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Comment: Re:It's not censorship (Score 1) 87

It's one thing to see smog out the window day after day, it's another to find out how widespread the pollution is, or to see green beaches, exploded trees, and river water so polluted that it doesn't look like water. The U.S. would be where China is right now were it not for the people who raised enough hell fifty years ago that we have the EPA today.

Comment: Re:Ah, come one, don't we trust the Feds? (Score 1) 90

I can accept this analogy but it is not airtight. We do have elections, so we can change out the parts of the government that we don't like. So it is almost like having competitors for government; instead we have competitive ideas. Government is slow to respond because we have a largely apathetic citizenry that does not drive it to respond more quickly.

Sometimes, when I'm in one of my nastier moods, I think a solution might be for those who do vote to approve by referendum a $1000 per capita excise tax on all eligible adults who don't vote.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 5, Insightful) 362

by kylemonger (#49186087) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Forget about sensors for a moment: We don't deal with malfunctioning PEOPLE right now. Drunks, old people, and visual impaired people routinely climb behind the wheel everyday. We are already running over darting children, cyclists and pretty much anything else with the temerity to set foot, hoof or paw on the road. Old people ramming cars into crowds because they can't tell the brake from the accelerator are just the cost of doing business in a free society.

A self-driving system doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be better than what we have now when we scale it up. Given that you can give a driving AI the equivalent of millions of miles road experience in all conditions, I doubt that AI's will drive worse than human beings for much longer.

The insurance companies will need to be convinced for sure, but they will be when self-driving systems demonstrate their superiority.

Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by kylemonger (#49144397) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch
I saw a suicide note posted on Flickr. Friends got to the individual in time. I don't know the stats but if Facebook can do something to help keep someone from dying, I would not dismiss it. They will be raking through the postings regardless, nice to see something good come of it that's not just good for Facebook.

Comment: Re:It was a movie--duh (Score 2) 133

I think they could have made it work if they framed the shots right. If you move from one star field to another star field, then yeah, the audience isn't going to see much difference. But if Saturn were in the foreground and dead ahead in one shot and they transitioned to Gargantua being dead ahead as they went through the wormhole, I think the transit would have been obvious enough. Particularly if they looked back and showed a distorted view of Saturn through the wormhole after they passed through.

Comment: Re:so breakthrough (Score 1) 142

by kylemonger (#49077539) Attached to: Breakthrough In Face Recognition Software
The annotations were probably more useful features such as distance to the subject, angle of head tilt, or principal lighting angle, lens focal length. Train a net to recognize the shape of heads tilted at various angles and you've gone a long way toward recognizing faces tilted at those angles. Now you can train separate networks to recognize faces at each specific angle or small range of angles. The same for dealing with varied distances and lens focal lengths.

Comment: Re:How is this a good thing? (Score 2) 115

It's a good thing because I appreciate knowing what kind of country I really live in. For most of my life I thought I lived in a country that wouldn't torture people. Later I learned that the CIA not only tortures people, they ship people to other countries so they can be tortured harder. That's one of many examples of the things they don't teach you in school that should nonetheless influence how you think and vote. I want to know the ugly truth about what's going on. It probably won't make me happy, but it might just keep me free.

Comment: Re:Not an overreaction (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by kylemonger (#48973971) Attached to: Art Project Causes Atlanta Police To Close Highway and Call Bomb Squad

True, but the odds are pretty much 100% that your art project request will be denied for liability reasons. People sue the hind legs off each other for anything nowadays, and rampant paranoia is the natural result. So if you want to do your project you just roll the dice and hope that no one notices your guerilla installation.

Oops, someone noticed? Now comes the part where you beg for forgiveness.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell