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Comment Re:Kind of consistent, isn't it? (Score 1) 210

> the idiots at the computer store erased [...] 20 years worth of files...

I feel your pain! I lent my car to a friend with the only copies of 20 years of precious family photos in the back and he lost them. Haha just kidding, I wouldn't do something so careless, and if I did I wouldn't blame my friend I would blame myself.

Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 1) 172

> Sugar free. First good. Then bad. Then good. Now bad again.

No, sugar-free has always been good. Weird chemicals that simulate some of the taste properties of sugar while causing unknown side-effects are bad.

I dropped all added sugar and much sugary foods from my diet with great results. That means no cake no cookies no ice-cream no soda. Few packaged-factory-produced foods of any type because its impossible to find them without tons of sugar. I have not replaced these with "diet" garbage.

Comment Re: WaPo? (Score 1) 272
"Lord Bell ran $540m covert PR ops in Iraq for Pentagon"
The communications agency founded by Margaret Thatcher’s PR guru Lord Bell was hired by the US military to orchestrate a huge $540m “covert” propaganda campaign in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

In what is believed to be one of the world’s most costly PR contracts, equivalent to £416m, staff from Bell’s agency were based in Baghdad to disseminate pro-coalition material across the airwaves.

Comment Bzzzt My algorithms say the black man did it (Score 1) 79

Holy shit!

Remember when they found that bank loan "artificial intelligence" programs were discriminating based on the racial profile of your zip code? The program learned from the human examples they were given.

So it isn't impossible that algorithms that insert "likely" pixels into images would perhaps add minority colored pixels in an urban looking scene and white colored pixels in a suburban scene. You can't use image data that didn't come from the actual scene in court!!!!

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