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Comment: Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 1) 154 154

8 months ago I installed Linux Mint on my wife's grandmother's computer and on my grandfather's computer. Since then I have received 1 tech support call from grandpa (couldn't find his bookmarks in Firefox) and 2 from grandma (mainly related to not understanding how Skype works. But that's an application issue. The OS recognized and worked correctly with the camera and mic instantly). It's just not that hard anymore. Things are stable and far more intuitive in desktop land.

To be fair, Windows is also much better today than it was 10 years ago (well, 7, anyway, or 8.1 + a skin to get a regular start menu, and we'll see about 10). Come to think of it, it's only OS X that's gotten markedly crappier in my opinion.

Comment: Re:"Software" has no opinions of race. (Score 1) 298 298

I seriously, seriously doubt, that Google, a global company that sees the world as its target market, only trained their algorithm on white people. They're Google engineers. They are not morons. It probably occurred to them to build a diverse sample set.

What happened in this case is, well, go look at the pictures. They're underexposed with a blue/gray color cast, making their skin look more "gorilla fur black" than "human of recent African ancestry brown." The low angle makes it look like they're slouching. The guy behind the girl makes it look like she has extra broad shoulders. And then she's making a monkey face at the camera, puffing up her cheeks and furrowing her brow. I'm not shocked.

Now give it a correctly-exposed image of a black person making a normal face and have it say "gorilla" and then we can talk.

Comment: Re: It's an algorithm (Score 1) 298 298

White people are easier to photograph, particularly with digital cameras. These are positive media, so the more photons that strike the sensor, the cleaner the image will be (within the range of sensitivity). White skin reflects more light than dark skin. Regardless of what the algorithm is trained on, if you take the real-world photos people are actually making on their phone cameras, the pictures of white people will be better exposed and cleaner than those of black people. Better data in...better results out.

Comment: I know how this is going to be fixed... (Score 4, Insightful) 298 298

Anything that's politically incorrect will be blacklisted from being labeled as a result. No more gorrillas or any other of a million and one potentially offensive labels!

Although gorillas might be labeled as people, which would actually make some SJWs happy.

Comment: Re:Refill (Score 2) 186 186

What in the printer is going to be damaged by stray toner? If stray toner was an issue then laser printers wouldn't exist because no fuser can possibly hope to keep every particle charged and then melted without any falling off. As to the carcinogenicity of carbon black I'll quote the EPA

RTECS posts a 90-day intermittent inhalation "lowest published toxic concentration" of 50mg/m3 for 6 hours/day (TOXID9, as cited in RTECS) for respiratory tract changes in the rat,

If you think that refilling a toner cart is going to result in anywhere near that concentration of carbon black in your house for that period of time I have a bridge or two I wish to sell you. You're as paranoid as the folks that rail against CFL's due to the tiny amount of inorganic mercury they contain.

Comment: Re:Kinda similar ... (Score 4, Informative) 186 186

The lost leader carts in new printers generally have half or less toner than replacements so you're paying 2-3x as much per print AND you're contributing to e-waste. What I do is buy a toner refill kit and fill up the out of box cart with the same amount of toner as you get in the "high capacity" cartridges that cost more than the printer in some cases. My last 5 bottle refill kit (2 black, CMY) was $30 and printed a few thousand pages.

Comment: Refill (Score 4, Interesting) 186 186

For most Brother cartridges you can find refill kits for a fraction of what even generic toner carts with poor reviews cost. I've had good luck with mine, though you WILL want to buy new end caps as they get damaged enough when you remove them that they will almost always leak toner which makes a mess and ruins prints.

Comment: Re: is anyone using it? (Score 3, Interesting) 145 145

L3 has introduced random delays in their resolvers for anyone off-network so if you want decent performance you'll use just about anything but those. Google had some performance issues when they first introduced their anycast clusters but today they're as fast as anything I've tried.

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