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Comment Re:Indeed (Score 4, Interesting) 325

Sad but true.

Having all information lately pushed in the form of images and videos doesn't help - I still haven't found a reliable means of searching for that one video where someone said ...

I remember the internet back in the late 90s, when everyone had their own little corner of the net to publish the things they wanted to share with the world, and it was all in text. There was a lot of crap, sure, but you could find the stuff you wanted to. Now I get the feeling that looking up news from just last month is an exercise in futility as it gets buried in pointless results; that is, if there even is something to search for and it wasn't just a picture meme that will be forever lost.

Comment Re:fallacy (Score 5, Interesting) 175

No, what they mean is they test it by feeding it the data from 1995, then comparing its predictions to what the weather was actually like in 1996. They are doing exactly what you say is the only way to test the validity of the data - they just started collecting data long ago.

THAT SAID, 62% correct doesn't seem all that awesome unless they use very tight margins. Does the computer say it'll be -10C and then count it as a fail if it's actually -11C? -15C? Does it say 'Good enough' if it says "Rain and 5C" and instead we get "Snow and -2C"?

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 2) 425

This really is similar to the argument about autonomous cars. Will a smart gun result in fewer unintentional fatalities outweighed by the different fatalities it may cause?

You have NO IDEA how effective the finger scanner will be. How about we take a look at that first, see what kind of tech they actually put into it, and then make choices based on that? In much the same way you don't buy a car with known faulty brakes, just don't buy a gun with a scanner that is known to be unreliable.

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