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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States 266

Posted by Soulskill
from the unless-you're-the-nsa dept.
innocent_white_lamb writes: The 2015 Corvette has a Valet Mode that records audio and video when someone other than the owner is driving the car. Activating the Valet Mode allows you to record front-facing video as well as capture audio from within the car so you can help keep your Corvette safe when it's in the hands of others. Well, it turns out that recording audio from within the car may be considered a felony in some states that require notice and consent to individuals that they are being recorded. Now GM is sending notices out to dealerships and customers alerting them to this fact as well as promising a future update to the PDR system.

Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It? 87

Posted by timothy
from the they-can't-let-you-do-that-dave dept.
First time accepted submitter Hallie Siegel writes Last December, an article named 'Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning' was uploaded to arXiv by employees of a small AI company called DeepMind. Two months later Google bought DeepMind for 500 million euros, and this article is almost the only thing we know about the company. A research team from the Computational Neuroscience Group at University of Tartu's Institute of Computer Science is trying to replicate DeepMind's work and describe its inner workings.

Comment: Re:Sex robots (Score 1) 139

by cellocgw (#47984793) Attached to: Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Someday you may grow to learn that women are more than just a vessel for your seed.

Drifting ever further OT, I would like to point out that the long-accepted use of "seed' to describe sperm cells is a blatant glory grab by males.

The woman provides the egg, which is exactly the analog of a plant's seed. Both require some minor bits of chromosome info from the male (sperm, pollen) to fertilize the seed.

Comment: Re:Incompetence (Score 1) 167

by cellocgw (#47974699) Attached to: Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

So one has to ask: why isn't he suing the folks who revoked the offer, demanding to see their justification, or violation of contract, or some such?

Seems the website posting the comments, as well as the commenters themselves, should be irrelevant. If UMiss chose to revoke a valid offer, it ought to be up to them to show the comments prove fraud or incompetence.

Comment: Re:Science vs Faith (Score 1) 794

by cellocgw (#47965915) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Why do humans have appendices? Science gives an answer to that "why" question: A common ancestor had an appendix and mutations in more recent common ancestors sufficient for its disappearance have not occurred since the time of that older common ancestor.

You've just unwittingly given a great example of the good stuff scientific research does. The "it was an evolutionary leftover" was the dominant theory for a long time. Only relatively recently have researchers discovered that the appendix quite likely is an actively useful organ, storing healthy bacterial colonies to re-populate the gut after various disasters (illnesses).
The point is that science is quite able to change the theory as new evidence and models come into play. The religious method would be something like "god made appendices because he's god." Self-contained and complete, but totally useless (oh, wait, that's Microsoft, right? :-) )

Comment: Re:The article isn't any better. (Score 2) 794

by cellocgw (#47965775) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

I use to live in a 100+ year old house. The structure was ridiculously over done. 12x12 logs holing up the roof, The bricks were 5 layers deep. In essence it was engineered by someone without strong science knowledge. He just figured more is better. So it was over engineered because of lack of knowledge of the science.

Or just maybe the designer wanted to build a structure that would withstand a 100-year storm and 300 year's worth of general weather and usage. Just because (most USA) homes are built of stuff that'll fall apart in less than 50 years doesn't mean that's the right way to do things.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 185

by cellocgw (#47958395) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Or you could do as I do, and NEVER sign for ANY certified mail.

Methinks your aluminum foil cranial cover is fitted a bit too tight there.

I seem to recall, back in the original People's Court series, some defendant using that same line, and the judge was both incredulous and unimpressed (in the legal sense).

Comment: (Score 1) 178

by cellocgw (#47946337) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Welcome NewUser003!
We recognize everyone's desire for privacy, so for an additional $5000 you can get "Blocker" which stops even the other club members from seeing your page.

Then, for an additional $5000 you can purchase "UNBlocker," which allows you to see the pages of everyone who bought "Blocker."

(turtles all the way down)

Comment: Re:This is asinine in the extreme. (Score 1) 127

by cellocgw (#47946101) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

That didn't used to be the criteria. Back in the old days (you young punk...), nearly all the IgNobels were given for completely daft yet published works. Like the Japanese fella who claimed to find microscopic homuncula, or the folks who sold DNA-free fragrance in a double-helix bottle, or measuring people's brainwave patterns while they chewed different flavors of gum.

Nowadays it's all "wait, that actually makes sense after all!" What's the fun in that?

Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 1) 165

you seem to think that there was never a communist threat. As a Western European I am quite glad that communism never came further west than it managed.

First of all, it wasn't "communism," it was Soviet expansionism. And the USSR wasn't even vaguely socialist, let alone communist.

This is now. Later is later.