* Posts by jpo234

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Europe just might make it easier for people to sue for damage caused by AI tech

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> We want the AI technologies to thrive in the EU

That was a smashing success so far, right? Those who can, do; those who can’t, regulate.

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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That doesn't explain Chrome's dominance on the Desktop. There it's mostly not the default browser...

Russia's new space chief confirms it will leave ISS after 2024

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"after 2024" is a long time and includes 2030, the year the US plans to decommision the ISS.

Google uses deep learning to design faster, smaller AI chips

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Re: Singularity

It's supposed to be a positive feedback loop: AI used to build improved AI...

This even has a name "positive Singularity Feedback Loop". Right now this would be the slow, initial phase, of course.

Quote from MIT Review:

> Most visions of this singularity focus on the creation of machines intelligent enough to devise machines even more intelligent than themselves, and so forth recursively, thus launching a positive feedback loop of intelligence amplification.

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AI used to improve the performance of AI is what the Singularity is supposed to be about...

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success

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Did anyone actually look at the numbers?

https://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html

https://www.akamai.com/visualizations/state-of-the-internet-report/ipv6-adoption-visualization

European silicon output shrinking, metal smelters closing as electricity prices quadruple, trade body warns

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Reality is a bitch and should be outlawed.

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash

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That's FSD which wasn't even available in 2019.

Open source, closed wallets, big profits – nobody wins the OSS rock, paper, scissors game

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Re: Governments

It's not just Governments. If money and contracts get involved, things get complicated everywhere. This adds so much friction, that it suddenly might not be worth it.

In public organizations that would usually trigger requirements to issue an open tender. These requirements are there for a good reason, but they don't fit the open source model.

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The decision to use a certain Open Source component is usually up to individual developers who usually don't have budget authority. They just do it. If there was some kind of contract with payments involved, things would slow down to a crawl: That would require an aqucisition process that might not even be suitable for most projects (a Patreon account doesn't fit).

Tech bro CEOs claim their crowns because they fix problems. Why shirk the biggest one?

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Re: I wish...

I'll bite and I'll argue that it is capitalist efficiency that gives us a fighting chance against climate change. It's easy to forget how awfully wasteful the alternatives were and still are. Just look at Venezuela, the socialism of the 21st century. Capitalism isn't fair, but at least it creates the ressources we will need to meet the climate challenge. The alternatives create less out of even worse environmental damages.

Your argument reminds me of AOC arguing against the billions of "subsidies" for Amazon HQ2 in NY. She suggested that the money should be spent to improve poor communities instead. The problem: The subsidies were mostly tax incentives. No HQ2, no revenue to tax, no subsidies but even less money for social projects.

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Re: But it's up to us

My 2017 mid ranger is still doing fine. While you don't have guarantee, it's very much possible to use one for at least 4 years.

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Re: I wish...

> Working out how to stop burning carbon fuels - boring. Working out how to fly to Mars - exciting.

That seems to be aimed at Musk. The vast majority of his wealth comes from Tesla, which is exactly working on "how to stop burning carbon fuels".

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Re: But it's up to us

Or: Buy a normal midrange phone for €/$200, donate €/$100 to a tree planting project and keep the remaining €/$250 for yourself.

Overall, that would do more good than the virtue signalling hipster phone. But of course it's not as hip.

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Re: But it's up to us

> to think about the profit-destroying requirements of saving the planet

Profits and saving the planet aren't mutually exclusive. Green technologies are big business now (think wind, solar, EVs,...). In fact, I'd argue that economic incentives (e.g. profits) are the most promising way to tackle the climate crisis. Only if dirty technologies are out competed by clean solutions will we have a durable solution. Otherwise somebody will try to cheat.

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Marine transportation accounts for a whopping 1.7% of global emissions. That's far, far down the priority list.

The thing that needs to be cleaned up first is coal.

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Who is Borkzilla? Microsoft?

WinXP reigned from 2001 until 2008, it's effective successor, Win7 from 2009 until 2020 (end of support) and Win10 from 2015 until 2025. That's closer to 10 years...

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Exactly: It's like public transportation.

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And a PC that only gets used at less than 1% of its capacity is better?

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Cloud computing is the equivalent to public transportation: They are like trains or buses instead of cars. An individual bus is much less efficient than a car, but it is shared among a lot of riders.

Same for cloud computing resources: instead of being 99% idle, they actually get used (I just checked: my laptop currently uses 1% of its CPU).

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Re: But it's up to us

I have Windows 10 running on a laptop that originally came with Vista (Upgraded the RAM from 4 to 8GB and replaced the HDD with a SDD). Perfectly usable. Win 10 will be supported until 2025. That means the laptop should be usable until 2030 or over 20 years.

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I never said or implied that they should be shut down. But if you want to actually decarbonize the economy, this is where to look. Blaming big tech because that seems to be fashionable right now won't actually solve the problem.

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Looking at the emissions per sector (https://ourworldindata.org/emissions-by-sector#energy-electricity-heat-and-transport-73-2), big tech doesn't pop up on the radar...

