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Comment Re:Bias bias bias (Score 1) 384

It doesn't show that. It just shows that it can act according to what it is taught.

This article is about language learning. Bias in language is tricky. One of the reasons is that the language has evolved through biased views of people and the world. In many languages, "man" is used to represent humans ("mankind") or male is the normal state ("football player" vs "female football player").

If the bias is in the language it is learning, e.g. male words for gender-neutral things, the AI gets imprinted with that this is the norm it is expected to behave by.

As with statistics, you should be very careful with AI and machine learning. You tend to get what you ask for, so be very careful to ask the right questions.

Comment Re:So they do know what we want (Score 1) 163

I didn't know about the no-throttling thing; that could be useful for some. My use cases mostly involve performance spikes though.

However, I see 16 GB non-upgradeable as a severe limit on performance and expandability, and non-upgradeable drive as a limit on storage and expandability.

Sure, you can compensate for everything except the RAM by hanging stuff in a harness of dongles around it (if you remembered to bring them), but it is often not *practical*, which - in many forms (connectors, wire lock, physical function keys, oversize cursor keys) - is an aspect that they apparently haven't discovered yet for their list of what pro users are interested in.

Meanwhile, I wonder how many pro users requested the touch bar and how many pro users requested the removal of USB (and possibly HDMI) connectors, and the ability to upgrade the memory and storage.

IMO, the new MPB is an impressive engineering job. I really mean it. But as a pro user I can't help being disappointed that the marketing department have limited what could have been a wonderful, no compromise work tool in favor of gimmicks.

Comment Re:Uh, why? (Score 1) 232

Ditto! And I think there was a problem if you dragged an icon onto itself on the desktop. It would not be seen as just a "move a few pixels", but rather a "start this application with itself as an argument". Although everyone complained about it, they never did solve it while I was active.

There was another funny bug that I used to impress my friends with. There was an image viewer program (I have forgotten the name) which, in a specific version (not earlier or later) if you run it would cause a terminal window (command prompt) to be shown in the wrong place. Instead of showing in the content area of a window, it would show in the icon "window" in the top left of the window title bar, i.e. where you would click to show a menu with "minimize" etc. You could type "dir" and the files would scroll by in that 16x16 or whatnot window.

With today's eyes, OS/2 was rather crappy. However, the alternatives at the time were crappier in many contexts.

Comment Re: Uh, why? (Score 2) 232

Ahh, thanks for the fond memories. I also ran a DOS-based BBS under OS/2 while developing DOS-based games on the same machine. OS/2 was at the time the best platform for DOS program (it wasn't all apps back then) development since it didn't require a reboot whenever the program crashed.

Also - to make it more interesting - there were different versions of the Mach64 hardware. Some of it didn't work well will the drivers (DAMHIK).

Today I think OS/2 has played out its role with all the major OS:es being robust and having more features. I would even go as far as saying that by todays standards, it is rather crappy. However, in those days, the alternatives on PC hardware were crappier (DOS and Win95 crashing if you breathed incorrectly while NT was stable but you couldn't run games, Linux was ... just different).

An anecdote though: Around -94 I built some customer-specific hardware and wrote OS/2 software that used it in an industrial environment. A few years ago, they called me and asked if I could build some more hardware since they were expanding. They didn't ask for replacement of the software on a more contemporary platform.

Comment Re: Bugs (Score 1) 168

1. They have sold millions, so I figure somebody has checked.

It is hard to check encrypted data in an unknown format emanating from closed hard- and software. The can hasn't been around very long. And the software may get updated anytime, e.g. after an audit.

2. If they were actually recording everything, a lot of people would have to be in on the secret.

Perhaps. But the processing can be partitioned so that one hand doesn't know what the other does. People in the collection department think they collect data that will get destroyed once the training algorithms are done with them. The storage people think they get "some data" and their task is to store and index it. The algorithm training people are just happy to get a lot of data and don't care where it comes from and whether it gets deleted.

3. I assume that Amazon is run by greedy bastards, and they wouldn't build a lot of expensive extra capacity into a device if there was no profit in it for them.

If they are greedy bastards (which I would also assume), wouldn't they make the most of what they already have built?

4. If they were spying, and got caught, it would have terrible effects on their reputation, and cost them a lot of customers.

... for a couple of weeks. Then it will be forgotten or ignored by the majority.

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