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Comment They will transition lobbyists into the new policy (Score 1) 220

...as in any regime change, making it barely distinguishable from the previous government's, and on similar sources of "support".

If contradictions to the campaign that got them into office become all too flagrant (e.g. recently enacted or even forthcoming anti-citizen, anti-consumer provisions, in particular via international conventions), they may conveniently be excused by "having to keep bearing the burden of their predecessors' unfortunate legacy".

If votes could change a nation, there'd be a law against them.

Comment 6 blind men analyze an elephant (Score 1) 75


TFA: The results are intriguing—even a relatively simple neural network can be used to over-interpret an image, just like as children we enjoyed watching clouds and interpreting the random shapes. This network was trained mostly on images of animals, so naturally it tends to interpret shapes as animals.

Less intriguing: to consider that similar networks (especially once giving "recommendations" to unquestioning end users) might ascribe e.g. criminal propensity or lack of creditworthiness to the odd proverbial "innocent bystander" by over-amplifying distinctions they "think" to have learned.

The "Bad Blue sky" tank detector https://neil.fraser.name/writi... "might be apocryphal" (just like the Obstinate Lighthouse http://www.snopes.com/military... ;-)) but instructive nonetheless.

Comment For those in Power,oversimplification is the Point (Score 1) 327

Its slides are oversimplified, and bullet points omit the complexities of nearly any issue

So whatever split-second decision an overpaid high-level executive takes by not allowing anything the requisite minimum thought, s/he can later blame on (and get someone else fired for) having been given incomplete information as requested by demanding earlier on that every complex matter be reduced to a polished assortment of insufficient buzzwords in incomplete grammar. In short, PPTs institutionalize PHBs' hierarchical infallibility at the expense of underlings who have to use it.

Comment Re: Dunning Kruger in action may have killed IBM (Score 1) 211

Dunning Kruger effect in action! This, guys, is what just may have killed IBM, from me to you. I am a former IBM employee.

Remarkably, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? demands that "dealing final blows" be praised as "saving" (short-term "rescue" entrenching the long-term demise AKA "Historic Turnaround"). The sections measuring the merits e.g. of OS/2 (and over the years, pretty much any technological asset) by the same standard as consumer packaged goods are particularly saddening.

Comment News from EU that've been thru:There's no long run (Score 1) 1146

All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run

...if they shine long enough to ever start saving - not so likely with all-too-tightly-packed cheap Chinese semiconductors that often fail within months, at least for much of the short-lived (and often annoyingly artificially-looking) light Europeans get to see since "their" ban on bulbs.

2 pints = 1 Cavort