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Comment: Such hyperbole in TFS (Score 2) 33

by fyngyrz (#49544657) Attached to: MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer

MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer

FFS, it's not AI. It's a mindless program. Unthinking software. Data analysis software. Innovative to some degree perhaps, but AI? Hardly. No better than me stumbling in here and calling some DSP code I'd written "AI." Well, except I wouldn't do that. :/

When AI gets here, we'll have to call it something else what with all this crying wolf going on.

Comment: Re: question (Score 1) 277

by Cytotoxic (#49541185) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

The text is directly from the European Court of Human Rights...not mine, not some summary article, it is directly their very first example of what is not protected speech - because he was advocating that jews are the root of evil in Russia. The thing that makes it hate speech in their eyes is that he was saying it about jews. The fact that he does so in long form is not the salient point.

There is nothing cherry picked about it. It is specifically what they are targeting. They don't mince any words, they are extremely explicit about their intentions.

On their own website they say that even the most heinous speech must be protected..... unless it incites hatred against certain groups in certain regions, or it causes some people to feel threatened, or it offends certain people,

That is the entire point of the objection. They protect offensive and heinous speech.... except if they don't want to. So you can't possibly know what speech is protected until after you are prosecuted and acquitted. Saying something perfectly true about muslims might not be protected. Saying a slanderous lie about atheists might be protected. But you don't know, because there is no standard to let you know in advance.

In other words, the protections on free speech are not really protections at all. This whole thing about hate speech is just a circular argument. All speech is protected except hate speech. Hate speech is the speech that isn't protected.

Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 1) 668

by HBI (#49539565) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I hate sports, despite my father's best efforts. The cultural surround makes me recoil in disgust, more than anything else. Also, I think the very small percentage of people who enjoy it who aren't functionally retarded aren't representative of anything about the activity.

I happen to enjoy playing D&D on weekends with a group of adult geeks, but that doesn't make me automatically upset when someone refers to the activity as juvenile and a sausage fest replete with misogyny. My game happens not to be, but most are.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 668

by kilfarsnar (#49538717) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Yes, after lurking in slashdot for years, I finally signed up. No agenda, other than my opinions are my own. NSA has 2 jobs: spying on the world and securing US communications. I don't know how well they are doing job #1. IMHO they are doing a really crappy job of #2.

Fair enough. But the NSA is also spying inside the United States, which they're not supposed to do, and lied about doing.

Comment: Re:If we're all going to take Adderall... (Score 1) 391

by OrangeTide (#49538047) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

Before the patent expires, the patent holder tends to do a smear campaign to inject FUD in further use of the pharmaceutical and discourages doctors from prescribing it. When the replacement medication is available it quickly supplants the old medication, even if it has more dangerous side-effects.

Medication is not a free market because the end-users are not the ones to make the decisions on which medication to purchase. It's a a decision made by doctors, who are often heavily influenced by sophisticated marketing campaigns from drug companies.

I'm fine letting the free market determine what I should pay for TVs, pajamas, corn, etc. Because I directly make the decision on what I buy. (note: corn is not sold on a free market)

Comment: Re:Automated sorting of mail and metadata? (Score 1) 63

by causality (#49537733) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

The USPS has been using automated systems of sorting mail for decades. It's why mail across town goes to a consolidated center (perhaps halfway across the state) first for sorting into carrier routes and has been for decades.

That Homeland Security want to capture this information - which has long been determined to accessible (the original pen-trace) isn't surprising at all.

And they only have to photograph/image the ones that the machines can't read. It's only surprising to people who drink the conservative kool-aide that government can't do anything right.

There are four things government is in a position to do better than anyone else: military defense, law enforcement, public works, and the erosion of liberty.

There are no data that cannot be plotted on a straight line if the axis are chosen correctly.