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Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 1) 233 233

Lot of good points there, but I do have a question, because the fan that I was of TNG and TOS doesn't remember a ban on warp 9. I remember Picard and the Enterprise D travelling at greater than warp 9 on occasion (though only a few times under their own power) I know there was a 'theoritcal limit' that warp 10 was "Impossible" but then, VOY had to go and break that too....

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285 285

That's where content filters on the smartphone/smartphone browser come in. Hell, Google has a 'safesearch' feature that was designed to prevent accidentally finding porn. there's a difference between the client being protected (your crossing guard and school zone speed limit analogy) and protecting all clients who aren't invited. To stay with the car analogy, we're talking about a private racetrack in the middle of nowhere with no way to get the word out to people who might be interested but don't know it exists.

Comment: Re:Regular users only (Score 1) 96 96

cool idea, but the no checks thing could be a killer... my landlord has this strange refusal to take any kind of card for the rent, they accept check, money order, or cashier's check only. Which means if my bank account is card only, I'm stuck paying the fees for money order or cashier's check every month, and dealing with the hassle of actually having to go somewhere to get one. Still, this is a personal experience thing. I couldn't get by with no checks, but someone who has a more reasonable landlord can.

Comment: Re:Regular users only (Score 1) 96 96

Only if you can meet their account 'requirements', which in my experience usually include either an extremly high minimum balance or regular monthly direct deposits from your employer. it's a pain in the backside to get an employer to split direct deposits among multiple accounts, and maintaining the high balance kind of defeats the point of trying to keep someone from cleaning you out. Sure, some small banks and credit unions have lower requirements, but then you run in to issues like lack of atm/branch access, no 24 hour telephone support, etc.

+ - A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos->

An anonymous reader writes: Using the latest deep-learning protocols, computer models consisting of networks of artificial neurons are becoming increasingly adept at image, speech and pattern recognition — core technologies in robotic personal assistants, complex data analysis and self-driving cars. But for all their progress training computers to pick out salient features from other, irrelevant bits of data, researchers have never fully understood why the algorithms or biological learning work.

Now, two physicists have shown that one form of deep learning works exactly like one of the most important and ubiquitous mathematical techniques in physics, a procedure for calculating the large-scale behavior of physical systems such as elementary particles, fluids and the cosmos.

The new work, completed by Pankaj Mehta of Boston University and David Schwab of Northwestern University, demonstrates that a statistical technique called “renormalization,” which allows physicists to accurately describe systems without knowing the exact state of all their component parts, also enables the artificial neural networks to categorize data as, say, “a cat” regardless of its color, size or posture in a given video.

“They actually wrote down on paper, with exact proofs, something that people only dreamed existed,” said Ilya Nemenman, a biophysicist at Emory University.

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+ - Nanotube Film Could Replace Defective Retinas->

Zothecula writes: A promising new study suggests that a wireless, light-sensitive, and flexible film could potentially form part of a prosthetic device to replace damaged or defective retinas. The film both absorbs light and stimulates neurons without being connected to any wires or external power sources, standing it apart from silicon-based devices used for the same purpose. It has so far been tested only on light-insensitive retinas from embryonic chicks, but the researchers hope to see the pioneering work soon reach real-world human application.
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