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Comment Re:An odd choice (Score 1) 14

In that case I would be asking what what Apple wants to do with distributed graph analytics because that was probably Turi's most interesting/unique product and expertise. They have a great library for handling extremely large graphs distributed over many nodes, and a lot of expertise in exactly how to do that really well.

Comment An odd choice (Score 4, Interesting) 14

I have to admit to being a little unclear as to Apple's plans here. I'm somewhat familiar with Turi's product offerings (at least, I was back when they were called Dato). It's more of pure data analytics tool than anything, and personally I found the underlying python libraries which are open source far more compelling than the point and click predictive analytics and charting GUIs which seemed to be their main product. And even on that front I would put more stock in scikit-learn, pandas, dask and the many open source deep learning libraries (mostly built on theano and tensor flow) if I really wanted to do machine learning and distributed machine learning.

Now don't get me wrong, Turi has some nice products, but they tend to be standalone suites designed to let front-line analysts have a nice GUI interface to basic machine learning tools, not "push the envelope AI". I really can't see what Apple would do with it beyond build up a business analytics suite to compete with Tableau and Azure ML. Anyone have any better ideas?

Submission + - Siri Appears To Have A Repeat Problem With Political Partisanship (

An anonymous reader writes: "I have never had Siri tell me a movie playing 5 minutes away is "a bit far from me." So creepy" @vivelafra is one of the tweets shining light on what appears to be a repeat problem for Siri in recent days — the appearance of political partisanship guiding its responses. Western Journalism reports, "An iPhone user posted the results of a Siri search on Monday the for the political documentary Hillary’s America and it came back empty. Siri informed ... Tim Treadstone ...: “Sorry, I didn’t see any Hillary’s America movies.” Many replied to Treadstone’s tweet saying they had the same problem with their iPhone, while others commented that it gave false results about the closest theater. . . . The Siri omission of Hillary’s America in its movie search comes on top of reports last week that a search for presidential candidates on Google only produced Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while excluding Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. A Google spokesperson told NBC4 that the result was a technical glitch that has since been corrected." — How many more "glitches" favoring one side of the political debate will we see before the election?

Comment Re:I dobut it was NSA (Score 0) 173

. . . when one of our presidential candidates invited and approved of Russia and other countries to hack us.

That isn't actually what happened. Did you misunderstand it?

Maybe this will help:

Krauthammer’s Take: Trump’s Russia Comment 'Set a Trap That the Clinton Campaign Fell Into'

Charles Krauthammer said tonight that the Clinton campaign contradicted itself by calling Donald Trump’s request for Russia to locate Hillary’s missing e-mails a threat to national security:

Well, that was his parting shot, and it was a clever thing to plant, because it is an issue. But I do think there was something about his reference to Russia that, whether planned or not, was extremely clever. I’m not the first to point out that it set a trap that the Clinton campaign fell right into. In that statement that you showed from the Clinton campaign, it said you’re [Trump] is inviting a foreign power to invade our national security.

Now, these are the e-mails she deleted because they were supposedly private; these were the ones that were supposedly not work-related; these are the ones where she discusses her yoga lessons and wedding planning. So if that what was really in the 30,000 deleted e-mails, then there’s no national security to be involved at all. So the Clinton campaign ends up admitting that perhaps there really is work-related – if not classified – stuff in the e-mails that she deleted, which I think would be grounds for a charge of obstruction.

Whether or not he meant it seriously – it could have been sarcastic, it could have been sort of half-sarcastic as a way to plant the idea – the fact is that it leaves the Clinton campaign in a complete contradiction. If these are just private e-mails, then there is nothing to be concerned about. There is no espionage. There is no danger to national security that they will discover her yoga lesson schedule.

I'm also curious, do you credit Russia and other countries with having a time machines? If not, how do you think they will now hack into the US to get deleted emails on a server that isn't on the public internet? Or were you just trolling on Hillary's behalf?

Comment Re:Summary leaves out a key part of the quote (Score 1) 347

Interesting points there, and you've swayed my opinion a bit, but I think I'm still weighted against such policies. I remember when record labels paid out millions over such a minimum pricing scheme for CDs. I saw that as a consumer victory (if only a short-lived one; they were sued again for artificially inflating the price of downloads). Record stores didn't really compete on service or customer satisfaction, even with minimum prices in force. Sure, the clerk at the mom 'n pop place might share a joint with you in the back room, but it was still just racks full of CDs priced the same as every other store with racks full of CDs. I guess some industries are better suited to minimum pricing strategies than others.

