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Comment Re:Aging? (Score 1) 145

I worked with TPF back in the late 80s/early 90s. Trust me, it needs to go. I am shocked they are still using it.There was a reason for it when it was invented. Airlines had to interact with thousands of travel agent terminals around the world and the system had to be fast. Hardware was not up to snuff back then. I remember our production mainframe was rate at 120 MIPS and I thought it was amazing at the time. Thus TPF was born. Very close to the metal OS. Slightest programmer error can crash the whole thing. No one in their right mind would use anything like that today. But, I don't think the outage was due to TPF. Although a cloud-based (even an on-premises, multi datacenter) solution would definitely have avoided their woes.

Comment Re:Report: Fire destroyed generators (Score 2) 239

I worked for one of the largest airline reservation systems. It is a very complicated space, many degrees of complexity above your run of the mill social networking website. Unfortunately, the underlying technology goes back many decades (it is mainframe based, I am not sure these other 500 servers they mentioned do). I think that with the newer tech out there, it could probably be re-engineered to be totally fault tolerant but it would be a massive undertaking in $$$$$. To give you some clarity of the complexity, the system even calculates the weight distribution of planes as passengers check in and clears them for take off accordingly.

Comment Re:UBI will reach 100% of tax (Score 1) 1145

The military will have to shrink. As it is, it is a jobs program. From the soldiering to the manufacturing of weapons of war, it is all about providing jobs and making money for the industrial and military complex. Once we admit to ourselves that is what it is and not some patriotic nonsense about supporting or troops, then we can make progress on discussing better solutions.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 983

Being a police officer is not as dangerous a profession as it is made out to be. It's a myth. Very few officers die on the job due to violence inflicted on them by a civilian. So few in fact that percentage wise the chances are better that they win the lottery. With that in mind, why has society perpetuated this mythology around cops and as a result allowed them a lot of legal perks in the realm of using violence against other civilians?

Comment Re:Do you believe me now? (Score 1) 262

Computers do not have intelligence in the sense that humans perceive intelligence. They need a few 'features' of intelligence. They just need to understand natural language in order to communicate with us and even there, humans misunderstand each other all the time so the bar is not set very high. To perform the tasks at hand they do not need to 'learn' on the job as we do. Their training before delivery will take care of that. To perform general purpose tasks all they need is more expansive training. I don't think we're far from this version of AI.

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