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Comment: Re:Watson is not AI (Score 1) 161

by HuguesT (#47685747) Attached to: New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

A symphony is hard work, but many people can compose a song, not a very good one, mind you. Anybody can learn chess and even become reasonably proficient. Not grandmaster or anything, but decent. Basic algebra is taught to everybody in middle school, so I think you are a bit pessimistic.

Comment: Re:This does pose the question: (Score 4, Informative) 195

by HuguesT (#47615573) Attached to: Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

I love FreeBSD, I support them financially every year, and I use it daily but it is not uniformly better than Linux. Hardware support, in particular, is very far behind. Two random examples:

1- My NAS system does not recognise any USB storage when they are plugged in after boot (no hotplug). It does not support USB superspeed (USB 3.0) either (I have to boot in compatibility mode by disabling xHCI in the BIOS). This is a known issue with some Asus motherboards, still unfixed in 10.0
2- FreeBSD does not install on some of my HP G6 servers. The kernel simply segfaults. I really wanted FreeBSD on this hardware, so I run it in a VM under Linux (using KVM). Has been running brilliantly for about 2 years now.

Also security update in FreeBSD are really difficult. I haven't finished dealing with updating my ports since I moved from 9.2 to 9.3 last week.

I have to say this though: when it runs, it runs really well.

Comment: Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 1) 190

by HuguesT (#47572683) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

That's a good point, however driverless cars are still being used in very controlled situations, and for the moment require a huge, expensive array of sensors coupled with fragile, powerful and expensive computers. Even if we wanted we could not replace a significant number of cars on the road with driverless ones. The problem is not some kind of legal or administrative red tape, the problem is to make the technology simple enough, robust enough and cheap enough that it comes by default on most new cars like electronic injection did a few years back. Then it is a problem of waiting for a number of years for these cars to replace the old ones on the road.

This is still a ways off.

Comment: Re:Complexity (Score 2, Insightful) 213

by HuguesT (#47572655) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Actually, searching for "Reduction of inter-block artifact in DWT" should produce IEEE articles, most probably from the Transactions on Image Processing journal or Transactions on Signal Processing.

And indeed they do. My technical searches always include at the very top the most relevant academic papers from

Blocking-artifact reduction in block-coded images using wavelet-based subband decomposition
H Choi, T Kim - Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, , 2000 -

Inter-frame wavelet transform coder for color video compression

S Zafar, YQ Zhang - US Patent 5,495,292, 1996 - Google Patents

Embedded image coding using zerotrees of wavelet coefficients
JM Shapiro - Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on, 1993 -

Blocking artifact detection and reduction in compressed data
GA Triantafyllidis, D Tzovaras - Circuits and Systems for , 2002 -

Perhaps the solution is for you to make a Google Scholar profile and you will get those as well?

Comment: Re:Appre (Score 2) 225

by HuguesT (#47520927) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

This is not so insightful.

1- Foreigners who do come to America and then leave after a short period (a few years) do not take long-term jobs away from Americans. Clearly the jobs these undertake are like internships, post docs and other temp positions, these jobs are not meant as career jobs who would be of interest to an American.
2- Foreigners who come to America, get some training and then leave are *good* for America. These people will know and like America, will speak english, will have a network of friends and people they know back in America. If they start companies, maybe these companies will be friendly to America as well: import stuff from there, rely on American technology, and whatnot. The importance of creating goodwill cannot be overestimated.

How people who come on a H1B for a non-training job, and then stay by being sponsored for a green card, this is a different story. But notice that these people eventually become American. This has been a recognised way to extend the power and importance of the USA for a long time, because the best and brightest come to America to the detriment of the country they leave.

In reality the job situation in the USA is not nearly as dire as some people make it, compared with most other countries around the world. What is not so nice is that unemployed people have it very tough, very quickly. Better not fall sick.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.