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Comment Re:ELI5 (Score 4, Interesting) 116

Can you provide links?

Here you go.

TL;DR? The basic idea behind a simulated annealing algorithm is that it searches for successively better solutions, but occasionally accepts a "worse" one, so as to reduce the possibility of getting stuck in a local minimum when there is a better minimum nearby (sort of like jumping out of a caldera at the top of a mountain, so that you can reach a a better minimum closer to ground level.) As time goes on, the probability of accepting a worse solution is reduced, according to an "annealing schedule" until finally only better solutions are accepted.

Seriously, I (and I suspect many others) have a decent idea of the *concept* of quantum computers, but understanding actual application is... elusive.

Simulated annealing is not an exclusively quantum-based algorithm. It works quite well on classical computers. But it is a method that would perform very well on a quantum computer.

Comment Re: But not climate change research (Score 5, Informative) 81

The "massive consensus" has been going down every year, more and more scientists are pulling out of the consensus. You will rarly hear about that because politicians and news organizations make a lot of money in making people think it is real.

Citation please?

All of the climate change data sets are made by computer models which always get out the results desired, and the desired result is confirming climate change, because if it does not, their funding is cut. So politicians, news organizations AND scientists benefit from lying, the ones that disprove it are shouted down. And the results? Billions of tax payer money (all of it that our children will have to pay) get sent over to other countries.

You have it backwards. Models are constructed from data, not the other way around. To paraphrase plasma physicist Kenneth Birdsall, the purpose of models is to generate insight, not data.

36%? Yea, there is a reason why I don't believe in any science study unless it makes sense.

Strawman, and a sloppy one at that. The 36% in TFS refers to reproducibility of psychological studies, not climate studies.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 3, Informative) 91

I think TFS is a bit sloppy, as is the first link. According to the MIT link, the subjects were not actors, just subjects. From that article:

For the experiments, subjects used videos or music to recall a series of memories that each evoked one the four emotions, as well as a no-emotion baseline. Trained just on those five sets of two-minute videos, EQ-Radio could then accurately classify the person’s behavior among the four emotions 87 percent of the time.

Comment Re:Never (Score 5, Insightful) 401

No, traitor isn't thrown around by "mindless idiots." It's a very good word to describe someone who betrays oaths and their country. Manning did both, and did so deliberately, willfully to hurt his nation, not to "expose injustices" or any such bullshit, but out of petty revenge.

Treason, under the U.S. constitution, can only be committed during a time of war.

The last time the U.S. Congress declared war was June 5, 1942. Authorizations of military force (not to trivialize them) do not rise to the level of a declaration of war.

Therefore, Chelsea Manning, no matter what else you think of her, and no matter how deserving she is of punishment for leaking sensitive information, did not commit treason. Ditto for Edward Snowden.

Comment Re:I'm impressed (Score 1) 48

This is an extremely remarkable response from Samsung, it shows how they truly believe in their product. Putting their money on the line here seems like the correct thing for them to do here. Thinking long term, I like that. Hate the bloatware, but Samsung phones are damn reliable. I know from personal experience of an S3. An older Moto G 3 is fitting my needs atm.

I'm not sure how telling people not to use their product means they believe in it.

I think this is more of an effort on Samsung's part to get their customers to believe in the company.

Disclosure: I own a Samsung Galaxy S5. I'm happy with it, although I do notice it gets hot sometimes, particularly when I'm charging it with Google Maps running.

Comment Re:So Facey bookey profits from Child Portography (Score 1) 196

I get you. Yes, it's too much to ask an algorithm to detect deep context, at least at the moment. But there do exist algorithms that can compare and match a photograph to a database of historical images. Such an algorithm need only be run when a photograph is flagged. It can then inform the human curator, who may not be aware of the photograph's provenance.

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