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Comment Re:California (Score 1) 428

I've got cedar shingles and am paying a lot of attention to this.

The roof is ~30 years old with an expected lifespan of 50 years depending on how often/effectively we treat it. The treatment is not cheap (due to health and safety, not the chemicals) and a replacement roof is really expensive. I've toyed with the idea of getting solar but rejected it because it's ugly and we have lots of branches land on the roof. Elon's new roof fixes the ugly problem, so only needs to handle branches and be roughly the same price.

I'd prefer not to be first though, I'm hoping to hear some more unbiased stores of how people get on with the roof.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

... and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath...

I am raising the amount of cards because seeing them all would, in my opinion, immediately reach the bar for probable cause.

Cop with a card reader sees a gift card
Cop does _not_ have probable cause and cannot use the presence of a gift card to get a warrant.

Cop with a card reader sees 143 gift cards
Cop now has probable cause and I would expect to have no difficulty obtaining a warrant.

If there were a bunch of legitimate reasons for having 143 gift cards lying around then their existence would not automatically create probable cause. That's why the number is important.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

Right. I used to work for a company that managed travel cards.

I can think of a bunch of reasons for wanting 143 cards, but they all relate to breaking the law. For example:
* You steal some credit card numbers and use them to rechard the cards. By the time the credit cards are invalidated it is too late, the money is safely on the card.
* You steal/bully the cards knowing that you can spend the money before they're blacklisted
* You have a friend that works at a dodgy retailer and recharge the cards knowing the retailer is going to have to foot the bill.

The cards contain quite a wealth of information (though most of it requires a signed key to query). For example you can find out the ID of the chip that signed the recharge request.

Personally I'd treat it roughly as suspicious as someone with 143 envelopes of money in their car. There might be a legitimate reason, but it's hellova suspicious.

Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 1) 35

I was thinking the same thing and just did a bit of reading (

It looks like the only thing politicians did to kill it was ban phone sex. It was mainly killed by greedy, incompetent carriers.

Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 3, Informative) 35

US Premium numbers are no longer available. UK numbers are easily available - register at

Note that you would be breaching the ToS for your premium number - they require you to notify all 'customers' that they're calling a premium rate number. So while it's easy to set up, I think you'd be cut off pretty quickly too.

Comment Re:logs (Score 1) 596


This proves her story is wrong. It does not prove Tesla innocent. There are other scenarios which would have lead to this sensor readout and put Tesla at fault such as a faulty sensor or something jamming the accelerator down.

However we now have on once side someone that is known to lie and on the other side we have Tesla which does not have a past history of lying. So without any further information I'm be inclined to believe the 'meatsack' is at fault.

Comment Re:!AIX (Score 1) 48

Yup, good on them, I'd be disappointed if they didn't.

But you said maintains, not promotes. I would expect IBM to maintain Cobol and Fortran compilers too. I bet some people still run IRIX too, does that mean we can't use that name for a new product?

Or how about iOS - they're even both operating systems - but realistically how many people are going to get confused between enterprise switches and a consumer mobile device?

Comment Re:!AIX (Score 1) 48

I don't see a problem with the name.

Yeah, 20 years ago IBM sold an operating system with that name. But it's a three letter name, and Microsoft's product isn't an operating system. You have to expect name collisions at 3 letters.

Unless there was something else you didn't like about AIX?

Comment Ask your boss (Score 2) 122

Depending on whether your company is more lead by legal or marketing they'll either decide to release the changes for good PR, or to shelve them in case the changes have some sort of issue. You should be able to get a pretty clear steer on which way your company operates from your immediate manager.

It's worth knowing, because companies so scared of legal issues that they won't contribute to the commons are sad places to work.

Comment Re:This isn't AI.... (Score 1) 149

The most a computer will ever be is an algorithm with some clever programming. Are you saying that AI is impossible.

Take go for example. Let's say hypothetically that I develop this mega-awesome heuristic for evaluating go positions. So good that without search (1 ply) I can play a mean game. That heuristic evaluation function is either: me encoding knowledge about how to play the game into programming or it is 'learned' through random manipulation of data on a computer which is rewarded when it wins games.

Is either of these intelligent?

Comment Re:This isn't AI.... (Score 1) 149

So intelligence is 'doing things the way humans do'? There can't be any other type of intelligence?

If a problem requires intelligence to solve, then any solution to that problem on a computer is artificial intelligence regardless of what 'parlour tricks' are used. And yeah, humans are really good at pattern recognition while computers are really good at arithmetic so I would expect artificial intelligence to differ significantly from human intelligence.

PS: This AI evaluates significantly fewer moves than deep-blue. A brute force search of go is woefully ineffective no matter how much processing power you have.

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