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Comment Women Count Too Low (Score 4, Interesting) 449

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

Comment Re:Fembots (Score 2) 114

Stuff like laundry? Not that big a deal when the machine does all of the work and I just have to load the wash, move the washed clothes to the dryer, and put them away when they're dry....

As you say, it's different things for different people. If you have an extended family, or have several small children, the laundry is simply absurd. It is something that you have to do basically every day. And it is a pain in the ass to have to check every pocket first (because otherwise you get pens, candy, or other stuff in the wash), un-ball them (since kids are amazingly good as making their clothes into tightly wrapped origami when taking them off), and then at the end folding a zillion shirts that have one tiny sleeve out the wrong way. A robot that could spend an hour or two a day doing laundry would be a magical device for me and many other people, on the order of the changes of washing machines or dish washers in the first place.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 363

You should see the video by Mike Rowe, where he discusses when he was castrating animals (goats? I forget). No, not painless, but not like you would think either. And the 'painless' technique recommended by people who didn't do it for a living was much worse.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 363

Complete lack of opposition to slavery, not a mention of rape in the New Testament. It appears that Jesus was all for a male-dominated, slave-keeping (probably including female slaves for sex) society. So, nothing to indicate that he would oppose it. He might think that it was up to the father / slave ower rather than the women though.

More importantly though, I think that the parent was referring to the lack of support for education, equal opportunity, health care, and other things for children that the parent thought Jesus would have been likely to support. And it seems to me that the people that most oppose abortion also are the ones that prevent those things for children.

(Plus, he seemed to like hookers, and we all know how they love to have abortions).

Comment Re:Modest Proposal (Score 1) 49

Overpopulation is not simply continent-wide population density. It is, among other things, the ability of a population to feed, water, cloth, and house itself relative to its environment. It is affected by infrastructure, geography, land-use, technology level, government, and other factors.

Europe (as a continent) may a higher population density, and (IMHO) is somewhat overpopulated. However, overall it is doing fine in terms of feeding and watering itself, it is over the demographic transition, and looks like the population will be decreasing overtime.

Africa, on the other hand, is wildly diverse in terms of local overpopulation, with some areas experiencing huge demographic momentum (i.e. large percentage of young people, pre-reproductive age), terrible infrastructure, and governments that cannot cope.

So, yes, broadly speaking, Africa has an overpopulation problem.

Comment Re:quotation marks (Score 2) 424

I get a stacktrace that includes:

Could not find function foo in com.lete.ool

I then want to search specifically for package, with the periods in there. (It's the Object Orientation Library from the company LETE). I do _NOT_ want to get back something matching completetool

Comment Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 510

I suspect most /.ers don't want laws against money laundering

What? Why do you suspect that? I want laws against money laundering.

and don't want the reporting requirements.

I don't like the reporting requirement, but I understand why it was there.

You may disagree, I may disagree, but you are assuming too much in assuming the people here want roughly the same law and just disagree on means.

You totally didn't answer the parent's question: "What do you propose?" Are you proposing removing the reporting requirements entirely and not replacing it, thereby making money laundering much easier? Why?

Comment Re:More info on the ImagNet Competition (Score 1) 115

they should just devise a better contest quite frankly, with combination categories or lists of "whats in the picture in relation to each other", like "wine in a glass" vs. "wine glass and a wine bottle"

Yes, they should 'just' create a better contest. The issue with that is that creating a contest, identifying objects, labels, testing, error-correcting, etc. is a slow, expensive, and unglamorous process. The ILSVC is only a couple of years old. And already it is showing its age; I really don't think that they expected it to be solved for much longer.

So, what's next in terms of contests? Probably a multi-object challenge, where a picture can have many objects; alternately the task would be to label not only the main object but also the parts. The previous were limited because there was a single primary labeled object. ILSVC doesn't even using a bounding box (which Pascal VOC did). So, the next step is to create a data set with lots of objects and have them all labeled, and the computer has to draw the boundary (not just the bounding box) around the object.

