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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 538

> If she doesn't understand the internet, that's a serious problem.

You're basically saying that every member of congress in the oversight committee should have a deep understanding of how internet works. Well, that's absurd, for two reasons.

1. They share tasks. Not everyone can overlook everything. And they surely will have staff for these matters, too. Otherwise there wouldn't be any oversight at all.
2. There is a lot more in this world to worry about than Internet.

> there are many very good reasons people are upset with her.

Possibly, but lack of knowledge on one of many possible topics shouldn't be one.

Comment: Re: Have you actually tried using Rust? (Score 1) 211

by tgv (#49405989) Attached to: Rust 1.0 Enters Beta

Sure. I only wanted to point out that Rust doesn't seem any worse than other languages in that particular respect.

BTW, I looked at Ruby and thought: what an awful mess. It's the kind of language that allows you to do things too cleverly. Redefining what a declaration means by overriding functions, was that really necessary?

I'm not too positive about Rust, but I admire the attempt.

Comment: So what? (Score 0) 538

The comments in this thread are all made from a reasonable understanding of how the Internet works. Sen. Feinstein doesn't seem to share it. Ok, you can laugh about that once. But the contempt for her is beyond normal. It is at troll level. How much do her critics know about politics and running large public organizations? Next to nothing, I bet. And they have even less experience. In line with the season, let me say: think, before you throw the first stone

Seeing the world in a bad light, doesn't make you superior.
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Comment: Too much to ask (Score 1) 72

by tgv (#49389777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Identifying a Stolen Car Using Police Camera Databases?

I also have a hard time believing a request like this makes it to the /. frontpage. It is too much to ask. First, license plate data is protected. No organization in their right mind will give you access to it. Second, no-one has the ability to recognize car models, and pictures are not necessarily stored, and certainly not pictures that allow recognition of the car. LPR cameras focus on the license plate alone. The error rate is somewhere between 1% and 5% for that, but at least the data is highly specific. Imagine there were cameras that recognized models. Error rates would be staggering, and what would you do with that data? Query how many Chevrolets Maribu have passed a certain camera? What good does that do? Nothing, and that's why there is only LPR on a large scale (and bluetooth, by the way). Third, the information and amount of work you request is in excess of the value of the car, and certainly more than your job's worth. It's not economic.

Comment: Khan? (Score 1) 145

by tgv (#49384079) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

Did these "many people" ever look at the offerings of Khan academy? That's not academic stuff. And Coursera lacks serious cohesion and supervision. Those are two necessary (but not sufficient) conditions.

But university is about more than learning some formula by heart or reading a book. You need to get an understanding of the context of the theories, the process of discovery, and be guided through the history and current practices. It's not for everyone, but it's certainly not something an online course can provide.

Who writes these free courses anyway?

Comment: It's normal (Score 1) 79

by tgv (#49312085) Attached to: MRIs Show Our Brains Shutting Down When We See Security Prompts

This repetition suppression (as it's called) is normal in BOLD responses (the thing fMRI measures). It happens for every stimulus. It also happens when someone reads a word for the second time, and guess what: when reading it for the second time, processing is faster and less error prone. This is called the priming effect. It's hypothesized that it actually shows an accumulation of neural activity. So a "precipitous drop" is nothing to worry about: it's a symptom of the underlying processes, and moreover: it's the wrong thing to look at when you're concerned with traffic safety.

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