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Comment: idiotic prudeness (Score 1) 515

by l3v1 (#49603903) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold
"Zug, a student at the top-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, argues that a centerfold does not belong in the classroom"

So, I always knew the average american to be fairly prude - well, unless they are tweeting their nude behinds on a daily basis, 'cause that doesn't count, obviously - but this is crazy nuts. I've been in image processing research for the 15th year now, and Lena's face was among the very first test images I've ever saw. It was about 2 years later I found out where it's coming from, I smiled a bit, and went on with my work. As did hundreds and thousands of other image processing students before ad after me.

Well, until the the top-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came along, 'cause well, there we can't tolerate such heresy. Heresy, I tell you! This just can't be! How dare one use the image of anice face as a test image, for decades nonetheless. Outrage, man, outrage.

Well, [most] idiots are funny :)

Comment: history (Score 1) 216

by l3v1 (#49575809) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial
Well, one thing should be quite clear: for factual historical information you do not turn to the media, and I say in this case Google qualifies. You read and you ask the proper people, and you learn. You can't argue or discuss about a topic (*) if your knowledge base comes solely from the internet - well, you can, but you won't ever be taken seriously, and rightfully so.

(*) Of course we're not talking about hardware reviews or celeb gossips...

Comment: Acer? no thanks (Score 1) 417

by l3v1 (#49543343) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says
I've never, ever in my part of life connected in any way to computers have I seen an Acer product that would've jumped over my quality threshold. I've never bought any of their products, but I've seen enough to know I made a good choice. Their Predator is no less disturbing - anyone (well, not anyone, ...) can put together PC parts, but it would be really an impossible task to find a worse PC case than they've built their parts into. Anyway, if they think they'll be the last to go, then I really hope I won't live to see it.

Comment: features (Score 1) 276

by l3v1 (#49503835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?
"features that I would like to find in a service: respectful of user rights, ad-free, built upon open source software, and with auditable results"

Well, well, well. For me there's only one single feature of a search engine that makes it a go or a no-go: have a damn good indexing engine that can provide relevant results in a timely manner. Everything else is just a load of crap that I will never care about. If I can't find what I'm looking for, that I couldn't care less how it protects your rights or whether it is open source or not. Oh yeah, about that auditability... forget that. I don't want to find what other people think I should find, I want to find the best match for my queries. That said, good look, develop away, maybe you'll indeed make a better indexer and ranker than Google's and we'll be all better off.

Comment: Re:Real fight (Score 1) 179

by l3v1 (#49491369) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps
"Visible global filesystem on a phone always seemed like a gee-whiz feature that wasn't really justified. Frankly I think the visible global filesystem on personal computers isn't really justified, considering how many people just dump everything into ~/Documents and most productivity apps have their own bespoke document browser/organizer."

First: average users being ignorant doesn't mean what they do is OK, or acceptable for everyone.
Secondly: for crying out loud, how many times do we need to repeat that not everyone is in a constant consumer-only mode, and - surprise - not everyone is an idiot.
Third: I'm just simply too tired with the leagues of idiots thinking dumbing down everything to the point of frustration and sometimes sheer pain is the way to go.

Comment: no way in hell (Score 1) 460

by l3v1 (#49424479) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots
I've been on planes landing in ridiculously high side-winds that I'd have a really hard time believing an autopilot could ever land safely, or for that matter, a human controlling the plane remotely - for the simple reason, that in these cases one needs to actually 'feel' how the plane reacts, and neither an autopilot, nor a remote joystick-operator can accomplish that. On a sidenote, there is no way in hell I'd trust hundreds on human lives to an autopilot built with technologies that we have today - what we call artificial intelligence, and what we have as machine learning are so far from such a thing, that it's not even funny. Unless we'll have R. Daneel Olivaw piloting that plane, I'm not boarding it :P

Comment: stop right there (Score 1) 227

by l3v1 (#49396267) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'
"The Internet is such a powerful environment, where you can enter any question, and you basically have access to the world's knowledge at your fingertips,"

No, not exactly. First, it's not the 'Internet', it's the search engines that give you that power. Secondly, just do a simple test and try 3-4 search engines to look for something more deep than names of celebrities and see what you get, if you don't submit the right query string. Nowadays some search engines are fairly good in 'guessing' what you mean, but most are a crapload of bonkers.

My point is no, Google doesn't make 'People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are', it's the smartass people who make themselves think they are smarter because they can eventually find something they are looking for.

