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Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 569

by serviscope_minor (#49609643) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

So, we have a situation with the following:
1. Teenaged or young adults-a group known for level headedness, quiet confidence and eminently sensible on matters of gender and sexuality.
2. One gender being very much in the minority.
3. The majority gender gathering round to have a giggle over nudie pics.
4.In a professional/educational environment.

If you don't see anything wrong with that picture, then you either have no empathy, have no understanding of people and have entirely forgotten what it was like to be a teenager.

The fact that you brought up the bobbit jokes indicates you simply don't care. It smacks of the attitude "well females did this thing that time, so males get to so something too now". If a bunch of women were doing that kind of thing in an inappropriate environment making a minority guy uncomfortable, then it was a shitty thing to do. Having some guys do the same doesn't even up the score, it just makes the world a worse place.

It also indicates that you view the world in a binary males versus females fashion (why else bring up something females did? ) which is a dumb ass attitude which propagates problems and nothing more.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 569

by serviscope_minor (#49607589) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Oh and guess what? In every single computer vision lab I taught (which was quite a few) someone always went and looked and shared the knowledge with everyone else. So if you have it in a lab you are implicitly expecting everyone to find out.

So yeah it's in pretty poor taste. And you get a bunch of giggling guys all huddled round a computer at some point. Is that a good thing to be happening in a vision lab? Nope.

But what do I know, eh? I only taught a bunch of these so I only have more first hand experience than almost anyone else here.

And like I said in another comment, I get to review papers in cv, so I get to have some small say in how this persists. Guess which direction I go. Bonus points for also jumping to incorrect conclusions.

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 569

by serviscope_minor (#49607523) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Don't worry, I'm quite brutal. Feature detection papers won't get past me unless they at least have some repeatability experiments not fouled up, or some better or equivalent alternative.

Also argh! I hate the Berkeley segmentation dataset. I know, let's make a low level algorithm try to perform the "same" as humans doing a high level task where each human had to guess what the task was! Mind blowingly bad :(

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 569

by serviscope_minor (#49606471) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

Playboy disclaimed copyright because the image was so ubiquitous by the time they figured out, it was too late.

Still I'm going to quote the BMVA style guide (latex cls file) which uses Lena as an example image with the caption something like "if I never see this image again it will be too soon". While not exactly the official position on the BMVA, it's a common attitude among reviewers.

Personally, when I review papers, while this image won't put it instantly in the discard pile, it generally is a black mark because it's almost always indicative of laziness on the part of the author. There are very, very, VERY few legitimate uses of such an image. Most uses sadly are along the lines of "look at the features we get ", which makes me reply, "where are objective measures such as repeatability and information content or matching score? "

So suck it, MRAs. I get to review papers and you don't, so I get to decide. So there!

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 4, Insightful) 569

by serviscope_minor (#49600795) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold


Computer vision scientist here.Yes, I've taught such a practical as a postdoc, so no I had no control over the content. Yes Lena was used. Sooner or later someone figures out where the image is from and everyone, well the guys, all have a good laugh.

So yes it does create a hostile environment. I'm afraid that your armchair logic and reasoning are going to come in second to those who have not only witnessed it, but been a part of the whole thing first hand.

The new guy who took over thankfully changed the images because he rightly realised that Lena was in poor taste and was inviting problems that are very easy to avoid.

I look forward to receiving replies on how my actual real personal experience was somehow wrong.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 108

by serviscope_minor (#49583691) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

Never mind a marathon, have you ever watched a near-toddler learning learning to "walk"?

After they manage to reliably lever themselves up on to two feet, they kinda tip forwards and hurtle towards whatever they want to reach at the best speed they can make which is something approaching a dead run (not like an adult sprint, but it's not like an adult walk either).

This usually leads to them crashing into something and falling over, though they generally only cry if an adult can see them.

So, in fact kids pretty much learn to run as the first thing and actually learning an efficient wallk comes a lot later.

And I certainly agree about the marathon (I've only run 13 miles, but the point stands). I used ot take off and get rapidly out of breath. These days I can run 10k cold (having not done any running or indeed exercise in about 3-4 months), mostly because I have learned how to run and pace myself. It took quite a lot of practice and yes, walking didn't help at all.

Comment: Most skeptics believe they are correct (Score 1) 697

by Theovon (#49579209) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

There are a lot of "skeptics" who are really motivated by their own special interests, like not wanting reduction in coal mining to impact their home state's economy. They are set up to be biased. But a lot of skeptics are true believers that climate science is some kind of grand conspiracy. Now with those people, I don't really know what their motivation is for being skeptics, because they're not scientists. They just repeat some stuff they've been told by other people that sounds plausible to them. But anyhow, this is the problem we face. Most of the skeptics are not "lying." They are simply misinformed.

Comment: Re:And India (Score 3, Insightful) 697

by serviscope_minor (#49577811) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

The four most populous countries use the death penalty and in total over 50% of the world population lives in nations where state aurhorized executions occur.

Note how the parent poster specified civilised. China, India and Indonesia are not exactly renowned for the quality of their justice systems. Then again, neither is the US.

Also, if you chuck the EU in there instead of having the countries separately (not an insane choice given there are common laws they must abide by in order to be members, including on the death penalty), it comes in at number 3 on the list of most populous.

Comment: Re:Why are they interested in this? (Score 1) 167

Given that makerspaces don't seem to encourage hands-on skills

That is complete ant utter bullshit.

I was going to be polite, but fuck it, I'm not going to be. Since joining one, I've learned to weld (mig and stick), learned how to make good dovetail joints, learned how to so SMD reflow, learned how to cast rubber and a whole bunch of other stuff all from people who were willing to share whatever they knew.

So, basically you have no idea what you're talking about but seem to have some snobby up-your-own-arse attitude where you get validation from hating on makerspaces.

Actually I've realised looking back at the thread that I keep replying to you over and over again because you keep making idiotic comments. Your one about the table saw is ALSO way off (surprise!). No, we don't have a sawstop, nice as that might be. We do have an authentication mechanism which requires users to be trained.

Comment: Re:People, not tools (Score 1) 167

You say people not tools, and I agree to an extent.

The experience at the London Hackspace suggests that the laser cutter and 3D printer are major draws which induce people to join in the first place. I, in fact, joined because they had a 3D printer that I could use and people around who would give advice.

The people is the core, most important aspect and without the people all the tools won't help. However, some tools are apparently more important than others.

Comment: Re:Sort of agree with the antimakerspace vibe, but (Score 1) 167

The solutions should be outside the box, do you really think you can invent or even need a better hammer?


Given the sheer range of both manual and mechanical hammers with different properties, I'd say yes.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan