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+ - How music listening programs can be easily fooled->

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For well over two decades, researchers have sought to build music listening software that can address the deluge of music growing faster than our Spotify-spoilt appetites. ... One particular area of intense research has been devoted to getting these “computer ears” to recognise generic attributes of music: genres such as blues or disco, moods such as sad or happy, or rhythms like waltz or cha cha. ... So far, we see some systems achieve accuracies that equal that of humans. The appearance of this human-level performance, however, may instead be a classic sign of unintentional cues from the experimentalist — a danger in experimental design recognised for over a century.


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Comment: Re:This just makes sense (Score 1) 1345

by Squiffy (#37559680) Attached to: Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

A story's effect does not prove its intent. Take Ed Wood's _Plan 9 from Outer Space_ for example. People laugh at his serious effort.

What actual evidence do you have that, "The message of Abraham and Isaac is about learning that sometimes what you feel is right emotionally is actually wrong, and sometimes what feels wrong emotionally is right"?

Comment: Re:No warp drive for you! (Score 1) 196

by Squiffy (#36876990) Attached to: Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Light has momentum, not mass.

Beside that, special relativity has been corroborated again and again, tachyons are shown to be unstable due to their imaginary mass component, and physics as we know it simply doesn't hold up well in the presence of closed spacelike paths.

This isn't to say FTL travel is impossible. *Maybe* some way exists that gets around these huge obstacles, but when they say there's no known way it could work, it's not for lack of imagination.

Comment: Re:Single photon with controllable waveforms? (Score 1) 196

by Squiffy (#36876860) Attached to: Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

Ah, okay. Right. So then I guess different waveforms represent different superpositions? What is the basis? The only one I can imagine is complex exponentials, but the closest thing those have to a "location" is phase, so I don't see how they could exhibit a propagation velocity. Maybe I'm just going to have to read a book about this.

Comment: Re:Indies? (Score 1) 179

by Squiffy (#36405796) Attached to: A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher

I'm not a big fan of Terraria, but I do feel it's different enough from Minecraft that it deserves to be its own game. Its RPG-ish sense of progression is much stronger than Minecraft's and its sidescrolling style is not to be overlooked. I can totally imagine Terraria being born from someone looking at Minecraft and wishing it had gone in a different direction.

Comment: Re:How close are we to the island of stability? (Score 1) 138

by Squiffy (#36354836) Attached to: Two Elements Added To Periodic Table

We're missing the island of stability and we don't know how to hit it yet. As the article you link states, "The manufacturing of nuclei in the island of stability proves to be very difficult, because the nuclei available as starting materials do not deliver the necessary sum of neutrons."

How can you work when the system's so crowded?