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Comment The reason for the racial misidentification (Score 5, Informative) 90

The algorithms generally tend to identify an individual based on relative (i.e. comparison-based) facial structure. In order to have a facial structure to measure, it must identify the eyebrows, eyes, nose, jawline, hairline, etc. The way it identifies these features is based in contrast from one element to another; when hair and skin color are similar (such as with a platinum blond like me, or with a dark-haired, dark-skinned individual), there's a lot less contrast there to measure.
Furthermore, with darker skin, shadows aren't as noticeable, so the shadows that would otherwise allow measurement of eyebrow prominence or jawline will also be much harder to identify.

Comment This could prove to be very beneficial to Tesla (Score 1) 171

In my computer shop, we provide a lifetime warranty with all of the machines we sell. I've had customers act quite incredulous, but it really doesn't cost me much. Why? Because it's only to the original purchaser, and I know that nobody is going to keep their computers that long. For the few odd ones who do (just a week ago, I replaced an IDE hard drive in a Windows XP computer I sold new), I build a lot of brand confidence at very little cost to me -- the replacement part only cost a few dollars.
Tesla's risk on this really isn't that high; the people who buy $80k cars generally don't keep them for very long before wanting an upgrade. Plus, for the poorer who would normally lean towards a used car, they might be enticed into a new car with this, since it's something that you literally can only get with a new car. Essentially, he's created a brand new reason for people to buy new; the depreciation doesn't look so bad, now. Full coverage insurance isn't cheap, even if you're only planning to keep the car for 3 or 4 years.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 74

I'm pretty sure you misinterpreted what the author suggested. I don't think they were suggesting that we 'should' dump waste in the oceans; rather that the food chain and other natural processes create a 'dead end' for the pollutants in the deep sea, which is where they're trapped and accumulate indefinitely.

Comment Re:Where the fuck is the problem? (Score 1) 532

The real problem is the addictiveness of cigarettes. If it were an activity that everyone could stop whenever they felt like it, it would be no worse than any of the many dangerous sports available to us. The difference is that skiing isn't addictive to the point where people spend an hour or more every day, 365 days/year doing it, and have withdrawals if they have to skip a few days.
I've had 3 family members killed by smoking. All 3 were hopelessly addicted, wanted (and tried) to quit, but couldn't. You're the lucky one, and you're in the minority; your ability shouldn't be used to an excuse to sentence others to death.

Comment We've gone full circle (Score 1) 23

First there was the web, then everything had to be moved to apps. Now that everyone is finally comfortable with apps, they're admitting that web-based interaction is superior, and starting the gradual migration back that direction.
Apps have a time and place (projects that rely on phone-specific hardware, such as tilt sensors, touch screens, or GPS), but there is absolutely no reason I should have to load an app to shop on Amazon or Ebay, order more paperclips from Office Depot, or download coupons from Burger King. These are apps simply for the sake of having apps, and they do nothing to enhance the user experience over a website's capabilities.

Comment Re:Welcome to globalization (Score 3, Insightful) 495

I second this. While we're not a third-world country, we aren't the pinnacle of luxury either, and work very hard for what we have. Look at European countries; very few have labor forces that work as many hours/week, and most have substantially more vacation time. Most have substantially lower healthcare costs than Americans, and many luxury things are substantially less expensive (for instance, airfare. I can't fly anywhere from any airport in my home state for less than $700 round trip (Cheyenne, WY to Vegas, NV). I'm too poor to fly anywhere; it would cost two month's wages to fly my family of three somewhere for vacation. According to Bing, a round-trip flight from London to Paris with the same dates is only $140.)
I can't remember the last time I had a vacation that was more than a weekend away. It's been about a decade.
Do we have cheap electronics? Sure, I only paid $100 for my smartphone second-hand on eBay. Walmart sells laptops for under $200. But do we have a luxurious lifestyle? I dunno, my pantry has lots of Mac & Cheese in it. And no, it's not the name brand. My food budget is about $300/month for our family of 3.
Don't tell me American's don't deserve a higher standard of living than we have. I work very hard, live very frugally, and I'm only one missed paycheck away from financial collapse. Life is hard everywhere; it's only the wealthy who think otherwise.

Comment Re:Strange situation (Score 1) 504

You're telling me.
Trust me, I speak only from experience. CPS ruined my life. And that's even considering that the judge ruled us 'not guilty' and sealed the legal record of the whole thing. It's a really long story, but I have zero faith in the guilty-until-proven-innocent 'family services' regime in this country.

Comment Re:Strange situation (Score 1) 504

I had always heard that they were worse, but that was all second-hand. I know that a lot of states are worse than Wyoming. In Nebraska, for instance, the policy in all cases of alleged abuse (bar-none) is to remove the child from the home for 6 months without any parental contact, just in case the child has been intimidated into not testifying against them. If they can't find evidence of abuse within those 6 months, and the child doesn't admit to anything, the child is returned and the case closed; in other words, even though the family was innocent, they still were split up for 6 months. NE is no place I would ever live.

Source: I had heard it second-hand for years, but within the last 2 years I've had it confirmed by two personal acquaintances; one was a victim of that process, and the other was a former caseworker, who left because of the emotional strain and guilt for the trauma she put families through.

Comment Re:Strange situation (Score 1) 504

I suppose that's probably the reasoning there, but here, they put my child in a hospital room (on the state's dime, of course) for a couple weeks after she entered state custody, even though nothing was wrong with her, because they didn't have an available foster home. If all of the hospitals were full, they might start easing back, but at least here, that's their fallback option.

Comment Strange situation (Score 1) 504

Where I'm from, those children would be wards of the state; any parents "not providing adequate food, medical care, or shelter" get their kids taken away, and are charged with Neglect. As to the 'shelter' part, that's entirely up to the CPS caseworker, and if they don't feel that it's adequate to have two siblings sharing a room, that's enough probable cause to take the children and open an investigation (in that order.) A whole family in one room? Never.
Go ahead, ask me how I know. I had no idea Cali was more lax on stuff like that than Wyoming.

Comment How does it connect the their intranet? (Score 1) 85

First, it says that wifi and bluetooth have been removed, then it says they can get onto the DPRK 'Internet', and watch local TV(!) How? I could understand if they have a GSM connection that supplies the networking (although if that is so, why remove the wifi?), but how does it access TV? I highly doubt their GSM infrastructure can support IPTV, although perhaps I'm wrong. If they do, in fact, have IPTV, I hope someone here in the states gets (and shares) access to it; I'd be fascinated to see their live feed.
Or maybe I'm overthinking it; the price listed for the wholesale parts is pretty high. It probably has an integrated NIC and hardware-based tuner with coax and Ethernet jacks across the back. Which would be hilarious.

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