientated stumbles back onto the road and gets run over by a bus. Congratulations the crook that actually cut the lock, took off and received a minimal dose and you just killed someone.

If that is not bad enough for you, kids will be kids and the temptation to wear away at the lock so that it will fail just as you the owner try to unlock it, will be irresistible quite a few naughty children. Speaking of wear and tear, why is it, that you think it would be suitable to sell someone and wear and tear time bomb (you could imagine, bringing your bike in, greeting your family and accidentally dropping an old lock hard enough that the seal breaks and wow, will you family not be happy to see you).

Want to ride your bike to places and not have it stolen, start demanding bike lockers in addition to car parks. So open locker, hook up front wheel to raise the bike in a more compact vertical position, shut locker and insert $1 coin, set combination, timer starts, get back in time or locker opens and advertises bike for sale ;). You could squeeze quite a few lockers in two carparks. Counting numbers of customers, 2 inconvenienced to provide for 30 customers and not that expensive, say $250 a locker, last pretty much a life time, apart from the lock :(. What to accelerate installations, demand legislation to require bike lockers at all retail locations (number of bike lockers required per number of car parks, for planning requirements those lockers spaces should still count as car parks, car parks are really expensive to put in, far and away more expensive than most people think). The do really need to be vertical though, so push front wheel onto hook and rotate large counter weighted lever, to raise and rotate bike into vertical position.

Comment Re:Colossus (Score 1) 201

Reality is though artificial intelligence is far more likely to go into an effective coma (cyclic loops) rather than plot anything. Failing in the case of artificial intelligence means actual failing, not naughty algorithms. So more along the lines of attempt to perform, fail, attempt to perform, fail and those attempts and failure spreading through out the system. So rather than AI on a plane attempting to crash on purpose, it will simply go into a spreading series of infinite loops, lock up the controls and as a result the plane crashes. So AI would be an extremely bad idea on any critical systems and single controllers are also a stupid idea. Many parallel specific appliances working together is much safer, whilst in conjunction they might appear like AI, whilst in reality they are just carrying out their really tied down functions.

AI's only real use in reality is communicating with us mud monkeys. Conveying out intents to each other, no matter the language and of course allowing us to communicate with the many parrallel appliances (if one appliance goes down you lose one feature, if a central AI goes down you lose everything). So you only really simulate AI with many appliances working together for most uses.

The reason why the AI for communications, well, have you tried telling a computer what to do, have you tried much voice to type, how about using translation services and for the majority just trying to communicate at all with computers. So yeah, he is technically right, AI for most applications is a really bad idea not because they will be naughty, but that they will lock up, leading to system wide failures. We do definitely need AI for communication purposes though (that can also be very badly abused, not by the AI but by those controlling the AI, so hmm).

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 189

Shhh but there is a scam buried in all fast chargers. The hotter a lithium battery the shorter it's life, the shorter it's charge time, the more often you fast charge it and the faster it fails. So fast chargers are really kill you fixed in place battery and your phone along with it. Due to the nature of the failure, the decrease in performance starts of slow and then increases over time, you can pretty much design failure straight into the system, at the other end that final die off is going to be pretty fast and guaranteed.

Really legislation should come out to force specific battery sizes, shapes and safety features. This bullshit has to stop.

Comment Re:I don't agree that these are "conservative" vie (Score 1) 212

However although is it quite reasonable to limit immigration and have some pretty stringent testing requirements (physical health, psychological health, employability, ability to communicate), religion is most definitely not one of them, that is really stupid, for one they do not come with a label and two the dangerous ones will lie anyhow. So testing for religion, just plain dumb, mind bogglingly dumb (keep in mind religious fundamentalist will fail the psychological tests and the communications test also tends to exclude problematic individuals). Excluding individuals who are likely (and that is enough just likely no proof required, just the balance of evidence ) to not effectively contribute or have a negative impact upon your society is sufficient reason to exclude them. People who jump the queue should go to the back of the line and those who stuck to the rules should get in first (otherwise the message from you government to potential immigrants is, you stick to the rules and you are a bloody idiot). What should not happen is all the ugly screaming about it.