It's old industries that are the real offenders.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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I'm pretty sure there are more people mistakenly turned away every single day by humans than by computers. I get it: This sucks. But it's something that happened since the first bouncer stood outside the first tavern.

Facial-recognition technology gets a smack in the chops from civil rights campaigners

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And once again: Is it worse than what has basically always been there? Are human biases in human brains better than in artificial neural networks?

Humans are notoriously bad witnesses. It does not take a lot for AI to do better.

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Is facial recognition worse than an old fashioned lineup or a eye witness?

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes

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Re: Strike three

> developers' interests

As I understand it, it was the developers who sold it, whatever that even means with GPL licensed software. A fork that doesn't attract the main contributors is bound to fail.

Cross-discipline boffin dream team issues social media warning: FIX IT NOW!

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So: Do it like China?

Ireland warned it could face 'rolling blackouts' if it doesn't address data centres' demand for electricity

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Re: Lucky Ireland

I don't think taxes have anything to do with this. Wind farms are generally financed through private investment.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence

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> Get ready for more neural networks designing hardware to make neural networks more powerful.

First phase of the Singularity...

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

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Fog of war. Is this really "explosive"?

UK Court of Appeal rules Tiny Computers' legal remains can sue Micron and Infineon over 2002 DRAM price-fixing cartel

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Infineon's DRAM business was spun off in 2006 to become Qimonda. Qimonda became bankrupt in 2009. It's still around to market its patent portfolio.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

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This is covered by ITU regulations and is called "landing rights". Starlink will not go rogue and violate international treaties.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

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I see a mohawk.

AI brain drain to Google and pals threatens public sector's ability to moderate machine-learning bias

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‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’

Welcome to the splinternet – where freedom of expression is suppressed and repressed, and Big Brother is watching

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You know that the backbone of the Internet are huge telcos that are often state owned?

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Re: Starlink?

Nope. StarLink requires "landing rights" in each nation. StarLink in China will either go through the Great Firewall or not be available. Same is true everywhere else: Play by the local rules or don't play at all.

Example: https://spacewatch.global/2020/01/uks-oneweb-awarded-satellite-communications-landing-rights-in-nigeria/

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms

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Newspeak is coming.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

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Re: A thought

That was never claimed. The US just refuses to give up jurisdiction.

'Robbery, economic plunder, victim of larcenous cronyism and a heist'

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That's rich coming from a country that blocks foreign companies (Google/Facebook/...), requires car makers to give up their know how in joint ventures and used to steal intellectual property left and right. I'm not a fan of the TikTok saga, but China had it coming.

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?

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> The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), set up to help Europe remain competitive in the field of AI and machine learning

That train left the station 25 years ago when Europe failed to produce a single global tech giant similar Google/Amazon/Baidu/Alibaba during the dotcom boom. Chickens coming home to roost...

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Re: "the whole post could be misdirection"

> its flight software running in the Cloud

Nobody said that. Running Kubernetes isn't the same as putting it into the cloud.

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> As the internet giant is still big on Kubernetes, might Chocolate Factory staff – or the wider Kubernetes community now that it is open source – make their displeasure known?

Why? Linux or Android runs a lot of military stuff, how is this different? Have a look at ATAK, the Android Tactical Assault Kit.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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>Apple has experience here, following the move to Intel from PowerPC.

And Motorola 68K ==> PowerPC before that.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

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This would only be illegal if the briefing contained company specific information. A general "this is going to be bad for airlines and the hospitality industry" does not qualify as insider information. And I kind of doubt that these confidential briefings had anything more to say on this topic.

The confidential part is almost certainly about stockpiles of masks or the contingency planning of the military.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

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> Heart Bleed, Spectre and the very latest Intel Management Engine vulnerability are all either signs of verification failure or, even worse, problems that came out during verification but were too expensive to fix and too dangerous to admit.

Heart Bleed was a bug in the Open Source OpenSSL library. Doesn't belong here at all, I think.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Re: Infrastrucutre

> county wide infrastructure, phone lines, train lines, roads etc, are poor candidates for privatisation

That's why natural monopolies are subject to special regulations, e.g. Ofcom in the case of communications services.

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Labor is pro-remain, right?

Would such a move be compatible with EU regulations? A simple Google (Ha!) search found this: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/conferences/state-aid/broadband_rulesexplained.pdf

"Thus, compatibility with internal market requirements is a key building block of competition policy in Europe. A guiding principle is that any State intervention should limit as much as possible the risk of crowding out or replacing private investments, of altering commercial investment incentives and ultimately of distorting competition as this is viewed as contrary to the common interest of the European Union."

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings

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Re: Have I misunderstood?

> given that NASA apparently failed to organise a fixed cost contract with Boeing for initial copies of their capsule, which is now costing billions more of taxpayers money than was originally estimated

Are you confusing Starliner and Orion? Starliner is the Boeing capsule for Commercial Crew and on a fixed price contract. Orion is the Lockheed Martin capsule for SLS/Artemis.

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Re: Have I misunderstood?

Pad abort was in 2015. Next is in flight abort.

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