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I read somewhere that Musk is bankrolling the free viewing.

There are clips from Robocop to drive home the point of what could happen when autonomous weapon systems that are under development by the military turn rogue.  That would include drones, pilotless aircraft and all the scary robots that Boston Dynamics keeps rolling out.

Tai, the Microsoft Twitter chatbot which turned into a misanthropic racist monster after 24 hours is mentioned.

Around 21:00 a strong Luddite pitch starts.  Robots and AI-based information systems are going to take away jobs from both blue and white collar workers.

At 29:44 there is a VERY WEIRD AND SCARY  Japanese (who else) android named Erica.  If there was ever an uncanny valley effect, Erica demonstrates it.  The uncanny valley effect is that to the degree an android looks and acts human we will become repelled by it.

Erica looks friendly enough most of the time, but every so often there is an unnatural jerk or psychopathic look in her eyes which is truly terrifying.

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytics fiasco came about apparently while the documentation was in production and they gleefully incorporated it.

Facebook is said to be just the sort of thing of how AI will destroy humanity.  It's not that AI has anything personal against humans, it's just that AI is goal-directed and if humans get in the way, then bye bye humans.   Facebook's example is that the goal is to enhance social interaction.  One interviewee described a resonance effect with people being fed self-affirming information feeds from like-minded people and fake news so that eventually a mirror is built for them by Facebook in which they figuratively gaze into and ask “Who is the fairest of them all?" and you get back,  "You, you after all!” 

Thus, Facebook purportedly diminishes people while manipulating them into yielding to Facebook (a symbol for all its AI algorithms) information so that they can be commercially exploited.

An interesting take on personality characterization is described by who said that in the old days psychometric analysis was done with questionnaires.  Nowadays it's much more effective to gather online posting, searching, buying and browsing data and analyze it with a neural network to gain personality insights. does this and it accurately described some my personality based on my postings on this board. 

At the end of video Musk apparently gives up trying to stop or regulate AI and says the only answer is to merge with it, as in if can't fight 'em, join 'em.  Not sure what he has in mind, though.  It was kind of left as a hanging, open question.   Everything Musk said before is that AI will attain superintelligence and that it will be impossible to get it to play nice.

All Technology & Tech Help / Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:45:28 am »

(Browsers: So figure out where Chrome or whatever obtains extra DNS information from, if it's not the hosts file. That's a surprise to me because the internet and routing stuff is the layer beneath the app layer, which would be Chrome or other browser.)

Also, notice:

Try clearing the DNS Cache:

1) run cmd.exe as administrator

2) type: ipconfig /flushdns

Sorry, missed that one. I had already tried that too. I just tried again though, but no luck. I'll add that to my original post. – Nick Petrie Mar 7 '1


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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Unique Selling Proposition
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:56:00 am »
According to the Wikipedia article ( it's "one's 'personal brand' in the marketplace"  and a "unique benefit exhibited by a company, service, product or brand that enables it to stand out from competitors".

The need for a USP seems particularly necessary in the crowded IT field.  Lack of a USP is exactly the reason people here have been discouraged from learning some skill and then attempting to get hired as a "commodity programmer".

I suppose we might think back on our careers to see if we can find a USP, or if one cannot satisfactorily be found, think about what one might look like for the future.


All Technology & Tech Help / Brother-in-law's computer got hacked
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:09:04 pm »
My wife and I both got emails that were suspicious in that there wasn't much content to the message except to say that this person has shared a secure message with you and to click on a link that would purportedly take you to Dropbox to retrieve it.  My wife forwarded the message to Dropbox and they verified it had a malware payload.

What do you do in such a case if you don't have backups?  Is it even possible to disinfect a compromised computer?

I've been reading the 2017 edition.  The author, Nelson Bolles, died that same year of a stroke at age 90.  The book was published annually and has a 2018 edition.  Maybe Bolles finished it before his death.

In Chapter 1, "It's a Whole New World for Job-Hunters" Bolles presents statistics about how the length of an average job is continually decreasing (according to him the Great Recession exacerbated this).  Because of this he says that job-hunting is now a "survival skill" that one has to master.

Chapter 2, "Google Is Your New Resume"  discusses how employers first go to Google to gain intel on you if they are interested, so it behooves someone to be able to be found on the web and to put something there to build your credibility.

Much of his writing is of a "go hire yourself an employer" ilk and in order to do that you have to be confident about yourself and your skills.  For that reason, a full 87 pages is devoted to a Self-Inventory, which is about a 1/4 of the book.

