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Comment: Re:What does this mean? (Score 1) 396

Except this has nothing to do with the government (except of course for the outcome of the referendum). This is basically the bank internally speculating in regards to what would happen and what they would need to do to keep afloat in a very turbulent section of the world (should Brexit happen, that is).

The linked article makes no use whatsoever of the phrase "Top-Secret". It is a secret of the bank's, sure, but Top-Secret refers to official government secrets.

Basically, Slashdot's getting into the click-bait business now.

Comment: Re:Ok, but the real question is... (Score 5, Funny) 531

by Barny (#49750733) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Then you didn't read. These tiles show up when you click 'new tab'.

You will get a set of tiles that include your most viewed porn, porn you might like and sponsored porn that they hope you will be into.

You can stop these porn tiles from appearing by simply telling it you want classic new tab, not enhanced porn edition.

Of course this doesn't stop Mozilla from compiling a detailed list of your porn.

Comment: Re:Thanks to iinet (Score 1) 66

by Barny (#49747735) Attached to: Australian ISP Offers Pro-bono Legal Advice To Accused Pirates

Indeed. Been with Internode for a while now and at first wasn't happy with the iiNet buyout, but seeing things like this I am greatly reassured. Now, as for the TPG buyout, I am not sure where things are going to go there.

Would be a shame to have such a good (I use the word in both the moral compass sense, as well as service provided) provider become rolled into just another corporate juggernaut.

Comment: Re: Stupid toys (Score 2) 72

by Barny (#49694945) Attached to: GE Is 3D Printing a Working Jet Engine

Yeah I was going to say...

Saw a program a while back, about RR jet engines. Some of those fan blades are not only so finely machined and built that they are hand-made, but also get internally imaged for problems or stress.

What such tricks with 3d printing do accomplish is they let engineers build a mock-up or scale model from their designs much more efficiently than before.

Comment: Re:Great power (Score 0) 115

by Barny (#49694909) Attached to: Baidu's Supercomputer Beats Google At Image Recognition

"The ImageNet Classification Challenge, as it is called, involves training software on a collection of 1.5 million labeled images in 1,000 different categories, and then asking that software to use what it learned to label 100,000 images it has not seen before."

"Wu said that Minwa had made it possible to train the system on higher-resolution images. It also permitted use of a technique that turned the original 1.2 million training images into two billion by distorting them, flipping them, and altering their colors. Using that larger training set improved accuracy by preventing the system from becoming too fixated on the exact details of the training images, said Wu. The resulting system should be better at handling real-world photos, he said."

And they sort-of cheated to do it. I am sure if Google and MS would do a similar trick with their systems their accuracy would improve too.

Comment: Re:If the power comes back on (Score 1) 403

No, they are ignoring it because that is what the question specifically tells you NOT to consider.

Here, broken apart by more than just a semi-colon.

"I don't mean sitting there with no power but would work if the power came back on[.]"

"rather, something continuously powered, doing the task it was designed for."

Comment: FTFY (Score 1) 175

by Barny (#49679363) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

"Some Guy, lead artist for a game, has put up a post about the decline of quality art in games. He decries the current state of "Pixel fetishism" in the industry, saying that games with great art get needlessly marked down in reviews for their 'quality', while games that have awful — but pixel — art get glowing praise. He walks through a number of examples showing how art can be well done or poorly done, and how it can be extremely complex despite the higher resolution. But now artists are running into not only the expectation of hipster content, but technological obstacles as well. "Some devices pixelate Blarg [their game]. Some devices lack the colour. No matter how hard I worked to make the art in Blarg as good as I could, there's no way a given person should be expected to see past all those roadblocks. Making Blarg with pixel-art would have made it more resistant to making money." He says his studio is giving up on art and embracing the new medium, and recommends other artists do the same. "Don't let the medium come between you and your audience. Speak in a language people can understand so that they can actually see what makes your work great without a tax." "

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