Month: November 2012
Killer robots? Cambridge brains to assess AI risk – CNET
Sure, fears of human-zapping robots might be a “flakey concern,” but that doesn’t mean technology is short on existential risks. The University of Cambridge is out to find the truth.
Source: Killer robots? Cambridge brains to assess AI risk – CNET
RE: The Centre for Study of Existential Risk – University of Cambridge
Here’s Why Digital Rights Management Is Stupid And Anti-Consumer – Consumerist
Comparisons of downloadable books and music to their ancient, tangible predecessors are an old, old meme, but sometimes the comparison applies.
Source: Here’s Why Digital Rights Management Is Stupid And Anti-Consumer – Consumerist
The pirated version (and there is ALWAYS a pirated version) already has *FREE!* going for it. Do you really want to add “Less of a hassle to obtain, easier to use, and safer/less spyware” too?
We’re Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions – Business Insider
The world is using up its natural resources at an alarming rate, and this has caused a permanent shift in their value. We all need to adjust our behavior to this new environment. It would help if we did it quickly.
Source: Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever by Jeremy Grantham, published 2011/04/25
Alternate PDF: http://www.theravinaproject.org/JGLetterALL_1Q11.pdf
Alternate web: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7853
Commented alternate: We’re Headed For A Disaster Of Biblical Proportions – Business Insider
Commented alternate: Jeremy Grantham must-read, “Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever” | ThinkProgress
Hotel Lock Firm’s Security Fix Requires Hardware Changes For Millions Of Keycard Locks – Forbes
Onity, whose keycard locks can be found on at least four million rooms around the world, has a plan to fix a security flaw … the fix requires hardware changes to every affected lock.
Onity wants the hotels who already bought the company’s insecure product to pay for the fix
Source: Hotel Lock Firm’s Security Fix Requires Hardware Changes For Millions Of Keycard Locks – Forbes
To what extent are companies obliged to patch the security of their products, and at what point are they morally permitted to charge for further maintenance/modification?