Comment: It all varies in quality (Score 1) 71

by l3v1 (#49384117) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now
" It all varies in quality, but it doesn't take much effort to find them."

But it does take much effort to watch them. While the intentions are laudable, quality is important. Even a good story can be mightily ruined by too simplistic rendition and/or unskilled acting and/or unskilled filming/camwork. And they usually are.

Comment: enterprise grade security? ...right (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by l3v1 (#49281017) Attached to: Windows 10's Biometric Security Layer Introduced
"delivering enterprise grade security and privacy"

Somewhat offtopic: I'd so wish people would stop flinging this phrase around, like it would actually exist... That enterprise grade security has failed millions of people over the years, sometimes quite spectacularly. Adding a heuristic set of mixed-up unreliable biometrics won't change that, but it will make your life hell, when it fails (as it inevitably will). All that incorporated into an OS that likes to call home more often than an average person calls their Mom :)) So, good luck with all that :))

Comment: gpg (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by l3v1 (#49125763) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course
I've used GPG since... I don't even know, for a very long time. However, since I communicate a lot internationally, and I don't know (and I don't want to know) about every country's regulations regarding encryption, I gave up sending encrypted e-mails at the very beginning, but I still always sign my mails. I never even thought about how many people use or don't use GPG, it's just been there, ever so useful - and I think that's good so. I think "run its course" is harsh though. Why? Because one Moxie Marlinspike says so? Bollocks. If it's useful - and it is -, it's good to have it.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 3, Interesting) 681

by l3v1 (#49109581) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
"I doubt any one person has full knowledge of how a computer works. I have a reasonably good grasp of most of the software layers, and a fairly good idea of how the hardware abstraction works, but reading about the pentium division bug makes it clear that an undergraduate math degree is not enough to understand the inner workings of the CPU."

In my third year we had a 'digital computer architectures' course, which should be compulsory at every uni for every CS/IT student, regardless whether they just want to become coder monkeys or sw engineers, etc.

Actually my first M degree was called 'IT engineering', which was hard to explain to a lot of people, so I always told I had a CS degree. However, when I started to move more around internationally, and I learned what a CS degree in the U.S. means, I stopped doing that. My opinion is (and not just mine), that any degree that has CS or IT in its name has to include courses about computer architectures, electrical engineering, math&algorithms&numerical methods to some extent, simply to provide a basic background knowledge, so the graduates will have something to build upon later, having a better understanding of how things work.

In the extent of relevant background knowledge, U.S. CS/IT master level university programs still fall very much behind in what central/eastern European universities can provide (despite the huge financial differences), and with a strong background knowledge and understanding it's always easier to go forward professionally.

Comment: 40000 isn't nearly enough (Score 1) 215

by l3v1 (#49055265) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations
It's not the sheer number of hypothetically available charging points that matters. It's the accessibility (how many are pubically accessible on the street), the real number (number of publically available points per let's say every 100 miles), and the real availability (on average, how many of those points are available at any given time, taking into consideration that on car can block a charging point for 4-6-8 hours easily thus significantly reducing availability statistics).

Anyway, unless we're talking about a small electric car, used solely inside a city, and charged every night at home, I'm still not interested. Until the day we can drive 1000 miles with max 2 stops, max 15 minutes each, I won't ever be interested.

Comment: freedom or simply ignorance? (Score 1) 580

by l3v1 (#49045401) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities
I'll say this: all this seems that in a world where most freedoms are being curtailed, this seems to be one issue over which people can still have some control. However, dumb and idiotic it might be. Now, I know that there are many kids who - for some medical/health issue - can't get some of the vaccinations. I'm OK with that. But people denying their kids the vaccinations that could save them from a lot of trouble, I feel that's simply stupid, and dumb beyond any conceivable sane limit.

I mean measles? Really? In all my life I have never met anyone who didn't get the vaccine for it. When I heard about how people don't allow their kids to have it, I just stood really dumbfounded. It's just simply one of those things you'd never have believed existed. These people really want to leave their kids vulnerable to all kinds of preventable diseases? I'm sorry, but to me, and to a lot of other people I discussed with about this, it just seems insane.

The U.S. is generally very protective regarding the safety of the country and of its citizens, so why not regarding the children? If we'd make a list of freedoms curtailed or stepped on in the last let's say 50 years, the freedom to unnecessarily endanger your kids should have been the first to go.

You can bash me all you want for this opinion, but I couldn't care less. Why? Because my kids will never get the measles.

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