* Posts by M7S

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Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

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There might just be a market for this

If, for those expressly wanting a "digital witness" in their home as part of a security setup, you could elect to have any reasonable evidence made available in the event of a suspected crime, this could be useful, a bit like the dash cam in your car.

I used (circa 2000) to want the security company monitoring my home alarm to be able to view internal cameras so that if they got an activation and I was out, I didn't have to return home or get a key holder before the police were called. Of course their link would have been activated only by a switch triggered by alarm conditions, not available to them 24/7, but it never came around. Now that tech has changed, this might be an option.

That said, I appreciate the concerns about mission creep, abuse etc and would not rush to be first in the queue until sensible people reviewed and approved the privacy terms.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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£1,300? It's a snip

Or maybe a snap

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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The world does not need another mapping application !

Really?

You might equally argue that it doesn't need another satellite based navigation system but I understand that currently the fourth is well on the way to being complete, and these are not exactly cheap.

Be it that you might want to ensure the quality of your own maps or control the information that can be seen (IIRC the OS redact certain information regarding military premises from publicly available maps) or just don't want to be dependent on some other provider outside your borders/power bloc, it is usually a good idea to have alternatives/resilience for anything reasonably important otherwise we'd all be using aol email addresses. Personally I find streetmap more relevant to my needs than Google's but accept that for many this is not the case.

Even if you're not a tin foil hatter concerned that every map query to google will be used to build a file of your "interests" or sell you something (and yes I know that somehow it all has to be paid for), there's always the chance that, one day, someone may well just turn that company/service "off" if a business model no longer works or a regulator bans it from a certain market.

Then where would we be?

(Yes yes, I know, "Right here", sigh)

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Would employees of the government in Munich (if so fitted)...

...be required to change their OS in line with proposed changes at their employer?

It could bring a new meaning to the term "staff compatibility"

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Vulture Squadron anyone?

Could we crowdfund purchasing back our Harriers, and their's if the dont want them? If we did something like in WW2 where towns purchased spitfires, and then "donated" them to the appropriate service (as not all of ours were Naval) then we could see an El Reg flagged one (or more) in service. Keep that red tail-fin flying!

I think if as a nation we set a "nut and bolt" rebuild as a teaching/learning task for aero-engineering apprentices then at least there would be some operational capability for the carries when they are seaworthy, and off container ships prior to that, and then on a cannibalisation basis some could be kept flying until we eventually get a replacement aircraft, after which it would be nice to see a couple kept for displays like that Vulcan was.

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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The Way Back

B7, S1, E1

I refer you to the impartiality of the justice machine and remain confident in the inviolability of any such system that may be introduced, and expanded in scope over time. Yes indeedy.

That said, for the principle of dealing with the proposed scope, and retaining the option of a day in court for those accused wanting to appear, it might just save a bit of public time and money, like some fixed penalties do, although I've more faith in the police ones as they've no financial incentive, whereas the councils on the other hand.....

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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"watching licensed live TV in a pub or a friend’s house is an ethical alternative."

Has anyone ever managed to get their local pub to switch from showing sport?

You might in theory get an episode or so but to watch a series? Probably no chance whatsoever

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Boffins build laser satellite data link

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Hello LADEE

Oh sorry, that's meant to be in a week's time*.

Still, the non-return of messages won't change.

Icon on so many levels....

(*14th, in case you're reading this late)

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Hacker: I made 160,000 printers spew out ASCII art around the world

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That's no robot

That's an Omnimech, known as a Mad Cat, or Timber Wolf to its Clan pilots.

Quaff?

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National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford

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Re: In Abkazia and South Ossetia

Whilst I would far rather have cordial relations with Russia and regret the promise that Gorbachev showed in thawing relations was not carried through (on many sides) and acknowledging that as a Brit I should be aware of the less glorious parts of our history as judged by modern standards, I really must take issue about Russia "not starting WW2" in the same way.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact sent Russian troops into Poland at the same time as the Nazis, certainly oiling the cogs of the process that kicked it all off. There may well have been good reason "buying time to build up defences" etc, but many Poles might see the issue in a rather different light.

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This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Re: But but...

Careful what you wish for. This is presumably the Mark 1 travel machine, I'm not sure what the Mark 2 will be but I recall seeing the "Mark 3 Travel Machine" being introduced to the 4th Doctor in some underground showroom on Skaro.

(Sorry, unable to locate the clip, if anyone can assist...)

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DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

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Rival Services - Go90

Does that involve a small boy, occasionally with NHS glasses, being put inside a giant whisk?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbkSZ8aP2sw

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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So the survival strategy can be summarised as......

"Shoot and shag, quickly"

That should make for an unusual government information leaflet.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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So if the young lady in question was doing this as a "fan review"*

and IIRC you are allowed to quote short passages for review purposes, then perhaps someone on her behalf could counter-sue HBO for suppression of free speech?

