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Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 227

That's one of the main points of developing a general-purpose AI.

That's what I read in the 1980's.

Just as adaptable as a human brain, but without the messy and expensive biological needs.

I guess you're never read "The Two Faces of Tomorrow" by James P. Hogan. ;)

Raymond Dyer's project had developed the first genuinely self-aware artificial intelligence that could learn and change its own programming to meet unanticipated problems. But could the AI—code-named Spartacus—be trusted to obey its makers And if it went rogue, could it be shut down As an acid test, Spartacus was put in charge of a space station and programmed with a survival instinct. Dyer and his team had the job of seeing how far the computer would go to defend itself when they tried to pull the plug. Dyer didn't expect any serious problems to arise in the experiment.


Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 227

Sad that you don't realize your situation is an outlier.

My entire life is an outlier. When God hands out lemons, most people suck it down with salt and tequila. I make lemonade.

Yikes. I REALLY hope you don't you lose your job.

Why would I lose my job? The five-year contract is fully funded. After I get my InfoSec certifications, I'll have a different job.

Comment Re:Only? (Score 2) 109

If we persisted then they would accede, but it always felt like we were forcing them to alter their well-worn lunch cycle and throwing the balance of the Universe out of whack.

Because you were.
What we call routine, they call ritual.

Just hand someone from Japan your business card improperly*... if it's someone high enough then your boss and your boss's boss may have to bow in apology** for not teaching you correctly the protocol of etiquette. Of course then you get bitched at for it. (totally worth it, my boss was a dick and this was a beautifully PA opportunity to make him suffer).

* Two hands, both corners of card pinched in index finger and thumb, card facing recipient, face up. Bow (30-60 deg, depending on your back, rank, etc.), look approx at recipients feet, present card.

** hold a 90 degree bow for 30 seconds.

Comment Re: The cloud isn't safe... (Score 1) 43

Right. Because no one has ever suffered breaches to in-house infrastructure.

Except my file server is on a dedicated network not connected to the internet. Unless hackers have physical access to my file server, they're so out of luck.

Oh wait, Target. Oh wait, Home Depot. Oh wait, Yahoo multiple times. Oh wait, LinkedIn. Oh wait, Adobe. Oh wait, MySpace. Oh wait, Verizon Enterprise Services. Oh wait, Dropbox. Oh wait, tumblr.

Zee cloud, boss! Zee cloud!

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 227

Government will send you packing for good in your late 50s or early 60s.

I work in government IT. Most of my coworkers are in their 60's and 70's. Unless Microsoft delivers on all the promises for SCCM 2016, they're not planning to retire any time soon.

And no chance you will live to 120 claiming government benefits for 43+ years.

I'm not planning on Social Security being available when I retire. The Wall Street Journal had an article that people who planned to live longer are less likely to outlive their retirement savings even if they live to be 115-years-old.


Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 227

Better hope that job lasts.

I'm halfway through a fully funded five-year contract. Once I get my InfoSec certifications, I'll be looking for a new job.

You do not want to hit the market at 50+.

I'm the second youngest on my team. Most of my coworkers are in their 60's and 70's.

You might be the greatest programmer in the world, but if you won't "culture fit" with the 20 year olds, you'll stay unemployed.

I'm not a programmer per se. I may have an associate degree in programming but I don't do that for a living. I do IT support work for the enterprise environment.

You might be the greatest programmer in the world, but if you won't "culture fit" with the 20 year olds, you'll stay unemployed.

The last time I worked with 20 year olds was when I was a video game tester for six years. Even then I was "over the hill" for that job by being in my early 30's.

Intelligent people move into management in their 30s-40s (or, even better, have saved enough money that they can retire at 50 and do hobby projects)

Intelligent people have multiple streams of income in addition to their current job, and have plenty of options to fall back on.

Comment Re:Whose life? (Score 1) 98

Standard Auto loan terms are 3,5,and 6 year.
I would argue that the car is (should be) designed to last at least the duration of the terms of the loan, or more realistically 10 to 15 years...
Beyond that I would expect that there will be additional costs that the end owner is expected to pay? That's when the suspension is really due for an overhaul on most cars.

Submission + - White House blocks news organizations from press briefing (cnn.com)

ClickOnThis writes: CNN reports that it, along with several other major news organizations, were blocked from attending a press briefing at the White House today. From the article:

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. The gaggle was held by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."

The pool usually includes a representative from one television network and one print outlet. In this case, four of the five major television networks — NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News — were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.

And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in.

Comment Re:I don't worry... (Score 1) 227

You have been doing support for decades.

My technical career started 20+ years ago. I've been doing IT support for the last 12 years or so.

You are at a time in life where most successful IT people begin to retire.

I'm only 47-years-old. I still have another 30 years before I retire and another 43 years before I die at 120-years-old.

You are your counterpoint, except there is no gold watch and pension.

My current government IT job gives me a month off each year, and I got extra month of pay as a Christmas bonus last year.

You should be worrying.

Only people who don't plan for the future need to worry.

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