Facebook can censor whom so ever they wish, as long as they are public about it and do note their political bias and the source (name the individuals) behind that political bias. If they are deceitful about it and intend to push lies as the truth, then their actions should be reviewed by the electoral commission so that their contributions to the campaign can be properly valued to see if they exceed campaign contribution limits.

Comment Re:The three debates (Score 1) 162

Proof of that rigging came with the latest claim from the corrupt current administration. Real typical misinformation stuff http://time.com/4539904/fake-v.... Why that story because the US administration is going to hack the election and they wanted to pump out some propaganda about Russian hackers in case they fuck anything up and it is exposed. That's what the bullshit polls are all about as well, main stream media in collusion with the US administration, trying the create the public image of who should win to align with the digital hack of the voting system (they know full well if Trump wins he will have a field day forcing the prosecution of all those who attacked him, the more he can prosecute the happier he will be and he can pretty much decimate the corporate democrats).

Will they fuck it up, of course they will, which is why the story and hence any irregularities will be blamed upon Russian intelligence services (reality the Chinese government are actually doing more hacking but they are sticking to the old system of extorting acceptance of bribes but the US government ain't picking on them because the Government of China are keeping secret their evidence of corruption in the US government, for the time being, they are seeing how much fun exposing corruption and every now and then you do need to demonstrate you will destroy those who fail to obey their instruction when paid to do so, forcing the issue by paying less and demanding more).

Oh my, the current US administration is squirming so bad under the current global spotlight, the mistakes, the clumsiness, all being forced by their panic at the thought of finally being prosecuted for their high crimes, this spreading into both sides of the Congress and Senate, it is all becoming a total farce (those hacks have an extremely high risk of all being exposed by US intelligence services with integrity and that is the real cause of the current panic). The fear is thick in Washington, going through their minds right now, why the fuck did we stick with Clinton, why the fuck did we stick with Clinton, over and over and over again ;D (dudes it's not like you weren't warned, the soft landing would have been so much easier for everyone, would have taken longer but less harmful all round).

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 3, Interesting) 294

The propaganda runs thick in this thread. Wikileaks is a website for publishing secrets that should not have been kept, nothing more and nothing less. People either choose to send it information or not and obviously the corrupt hate it. This mind bogglingly dumb attack is pointless, Wikileaks can be replaced again and again and well, realistically tens of thousands of times over. Wake up to your bullshit, they can be a publishing branch of the entire worlds intelligence services or as in reality the publishing branch of government agents from all over the world pissed off with their own governments.

Seriously this shit is so stupid, governments are clearly far more upset that foreign intelligence services are publicly releasing this information rather that in a collusive manner keeping it secret. It seems that corrupt politicians are quite amenable to blackmail for services, as long as a suitably large deposit in a tax haven occurs, for them just business as normal (the business as normal part is when corporate executives paying enormous multi-million dollar bribes throw sex and drug fuelled parties which corrupt politicians are required to attend to demonstrate their active corruption and evidence is retained to ensure compliance, they accept it).

That what all this Democratic party propaganda is about, it is not that the Russian Intelligence Services have this information, it's that they are releasing proof of government corruption to the US public. They do not give one crap, that Russia has this information, they are pissed off the same old, same old does not occur ie we have this evidence of corruption and we will publish it unless you do us some favours in return, the corrupt politicians reply, not a problem but you will have to pay me as well, I will not do it for free, so you can either lose me as an agent of your government or make pay me millions of dollars.

In the most disgusting fashion imaginable, this is exactly what the entirety of US main stream media is cheering on and what the majority of the unrepresentative US government is cheering on and what US Investigatory agencies are really, really pissed off about.

