Author Archive

Sorry, but Laci is no longer taking new cases.   Leave a comment

From the Washington Post:

A suspect in an interrogation told detectives to “just give me a lawyer dog,” the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the suspect was, in fact, asking for a “lawyer dog,” and not invoking his constitutional right to counsel. It’s not clear how many lawyer dogs there are in Louisiana, and whether any would have been available to represent the human suspect in this case, other than to give the standard admonition in such circumstances to simply stop talking.

While Laci strongly believes in the Constitutional Right to Counsel, she is no longer taking cases.  Even if she were willing to take this case on, she is not licensed to practise in Louisiana.

Too bad the PD was unaware of this blog, since he could have used Laci as a quite willing Canine counsel for his client in cases of judges with acute robeitis.


Canadian WWII era passport for travel to US.


Big Life–the Ska Musical

I’m not going to go into the performance history for this, but I did see a piece on BBC London news about it. Unfortunately, I missed the play in all its runs.

It has been recently archived in audio form here:

Here is a scene from the start of the play which I can only link to:

Posted 04/09/2017 by lacithedog in Big Life, Ska, Ska Musical, Uncategorized

Gun Control Irony

Yeah, yeah. I try not to post this stuff on my blog, but this one is pretty important.  It was posted on Penigma, but I want my other post to get a few more views before this shows up again on that blog.

On the other hand, this need to get out there.  That said:

It would be really ironic if instead of all the mass shootings the US has suffered (my condolences to the victims and their families of those), that the incident that caused people to realise the US needs gun control is an out of control suburban mother fighting over a notebook in a suburban Wal-Mart.

No, pulling a gun in this situation is not self-defence by any stretch of the imagination.  No one was fearing death or serious bodily injury which would justify even the threat of deadly force.

The woman pulling the gun is committing Felony Assault under Michigan law, Section 750.82.

The offense of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW), is also known as Felonious Assault in Michigan. ADW is felony which is punishable by up to 4 years in prison. ADW is a crime which involves an assault with a deadly weapon (such as a gun or knife) or any other instrumentality which is fashioned or used as a weapon (car, club, bottle) which is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death. A criminal charge or conviction does not require actual physical contact or an injury. The offense is considered complete upon placing another in fear of an assault by a person who possesses a deadly weapon

Michigan law requires that the defendant “must have honestly and reasonably believed that he or she was in danger of being killed, seriously injured or sexually assaulted” in order to use deadly force.  Additionally, the defendant “may only use as much force as he or she thinks is necessary at the time to protect himself or herself.”

While a person may believe he or she had acted in self-defense, the police, prosecutor, judge and jury may disagree.

No shots need to be fired for her to be found guilty.

I’m not sure how the “pro-gun” crowd can defend this action.  I know responsible gun owners don’t, but it’s time they stepped up to the plate and admitted this shit happens too often with the relaxing of concealed carry law for it to be condoned.

It’s time to give Presser v Illinois, 116 U.S. 252, 6 S.Ct. 580, 29 L.Ed. 615 (1886) yet another plug.

One of the many failings of the Heller-McDonald bullshit is that those cases were not cases of first impression, but that post is coming in the future.

See also:

What Does Brandishing Mean? And Why You Should Never Do It…

Je suis arrivé

This screencap was made from my home.  Arrived2

No VPNs were involved in this whatsoever.

The Infamous Donkey comment or RUSSIANS!

I couldn’t help myself.

Donkey Comment redacted

OK, maybe it isn’t true how she died, but it seems she is now being accused of figuratively fucking a donkey.

Computer dating

I recently got an iPhone which includes the virtual assistant, Siri.  Siri comes from the early Artificial Intelligence programme Eliza, which was an early natural language processing computer program created from 1964 to 1966 at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum.  You can have long conversations with Eliza and people thought she was human.

You can try Eliza here.

While Siri is descended from Eliza, she is far from being indistinguishable from a human.  That’s where the Turing Test comes in.  This test was developed by Alan Turing in 1950, is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.  Siri makes it clear she is not human and has a long way to go to become one.

I would say she is poor at doing her job.  My joke is that my wife should be worried if I had a personal assistant as inept as Siri since it wouldn’t be her PA skills that kept her around.

But there is a desire on the part of humans to have a machine intelligence which is useful, but even the best systems are flawed.  I had a private screening of two AI classics: the Twilight Zone episode, The Lonely (season 1, episode 7) which featured a young Jean Marsh as Alicia, and Spike Jonze’s Her. Both of these must take place in the future since the current state of the art of Artificial Intelligence is far from the level of humanity shown by the robot and operating system.  Especially if I use Siri and other systems as a benchmark.

The one issue I have is the autonomy shown in sci-fi for intelligent systems: especially the one Samantha shows in Her. I think the reality would probably be closer to how Alicia acts in the Twilight Zone episode, where she learns from her human master.  This then gets into the topic of sex robots, which at this point are basically the RealDoll that moves and speaks.  I can’t really address how well it does this since my experience of these comes from this Guardian video and my experience with other artificial systems.

You can see RealDoll’s Harmony app in action here.  I am not sure how well it will work in reality, but is sounds like Siri with a libido.

Although, I do have to disagree with the ethicist who thinks that machine sex is bad since it may reflect on human relationships.  I think there would always be the knowledge that the Sex robot was a machine. Again, I think the real experience might run closer to the Twilight Zone episode than actual slavery and debasement.

Then the other issue is the disembodied nature of an intelligent system such as Siri or Samantha.  Her got into that issue. But the fact is that an intelligent system may know a lot about me, but she can’t do a whole lot of tasks around the house.  Toss in there isn’t the real human touch with the current state of the art.  The interactions of Theodore and Samantha on a date seemed a bit like Lars and the Real Girl, but slightly more accepting.

On the other hand, enough people are glued to their cellphone that it could be someone on the other end instead of an intelligent agent.

The bottom line to me is that Siri is sort of useful, but I can do most of the tasks she does.  And I can do them much better.  It would be nice if the web search were weighted and more accurate (I want current information) and she could read a result to me: especially if I am driving.  Instead, I find myself correcting Siri’s inaccuracies, which is something one doesn’t want from a personal assistant of any kind.