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Comment: Re:Only if the PC is made by Apple (Score 1) 60

by biodata (#47414091) Attached to: All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)
I don't think people are bothering to check Safari compatibility any more, unless they happen to use a Mac themselves. I'm finding more and more sites where Safari has buttons completely missed from the rendering (or hidden behind something else or otherwise invisible). If Safair won't run on anything but a mac then a large proportion of the dev community is never going to bother checking it.

Comment: Censorship through comment (Score 3, Informative) 74

by biodata (#47385377) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links
The Preston case was particularly pernicious - a whole article disappears from search results just because one person adds a comment to the article then decides to 'retract' their comment because 'it is not relevant any more'. It would have introduced a very easy attack route for anyone to take down any article they didn't like by posting a comment then asking Google to retract it thus hiding the whole article.

Comment: Re:E-mail? (Score 1) 346

by biodata (#47378525) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails
This x 10^6 Anyone who has used the internet should have realised pretty early on that sending an email is equivalent to sending a postcard - it will probably arrive at the destination if you use the right address, but there are no guarantees, and you have no control over who sees the email on the way as it is not a private protocol. People should have to get a licence by demonstrating minimal competence before they are allowed to use potentially dangerous technology, just as they do with driving a car.
Bitcoin

Expedia To Accept Bitcoin 87

Posted by timothy
from the only-stability-is-volatility dept.
An anonymous reader writes With the debacle of Mt. GoX, Bitcoin's future was looking a little murky. But in a significant mainline acceptance, Expedia has said they will begin accepting Bitcoins as a form of payment. At first, they will accept it for hotel bookings only, will accept it only in USA, and also will not be holding Bitcoins for any length of time — converting it to dollars as soon as they can. But, quoting Emily Spaven, managing editor of Bitcoin news site CoinDesk, as told to the BBC, the move was "brilliant news" and it "brings digital currency further into the consciousness of the mainstream." So you can't quite fly to Galt's Gulch to your newly Bitcoiin-purchased real estate without switching currencies.
Science

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-gigabit-fiber-anyway dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience say they've managed to reliably teleport quantum information stored in one bit of diamond to another sitting three meters away (abstract, pre-print) . Now, their goal is to extend the range over a distance of a kilometer. '[R]eliability of quantum teleportation has been elusive. For example, in 2009, University of Maryland physicists demonstrated the transfer of quantum information, but only one of every 100 million attempts succeeded, meaning that transferring a single bit of quantum information required roughly 10 minutes. In contrast, the scientists at Delft have achieved the ability "deterministically," meaning they can now teleport the quantum state of two entangled electrons accurately 100 percent of the time. They did so by producing qubits using electrons trapped in diamonds at extremely low temperatures. According to Dr. Hanson, the diamonds effectively create 'miniprisons' in which the electrons were held. The researchers were able to establish a spin, or value, for electrons, and then read the value reliably.'"

Comment: Average across models (Score 5, Informative) 230

by biodata (#47099025) Attached to: The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net
Neural networks are only one way to build machine learning classifiers. Everything we've learnt about machine learning tells us not to rely on a single method/methodology and that we will consistently get better results by taking the consensus of multiple methods. We just need to make sure that a majority of the other methods we use have different blind spots to the ones the neural networks have.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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