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Submission + - Microsoft Research's DeepCoder AI may put programmers out of a job

jmcbain writes: Are you a software programmer who voted in a recent Slashdot poll that a robot/AI would never take your job? Unfortunately, you're wrong. Microsoft, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, is developing such an AI. This software "can turn your descriptions into working code in seconds. Called DeepCoder, the software can take requirements by the developer, search through a massive database of code snippets and deliver working code in seconds, a significant advance in the state of the art in program synthesis." Another article describes program synthesis as "creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software — just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which pieces of code were needed to achieve the desired result overall." The original research paper can be read online.

Comment Re:Over 50 reports of burns/fires (Score 1) 110

Your logic is faulty. In this smartphone case, there is one manufacturer, Samsung, and one product, the Galaxy Note 7. It is clear there is a defect. In the case of your "millions of car fires", they are generally spread out randomly over all manufacturers and models. If there is ever a specific case, such as GM's faulty ignition switches in particular models from particular years, then yes, there will be a recall and people on TV will tell folks not to drive those models.

Comment Over 50 reports of burns/fires (Score 1) 110

I don't know where you are getting your "facts", but there have been much more than 3 phones catching fire.

As of September 15, 2016, the US CPSC reported 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

As of October 10, 2016, there have been at least 5 reports of replacement phones catching fire.

I have bought rechargeable batteries for the last 20 years. Not a single one of them has caught fire. In the case of the Galaxy Note 7, there is obviously a single, focused product that has a critical flaw.

Comment But he liked the other $4K and $55K headphones? (Score 2, Interesting) 99

Take this reviewer's commentary with a grain of salt. As with all "audiophiles", he bases his opinion on just plain subjective emotion associated with product brands, individual tastes, and nationalistic biases, not any type of fact. He doesn't like the $5,500 Sony headphones? Then why did he like the Sennheiser $55,000 headphones (yes, that's right, $55K headphones) or the Focal $3,999 headphones? And I really hate to bring this up because it's ugly, but maybe his review comes down to simple nationalism? The reviewer (Vlad Savov) is based in Europe, and Sennheiser is from Germany and Focal is from France. And Sony is (duh) from Japan.

Submission + - Samsung Pay hack allows fraudulent payments

jmcbain writes: The Verge reports that a security researcher at DefCon outlined a number of attacks targeting Samsung Pay, Samsung's digital payment system that runs on their smartphones. According to the article, the attack "focuses on intercepting or fabricating payment tokens — codes generated by the user's smartphone that stand in for their credit card information. These tokens are sent from the mobile device to the payment terminal during wireless purchases." In a response, Samsung said that "in certain scenarios an attacker could skim a user's payment token and make a fraudulent purchase with their card", but that "the attacker must be physically close to the target while they are making a legitimate purchase."

Comment Deep learning and gaming (Score 0) 134

The original article says this card was first announced at an AI meet-up:

At an artificial intelligence (AI) meet-up at Stanford University this evening, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang first announced, and then actually gave away a few brand-new, Pascal-based NVIDIA TITAN X GPUs.

In fact, the Titan X is currently the preferred GPU for deep learning thanks to its 12GB memory. But I'm not going to argue that this card can be a great GPU for both gaming and deep learning (unlike the Quadro which is largely for CAD-like applications).

Comment Earnings guidance (Score 1) 42

Samsung, like many companies, releases earnings guidance early for investors to chew on. They consistently release the guidance the first week of each quarter and then the full earnings report by the end of the first month of each quarter. They have done this every year for as long as I can remember (going back 3-4 years now). The full earnings report's numbers are usually well within 1 percent of everything that was reported in the guidance. See, for example, the April 2016 guidance and the April 2016 report.

Comment Email client (Outlook or Gmail) for searching (Score 1) 286

I used to take notes with paper and pencil, but you can't search through old notes unless you scan and OCR your content.

I instead have been using E-mail clients for the last several years (whether it's company Outlook or personal Gmail). This has several advantages:

1. You can search through your notes.
2. If on corporate Outlook, there is security thanks to the IT department.
3. You can have rich markup if you need it.
4. You can immediately email out meeting notes.

Comment Sales over first 3 years (Score 1) 314

The original article has a small blurb that compares sales over the first three years:

Microsoft’s follow-up console, the Xbox One, has not sold nearly as well as the 360. In 2008, less than three years after it was launched, the company said the 360 had sold over 19 million units worldwide. The Xbox One was released in 2013, and has sold about 10 million units in roughly the same amount of time as its predecessor.

Comment Comcast subscribers want the service, (Score 1) 112

not NBC Universal. The point of OP's article is the comparison of subscribers between Netflix and Comcast. People who subscribe to Comcast want the service, whether it's cable to Internet. The fact that Comcast owns NBC is not very relevant here. No one says "I want to subscribe to Comcast to get NBC."

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