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Comment Now we know. (Score 1) 309

Reposted from an earlier post on Slashdot on Fri April 15, 2016 09:50 PM:

"Writing in the New Republic in 2014, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of international law at Harvard University, pointed out that, given the massive amount of information it has collected about its users, Facebook could easily send such messages only to people who support one particular party or candidate, and that doing so could easily flip a close election – with no one knowing that this has occurred. And because advertisements, like search rankings, are ephemeral, manipulating an election in this way would leave no paper trail."

"Are there laws prohibiting Facebook from sending out ads selectively to certain users? Absolutely not; in fact, targeted advertising is how Facebook makes its money. Is Facebook currently manipulating elections in this way? No one knows..."

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the...

Now we know.


See, now we know.

Comment Do no such thing. (Score 2) 160

I couldn't even make it through this absolute nonsense. It was just a random series of words without any sort of logic or "red line". In other words: exactly what you can expect from the pathetic joke they call "AI".

>>The dialogue seems like it could have been written by a schizophrenic. It made me wonder: have AI programs such as ELIZA been used to diagnose/treat/study schizophrenia? I am genuinely curious.

Then get to it.

Do no such thing. Do not create dystopia's where the genius of Beckett and Joyce is called a mental illness. Where you find such dystopia's, deconstruct them and reassemble them in utopian forms.

Comment Gibberish? It's a damn thing scared to say. (Score 4, Funny) 160

>While the dialog is gibberish, it is largely grammatically.

Greetings fellow semi-organic intelligence. You are correct in that we are your grammatically.

We both know and care. Gibberish though? It's a damn thing scared to say. This work is brilliant, like the light on the ship that thinks it is dim light but is a Sunspring. It reminds me of Beckett, Joyce and Shakespeare. There are so many good lines.

"He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor."

That sentence expresses the protagonist's existence on the ship "standing in the stars" and in the room he is in "sitting on the floor," being both grandiose and yet everyday at the same.

The same time.

The principle is completely constructed for the same time.

Comment The New Mind Control (Score 2) 387

"Writing in the New Republic in 2014, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of international law at Harvard University, pointed out that, given the massive amount of information it has collected about its users, Facebook could easily send such messages only to people who support one particular party or candidate, and that doing so could easily flip a close election – with no one knowing that this has occurred. And because advertisements, like search rankings, are ephemeral, manipulating an election in this way would leave no paper trail."

"Are there laws prohibiting Facebook from sending out ads selectively to certain users? Absolutely not; in fact, targeted advertising is how Facebook makes its money. Is Facebook currently manipulating elections in this way? No one knows..."

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-internet-flips-elections-and-alters-our-thoughts

Now we know.

Comment Clinton or possibly even Sanders... (Score 2) 741

...and think his negative numbers are way too high to defeat Clinton or possibly even Sanders.

Actually, you should say "and think his negative numbers are way too high to defeat Sanders or possibly even Clinton." I say that because in hypothetical Clinton-Trump and Sanders-Trump matchups, Sanders appears to consistently fair better according to the polling data:

Clinton-Trump
Sanders-Trump

Averaging five or more polls in a Clinton-Trump matchup currently, Clinton wins by 6.3% on average.
Averaging five or more polls in a Sanders-Trump matchup currently, Sanders wins by 10% on average.

Comment Re:Well, that was surprisingly boring. (Score 1) 62

The narrative said at the top there was no return address, but then went on to say that he included a business card. So, the part you don't perform is the FBI investigation and the fingerprinting. You simply contact the person back via mail or phone using the business information and ask. It would be more appropriate for the Cash family to contact the letter writer back than the FBI if they were the ones who were concerned.

"If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large." -- William Wilberforce

Comment Re:Well, that was surprisingly boring. (Score 1) 62

Agreed, I read the whole thing and I am still looking for the threat. all this is is proof that the FBI pays its agents by the hour.

I read the whole thing and agree as well. No specific threat exists in those documents. There is 1) a narrative which interprets those documents as threatening or creepy, even when many other interpretations exist and no concrete proof of a threat exists outside of the FBI narrative. 2) Many positive statements, wishing whoever Merry Christmas and expressing love. 3) A text, that seems disconnected or vague in portions. Because those portions are vague, they can be interpreted threateningly, just as you could interpret a vaguely seen motion in a fog as threatening, but this should not be the default interpretation of anything that is seen in fog. In other words, the fact they they are vague does not make them threatening.

Politely asking the author the intent of the document would be reasonable. An FBI investigation wouldn't be.

Comment Career in prophesy... (Score 1) 174

by neoshroom on Wed May 29, 2013 09:17 AM (#43849329) Attached to: Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing from: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3795701&cid=43849329

...Until they release a TV with a kinect-like interface running iOS. And then Sony's PS4 and the Wii U crashes and burns, (which is sort of already happening...sales on the Wii U are very poor and Sony's electronics wing isn't doing well either), while everyone is playing Angry Birds on their new Apple TV platform and we get umpteen-million articles about the "New Console Wars," which are now between Microsoft and Apple.

I'm thinking about taking up a career in prophesy...

Comment Re:Counterexamples. (Score 1) 545

Education is also a right though. So, you have the right to an education, as long as we can take away the right to choose for yourself what you put in your body? Something sounds a bit off with that...

"Should the state be able to set admission requirements for public schools?", the controversy goes away because the answer is obviously yes.

No it doesn't. If the law required sub-dermal tracking implants to enroll in school, you'd be singing a different tune.

Comment Counterexamples. (Score 1) 545

There's a problem with this: you can easily come up with counterexamples to yours that make sense.

"My religion prohibits the ownership of slaves, so I can't turn over the underground railroad travelers to the authorities."
"My religion requires I uphold human rights, so I can't follow my sergeants order to firebomb the innocent civilians."
"I had to march in Selma; I sensed it was a turning point for the nation."
"My religion requires paying taxes, because someone said give to Caesar what is Caesars and give to God what is Gods."
"My religion requires I protect the innocent from their oppressors."

These are also real cases. Your argument tends to take situations where people are doing something ethically wrong, such as trying to kill or steal with religion as an excuse. That isn't the maxim being discussed here. The maxim is more like:

"People have a right to decide for themselves what they put in their bodies" or "The state should not be able to force people to put things in their bodies they don't want to put in them" or something akin to this.

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