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Comment: Re:Weren't deep convolutional nets debunked? (Score 1) 142

by godrik (#49077723) Attached to: Breakthrough In Face Recognition Software

I don't see the practical relevance of this? You can not walk through an airport with a scrambled face. So the images the camera will get are "regular" imaegs. Sure you can generate ridiculous images that triggers false positive. But these images will probably not be fed to an actual system.

Comment: Re:So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

by godrik (#48781621) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

This has nothing to do with the topic of conversation.

Your signature say "Repel the 17th amendment today". I assume you are talking about the amendment to the US constitution which gives 2 senators to each state.

What is the rationale for repeling it? Is it to get a representation proportional to the population instead of a flattening per state?

I was under the impression that the house of representative was elected proportional to the population and that the senate was elected proportional to the states. And that gives a balance of power between population and states.

Any insight?

Comment: Re:Freedom of expression (Score 5, Insightful) 1350

by godrik (#48757349) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I am not offended by their murder, I am outraged by it. I used to read Charlie Hebdo when I was living in France. The death of these journalists, artists, policemen sadens me. The people responsible need to be found and jailed for life as is the penalty for first degree murder under french law, after proper judicial process.

But let's be realistic. Terrorism of pretty much anykind is only a minor nuisance in the western world (not sure about the rest of the world). But we talk a lot about it because it appears random and it appeals to our deepest fear: the collapse of society.

But we need to make the difference between the terrorist and the group they claim to make their act for. When the IRA was very active in the 90s, I did not blame the Irish people. When the FLNC was active, I did not blame the people of Corsica. When the "army of god" bombed the abortion clinics in the 90's, I did not blame the Christians.

Fanatics are a problem. They must be stopped. Islam, like all religions, is defined by the belief of those that follow it.

Comment: Re:Warmth (Score 1) 234

by godrik (#48711891) Attached to: Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

I don't know in the UK, But most heating systems I saw in the US are terrible. Typically based on air conditionning with a single thermostat placed right over the main air arrival. Which means that if you set it to 70F, you get 70F at the center of the house and a gradient of temperature toward the walls and windows. And when it is 20F outside, you feel your pain. Also the thermostat is often ancient which means that the accuracy of the things has certainly decrease significantly over the years...

My mother in law still has not understood that and insist her house to be set at 65F. except that by the window, it is closer to 50F.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 4, Interesting) 150

by godrik (#48606021) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

except the nearest bus station is not the world.

I am actually not sure how TFA comes to the conclusion that spanish would be a good second language. The question should be "assuming I already speak English, which second language should I speak." If 95% (pulled out of a hat) of spanish speakers also speak english, then learning spanish might not actually allow you to reach much more people.

Comment: Re:$1tr question--Why is all this Internet-facing? (Score 3) 528

by godrik (#48528265) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Well, it is probably linked to the fact most of these companies are international companies with employees all over the world needing some form of interaction with the data.

If you really want to get an internal network that is disconnected from the internet, it means that you will need an army of monkey copying data using memory sticks to feed the data bank and bringing reports back to the employee that needs it. And that induces super high latency in the system.

The problem seems difficult to me. Completely isolated networks might have an unreasonnable operational cost. (Though a massive data breach might just be as bad.)

Comment: Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 602

by godrik (#48517021) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

You are exposing yourself to Hollywood accounting by doing this.
Say you want to pay taxes in country FOO because the taxes are better there. You choose to subcontract your wallpainting to a company in FOO that charge you an insane amount. Your big company no longer makes any profit, and the wallpainting company is making tons of profit at FOO's rate.

Of course, this one is obvious and will certainly be considered fraud. But there are more subtle ways of doing the same thing that will look legitimate.

Comment: Re:IT industry has no use of the illegal immigrant (Score 2) 186

The summary mention an extension of the OPT visa which are essentially granted to foreign students after completion of a degree in the US. This extension of OPT will certainly benefit these students as the length of OPT typically leaves little margin of error to move to a different status.

I don't know whether it is a good thing or not for the tech industry, but there are lots of STEM student directly affected by that.

Comment: Re:500KPH - but what is the average *journey* spee (Score 2) 419

by godrik (#48393281) Attached to: Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

It really is a matter of infrastructure. When I was living in france, I never drove a car. It was not useful. Driving was typically not much faster than taking the train. I could go to my university in 45 minutes while driving took about 35 minutes. But that gave me the opportunity to read in the train and to take a daily walk.
Later I was studying in Grenoble and my parents were living in Paris. To go and see my parents, public transportation (bus+train_tgv+train_city+bus) was taking about 4 hours and a half, 3 of them were in the "main train" which gave me time to do homework, read a book, whatever. The total cost was under 100 euros round trip. The same trip driving would have taken me 6 hours of actual driving (plus pauses) and cost at least 60 euros of gas.

Now, in the US, it is much more difficult becasue even if you had a good train, there would still be no public infrastructure one you arrive. But I guess you could rent a car.

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