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Comment: Re:The crime happened to an Indian in India. (Score 1) 94

by Rei (#48945635) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

I should add that the Strauss-Kahn red meat is getting old. First off, most of the descriptions of the case are way off, partially inspired by the prosecutors switching from overplaying the case against him to overplaying the case for him. To be clear:

1) If an accusation is made, and the accused is convicted, the legal system has been determined that the person is guilty.
2) If an accusation is made, the accused is not charged, and the accuser is convicted of making a false accusation, then the legal system has determined that it was a false charge.
3) If an accusation is made, the accused is not charged, but neither is the accuser, then the legal system has made no finding in any direction due to insufficient evidence to match the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard in either direction.

This should be obvious, but for some reason, many people are always fixated on interpreting #3 (by far the most common scenario) as #2.

As for Kahn? Since then he's been caught up in one sex related charge after another - and has admitted to parts of them. He's currently out on bail awaiting trial for running a prostitution ring; the trial begins a couple days from now.

Comment: Re:Watson is a marketing gimick (Score 1) 75

by gweihir (#48944589) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

Actually, Watson is pretty cool as you can feed in natural language data. That removes the very expensive translation step from creating an expert system. It does not do predictions or analyses though, it is just an expert system. Expert systems can be very useful in some tasks, but are rather limited in what they can do. And no, Watson is not (true/strong/whatever) AI and at least to expert audiences IBM is not claiming it is.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of a joke (Score 1) 75

by gweihir (#48944567) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

Indeed. The one big-data project I personally see at a customer does have the advantage that the IBM-team is too stupid to actually collect the data (they just cannot hack the engineering and have been delayed for over a year now and just recently were removed from the productive platform again because they break other things). So while the customer pays them oogles of money, they at least do not get bogus analyses in return.

The fascinating thing is that I though that you do not find the combination of extreme arrogance and extreme incompetence in engineers. Two meetings with that IBM team taught me differently. Any plans for further meetings were silently dropped from our side after that. These people are not even worthwhile talking to.

Comment: Physicalist nil-whits at work again (Score 0) 139

by gweihir (#48944439) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

The idea is that people are just lumps of matter end energy, and hence if you have enough randomly created ones, you will get a duplicate of a given person in there. That is of course obvious nonsense. People are a bit more complicated than can be explained by physics, in particular as physics offers zero explanations for intelligence and consciousness. In fact, after half a century of intense AI research, it looks pretty likely that intelligence cannot be created by matter+energy alone, as there is not even any theory that would allow that given the restrictions of this universe.

Side note: Physicalism is not atheism. I am an atheist, but also a dualist. Physicalists have this dogma that there is only physics. They have no proof for that and they are ignoring some rather obvious indications to the contrary.

Comment: Re:Shame on them (Score 1) 152

by gweihir (#48944207) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

Quite to the contrary. But you have to be willing to listen to understand them. One of the most important is that all this surveillance is not done for the reasons claimed. Others are rather drastic chilling effects, police officers lying to courts under oath ("parallel construction"), no democratic oversight, lessons learned in totalitarian states what dramatic risks blanked surveillance brings with it, etc.

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