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Comment Re:AI -- FAR more hype than substance (Score 1) 210

> The entire concept of being "reminded" of something is pretty foreign to how binary computers compute... They either have or don't have information. They don't struggle to remember and occasionally recall things, and/or realize they used to know them when reminded.

How about a database with a link to an image file that has been moved to "tape backup"? If you have the md5 of the image you know that you have seen it, you just cant access it at this time. The way best way to describe how a rcnn deals with images is: "this looks familiar, i'm 73.2398798% confident that I have seen this image before and it was a dog..." ;-)

Here is a way to simulate a computer forgetting information when it comes to images: start with an photo on day one and on subsequent days start shrinking the image. By the time you get to a 150px thumbnail most of the information is gone, you will not be able to tell anything about the details of the photo BUT you will know that this photo was beautiful landscape or whatever.

Comment Re:I don't know (Score 1) 99

You are spot on. Here are my two cents:

1. Most driving decisions require context and I would venture that it's not possible to acquire context within a second or two for a driver that was in distraction mode
2. I think that the current AI generation is already better then most drivers on US roads.
3. From a human driver's pespective, I would like to see an identifier on a vehicle if it's in autonomous mode

Comment Re:No. (Score 2) 507

I started coining the term "Chunked Waterfall". Take all the inefficencies of waterfall, split it into chunks and add more inefficiencies due to management ;-)

Whenever somebody tells me they are doing agile I ask them how their chunked waterfall methodology will help them once they realize that 50% of their assumptions on a project are wrong and the market has changed while they were busy with scum meetings.? Denial is usually the response....

Comment Re:Accura/Honda Door-lock Exploit (Score 1) 390

I don't know how it is now, but back in the early nineties a friend of mine worked in the German fire department and they had toolkits to unlock and start virtually every make and model of car (regardless if it had a factory alarm or not). From MB S-class to regular VW's nothing was 'safe'. Obviously it was a government only toolkit but if they had it then then it's a good bet that they have updated versions now that can do much more.

Comment Re:The guy is a hero (Score 1) 583

> This is a high-school dropout who gave up a $200k yr. job, an acrobat girlfriend and was living in Hawaii

Yup, something stinks here. And why is he in China? I would think this would be the last place to try to hide...

May bets are on one of the following:

1. He had an affair with an attractive Chinese woman that turned out to be a spy
2. He had an affair with an attractive Chinese man that turned out to be a spy
3. Mental illness

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 273

I think I can beat that. I work in a medium-sized software house (which means we employ people with at least some level of higher education) and not only people don't wash their hands, but the other day some asshole pissed on the floor in the middle of the bathroom....

I just can't figure out why. One theory is that the bathroom was recently remodeled and this was some sort of a QA procedure.....

Comment Re:Oh, good (Score 5, Interesting) 219

A friend of mine has 20 bee hives on his property (Norther Europe). He has been doing this for over 20 years as a hobby and was also affected by various colony disorders from parasites to full on collapses. A few years back, he made an experiment and did not remove honey from the hives (it was a last resort). Surprisingly some of the colonies fully recovered. Anyhow, 20 hives is a very tiny data sample, but it does make you wonder...

Comment Re:Open source Presto? (Score 2) 135

A few years ago, I was in the market for a simple html rendering engine for an embedded project. There were only a couple of options: webkit, presto and one more engine that I dont remember the name of. The licensing fees that opera wanted were astronomical and only the likes on Nintendo could afford it. Needless to say, I used webkit even though Presto was more desirable.

Anyhow, they should have open-sourced a few years back and snatched up a large portion of embedded market (which is actually quite big if you think about it)

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 567

8-10% is overly optimistic. Back in the 90's I wrote a business system for an intermodal shipping company and pretty much knew their system in and out. Most of the time these companies barely know whats being shipped....especially if the cargo went through multiple third parties. I have seen many manifests declared based on illegible bill of laidings that some trucker just dropped of. Nobody looks at the cargo if the weight and size matches.

I highly doubt many things changed since then...

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