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Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

Ok, I have a PhD relevant to doomsday scenarios (robotics and AI, from a top university).

On the Bulletin's Science and Security Board, only 8/14 have PhDs, and most of those are related to environment or international policy. They don't have any scientists in the area of AI (overblown but nonzero threat) or biological warfare or disease (generally underestimated threat).

Will you listen to me?

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

The fact that Trump is a dipshit doesn't mean that the rest of us have to lose our minds. Many of my friends on social media have lost all ability to think or reason, and just pass through shoddy unsubstantiated articles as fact, which is sad because that's the problem with the POTUS that they are decrying in the first place. Fight idiocy with well sourced and reasoned explanations, and calm refusal to capitulate with the worst of it. Do not return in kind.

If you look at the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin, you'll see that only two of the 14 members have an atomic science background, and only two more have meaningful nuclear policy experience. This is very different from how it was when it started in 1945. Most of the people there now are environmental and public policy folks. Only 8/14 seem to have PhDs (what many would expect when you say "scientist").

It'd be more accurate to call it the Bulletin of Environmental Policy Scientists. In that lens their determination does make sense, as Trump will be nothing but bad for global warming. However a clock-to-midnight is a poor representation of a threat like that, which takes sustained and difficult work over a long period rather than a reduction of tensions to solve.

Apparently Elon Musk has tried to float the idea of a carbon tax with Trump. While unsuccessful so far, that's probably a bigger impact than the Bulletin will have during this administration.

Comment Re:"Broadband" (Score 1) 292

The only "barriers" that exist are those created by Republican politicians.

Then explain why California has such a crappy broadband law. It does seem that deep Red states have the worst laws (outright bans), but the major ISPs are "friends" of every government and are just as happy with planting minefields. As long as it stops municipalities from solving the last mile, it's a good deal for them.

Comment Re:An Actual Sentence? (Score 1) 734

I don't think many people seriously believed voting itself was hacked.

Actually 50% of Clinton voters believe that, or about a quarter of the US population. Of course Trump voters had their own preferred conspiracy theories as you can see from the same report. What it shows is that people believe the narrative of their preferred news sources, and that neither major party is immune.

Rolling Stone has a nice article with an overview of the whole situation and why we should be skeptical. It's nice to see that coming from them, because MSNBC won't say it (gotta support out side) and nobody is going to believe Fox saying it, and sadly the rest of the press is starting to fall in line with one side or the other.

Comment Google's response (Score 5, Informative) 350

TFS should have included Google's response (already in TFA):

“We’ve worked hard to comply with the OFCCP’s current audit. However, the handful of OFCCP requests that are the subject of the complaint are overbroad in scope, or reveal confidential data, and we've made this clear to the OFCCP, to no avail. These requests include thousands of employees’ private contact information which we safeguard rigorously. We hope to continue working with OFCCP to resolve this matter.”

Comment Re:Replusive (Score 1) 505

Perhaps a better approach is Google's NaCl, where intermediate code is translated more directly to native code, while putting security guarantees in place. But here, of course, cross-platform support is an issue.

You might find Portable Native Client interesting, which is built out of LLVM+NaCl.
http://www.chromium.org/native...

I'm hoping that eventually browsers, mobile phones, and cloud hosting will just become sandboxed LLVM targets. Then people could use whatever language they like, wherever they want.

Comment Re:The problem with Google Bus (Score 1) 692

I live near Google and also work there. The bus stops are not anywhere near campus, as they are only intended for people with long commutes where pooling makes sense. I live 7 miles from my building, which is bikable and drivable, so no bus stop or bus for me. What you see around campus is empty buses during the day because they need somewhere to hang out between the morning and evening rush. I think you might be misinterpreting this as how they always look.

They are not driving them empty up and down the peninsula all day. Sometimes during rush hour there is one direction that'll be almost empty, but in those cases there are a *lot* of people the other way.

Many-to-one transportation systems (like corporate shuttles) are much easier to run efficiently than many-to-many systems (like most city buses). This is why systems use hubs -- even though they take you well out of your way, they are cheaper for the carrier. But in the case of a shuttle, the hub *is* where you want to go, so there is no loss of efficiency.

Comment Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (Score 1) 1098

How about where a company sinks several person-years of effort into a library or software suite, then decides to open source it? If an external developer spends a few days fixing a bug, it would be nice if the company that footed most of the development cost could use that fix in their internal deployments. Only fair, right?

Now hopefully it makes sense why companies release mostly BSD software (Clang being a good example). It is also why developers BSD things that they want companies to embrace (basic components where wide use helps like zlib, or things where you'd like a company to foot the long-term cost).

I've released both GPLv2 and MIT-licensed libraries. My current employer allows me to open source some work, but strongly encourages Apache licensing. I follow that, because they paid me to write it and it seems unfair to limit their future use.

Comment Try HMMs (Score 4, Informative) 79

The thesis you are basing your work is from 1977; while no doubt current when it was written, there is has been a lot of work on human signal decoding since then.

I'd strongly suggest looking at Hidden Markov Models:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Markov_model
While some recent methods have gone beyond HMMs for speech recognition, that's been the baseline "good" solution for the past decade.

Since this is a binary signal problem another approach to consider would be Markov Random Fields (MRFs) which could be used as an initial de-noising pass or even as a full decoder if you set the cost functions right.

Your idea of user adaptation is pretty reasonable, but my guess is the primary thing that matters would be an overall speed scaling. IOW for good decoding you probably just need to normalize the average letter rate between users.

Good luck.

Comment Re:What about 'public transit stop' do you not und (Score 1) 653

For public stop usage the SFMTA was aware of and already working toward a solution since late 2011:
    https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/shuttle-partners-program/detail
It's all laid out pretty reasonably without having to get into a ticketing war or protests. These protesters are late to this issue, yet will probably claim credit when the mutli-year regulation update goes in place next year.

Of course, this is just a side issue for the bus protesters, it is more about the evictions. There are a lot of things driving that from zoning regulations to economics, so they pick a visible if somewhat poorly representative target.

In your case, it does seems like quite a traffic growth problem, but replacing the each bus with 30+ cars doesn't seem like a good solution.

Comment Re:its more than just political sensitivity (Score 4, Informative) 136

It is exceedingly unlikely that the results don't overlap after the first few, but if you can produce a copy of the two sets of results, I will forward them to someone on the Google Search team for debugging.

People hugely overestimate the effect of personalization -- it is a ranking tweak not a complete change to the search engine. It does not make economic sense to have personalized whole-web indexes.

Btw, if you don't like personalization ever, it is pretty easy to turn off:
    https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/54048?hl=en
Just remove web history and uncheck private results.

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