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Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 706

by myowntrueself (#49345529) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The thing is, this really is a freak occurance. So many flights, every single day, over every single city. People need to piss and shit, its simple biology. Every time someone goes for a piss break, someone else needs to be called in? That is just silly and insulting to the people involved.

In the grand scheme of things to worry about, this isn't really one of them. Its ridiculous to feel we need new regulations every time something happens...the next tragedy will always happen. It is inevitable.

There are daipers for this kind of thing. They are good enough for astronauts, should be good enough for airline pilots.

Comment: Re:False Flag Plots.... (Score 1) 201

by myowntrueself (#49327221) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

In the long run, it can definitely make Canada safer. Prohibiting this behavior means that we won't do stupid shit that will cause even more enemies.to appear. The number of threats that the Anglosphere faces that we didn't create ourselves is incredibly small.

I've lived in 3 Anglosphere countries and 2 non-Anglosphere countries. I'm a native English speaker from the UK.

Having experienced life outside the Anglosphere I'm puzzled why it is that virtually all the English speaking nations are so fucking retarded in so many ways. Its not just the dumbass self-defeating 'espionage' its also the amazing pedantry, prudishness, squeamishness etc, the obsession with poop jokes. Almost all the adults in these cultures seem, by external standards, to be like large schoolchildren.

I've also lived outside the angloshpere, every single nation has huge glaring problems that people simply ignore because it's part of their culture.

There's no real way to say which one is better, both have their advantages and drawbacks. You may be able to get away with more things in Thailand than the UK, but in Thailand you'll always be a second class citizen, accepted only because you have enough money to live there without working. Any fight between you and a Thai will result in the Thai winning regardless of what actually happens. If you want to live in Asia, you'll have to get used to the corruption, nepotism, tiered society, face, blood money and a lot of other things we would consider uncivilised in Anglo countries.

Believe me, I know all that and have experienced it first hand.

What seems strange to me is the way that its so consistent across English speaking cultures. Maybe its an emergent property of the English language?

Comment: Re:False Flag Plots.... (Score 2) 201

by myowntrueself (#49323619) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

In the long run, it can definitely make Canada safer. Prohibiting this behavior means that we won't do stupid shit that will cause even more enemies.to appear. The number of threats that the Anglosphere faces that we didn't create ourselves is incredibly small.

I've lived in 3 Anglosphere countries and 2 non-Anglosphere countries. I'm a native English speaker from the UK.

Having experienced life outside the Anglosphere I'm puzzled why it is that virtually all the English speaking nations are so fucking retarded in so many ways. Its not just the dumbass self-defeating 'espionage' its also the amazing pedantry, prudishness, squeamishness etc, the obsession with poop jokes. Almost all the adults in these cultures seem, by external standards, to be like large schoolchildren.

Comment: Re:Your government at work (Score 2, Insightful) 332

you really hold an organization like ISIS and the US Govt on the same moral equivalency?

i don't care how much you hate the USA, you fail the ability of coherent thought if you think the USA and ISIS are morally the same

I wasn't claiming moral equivalence, just behavioral equivalence. The USA is run by a completely amoral group of people for whom human life has little value. I'll say the same about ISIS. Since I'm talking about amoral people its hardly a matter of 'moral equivalence'. Its not like I'm giving it a number and saying they are both at the same level of morality. They don't even have NO morality. They see themselves as operating at a meta-level above morality.

Comment: Re:Gee whiz (Score 1) 332

If your enemy is in an unassailable position you have two choices; infiltrate and kill them in their sleep or attack something outside their fortress which they must come out to defend. Though I would think that the most obvious targets for the infiltration would be the drone 'pilots' families, people they do business with, people who make them burgers, people they owe money to, people who owe them money.

Comment: Re:Careful, they might shoot back (Score 3, Insightful) 332

From a group that made its name slaughtering helpless civilians, I wouldn't expect a whole lot of guile.

