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Comment Re:How does the algorithm decide? (Score 2) 76

Bias in algorithms is from human action...conscious or not.

There is no debate on the point above. All software is made by humans, even software generated by other software...humans originated the commands and instructions.

Let's just repeat that last part for you, guy: *humans originated the commands and instructions*

Here's an example you can understand: Which 'fact checking site' will you use?

Politifact.com - which is bullshit but has some factual information

or

Factcheck.org - not as flashy as Politifact and not quite as quickly updated but it's actual fact checking (Trump as melted their faces off).

So you make the call.

No matter what you do, someone will be able to rationally accuse you of "bias"

Comment Re:Humans still do it (Score 1) 76

as much as is technologically possible is automated

exactly...it gets "automated" by humans choosing methods and processes which define every aspect of what the automation produces

it boggles my mind that some people cannot comprehend this...humans made everything about this system including defining every aspect of how the system decides and learns

Comment Oligarchy SOP (Score 2) 56

This is Standard Operating Procedure for the English oligarchy/monarchy.

England is not a democracy...it has exactly as much democracy as will keep the subjects from rising up.

If you understand the truth of the statement above, a lot of history makes sense, and this move in TFA is completely predictable.

Comment long haul trucking is boring but you will love it (Score 1) 60

Yeah! If they don't go from standard taxis immediately to un-manned cars and firing their drivers in a weekend, then how can we possibly take them seriously?

sarcasm aside, the answer is using our critical thinking skills and technical knowledge

see, /. is still a place where tech people, the people who *actually* understand how this big new tech works, come to comment

AI-cars can't see in the weather. Even light rain. That's just the vision aspect...it might as well be a warp drive...we just don't have anywhere near what we need with LIDAR and nothing in development now is close.

2nd, the software to make the choices necessary in the time necessary is beyond what we are capable of programming. Our algorythms don't learn properly and we don't have a paradigm for one on the horizon.

Those are two problems, they require some technical knowledge to understand, but even someone with a high school education could comprehend.

Here's where this tech will actually be deployed regularly fully autonomously: long-haul trucking *with* a lead vehicle with a human pilot with drone followers.

Comment Total bunk conclusion! (Score 1) 317

Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expecting by the age of 20, compared with 4% of those who did not.

This doesn't prove anything. The research is missing the point...it's not to prevent pregnancy per se...

The program is to encourage birth control use, which is different than percentage who are pregnant at age 20.

Also, number of abortions is not a proper measure either!

One can argue more OR less abortions prove this program is successful...it depends on how you view abortions and their use.

Comment Taxis moving goalposts (Score 1) 60

with a human backup driver and co-pilot on board for the time being

Here we go....now that it's clear (as it has always been if you look) that "self-driving cars" are mostly hype we will start to see companies moving goalposts to claim they have done it.

Uber is doing this in Pittsburg.

This tech has amazing capabilities but it's not ever going to be able to do what they are claiming.

Comment No...the answer is 'no' (Score 1) 264

Can We Avoid Government Surveillance By Leaving The Grid?

No. Refusing to send emails, use credit cards, or social media doesn't mean your personal information isn't still in databases.

Take it further and you're crossing into a 'lifestyle' of infosec where staying 'off the grid' will basically consume all the time in your day and becomes your life. Maybe *comparatively* to others a dedicated infosec lifer could say "I am 'off the grid'"...from a functional perspective they are as far as a person can get, but no one is entirely 'off the grid' unless they were born without a birth record...born 'off the grid'

This is waaay older than Prism or Snowden or even the NSA itself, and it is inherent to any situation where information is being mediated by a 3rd party.

It's part of existence in the modern world for large entities to have information about what you do...whether you are a serf in Europe in the 1500s or today.

Comment Theil via Hogan (for racist tape not sextape) (Score 2) 138

you can't just post sex tapes

This is all about Peter Theil, who is bankrupting Hogan's case.

That's not why Hogan sued at all, but more importantly Peter Theil is funding the whole thing in retrobution for Gawker outing him as gay around 2008 (while he was funding GOP which has anti-gay policies).

Gawker outed Theil because he was a hypocrite.

Hogan sued about another video.

Here's an explanation:

Hogan filed the claim because he was terrified that one of the other tapes, which memorialized his rant about his daughter dating “f*cking n*gg*rs,” might emerge. As I have come to learn, Hogan himself put it in a text message to his best friend, the radio shock-jock Bubba Clem, days after we published our story: “We know there’s more than one tape out there and a one that has several racist slurs were told. I have a [pay-per-view special] and I am not waiting for anymore surprises.”

Comment ink vs pixels is still a thing (Score 3, Informative) 117

/EVERY/ printer I've gone to prints in CYMK. They can convert RGB to CYMK, but the colors won't match 100%

IAA(part-time)SP and I can confirm.

Saying 'CMYK is not needed' goes too far.

Yes, plenty has changed but making color on an opaque surface is still completely different than rendering it in pixels on a screen.

Comment Surprising # of Trump Supporters & My Predicti (Score 1) 993

I expected Trump's numbers on a site like /. to be in the single digits. He's at 23% as of this post.

I will let others debate voting 3rd party vs 'the lesser of two evils'...it's not as bad this year as 2000. 3rd party voters really could have swung counties in Florida for Gore giving him the election back in 2000, but this year will not be nearly that close. Vote for your 3rd party I say, even though I'm a Bernie supporter voting Hillary in the general.

Prediction: Hillary wins with the same states Obama won in 2012, maybe picks up a few.

Comment Re:Music Videos (Score 1) 193

> the world needs a proper replacement of human curated music video content, 24/7 always streaming, no ads. Youtube is not that

well said

MTV had genre-mixed, live curated music videos...it's next-level entertainment...you can watch or just listen...

there's got to be a way to do it proper and official and not get overwhelmed by paying rights fees

one thing people forget is back in 1994 you could see a Dr. Dre video then a Nirvana video then a Fugees video then a Tool video...all in a row...it really felt futuristic in that sense

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