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Comment New Normal (Score 2) 33

Get use to the new normal. It may get harder and harder to use the internet as bad actors (whether criminal or State) adopt AI to compromise systems. Of course we will use AI to protect systems, but this is probably an asymmetrical fight. What use are captchas or security questions if a basic enough AI can pose as a human and has enough background information to draw from? I don’t know whether the coming AI proxy wars will speed AI development, or slow it down as the internet grinds to a halt.

Comment Re:So many frequencies (Score 1) 147

Because its a lot easier to order a $200 drone on Amazon than it is to to build your own.

OK. Still

1) Buy drone, rig with explosives

2) Set "home" location to "target" (chances are someone on the Internet has figured out how to change the "home" location arbitrarily for some drone)

3) Put drone in air, turn off transmitter, drive away.

4) Jam all you want, Johnny Law!

Comment So many frequencies (Score 1) 147

Why wouldn't terrorists use 72Mhz radios you can get for free from people willing to give them away. Why waste expensive electronics on a drone that's just going to blow up anyway?

Assuming they don't go the high-tech autopilot route. If a drone can "return home", it can also "home in on target" with relatively minor software changes.

Comment Re:VAT? (Score 1) 81

The whole point of a VAT (charged at every part in the chain) as opposed to a sales tax (charged only to the final consumer) is that there's a limit to how much you can increase the sales tax rate without rampant fraud at that one single point of sale. Serves 'em right that the VAT opens up new avenues for fraud as well.

Comment Re:And flat look [Re:Infinite web pages] (Score 1) 332

Maybe the post I was replying to was. Flat isn't necessarily a problem, but having no borders at all could be. This goes double for the computer-illiterate: without the borders and shading mimicking physical controls, buttons are becoming increasingly abstract and thus ever more difficult to recognize as being clickable, especially for people who didn't learn the analogy back in the "beveled-edge pseudo-3D" day.

My only point was that (contrary to the previous poster's implication that 1989 was some kind of primitive age), UIs from back then were actually pretty usable because they were designed by UX engineers instead of graphic artists. Sure, they were ugly, but at least you could tell what was a button and what wasn't.

Comment Re:Agile is good for some teams & projects, ho (Score 1) 332

Sure, there are occasionally the huge changes that some customer decided they couldn't live without, but those types of changes hurt agile shops too.

But usually not as much, because with shorter development cycles the customer has the opportunity to realize they need the changes earlier.

Comment Re:And flat look [Re:Infinite web pages] (Score 1) 332

Similar annoyance points for the "flat" look. You cannot even tell a button is a button, and entry box boundaries are washed out. Shade the fsckers, people! It's not 1989.

Well that's the problem, isn't it? In 1989, UIs were designed so that it was easy to tell which controls were what.

Comment Re: Change the law (Score 1) 1424

Unlike the Republican South from where people are leaving in droves for Blue states.

FYI, that's not true. (I'll be charitable and not accuse you of lying or jump on the "fake news" meme bandwagon... but I could have.)

Several Southern states, including both Carolinas and Georgia (plus pseudo-Southern Texas and Florida) are all growing faster than California.

On the bright side, pretty much all that growth is occurring in the "blue" urban parts of those states.

Comment Re: Standing. (Score 1) 99

Theoretically, that should be the arm of the federal government in charge of copyrights. Or possibly the DoJ.

Or any member of the public. After all, a plain reading of the phrase "in the public domain" means exactly that: that it is "owned" by every member of the public, collectively, so why shouldn't every "owner" have standing?

Comment The First Rule... (Score 3, Interesting) 254

...of Usenet is of course, "you do not talk about Usenet." I'm breaking that. Sorry.

More importantly in this case, Second Rule of Usenet is "Usenet can't be subverted by its owner because, as a decentralized service, it doesn't have one." And that's why it needs to be supported instead of centralized shit like Reddit!

Comment Re:Doesn't this describe almost every job? (Score 1) 280

Agree completely. The fundamental problem is that software tends to have so much more combinatorial compexity than just about everything else (except maybe medicine or law), and even strategies used to reduce the complexity (modularization and encapsulation) that work in fields like engineering are, in software, often broken or ineffective due to poor design. (Imagine if the person designing the plumbing system in a skyscraper couldn't rely on the walls and floors staying in the same place. He'd have to invent servo-actuated movable plumbing or something, and it would be many orders of magnitude more complicated and less reliable than actual plumbing. It would be chaos! But that's how we do it in software...)

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