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Comment Siri is many things - many open source projects! (Score 2) 164

Siri is a complete stack of text reco engines, intent recognition tools, and backends. There are many initiatives like Sirius, Mycroft and YodaQA, and each does something slightly different - either focusing on the speech reco infrastructure, or just answering factoid questions...

Comment Re:They didn't tolerate intolerance (Score 1) 620

> Yes, but democracy doesn't mean that you have a right not to be criticized, shunned, fired, boycotted, and abused in any other lawful manner for your speech.

Actually, your own state laws define such a right, at least for being fired. Surprised to see you champion abuse in there, though. I mean, you do realize that some woman is being abused just for being this guy's GF, right? I find it interesting that's not in conflict with your values, given that you've yet to condemn that in any way. Anyhow, I hope you remember all that some day when the shoe is on the other foot. FWIW, campaigns to abuse anyone who doesn't share your beliefs rarely end well.

I don't like any lies, though, Trump's or Hillary's (or anyone else's). I'm not deluded enough to believe either of them.

Comment Re:We had electorial fraud during the DNC primarie (Score 3, Informative) 531

I love how people hide stuff like this at -1 because they don't want to hear it...

The fraud was related to evading campaign finance laws, not Bernie: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-leak-clinton-team-deflected-state-cash-concerns-226191

What they did to Bernie wasn't fraud, at least not in the legal sense, just a slap in the face to those in the dem voter base who thought their party's candidate would be determined by a fair and democratic process. Of course the DNC, as a private entity, is free to hand-pick their candidate and skip the entire primary process - as they used to long ago - but decades of at least the illusion of democracy has led people to expect something vastly different.

Comment It's the WaPo again... (Score 5, Informative) 531

The Washington Post has a bit of bias in this, so take it with a grain of salt. When will the Washington Post start investigating themselves for holding illicit fundraisers with the DNC? Or is it Russia's fault they did this? Those damned Russians, how dare they expose our corruption!

Source: https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/2699

Re: WaPo Party

  From:kaplanj@dnc.org
  To: RangappaA@dnc.org
  Date: 2015-09-22 13:29
  Subject: Re: WaPo Party

  Great - we were never going to list since the lawyers told us we cannot do it.

  We are waiting

  Jordan Kaplan
  National Finance Director
  Democratic National Committee
  (202) 488-5002 (o) | (312) 339-0224 (c)
  kaplanj@dnc.org

  > On Sep 22, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Rangappa, Anu wrote:
  >
  > They aren't going to give us a price per ticket and do not want their party to be listed in any package we are selling to donors. If we let them know we have donors in town who will be at the debate, we can add them to the list for the party.

Comment Re:What about perjury? (Score 2) 77

Yes, but it doesn't help much. Here's why.

Suppose for a moment that I own the copyright to Mickey Mouse and I issue a takedown for Itchy & Scratchy, claiming it infringes upon Mickey Mouse. That's bogus... but all I had to swear under penalty of perjury is that I either own or represent the people who actually own Mickey Mouse. The fact that the other work is simply not infringing doesn't even enter into it. Conversely, if I falsely claim to own a copyright and use that as the basis of a takedown request, for example by claiming to own or represent the owners of Mickey Mouse, then I have committed perjury.

So yeah, the law doesn't have much in the way of penalties for people who file utterly bogus takedown requests. In theory, if you drag them to court, they might get in trouble with a judge for lacking a good faith belief in the merits of their request, but you're most likely not going to get very much out of this so it really isn't worth it and it doesn't get punished like it should.

This isn't the first or the last bogus request to be filed. They're sending piles of nonsense out every day and we only notice the hilariously bad ones.

Comment Unsettlng relationship between the media and DNC? (Score 3, Interesting) 271

When will they explore the unsettling relationship between the media and the DNC? Or is it normal to hold clandestine fundraisers that their own lawyers forbid?

Source: https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/2699

Re: WaPo Party

From:kaplanj@dnc.org
To: RangappaA@dnc.org
Date: 2015-09-22 13:29
Subject: Re: WaPo Party

Great - we were never going to list since the lawyers told us we cannot do it.

We are waiting

Jordan Kaplan
National Finance Director
Democratic National Committee
(202) 488-5002 (o) | (312) 339-0224 (c)
kaplanj@dnc.org

> On Sep 22, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Rangappa, Anu wrote:
>
> They aren't going to give us a price per ticket and do not want their party to be listed in any package we are selling to donors. If we let them know we have donors in town who will be at the debate, we can add them to the list for the party.

Comment Re:But she wasn't indicted (Score 1) 117

And you can't really trust the news to expose things. People like the Washington Post were too busy holding illicit fundraisers with the DNC.

But you don't have to take my word for it.

Source: https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/2699

Re: WaPo Party

From:kaplanj@dnc.org
To: RangappaA@dnc.org
Date: 2015-09-22 13:29
Subject: Re: WaPo Party

Great - we were never going to list since the lawyers told us we cannot do it.

We are waiting

Jordan Kaplan
National Finance Director
Democratic National Committee
(202) 488-5002 (o) | (312) 339-0224 (c)
kaplanj@dnc.org

> On Sep 22, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Rangappa, Anu wrote:
>
> They aren't going to give us a price per ticket and do not want their party to be listed in any package we are selling to donors. If we let them know we have donors in town who will be at the debate, we can add them to the list for the party.

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