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Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 704

Recently, I was surprised to discover that the U.S. has some of the strictest laws around third parties appearing on ballots. These laws were put in place in the early 1900's after several third parties became well-established, with candidates winning governorships and congressional seats. Now that the two parties have clinched lawmaking power in all state and federal districts, it will take a grassroots movement to change things again.

Comment Re: way better than random - anyone understand mat (Score 1) 63

You're correct; random does not imply uniform probabilities.

Their research paper does not mention whether they designed equally likely categories in the data. Nor does it mention how many times they redesigned their data, which is one way bias toward good results can slip into an experiment.

Their most naive method (Nearest Neighbor) gets about 30% with 5% standard deviation over trials, while their best method gets roughly 43.6% with 5% standard deviation over (hopefully) the same trials.

So the algorithm is doing something for all that extra computation that Deep Neural Nets do. My main question is, "How much work is it to add more training examples to the network"? My understanding is that incrementally training DNNs is prohibitively expensive (adding one more training example every minute for the next year ends up costing millions of CPU hours).

Comment Re: Sources of Support (Score 1) 742

I'm seeing a couple of hatchet pieces online from the NY Post and other tabloids, calling Bernie a Communist, and that's it.

So I've taken your bait and hope to stop others from wasting their time. You could always back up your statements with some references, of course. And I suggest not referring to the National Enquirer if you want to be taken seriously.

Comment Re:Why does Slashdot use a "Taboola" or a "Janrain (Score 1) 707

I'm seeing two ads at the top of the page, both of which are relevant to my interests - guns and hiking gear.

... but still, this gets my nod of approval (and a bit of unease because of how accurate it is).

So, thumbs up from this Slashdot user, and I think I'll keep the exclusion.

Personally, I would feel less like a parasite-ridden host and more like a respected human being if I was able to know more about how it's done. I feel I have the right to know: 1. who is collecting my personal browsing patterns and 2. how the ads are selected.

I am curious if many others on Slashdot feel the same way. Can I suggest a poll on this topic?

Comment Re:I think the problem is overstated (Score 1) 669

Thanks for those links; I had to scroll way down the page to find any attempt to back up the claims of militant Political Correctness.

It's a clickbait issue that creates a lot of divisive discussion. I would suspect that for every clickbait story focusing on PC intolerance, there are dozens or hundreds of incidents where no attempt is made for one side to shut down the free speech of the other side.

The term "PC" was something I first heard in the late 1980's on my college campus. It was used as an attack word by conservatives who seemed too thin-skinned to handle listening to views that differed from their own. It seems like just another example of a classic conservative tactic: take an issue where you want to avoid debate because you're vulnerable on that point, and levy it as a pre-emptive attack against others.

As one notable counterexample, and possible counterbalance to these stories, here is a link to a campus preacher "Brother Jeb" who has been yelling at college students for at least 25 years for being "sinners" and "sexual perverts". If someone has forced him off campus in those past 25 years because they didn't like what he said, then I'm not aware of it.

Comment Re:no need for crowdfunding (Score 1) 285

Do a little research, like watch this documentary:

Health care professionals in Britain, France, and other countries are not slaves. They are not living in giant mansions, but they live quite comfortably.

And please, stop your spewing of statements with nothing backing them up. It gives the impression you hate your life or haven't grown up yet.

Comment Faith in the System at risk? (Score 1) 138

When I heard about high speed trading taking over the NYSE, I thought, "Time to look for a safer market for the small-time investor", since of course I can't compete with algorithms making thousands of trades per second. Of course I have a 401(K), which means I'm an indirect investor in the NYSE, but it's the only reasonable option my employer is offering me.

I don't know if I really have a choice any more; I don't know if there are any safer markets, where there is a limit to the transaction rate, or if as a U.S. citizen I have easy access to them. Perhaps no such markets exist any more, since there is inherent pressure for markets to compete in the short term by resorting to the same measures used by other "successful" markets (successful in the short term).

Comment Re:My favorite quote (Score 1) 76

Recursion and the lambda calculus, and the use of it in A.I. in languages such as LISP has been around nearly as long as computers have. So no, Hofstadter is not the guy I think of when it comes to recursion.

I think of John McCarthy first:

But I do like Hostader's book "Goedel, Escher, Bach"; he had a gift in making abstract concepts such as recursion more easily understandable without watering them down too much:

Comment Re:I'm Skeptical (Score 1) 176

Oddly enough, I have had to check that box repeatedly over the past few months. I use the latest version of Chrome.

Another oddity: APB still reports that it is filtering out some ads on Slashdot. Searching Google did not help me figure out how to view the logs for APB, so I can't report what is being filtered.

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