Actually, the book is structured this way:

The first 110 pages of the book is about practical skills for getting a job now -- as in Rumsfeld's   "go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time".

The next 89 pages is the self-inventory.

The next 74 pages are for dealing with handicaps, changing careers and starting your own business.

Finally, there are morale-boosting appendices for  "Finding Your Mission in Life" and "A Guide to Dealing with Your Feelings While Out of Work".

The search criteria were: nationwide and employer job postings only

I notice these things:

1) Cloud skills are much in demand
2) Enterprise Java jobs are less in demand than the JavaScript technologies
3) You would do well to put Linux on your resume rather than Unix (2x the number of mentions)
4) Some of the fun graphics tools and VR aren't that widely advertised
5) I typed in R Python, because R itself was confusing Indeed and a lot of R jobs also called for Python.  The combination did better than any of the enterprise Java jobs.

I left out quite a few technologies, like .Net and C##.  If anyone has any favorites, I'll collect them and add them to my little field survey

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / What is DevOps?
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:48:12 pm »
It has a Wikipedia definition, but I was wondering if anyone has actually done that kind of work or is thinking about doing it.

In my last position, which is becoming a distant memory, we checked software out of a version control system named Subversion (which in today's world is probably Git) and when we checked it in everything related to the  file(s) got built with Hudson, which is now called Jenkins.

There was quite a bit of work done with automated testing also, although I didn't always have the time to keep the automated tests up to date.

I think that is an example of DevOps:  automated builds, version control and tests all bundled together in software development.

This may be enlightening:

I asked her why she had a barcode sticker on her hand and she said that's what they all had to have for credentials.  Didn't go to the front of the store to see if the non-pharmacy clerks had them also.

I guess it beats having a chip implanted.  I suppose I shouldn't be disconcerted by this, but I guess I am.   :-X

All Technology & Tech Help / Musk introduces the Tesla Semi
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:42:17 am »
This has to go in the humor section.

Musk introduces the Tesla semi:

A semi accelerating from 0-60 in 5 seconds (2:20) has to be one of most frightening highway driving scenarios I can think of.

Discussions - Public / List of Colorado school and public places shootings
« on: November 02, 2017, 01:20:14 pm »

9 have occurred including and since Columbine. 

6 years before Columbine, in 1993, things got started off (not counting the 1914 Ludlow Massacre):
Nathan Dunlap, 18, who was fired from a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant as a cook, opened fire, killing four employees and wounding another.

Discussions - Public / Carole King's Wasn't Born to Follow
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:10:23 pm »
The Byrds'version we're familiar with:

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Carole King's original:

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Discussions - Public / The Las Vegas shooter: a suicidal sociopath
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:55:17 am »
I think there is a subtype of suicides whose brain expands the victim list of not just themselves but others as well.  The smallest set of victims would be a 2-person murder-suicide you read about all the time in the paper.

But a much more disastrous type of this is when the suicide also happens to be a sociopath as in the case of :

The crash was deliberately caused by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies and declared "unfit to work" by a doctor. Lubitz kept this information from his employer and instead reported for duty. Shortly after reaching cruise altitude and while the captain was momentarily out of the cockpit, he locked the cockpit door and initiated a controlled descent that continued until the aircraft impacted a mountainside.
  (killing all 150 people on board)

Clearly Paddock was like this.  Depressed, suicidal and sociopathic.  If a depressed person commits suicide it's a tragedy, but if a depressed sociopathic person is suicidal it becomes a public health issue.  Not sure how society protects itself...

Discussions - Public / Thoughts on the Vietnam War series
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:25:00 am »
I was 19 in 1970.  I got a number in the 2nd drawing in the draft lottery that was higher than what was called that year:

As unpopular as the war started to get by 1966-1967 it was really unpopular by 1970.  People of draft age during that time were either drafted, enlisted, making plans to emigrate to Canada or were marching in demonstrations.   Nobody of draft age was apolitical I don't imagine.

I met many vets during 1970 - 1972.  Not a single one ever talked about Vietnam.  Oddly, now that I think about it, not a word.  That would include my sister's husband who was left without one leg.  One guy whom I roomed with, a Marine, was shot and got a Purple Heart.  His hair was as long as mine, which was pretty long.  During a demonstration he tossed his medal in a heap of Purple Hearts.

Anyone else with thoughts of that time?

Quite a few robocalls are getting by that have the first 3 digits after the area code that are the same as my phone number.  Anyone else seeing this with Nomorobo?  This is a troublesome new development.

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