I'm confused and not properly following this thread. Are you saying ISIS or the US military have made their names slaughtering helpless civilians?

Or both?

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1088

by awol (#49298761) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I don't want my forth choice getting in. At some point I might want to waste my vote instead of having it count towards the lesser of two evils. But the system in Australia doesn't allow for that (anymore).

Even under the old regime your empty vote was still a vote for the ones you don't want because once your paper expired it was removed from the pool of votes making everyone elses vote count a little bit more from that point onwards.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1088

by awol (#49298721) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Except that it only works because where you have no compulsory voting they have no reason to record "who voted" and as such this fraud is trivial. If everyone has to vote then the mechanism that checks your compliance also checks others fraud. Now, in most places it is not perfect (where I am from we don't even have to give id of any kind just your name) and so the attempt at a fraudulent vote will almost certainly get past an initial hurdle of getting the ballot paper into the box. However, the system has a number of natural checks that detect the fraud at later stages of counting/reconciliation of rolls. Such as, total number of ballots cannot be greater than the number of registered voters, collating the rolls from the multiple voting centres and checking for duplicates. In places like India, they stain the finger of a voter to ensure they do not vote more than once. etc etc

CV does not guarantee the absence of fraud (mostly it's old people who forget they have already voted) but it is _vastly_ reduced simply because of the nature of what CV means for the election as a whole.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1088

by awol (#49298647) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

One big problem with this plan for democrats: Voters would have to present ID to get credit for voting.

Nope, not a problem. I live in a compulsory voting regime. I show up in my electorate (now there's the trick), I give my name (no id) to the person who will give me my ballot paper. They cross it off from a big book (well a set of books, organised by family name). If everyone votes, then proving who you are is less of an issue because if you go to vote and your name has already been crossed off then there is a problem. At the end of the process they check (probably scan) the books for the absent voters, check those against the postal votes/absentee votes and then proceed with enforcement (such as it is).

They probably don't even do any of that until the result for that electorate is within the tolerance of the missing/absentee/questionable votes.

With 200m electors in a presidential election (even given the electoral colleges) you might do better with something a little more electronic. But the key is you don't need ID if everyone votes because everyone that has suffrage is just in the book and you only care about double ups and no shows.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by awol (#49297987) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

I am a big fan of consumption taxes, however the tax is of itself a regressive tax. The prebate approach is the same that is used in the VAT world, it's just that the household is allowed to treat it's "necessities" as inputs and as such claim the CT, GST, VAT whatever you want to call it on those inputs. It's an interesting one. I have mixed feelings about the approach but it is certainly one way of addressing the inequities of flat consumption taxes.

Privacy

Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best 90

Posted by timothy
from the sorry-not-yet-april-fool's dept.
schwit1 writes Last week, a trio of Google researchers published a paper on a new artificial intelligence system dubbed FaceNet that it claims represents the most accurate approach yet to recognizing human faces. FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a massive 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.

The approach Google's researchers took goes beyond simply verifying whether two faces are the same. Its system can also put a name to a face—classic facial recognition—and even present collections of faces that look the most similar or the most distinct.
Every advance in facial recognition makes me think of Paul Theroux's dystopian Ozone.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 2) 342

by myowntrueself (#49284899) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption.

10% is 10% no matter what the purchase price is, the Proportions are the same.

The only way where they get out of balance is where corporations can purchase larger quantity and get a lower sale price per unit then the smaller consumer for a given item.. So you will not be removing the buying power element, but even then you are capturing the taxes and doing it based on money changing hands.

What they could do is like in some 3rd world countries where 'rich people' (usually foreigners) pay more when they go to the shops!

The 'white face tax' really does exist; I'd get my wife (a local) to go get prices then I'd go along to the shop for the same product and be asked 10x the price she was asked. (Then I'd set her on them and she'd tear them a new orifice where no orifice existed before.)

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