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"in order to book a doctor's appointment (rather than just loading up a web form at any time of day - or night - convenient to you, and picking an available appointment time that suits you (just like you would when using an online travel ticket booking service)). Likewise for arranging repeat prescriptions. It's primitive, inefficient, and a poor use of time and resources all round."
Change your GP.
With our GP we can book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online. We can also do that by phone. What we don't get to do is ring a doctor direct and why should we expect to do that? If you were in a consultation with your doctor you wouldn't be happy to have them break off a few times to answer the phone and then try to pick up where they left off. Nor do we get to pick the exact time we want. After all the doctors do have other patients to see so it's a matter of picking the best slot left.
"As a pensioner who retired in 2002, I find electronic communications extremely useful"
So it works for your use case. Fine It would work for mine. It wouldn't work for everyone. Even here it wouldn't work for SWMBO because she very rarely looks at email. She also very rarely turns on her mobile so SMS wouldn't work either. Snail mail and POTS work very well.
Thinking that because something that works for oneself works for everyone is a trap into which tech enthusiasts are liable to fall. Hancock is so entrapped into it that he doesn't realise it and, frankly, I doubt he'd believe, or maybe not even understand, anyone who tried to tell him.
"If you want the best from your workers, you motivate them properly, make them feel valued, and reward them appropriately."
It starts before that. First you have to recruit the right workers. I can't think of anything more likely to make that task difficult but I've no doubt manglement will come up with something that does.
It's not so much a matter of when and where you do the work. It's what the work really is. The keystrokes are only the end product of the work. The work happens inside the brain. Are they going to fit EEGs next? And if so how are they going to figure if the brain waves are work?
"presumably without it being made explicit"
With nothing more than pictures to go on providing explicit rules is needed. The training of the human visual system involves more than looking. I wonder what percentages of post-grad students are parents. If they were they might realise that when a child it prodding and biting objects or crawling round bumping into things it's doing more than reviewing the continual flow of images; it's correlating them with other senses and learning about solid objects. This is information that the AI isn't acquiring because it doesn't have the requisite data feeds nor the ability to interact with real objects.
"Looking down the microscope at a slide you get a largely 2D view of the object and rarely use binocular microscopes."
That's an interesting point. I started off as a pollen analyst. Pollen grains are very definitely 3D objects but mostly grains were very easy to recognise whatever their orientation. This was because human perception has evolved to understand 3D objects and I think combines 3 things - a 3D model, the 2D image and an understanding of viewpoint. Maybe the last is what's missing in AI and being substituted by pattern.
Perhaps pollen grains (optical images, not SEM) would be a useful training set for AI as shape, size and texture are all significant.
One of the problems with AI is that you can't ask it how it comes by its decisions nor explain to it how to reach them. One could at least explain to students "I'm focussing up and down through the grain to look for pores" or "try moving the cover slip gently to roll the grain over", these being useful techniques to deal with edge cases.
"I live in Dundee Scotland and absent the last two winters (more severe in England) such challenges are common."
Commuting over the Pennines had similar challenges. However certain drivers, such as those in Mercedes, seemed to find it quite easy to to overtake. Perhaps the makers of self-driving cars have already added the characteristic that enables this. I think it's called over-confidence.
"research which is based upon assumptions that are outside the threat model for Intel SGX."
I think this is saying it doesn't conform to the assumptions Intel made. Be careful about assumptions that you make in designing or implementing something. Your assumptions will become the product's limitations. If you're not aware of them they may become its bugs.
"why you DON'T plug them into a password manager."
Why? Maybe you don't plug them into and online password manager but I rather think my encrypted KeyPass manager on my laptop is a bit more secure than a text file or the browser's password caching on the same. Apart from anything else its random passwords look a lot more like line noise than any erqogdp]oe0 keyboard mashing will generate.
"you can't even start to guess the email I actually used to sign up with for, say, Paypal"
Not the best example. PayPal actually give this address out to "merchants" when you make a payment. I put merchants in quotes because I got spammed on my PayPal address by archive.org* orecently because I'd responded to their previous donation appeal. It cost them a donation this appeal of course....
* who aren't even a merchant and would have no reason to need an email address under any of PayPal's feeble excuses.
"Also sovereignty is the right of the people to chose their own destiny."
That must be a comforting thought. Especially if you think most of the planet is still painted pink. In fact, the right of the people is only to choose their own destiny from what can actually be achieved. Politics is the art of the possible but we seem to have a bunch of politicians who haven't heard that, don't believe it or have succumbed to aspirational crap such as "You can be whatever you want to be".
Gmail has its place.
Fr'instance, I run a website for a community group. We get free hosting as a community group so it runs without any budget at all. The only cost was a nice extra in that I paid to register a domain which is then linked to the free hosting. Several years registration is pocket change. But we wanted a mail address for a "contact us" form and that certainly wasn't going to go into my private domain because I still live in hopes that someone else will share the responding and if I can get a free address elsewhere it isn't going to go into the domain I registered for the site because that would cost extra. So Gmail it is.
Actually, I find Gmail by web to be clunky, like any other webmail.
bringing vendors on board with the "voluntary" initiative
Compulsory will be better. A sticker will probably find itself with an almost lookalike sibling certifying, if you look carefully, that it (the sticker) was made in China. Make it illegal to sell an uncertified item in the EU. That would probably even give us a degree of herd immunity here in the UK, at least once they finish dumping all the old uncertifiable stuff.
In a report last week, Microsoft confirmed that products that form part of its Office Pro Plus will be tweaked by the end of April to address the "concerns". Failure to do so could result in the Dutch unleashing the regulatory hounds.
The regulator should have been unleashed immediately. Letting them know they can get away with "Oops, sorry!" does nothing to inhibit future offences.
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