Deciding the performance is a pain in many of these contests, and eventually it becomes kind of arbitrary. How do you decide that a bounding box correctly covers the ground truth bounding box? Any measurement (i.e. 50% overlap) is going to be arbitrary. Doing it for object boundaries is going to be even harder

Comment Re:Your monthly algorithm tweak brought to you by. (Score 2) 115

Okay, so we have a benchmark where the bog-standard human being scores 94.9%.

Yes, and now the algorithms are better. More importantly, the 'standard human' only does that when it is paying attention, which it can't do for more than 15 minutes or so. The computer does it day in, day out, forever. And it will get better over time.

Then in February (that's three months ago), Microsoft reports hitting 95.06%; the first score to edge the humans. Then in March, Google notches 95.18%. Now it's May, and Baidu puts up a 95.42%. Meh. Swinging dicks with big iron are twiddling with their algorithms to squeeze out incremental, marginal improvements on an arbitrary task.

You denigrate their work, but that's the way science works: incrementally almost all the time. In any field, you will see tweaking, slight improvements, variations, and a couple of new ideas. And then one of the researchers will hit on the next big idea. So what? What the hell have you done? You're just being a dick.

“Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence,” said Ren Wu, a Baidu scientist working on the project. ... “We have great power in our hands—much greater than our competitors.”

I presume that next month it will be IBM boasting about "leading the race" and being "much greater than their competitors". The month after that it will be Microsoft's turn again. Google will be back on top in August or so...unless, of course, some other benchmark starts getting some press.

First, what they are doing is very hard. So, yeah, doing 0.25% better than someone else is a big deal. Let's see you do better.

Second, look at the performance over time. There was the NIST handwriting sets, and then the Stanford data sets, then the 'standard' was the PASCAL Visual Object Challenge and people were slowly improving to the point that someone else needed to step up and provide a better standard (more categories and more examples of each). And that was the ILSVC, and now we're down to the last couple percent on those. The next set will be bigger and harder. And performance will improve on that one too. That's expected and a good thing. Image recognition is stunningly hard; thanks to the hard work by these researchers it's gotten a lot better.

here's your obligatory XKCD

Comment Re:GREAT Interview (article really) (Score 3, Interesting) 145

He is well known in the machine learning community. He was the editor of a popular book (now somewhat dated, 1998) called "Learning in Graphical Models". You can think of graphical models as large scale Bayesian networks, among others. The hard parts are figuring out what the network is and how to train them. Lots of scary math in there. So the guy is very smart, and has been involved deeply in the field for over 20 years.

As someone who was involved in the previous neural network hype cycle (late 80s, early 90s), I'd have to agree with him that we go through these cycles, where a particular approach gain ascendency, then is shown to not work as well as the hype, and then gets rejected. On the inside, however, lots of good work continues to be done. The press (and then in popular opinion) keeps saying 'this is it, we're really close to AI' or somethign similar, and then when it doesn't pan out, then it is considered a bust. But, we are making progress, we know more than we did last year, and a lot more than 10 years ago. It is just that the problem is hard, and we're still trying to figure out some basic principles, so don't expect us to be there yet.

Comment Re:"Donate" to a Foundation (Score 3, Interesting) 155

Um...I beg to differ.

Apache has a number of vital, rapidly improving projects. The one that I'm using currently is Apache Spark. We use Solr and Nutch, and they are being actively developed. We're excited about Calcite getting to the point that it is fully featured and stable, and that's progressing.

there are plenty of projects that have moved to the Attic, which is where they go for the long, slow retirement and death. And many of the projects are, I would say, lethargic and not frequently updated, because they are large, stable, and feature complete, but likely to be replaced by other projects. Maven is a good example, where I think there is something better, but there is a large, installed userbase that Apache supports.

Based on his (vague) project description, it sounds like apache might be perfect for it.

Comment Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 475

IANAL, but it's tricky. If you make a fake $20 bill, put it in a frame, and call it 'art', then you're probably ok. If you start printing lots of them, putting them in the dryer, trying to replicate the security features, then you're in trouble. Nobody will believe you when you say you were just making them for the fun of it.

"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"