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Journal Journal: Gone Again!

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She was gone again, shortly before my elderly cat died. I refer to my muse, of course.
I looked everywhere I could think of, to no avail. Stolen again? I went for a walk, on the lookout for that aged black aged Lincoln with that blonde and that brun

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 384

Or the FTC auditors on site at every Wall Street bank. You can attack the mechanism but that says nothing about the purpose.

If you stated it in plain English, you're saying "I'm against trying to voluntarily fix racial prejudices that creep into ML models because it's as bad as making sure every Soviet army unit was in line with the one-party dictatorship's ideology".

Comment Re:Lots of reasons it won't work (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Fiirst of all, it's not true for everywhere in the real world. Most businesses that care about their workers' productivity - arts, engineering, sciences - you already go in late or pretty much at whatever schedule suits you, the same is true of most professions. It's mostly customer-facing (everything from retail to stockbroking) low-level (i.e. not management) jobs that operate on early schedules.

But that misses the broader point. If we decided as a society to change working hours to reduce accidents or improve public health, academia could be trend-setters. When those grads eventually become CEOs and businesses starts clamoring for regulatory change, regulation could change the picture for everybody just like past labor reforms (like maximum hour, night shift, or overtime laws) or regulations on commercial time (like Daylight Savings Time).

"This is how things are done" is not a good reason not to explore this.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 3, Informative) 384

"Simple". The ML community is very aware of this problem, but sanitizing real-world data that may be shaped by subtle biases is really, really hard. You'd need a dedicated sociology PhD involved in every ML research project - a ludicrous load - and even then you wouldn't catch everything. This is a Hard Problem to be aware of for a long time to come.

Comment I don't mind paying taxes (Score 1) 903

I don't mind paying taxes if I get something back for them. What I don't like is paying taxes and the only thing I get back is another aircraft carrier. I don't mind paying taxes to support good schools but we spend more money on education without getting good value in return. I also resent paying more so a billion dollar corporation can go full deadbeat and skip paying taxes.

It's also an issue of representation. I pay the bills but my Congressman doesn't represent me, he represents the people putting up the money to get him elected.

This is a much bigger issue than just the number on the tax bill.

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