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Comment Re:Yeah, go ahead, blame TRUMP! (Score 0) 649

This is about a collusion between state government agencies to shut someone up who is attempting to alert the public to one or more agencies' shady practices at the expense of said public.

Or... it's about someone being careless in calling themselves an engineer, and the state fining that person because that's illegal in Oregon? Does it have to be a conspiracy?

Comment Re:Doesn't even need to be open source (Score 1) 123

The binding isn't the problem, that's a tiny portion of the cost of the book. I would have loved some fancy binding on my $200 textbooks, at least then they would have held together a little better. I remember one, for $225, softcover and printed in black and white, with streaks - the printing wasn't even very good.

That was before I stopped buying textbooks entirely. After that I decided I'd just try to make due without them, which... was probably not the best choice for my education.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley is all about "What the fuck?!" (Score 1) 358

Okay... I'll read your comment again. You said:

While the CA Republicans have more in common with the endangered spotted owl than 1/10th of the US population. Republican fundraisers still swing by to pick up checks from Silicon Valley companies..

In response to:

There are about as many Republicans in CA as there are pink unicorns with gold plated horns.

Hm. I guess maybe you intended that as corroboration for the grandparents' comment about people turning into Republicans when they get lots of money, rather than agreement that Republicans are rare in California? Okay, point made.

Comment Re:Uh oh, this could be a Berlusconi (Score 1) 54

I have always assumed the censorship law reflected the balance of power at the time

It kind of does, sometimes, this was the idea behind the Fairness Doctrine. Before that though, there were few limits on what the media could say and there's been at least one American war fought essentially purely for the sake of selling newspapers (the Spanish American War).

I think you were going somewhere else with that comment, but I don't see it. The Fairness Doctrine is the only thing I can think of which fits that description.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley is all about "What the fuck?!" (Score 2) 358

Oh, bless your heart. Someone told you that Republicans were scarce in California, and you believed them... Why? 31% of voters in California are Republicans, compared to 45% Democrats. In fact, according to the Public Policy Institute of California more Californians identify as Conservative than Liberal: 36% vs 35%. It's just that, thanks to the magic of the Electoral College, their opinions and votes don't matter in presidential elections. Bribes, of course, are always welcome from anyone though. Er, "campaign contributions."

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 358

At the same time, while, on the whole, it may be cheaper to do it yourself, if you don't use your juicer a lot then it may be more expensive in the long run when you have to buy many different ingredients that don't last that long.

No, the point is that it's $400 cheaper, with exactly the same results, if you don't buy the juicer at all. Also: No, you could use a standard juicer and throw away half your ingredients (probably much more than that), and it would still be cheaper than $5/eight ounces.

There's a convenience cost, and for the people willing to pay it that second point is less important, but the first point is the mark of a scam - this product is unnecessary.

Comment Re:Pointless Political Jab (Score 1) 42

It seems like a pretty standard bit, attempting to add some context. Journalists often add some extra stuff in - ideally this is there to bring the uninformed up to speed, sometimes it's about adding detail to allow the reader to more closely relate to the subject (how often do you an article mention a person's age and occupation in contexts where those things are meaningless?), sometimes it's just there to fill some words.

It's possible that this journalist was taking advantage of the opportunity to take a shot at Trump, but even if they weren't there would have been something there about FISA scrutiny.

Comment Re:Or rather... (Score 1) 384

I hate to say this on Slashdot, but you need to read the article. You're way off-base on how this works, the AI isn't making decisions based on a simplified and pre-sanitized set of data. There's no need to make an AI for that, we already have people and AIs who can do that. The AI makes associations between words and bits of information, based on data which it pulls from how those words and facts are used by the public. So when women, vaginas, Betty, Veronica, and makeup are all associated together by the AI, you can't just pull out the bit about women and treat the others as independent.

Comment Re:Or rather... (Score 3, Interesting) 384

You're missing what the parent is saying - you can't just tell the AI to ignore race/gender, it's baked into how we talk and act. Telling the AI to ignore gender, for example, would require finding every last thing which correlates with gender (basically impossible) and telling the AI to ignore those (which would mean cutting out large portions of what it needs to function).

E.g.: Your AI makes a statement, "Women be like this, while men be like this." And you tell your AI, "No AI, bad."

So your AI rethinks it and comes up with another statement, "People with vaginas be like this, while people with penises be like this." And you tell your AI, "No AI, bad."

So your AI rethinks it and comes up with another statement, "People named Betty or Veronica be like this, while people named Archie or Jughead be like this." And you tell your AI, "No AI, bad."

So your AI rethinks it and comes up with another statement, "People who wear makeup be like this, while people who don't be like this." And you tell your AI, "No AI, bad."

Etc. You could do this forever and you still wouldn't catch them all, they'd just get more subtle.

Comment Re:Is anyone asking the real question here? (Score 1) 575

The courts would have granted him no victory at all, the problem is that what the airline did here is perfectly legal. The recourses available to him were the same as with any bad law - write to his congressman, write to a newspaper, sign / start a petition, vote, hire a lobbyist, whine about it on social media, etc. These methods don't get you as much personal attention as making a public spectacle, it might not be as obvious that you, personally, have made a difference, but there are many many examples of legislation effecting change and one of these things is almost always the impetuous for that legislation. Usually the lobbyist thing, but sometimes the others.

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