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Comment Uber isn't stupid (Score 3, Interesting) 230 230

Uber isn't stupid. They know the existing transport monopolies are maintained due to political connections aka lobbying. Uber knows there is no way it will be able to upset this status quo without support from local politicians. That, unfortunately, means lobbying. Love it or hate it, it's how things get done these days.

Comment Re:Better pictures? (Score 2) 75 75

Perhaps the input images they used were also low-res? If they had used higher resolution photos it would have taken much more computing time to run them through the neural network for hundreds of iterations. I guess the same neural networks could also enhance the resolution of the images by being fed a scaled-up version and outputting it with more (imagined) detail.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 181 181

I use a couple of 24" 4k monitors. Just set 200% font scaling and you have things appearing the same size by default as they would on a 1920x1080 monitor with normal font scaling. But they look much better rendered, and if you want you can zoom out to smaller text sizes while remaining legible.

Comment Re:Good news (Score 1) 391 391

Exactly. California is one of the worse. If a person has a "on list lower" they have to have a DOJ letter to own it, otherwise it is a felony. The same gun with the lower swapped out, can be legal. It makes no sense. I wish they would remove the Roberti-Roos and series list laws and just go with feature-only.

Comment Re:Fabricating an assualt rifle in California... (Score 4, Informative) 391 391

It is not an "assault rifle" if it does not feature "A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon." So depending on the grip that is attached to that lower, it is fine. Also, no flash suppressors, folding or telescoping stock, thumbhole stock, or grenande launchers. It also must not be a .50 BMG. The other option is to "permanently" attach a magazine that holds ten or fewer rounds of ammunition to the lower. If the rifle sticks within these parameters, then it is not an assault rifle.

There are plenty of guns in California that are based on the AR-15, AR-10, and AK-47 platforms that comply with the law.

Comment Do you want a diversity hire? (Score 5, Insightful) 287 287

Google hires people based on talent. Women and minorities are under-represented in the technical and engineering community. That is a fact of life. Until more women and minorities CHOOSE to enter this field, getting a "diverse workforce" would have to mean you exclude more qualified white males in order to hire less qualified minorities and women.

Think about that for a moment. Suppose hospitals did things this way? If you need critical brain or heart surgery, do you want your surgeon to be one of the best in his or her field, or one that was a "diversity hire"?

Until you're comfortable with the second option, this "diversity" idiocy needs to stop. It's one thing to exclude perfectly qualified candidates because they're female or minority. It's another thing to make that the primary reason you're hiring them instead of making sure they're the best qualified for the job.

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