* Posts by Real Horrorshow

7 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Sep 2017

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Not a robot enviroment

So, the world isn't one giant Amazon warehouse, but a place containing human beings doing human stuff. Who would have thought it? Well, everyone except Uber really. The assumption almost makes sense in terms of Uber's quest to run a service business without the tiresome requirement to pay anybody. People being people however means you need other people to deal with them. I suspect truly autonomous vehicles are a lot further off than their proponents would have us believe.

Google: We've achieved quantum supremacy! IBM: Nope. And stop using that word, please

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Re: Quantum supremacy

"...secondly, that it evokes white supremacy."

Shouldn't that be 'wokes white supremacy'? You know, for those determined to mutilate the language and drag their socio-political agenda into everything.

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

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This how its meant to work and Hodge knows it.

Successive UK governments - including ones of which Margaret Hodge was a member - have colluded in this for decades now. The 'Big Four' accountancy firms provide staff, without charge, to advise MPs on drafting the loopholed legislation that makes this sort of practice legal - or practically so. They then advise their corporate clients on how to evade the laws so drafted.

The 'Revolving Door' system (which supposedly prevents them getting paid for blatant conflicts of interest) actually allows MPs and Civil Servants to move into well-paid sinecures with these same firms after their careers are over.

Meanwhile, HMRC has about half the staff it had 10 years ago and has been run by a succession of people who previously worked for the 'Big Four' and, after a brief stint with the tax man, go back to working for them. Oddly enough, these people don't seem very keen on enforcing the few legal powers they actually have, especially against their former (and future) employers. In the UK only 'little people' pay tax.

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

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GoDaddy tried a similar scam on me a few a years ago and sicced some very unpleasant baliffs on me when I wouldn't pay. It took Trading Standards to get rid of them.

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: As much as I hate nazis...

"Homelands? Remind me, if you want to talk of race, who is the intruder in North America? Were you in favour of white people wiping out Native Americans, enslaving black Africans and then segregating and disenfranchising black people after being forced to free them?"

So, no homeland for the Jews then? As for intruders, shall we insist on rolling back the expansion of the Zulus, the Han Chinese, Islam? Shall we all go back to Homo Sapiens' origin point in Africa and leave the rest of the planet vacant? Oh, and the people who 'forced' the freedom of black people in the US, they were white people. "This is what happens when you forget that people are people. This is what happens when you are taught to hate: you teach yourself to live in fear."

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Re: @Snow

"But this... This has nothing to do with political correctness, more so with upholding certain standards and protecting the general audience from hate slurs and speeches."

I'm a big boy and don't need protecting from words or opinions.

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"I think you're missing the fact that the first amendment refers to the Government not restricting your right to free speech.

Google is not the government (yet), so they can do whatever they want in this regard, provided they aren't violating anti-discrimination laws."

I continue to be worried by this - often made - argument: In theory you have a right to free speech, but in practice, big corporations can always take it away from you. This is not a thing to rejoice over just because it's happening to people you disagree with. What happens when it's your opinion that is deemed to reduce advertising revenue?