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Comment Not a new problem (Score 1) 388

When people were looking into using AI in finance in the 80s, a major showstopper was that we would be unable to explain the rationale behind investment decisions. You would have no way of distinguishing between dumb luck that seemed to work but would eventually bankrupt you and reasonable decisions that could be justified even in the face of short-term losses.

Comment Recommendations: 4 fiction and 2 non- (Score 1) 259

I'm reading "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts", by Caroll Tavris, Elliot Aronson, in hopes that it may help me understand "those" people on the other side of our polarized country.

Also, Hugo-winner "Downbelow Station" by C. J. Cherryh, just because.

Recently finished the two books, so far, in a series starting with "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss - excellent fantasy. Am eagerly awaiting the next one.

Last month I enjoyed reading "A Man for All Markets", the autobiography of Edward Thorp, who is arguably one of the most successful investors of all time but who got his start in "investing" and iconoclastic thinking when he developed card-counting for blackjack and wrote "Beat the Dealer".

Have also recently enjoyed a couple of books by William Hertling that may appeal to computer nerds: "Avogadro Corp" and "Kill Process".

Submission + - Exxon's Continuing Dirty Tricks: suing the Rockefellers

DavidHumus writes: Today's New York Times has an interesting article — http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11... — about how Exxon — descendant of Standard Oil — a company founded by John D. Rockefeller — is suing his descendants because of their work exposing Exxon's duplicity in denying climate change.

One interesting admission the company makes is that "...it stopped funding the organizations that promote climate denial in the mid-2000s."

Comment Re:Campaign Finance Laws anyone? (Score 1) 331

I understand that spouting off without the least idea of what you're talking about is par for the course on Slashdot but, if you had made the slightest effort to contaminate your information-free environment by actually looking at the site, you'd see that it has a daily limit you can set.

Submission + - Windows 10 Anniversary Update Borks Dual-Boot Partitions (omgubuntu.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that the latest version of Microsoft’s OS has attention issues. Not content with forcing itself on users who didn’t want it, it may be taking even more drastic steps of hosing other operating systems entirely!

A handful of reports surfacing on social media suggest, anecdotally, that the Windows 10 anniversary may interfere with, affect and even delete other partitions on the same disk.

Submission + - FAA authorizes private robotic space shot to the moon (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: he Federal Aviation Administration this week granted permission to a privately-held space firm to launch a robotic spacecraft to the moon. Moon Express expects to launch its MX-1 spacecraft on a two-week mission to the lunar surface in 2017. The MX-1, which is about as large as a suitcase will include instruments and a camera to explore the moon’s surface.

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