Comment Re:Amazon 'marketplace', wish I could disable it. (Score 1) 347

Curiously Amazon has itself listed as both Amazon and, I have no idea why.

It's easy, you see, is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of Amazon, which purchases all of its goods and services directly from Amazon, which is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of, who contracts to Amazon through a 5-person office in Ireland operated under a franchise agreement through, an Irish corporation which is a holding company with exclusive license to all rights owned by Amazon, an Irish company.

Minor accounting matter, nothing to worry about.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 1) 159

What is the collected data? last time MS responded, the data collected was no more than what you search engine collects.

1. I don't recall Microsoft ever detailing exactly what data is being collected.

2. It's encrypted, so we can't examine it for ourselves.

3. Microsoft has been deceptive and even telling outright lies since the beginning of the Windows 10 rollout.

I have yet to hear a case where this collection of data was detrimental to an individual.

See 2, above. No one can look and see what data Microsoft is collecting from their Windows 10 PC, so how is one to know whether or not they've been harmed? Your argument is the same one NSA uses to claim they can't be sued over warrantless wiretapping. "No one can prove they specifically were wiretapped, so no one has any standing to sue." I say bullshit to that argument.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 0) 185

Tell you what, why don't you start working on the Constitutional amendment to make that type of government happen and we can talk about it. Of course you would probably have to move to the US, and maybe become a citizen, so that's not happening, is it? Just as well.

The US has always been divided, right from the very start. That isn't a particularly bad thing unless you want to throw a parade to celebrate a "People's democracy" and cure weak liberalism. The US unifies when given sufficient cause, otherwise people go about their business.

In some important ways the Democratic and Republican parties are becoming more different, and agreement on some basic issues is beginning to fall apart. The Left has never really like the US, and it is going to tear the US apart.

Comment Re: Fake (Score 0) 185

And that somewhere better be the moon, because the Russians will listen for anything that could remotely be considered fake. And they will waste not a nanosecond to expose it, you really think they would not have jumped onto the possibility to pull your pants down?

So what you're saying is that the global elites don't always work together to screw the little guy, to pull the wool over their eyes? That is a fascinating idea, and quite counter to many posts that get made on Slashdot.

The risk alone is impossible to assess. You have thousands of people working on it, thousands you have to silence.

You make it sound like there couldn't have been a secret "inside job" conspiracy for 9/11 that could have been hidden. Interesting. Tell us more.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 0) 185

There is no WE. NASA is that space agency that is doing its shit, the US military is fighting a war somewhere, US economy is building this or that and US TV is showing yet another dumb reality show, which is, scarily enough, pretty much the only thing the average American has a chance to feel part of by participating in the freak show.

There is no WE in the US anymore.

The "WE" in the United States is "We the People," the opportunity to engage in a national ritual comes every two years, it's called voting. The US is about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, not collectivism and collectivist spectacle.

That's what makes this feat so great, not that 12 people hopped about on a moon that happens to orbit our planet. What made this a powerful achievement was the "WE did it" feeling. WE. Not "the US" but everyone really could feel that he did something for that.

No, the great achievement really was putting people on the moon, and the enormous technical, industrial, and organizational effort that took. Although Americans can feel proud their nation was able to do that, the key fact is that they did it. At least one major power other tried and failed. It wasn't a given.

If you want togetherness join a church or a club.

Comment Re:What would Kissinger do? (Score 0, Troll) 231

You seem to have omitted a few important details, such as Saddam''s funding and support of terrorism, training terrorists, and providing them refuge in Iraq.

Then there is the fact that he kept attacking nations in the region - invaded Iran, invaded and tried to annex Kuwait, attacked Saudi Arabia, attacked Israel. I seem to recall there were "border issues" with some of the other neighbors.

Nor was Iraq particularly stable. There were various rebellions again Saddam, assassination attempts, and various other issues. You may recall that some of these were put down by using chemical weapons against civilian populations.

And Saddam wasn't much of an ally. The US didn't want Iran to beat Iraq and threaten the entire region beyond the danger it already posed. Just think how lovely things would be if Iraq had collapsed and Iran leveraged that into controlling not only Iran's oil, but Iraq, and Saudi Arabia's.

As far as weapons go, Saddam got something like 90% of his weapons from the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, China, or other communist bloc states. Most of the rest was from France.

We now basically have a war that we can prolong infinitely. As long as we need one, they'll deliver.

So what you are really saying is that Muslims don't have their own values and goals that they pursue independently of what the US or the West does? Really?

Do you know what the general terms are for when one side in a conflict (war) ceases to defend itself? Defeat and surrender.

How do you think you'd get along with your would be overlords?

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