*And I am sure there would be a legion of people prepared to affirm that they think this is a helpful review, ahem

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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

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Perhaps a "wiser" replacement might be started by...

...some crowdfunding as clearly last time around there was significant interest.

If someone with the right skills (and that's certainly not me) can learn the lessons of pebble, both technical and managerial, then I'd be interested.

Some form of "trust" (in the sense of a legal vehicle) to manage ongoing support might be a good idea, particularly if they don't engage in the dubious practice of "sunsetting" products.

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

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Not necessarily a choice

Whilst people may choose freely to move to the countryside to live, many will live there for reasons beyond their effective control:

- People may have inherited the family home. The costs of "upgrading" by moving to a town/city could well be beyond them.

- Their jobs may well be rural, or agricultural, in which case they need to live in the countryside or commute, presumably from the aforementioned towns/cities. In some cases the accommodation is "tied" and in effect part of the pay as rural wages are not usually that high.

- I've not yet seen on this topic the usual comments "they should sell and move" but leaving aside the astronomical costs (for many) of doing so, it is never made clear who would in such cases buy all these houses/villages, unless the owners are just expected to abandon them along with any value they might have, bearing in mind that many will also be indebted to various banks and the like.

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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: We'll let you give us your ship...

Perhaps "The Winston Churchill - The Hollywood Years"

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And if the F35B's aren't ready by then

Those Marines have all those nice Harriers that they could fly from her. That would be an interesting turn of events hopefully causing some officials and ministers to find their positions openly untenable.

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Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

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Re: the infected PCs still out there

Are these the sort of things intended to be "liberated" under section 41?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/30/efforts_to_stop_rule_41_fail/

If so, it might be the opportunity for a demonstration that this power is to be used for the public good.

In your own time now...

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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All this talk of autopilot, and comparing it to aircraft functions of the same name

Its just people droning on.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Just thinking

The cream of the Russian navy passed through those waters not long ago. Now I'm not suggesting there's any connection but what would it take to cut off, say the UK by a belligerent party?

Are cables the sorts of things you can find and plant little devices on to be triggered en masse and remotely at a future date, or are they regularly "patrolled" in some way by say a remote underwater vehicle to check for such things/natural hazards etc?

Could the same also be done in respect of the power interconnect(s?) between ourselves and the continent?

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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So, on your next trip to Infosec

Ask the vendors:

1. Is this system utterly secure against all known and reasonably anticipated threats?

2. Is this system also compliant with any technical requirements imposed by HMG, which may include new features in future service packs?

It would seem that reputable companies would only want to purchase a system for which the answer to both is "yes" however it would seem that one precludes the other.

Am I missing something?

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Re: "Lib Dems to oppose porn checks"

@Simon Harris

Unless you're limiting yourself to the eight or so MPs they currently have, you really wouldn't.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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Out of interest

Was it "the navy", "the MOD" or "the treasury" who decided that the new carriers should be built without the capability to operate carrier based aircraft from any of our other allies (you know, just in case one finds itself in unexpected need of a dry spot, or that we might support them in some venture) and also the need to either return to port regularly or require a relatively vulnerable ship full of flammable stuff to pop along frequently if things are hotting up somewhere without a friendly port nearby?

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Careful now

"The ban actually makes it more likely that the person will go and do the real world activity". There's a similar argument to be made regarding the option of simulating (definitely no t in that last word) other activities where real world enactment causes considerable harm, however shrill voices currently shout this one out of rational debate and consideration, hence prohibitions on certain kinds of pseudo-photographs, but strangely not violent images.

I'm not entirely convinced of the merits of such a moralistic attitude, and imagine that some desires can be assuaged by artificial images, be they sexual practices, a desire for combat or just street racing. You experience would seem to validate this theorem, it's a shame the chance for our society to perhaps reduce harm by testing this is not currently an option.

My own encounter with Canadian police did leave me with a positive impression that they were restrained and reasonable. In the UK various authorities (Youth offending teams, Social services and the like) would all have been invited to the party, not necessarily to the benefit of the child.

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Free 'cyber hugs' for all is the plan at New Zealand's first CERT

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Seems sensible

Perhaps HMG (UK) might try to learn a thing or two from the various colonies (present, ex, whatever) about responding to the needs of citizens/residents/businesses.

I'm not, currently, hopeful.

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ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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Joke

Looking at those hats

was this a publicity shot for "Bake off"?

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: At last, the great vision of the IT crowd can be realised

Dang, beat me to it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbyYGrswtg

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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

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@Adam52

Finding ourselves in a similar position (although our issue is entirely unrelated to Virgin), we have had to do the same, contact ISPs/mail screening companies to present our bona Fidel and request whitelisting. What would you suggest instead?

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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Ketamine - usually used as an equine sedative

Is there something here we're not being told? It might explain his difficulty pulling it off.