As far as I am concerned keep it coming the more the merrier and for those scum policing agencies who are not using this information to pursue and prosecute the corruption exposed, you soil yourselves and dishonour your service, you become less than nothing. In the most pathetic fashion imaginable you support the corruption of others earning millions upon millions whilst you collect peanuts in return to appear incompetent (you are not even being paid for your corruption, just your regular wage, even when as part of conspiracy that you can bring down, you in the typical corrupt fashion are entitled to a equal share of those millions, so pathetically lame).

Wikileaks should of course not issue instruction to anyone, that is a technical faux pas. The only thing allowed is an editorial with regard to how those working at Wikileaks feel about the digital conflagration. The only public response should be to send more secrets to Wikileaks to be exposed to the public, so the public can start acting upon them and investigate and prosecute the corrupt or at the very least embarrass the crap out of investigatory agencies failing to do their job, failing their oaths and failing their countries, shame, shame, shame.

In that light Wikileaks should send a copy of the information to the applicable agencies and record and display their response, each and every time, information is sent to them regarding corruption, so the public can watch as those agencies corruptly fail to act upon the evidence of corruption provided.

Comment Re:Anti-science censorship (Score 1) 541

The reality is that when they give bad advice you are not in the bloody room with them to counter it. So the unknowing parent is on their own, taking advice that is contrary to the training given to practitioner to achieve professional licensed status. Also never ever forget, children are not possessions nor are they pets, they are citizens entitled to full protection under law. That protection applies to the proper provision of medical services which both the parent and any practitioner are required to do. To use the car analogy, no one gives a bugger about your opinion of road rules as long as you stick to them. Believe that you are entitled to your own opinion as to how you will drive on roads and you will hopefully soon come undone before you can injure some one else. All licensed professional are actively banned from given bad advice.

Direct links http://www.nursingmidwiferyboa... and follow up http://www.nursingmidwiferyboa.... Keep in mind the value of practitioners opinions is based upon their professional registration.

Comment Re:Huh. (Score 1) 43

In this case a pretty scamming pump up the stock price upon the back of http://www.afr.com/technology/... a 40 billion dollar stock buy back. That is 40 billion dollars fewer shares in the market on top of the impact of buying those shares. So completely bullshit story and as soon as I read it, I did a search for "microsoft stock buyback" because I just knew, so obvious and they also raised their dividend. So that price will drop real quick once the stock buyback runs out and the dividend has been paid.


Macs End Up Costing 3 Times Less Than Windows PCs Because of Fewer Tech Support Expense, Says IBM's IT Guy (yahoo.com) 478

An anonymous reader shares a report on Yahoo (edited): Last year, Fletcher Previn became a cult figure of sorts in the world of enterprise IT. As IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service, Previn is the guy responsible for turning IBM (the company that invented the PC) into an Apple Mac house. Previn gave a great presentation at last year's Jamf tech conference where he said Macs were less expensive to support than Windows. Only 5% of IBM's Mac employees needed help desk support versus 40% of PC users. At that time, some 30,000 IBM employees were using Macs. Today 90,000 of them are, he said. And IBM ultimately plans to distribute 150,000 to 200,000 Macs to workers, meaning about half of IBM's approximately 370,000 employees will have Macs. Previn's team is responsible for all the company's PCs, not just the Macs. All told IBM's IT department supports about 604,000 laptops between employees and its 100,000+ contractors. Most of them are Windows machines -- 442,000 -- while 90,000 are Macs and 72,000 are Linux PCs. IBM is adding about 1,300 Macs a week, Previn said.

Comment Weird... (Score 5, Insightful) 66

If someone offered me 24 billion for anything, even my hypothetical super-successful company that I built with my own blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of a firstborn son, I would take it in a heartbeat. Same puzzlement over the Snapchat guys declining what I think was an overly generous offer for that company. Then again, I've never built such a company so I have no idea of what it means to give up control of it. Still... With 24 billion in your pocket you can pretty much do what you want, start your own new company, hell, start a space agency even...

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