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Comment: bwahaha (Score 1) 220 220

From the article
"The questions were fed in plain text to Watson"

If "Watson" does speech recognition or Image processing for video clues then I'd be more impressed.
Its like playing chess with Blue where blue always plays with white.

Nevertheless, it's the first step...kudos to the team.

Comment: Speech recognition Vs OCRing Image Vs direct feed (Score 1) 164 164

This is intriguing.
How is "Watson" going to get the clue?
Is it going to recognize Trebek's voice? - If yes, human competitors may have an advantage.
Or "Watson" will have a camera pointed at the clue board to do a OCR? - What about the video/audio clues. Are they setting some ground rule so that there won't be any audio/video clues?
Or Clues are directly fed into "Watson"? - If yes, "Watson" may have an advantage.

Interesting...can't wait to hear more about this.

Comment: Re:Who's making these hackable machines? (Score 1) 188 188

Wouldn't it be easier just to make a better voting machine?

Why would they need a voting machine ?

There are several major problems with voting machines in India:

  1) you cannot double-check the vote, thus cheating is easy, even if you have secure machines.

  2) a lot of people in India don't know how to read, and simple tasks like voting with a computer is impossible for them.

  3) machines need electricity. In India, there can be an outage at any time of the day.

Before using expensive voting machines, India's governement should concentrate on improving the infrastructures, like water, electricity and roads.

These machines could very well be "hackable"...I am not doubting that. But you can't make these sweeping accusations

2. EVM makes it easier than paper ballots.
3. EVMs are significantly cheaper than paper ballots and do not need electricity..they are powered by 6V alkaline battery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_voting_machines

Comment: Re:They are willing to do the needful (Score 1) 534 534

In high school English we had an exercise called "Letter writing". They teach you how to write (or kiss ass) your higher ups (be it Government officials, or Headmaster, or your boss). Every letter will have "kindly", several pleases, most importantly will end with yours obediently. When I came to US for grad school, I saw no one using those crap, I stopped using them.

Comment: More BS from Apple (Score 1) 944 944

1. It's not open - So are iPhone, iPad, iPod. Users can't develop and deploy custom software without "Approval"
2. The "full" web - Yup. Without the flash support, users miss out full web experience.
3. Reliability, Security & Performance - What you say may be true, but let the users decide whether to enable flash on the devices or not.
4. Battery Life - Same as above.
5. Touch - More BS from you. If the flash is not user friendly on your devices, its site owners' problem. Let them opt for HTML5, don't force them.
6. The most important reason - Yes we get it. People will bypass your app store and depend on third party apps. So, stop BSing, just tell us that it will hurt Apple's bottom line that's why you are not supporting flash.

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