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Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 127

I used to track down pedo posts on an ISP as well, to hand over to the Ontario Provincial Police.

It was difficult having to phone some small town computer illiterate sheriff at 5:am his time and try to explain what an IP number is, and how he needed to phone the ISP using the IP and a time stamp to try and get the physical location of the computer to track down someone who was for example threatening suicide.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 5, Interesting) 127

I admin a facebook group and the "automoderation" is dumb, FB reports the tamest pictures and I can only imagine it's because the women have big boobs or something. Not even nudity, we're talking about.

Warning - following comment mentions disturbing violent content you may not wish to read about.

I used to work the night shift for a huge MMO played mostly by kids and young teenagers. One of my work queues was investigating suspicious weblinks the players posted, typically to fake clan websites. I would spend a few hours of a night hitting tiny urls for poop porn sites, scam sites, lolshock sites and sometimes paedophile grooming hangouts, suicide blogs etc that required notification to the authorities. It was pretty gross and mostly just the same lemonparties and guys eating poop over and over and over it would be really easys to automate that.... I always turned the darker stuff off immediately, but then one night near the end of a very long shift while really exhausted I saw video footage of 4 young teenagers beating a child to death with hammers.

Can't say why I watched it. I really, really wish I hadn't; If anything the sound was actually worse than the extremely graphic footage.
My point is that I only ever saw that one once, that's probably the kind of rare stuff that would slip past the AI's and hit the real people anyway. Although I can understand why they would create an AI to pre-detect this. I guess some employees are still going to be hit by things that will forever change them.

All in, I would rather human moderators perhaps with an AI to warn them about extreme content rather that than these incidents being used an an excuse for automated, draconian and potentially politically motivated automatic censorship.
I guess it's a long way off yet until we get our first AI whistle-blower.

Comment Re:off! (Score 1) 167

Well, kind of, but it seems misleading:

They say that it's only things you're listening to or watching, but how can they tell the difference between a private conversation between my wife and I, and what I'm watching on TV?

Yup.. I just linked to what they had to say about it. I in no way endorse this horrific practice which will no doubt see people who play team based online shooters or table-top Pen and Paper RPG games added almost immediately to Government lists.

Comment Regarding Hitlers' alleged atheism (Score 1) 86

That's a pretty selective set of criteria, but if you're willing to broaden them a bit, there's Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot,... No idea what they would have thought of "Universe Ordained Life", but they weren't exactly religious, either.

Just a few quotes out of many by ole Adolf regarding his staunch Catholicism. Where does the atheism come in? It could easily be argued that his Catholicism is the focal point that inspires his genocidal tendencies.
Personally I never met the guy so I wont presume; Even educated guesses are still guesses.
On a side note many secularists (rather than atheists) subscribe to free thinking rather than subscribing to any sever school of irrational thought, be it religious or political (such as Communism).

“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.”
[Adolph Hitler, _Mein Kampf_, pp. 46]

“What we have to fight foris the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the Creator.”
[Adolph Hitler, _Mein Kampf_, pp. 125]

“This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief.”
[Adolph Hitler, _Mein Kampf_, pp.152]

“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so”
[Adolph Hitler, to Gen. Gerhard Engel, 1941]

“I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.”
[Adolph Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936]

Comment Re:Actions of a few.. (Score 1) 89

Given in the UK, for example, the largest 19 US owned companies currently pay 3% of the 26% corporate tax. When people call that unfair, it is not jealousy.
http://www.theguardian.com/com...

Given all these companies executives also pay little to no personal tax and they pay their employees beneath the living wage, benefits are required for those individuals to survive. These benefits are indirectly being given to these so called 'constructs of the state', while the state is on it's hands and knees before them being milked for all it's worth. To call it a Stalinist to actually ask the wealthy elite and mega corporations to pay anything remotely like what the little guys on the street pay stinks of either outrageous, brainwashed naivety at best. This is not a demand for equality of outcome. It's equality of the rules by which everyone is forced to play by. The way you illustrate this as some kind of underachieving, petty, socialistic jealousy is both astonishing and dangerous.

Comment Re:Figures (Score 1) 165

The Israelis would use a nuclear bomb as a last resort to keep what they have, a tiny strip of land.

The real concern though is how far are they willing to go these threats. People who believe a higher purpose guides their destiny have a diminished sense of responsibility and should never be allowed to possess nuclear armaments.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment Re:wait, what? (Score 1) 467

80 percent think outsourcing has been positive? They must not be working with the resources we do... They lie, lie and lie some more. Shirk responsibility and ignore questions.

I repeatedly warned him against doing it, but our fearless leader decided to outsource all the menial work in our office to Eastern Europe. Of course when the bosses up on high realised it was only the menial work that was actually making any money, we didn't need to come into the office any more.... ever again.
At least when our entire office was closed down, the manager that screwed us all for a Christmas actually screwed himself out of his own job too; and hence also his Christmas bonus.

Comment Re:Sarcasm (Score 2) 173

> And if you don't believe in homeopathy, there is no point in buying the medication in the first place.

So homeopathy is one of those things that requires faith to work? Very scientific indeed.

So, could I in theory make a homoeopathic bomb. As it becomes more powerful the more it's diluted, eventually I could just rid the world of stupid people.

Comment Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

So it is about costs.. just the reduction of costs from increased efficiency and production rates caused by the automation

A minimum wage worker will typically have to get some kind of governmental support just to survive. Technically then the government is giving the corporation who employs minimum wage workers the hand outs. Is raising the minimum wage really encouraging companies to employ more high-tech solutions? Or is it about reducing subsidisation of big companies by forcing them to actually pay their employees a survivable wage?

The alternative obviously becomes replacing them with robots but I'll bet people who have to maintain these machines and replacement parts don't come cheap. It wont always cost effective even if it seems cheaper at a glance.

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