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Samsung flings $8bn at buyout of connected car biz Harman

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If I had a car with Samsung kit

would there be a "Note" in the driver's manual that taking it for a spin (ahem) might be hazardous?

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Any divers objecting to this?

as IIRC the decompression experiments that led to safe diving tables were conducted using goats.

There's a balance to be struck and I don't pretend to have all the answers but at some stage things like this need to be done, although if people objecting to animal testing for life saving medicines (and I do make a distinction from testing regarding cosmetics) would like to wear a little wristband then I am sure that with the increasing prevalence of things like diabetes, many medical staff would be glad to save the NHS lots of money and at the same time assist in reducing the population of the planet to a more sustainable level.

Before anyone gets on their high horse about "testing should be done using human volunteers", and there's certainly a good case to be made about capacity and consent, there are rules on this. One sample situation (that also in this instance would probably not be aided by the use of animals) is that no-one really understands how Entonox (laughing gas) works, nor therefore how to make it more effective, but there's no ethics committee that will allow you to inflict pain on people in any kind of trial with control subjects, double blind etc

Life sucks at times

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Re: Basic misunderstanding how law firm works

"as this depends on jury, judge and god knows what else"

I believe that there's been a recent comparison of judgements made by an AI that shadowed a real court, something like 79% accuracy and of course the fleshies don't get it right all the time (thus causing the need for Courts of Appeal and the like). Presumably this percentage will go up as programming improves, so you could end up with a system that is entirely automated at the processing/disposal stage.

There have been utopias and dystopias written about this from Mega City One (already mentioned by some other commentards) to the Culture novels. My main fear for any such system would be the ability to manipulate this once it has gained broad public acceptance, as I recall one R. Blake and his brief found in "The Way Back"

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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This threat can be countered with traditional crime fighting methods

Once known as the hue and cry

Or maybe that wil now mean something rather different

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Copyright crimefighters FACT change tack after Hollywood calls The Terminator

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Doing it from Brussels

I don't know if this is the reason, or even valid, but if they have the option of exercising a European Arrest Warrant, which I think the PM is keen to retain regardless, the idea of languishing in a foreign cell whilst awaiting trial might make people keener to pay, regardless of any "justice"

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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Re: Meanwhile

"What you / want is ipV8"

With added Nitrous Oxide. Please.

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

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My workplace is often mistaken for....

A place where I'm just sitting wondering how I can save a guaranteed 15% on whatever I am currently paying for my toner, or where I just happen to need to buy a new copier right now (and have the budget just standing by) or want to outsource my IT, or move my data to someone else's server rack or buy hosted VoIP.

There seem to lots of people like that with numbers similar to ours in that position, and I get all their calls.

FOAD.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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Re: Plunder

Which reminds me, if a pirate gives someone a ring....

...is it a booty call?

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Pirate

Plunder

Bring it on

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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As Veritech Alphas are probably not available....

The A-10, with all the options*

*or to quote the used car salesman, "fully loaded".

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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It looks like users won't adopt it if they have to pay for it

or are given the option (suitable for the non-techie's) of making an informed choice.

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Sound-mufflers chuck acoustic sleep blanket at the noise-plagued

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Alien

Silence will fall

As title

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Existing security standards are fine for IoT gizmos in electrical grids

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BBC R4

On Monday 31/10/16, at 14:15 there's the start of a three part serial called "The Good Listener". This is apparently about GCHQ discovering a "cyber-attack" on the National Grid. This play might have been inspired by fears over funding of Hinkley Point C by other governments or a more general appreciation of security/IOT etc. We'll have to see, but it seems timely given this thread.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080r364

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Re: "Death does have a tendency to be scary"

WHY? I'M ONLY HERE TO STOP THE PLACE FILLING UP. NOLI TIMERE MESSOREM.

Squeak

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Australia's new data breach disclosure laws have a rather floppy definition of 'breach'

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Notofication fatigue

Perhaps if it were explained to the lawmakers that this is analogous to suggesting that in the real world the police should not record instances of assault in order to concentrate on murders, they might reconsider. Particularly once it any evidence that emboldening the perpetrators of the former offence could lead them to go on to commit the latter....

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Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

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@ Blotto

The entertaining and seemingly principled (in that he referred to the US Constitution) John McAfee did stand for nomination for the Libertarian Party (IIRC) but didn't make selection. A shame as I think he'd have been as fun to watch as Trump but with a better outcome for both the US and the rest of the world.

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"where leaks of sensitive information on rival political elites are the weapons of choice."

I'm not sure how effective these "weapons" would be given that some of the countries that one might want to "deploy" this information in, to destabilise opponents on their home turf, are reputedly pretty good at controlling the media.

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Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

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Robots making decisions - alas, seemingly nothing new here...

See title

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: Make robots pay tax

At least with robots, there's already a means of charging them

I thank you...

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