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Comment Re:Two studies (Score 1) 285

I think the problem is that they only tested from a single restaurant if memory serves correct. If you're seeing really strange results, you'd probably want to get samples from a few other restaurants to see if it's the chain or an isolated incident.

Hell, depending on the city and location, some Subways could just sell soy instead of chicken it would be even more popular.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 4, Informative) 434

I was somewhat skeptical of the numbers as well, and found a previous year's version of the same survey: 2016 Report (PDF) It seems that part of the problem is that it looks at any type of engineer, whether computer, electrical, software, or mechanical. It also measures employability in fields such as civil engineering, chemical engineering, and other fields that have nothing to do with software development. The numbers for some of those fields are higher than the number quoted in the summary, which leads me to believe that a reasonably chunk of the engineers surveyed have no desire to program at all or pursue a career in it.

There are some other interesting figures in the report, but it's quite large. Seems like this is another case of a reporter not understanding a study and making a bad headline.

Comment Re:Easy solve for this (Score 4, Insightful) 606

Who would want to use a search engine so petty as to censor the web and distort search results (their primary and only useful function as far as I'm concerned) over a mischievous TV commercial? How could you trust that any other results are accurate or aren't the result of tampering. If Google were willing to artificially modify their results over something as trivial as that, you can bet they'd do the same for money, political influence, etc.

Comment Re:BK = BLACKLISTED (Score 5, Interesting) 606

Is it not possible to change the activation phrase for your digital device? It seems to me that leaving it at the default is about as intelligent as leaving the default administrator login and password for a router. Sure, no one should try to take advantage of you, and in an ideal world they wouldn't. However, this isn't an ideal world and hopefully this serves as a lesson to you with little actual harm done. Given that the harm done is essentially minimal, you should probably thank Burger King instead of admonishing them.

Comment Re:Wow, detailed instructions to achieve (Score 4, Informative) 118

It just changes the white background black, presumably reducing the amount of light that your screen is throwing out which in a dark room or early in the morning when your eyes are just adjusting less pleasant to deal with. It's the same kind of mode a lot of readers have where it inverts the color scheme so you end up with white text on a black background which makes night reading easier.

Comment Re:well the price just went up (Score 1) 27

That's really just people in general though. Sports fans have their excitement rise and fall with trade rumors, political groups adjust plans based on poll numbers and election forecasts, legal departments may adjust recommendations just on the prospects of a lawsuit. Reacting to new information is rational.

If you believe that Apple talking with a company increases the likelihood of a deal being made, and if you believe that deals being made increase the value of a company, then you have to assign more value to the company simply based on talks occurring or you don't really believe that those talks have any effect on the company at all. The same thing happens if legislation is being considered or talked about that could affect a group.

Waiting around until something definitive happens without at least doing some advanced planning or taking any mitigating actions is just poor risk management. There's a difference between the stock prices shifting a small amount due to new information and the prices swinging wildly in either direction which tends not to happen very often in cases like these.

But the truth of it is, there's really no better way discovered yet to model value except through a market system that prevents unfair trading based on privileged access to information or intentional distortion of information. Small adjustments based on hearsay and rumor work more effectively than deciding value based on official decree, or using some kind of oracle.

Comment Re:Or rather... (Score 5, Insightful) 384

You wouldn't even go about training a machine learning algorithm that way as it would be pointless. The idea is to let it make better predictions, not train to to make the same predictions as an existing person. Rejected applications are pointless for training as you don't know whether they were a good or bad rejection, whereas if you just give it approved loans and the outcome (i.e., was the loan defaulted on) then the AI can try to develop a set of rules. Typically you feed some large percentage of your data to the algorithm as training data and then use the left over part to test accuracy to see how many times it predicts correctly.

If you truly wanted to avoid racial or gender bias you would just remove that information from what you feed into the algorithm, at which point it can't a priori be biased against anyone because it can't even evaluate them based on those criteria. But let's suppose you do that and then look at the results after the fact, add that data back in and come to the startling conclusion that your AI is disproportionately rejecting candidates from some group. It can't possibly be because it knows they're a member of that group, but because that group happens to have worse outcomes.

If you stop to think about this, its not too hard to come to a reasonable conclusion that if your AI that knows nothing about race is suggesting that black/white/latino borrowers are a higher risk, it's because they're a higher risk. Reality doesn't care about feelings or trying to make sure that outcomes are equal across groups, so we conclude that some group is a worse risk. It probably is the case that black borrowers are more likely to default, but it's not because they're black, but because blacks are typically less well off so of course they're going to default on loans more often. In reality they probably shouldn't (and maybe wouldn't have) received a loan, but some policy designed to make it easier for them to get approval caused it to happen, but that doesn't make them a safer risk, it just lets some people feel better about the world.

If you want to check if your AI is racist find a group of loan applications that are for all intents the same with the only difference being the race of the applicant see if you get a different results based on race for that input set. My guess is that you probably wouldn't. Because if you're stripped out racial data as a category to train on, the algorithm wouldn't suddenly decide to discriminate based on it. Also, for some machine learning algorithms (e.g., anything like a decision tree) you can look at precisely how it evaluates a case, so you could see pretty easily if the AI has a step where race==groupX ? reject : approve becomes pretty apparent. That's not true for all algorithms, but just because its an AI doesn't means its a black box that is beyond all human understanding.

Comment Re:Cool Story, Bro (Score 3, Interesting) 399

I would say the Slashdot community leans more libertarian (note the small 'l' there) than anything else. You'll probably stumble across just about every political philosophy here at some point, but I'd say that a majority (or at least a plurality) fall into the classical liberal category more so than anything else. I mean look at all of the recent wage gap articles and tell me that the community is socialist based on the comments that are posted and upvoted there.

The site ownership may fall into a different camp, and really they're the ones controlling what stories are put up. I don't think the community really would have wanted this.

Comment No they didn't. (Score 1) 78

It's not hidden or an Easter egg if they fucking blab about doing it. Easter eggs are things programmers sneak in that no one finds or notices. This reeks of some inane committee decision on how to appear hip but comes off kitschy because it was a deliberate marketing stunt.

If you wanted a useful story why not ask users about fun Easter eggs or secrets they've stumbled across over the years. Instead we get this TMZ-esque shit.

Comment Re:Suddenly a sofa. (Score 1) 388

The part that looks like a lizard head is (I think) the ash/cherry on a cigar, and the brown part is the cigar, not a part of a crevice. Once you start looking at it that way, it's funny how your brain starts adjusting the perspective because it knows that the cigar should be protruding from wall. Also, for all I know it might not even be a wall, but a road with the cigar sticking up out of the ground.

Comment Wasn't this already covered a year ago? (Score 1) 199

Wasn't this already covered almost a year ago? https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/06/11/1458246/apple-is-fighting-a-secret-war-to-keep-you-from-repairing-your-phone.

I can at least understand the argument for preventing unofficial home button (or parts of it) repairs as it contains the finger print reader and it could be a lot easier to attack the security of the device if you could replace the reader.

Or perhaps its just a conspiracy to get people to upgrade to the next iPhone about which we seem to get at least one monthly rumor around here related to it ditching the home button, or something else like that.

Comment Re:year's worth of access - not a deal (Score 1) 82

Are you really surprised? A lot of pushers will always give you the first hit for free.

Not to say that body camera's are necessarily a bad idea, but they can be implemented without relying on a third party service. There are those who would argue that the police can't be trusted to manage it themselves so a third party system may have some allure.

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