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Comment Re:To ad or not to ad (Score 3, Interesting) 49

So Google wants to add paid audio clips that don't sound like Ads but are descriptions of timely partner products?

Yes, basically.

Their main argument is that no one actually paid for that ad. But most likely, it was just an A/B test designed to see how far they could push the line (without receiving backlash for it) and then measure its success rate so that they could convince Disney (or similar big brands) to buy more ads like it.

It's a bit like a cook trying to boil a frog by starting to turn on the heat really slowly, but then doing it too quickly and so the frog freaks out. And now the cook is doing everything it can to reassure the frog that the heat was for its own good and that it should just think of the water pot as its own personal relaxing jacuzzi.

Comment Re:perfect opportunity (Score 1) 62

Would each closed-captioned syllable or word need to be manually synchronized with the video first? Or can the training be done without it?

Getting half the words correct, then feeding that into a grammar / context engine should yield very close to 100% accuracy.

But this AI is already using context to some degree. The article gives the example of "Prime Minister" for instance, where the AI knows that if the word "Prime" is read on their lips, that the word "Minister" will probably follow. Also, the AI has been trained in one context alone, which means that the context is already taken into account. For instance, if the same anchorman were to order his favorite frappuccino at Starbucks, I really don't think that the AI would do as good a job.

Also, they say they used thousands of hours of video, but it could be that they trained the AI on just three to four news anchors, which could make it easier on the AI. After all, I would expect a professional lip reader to do a lot better with reading the lips of his own family members, simply because he was so accustomed to their style of talking.

And last, I always doubt the self-reporting of scientific results to the mainstream press. An AI developer/researcher has every incentive to exaggerate the success rate of his own work. Also, any professional lip reader hired probably received compensation for their work and probably signed an NDA with the researcher. So it could be very easy for the researcher to claim whatever he wanted and no one would be there to contradict his story.

After all, we're talking about big money here for the right sleight of hands (whether it's exaggerating, lying, or doing something else completely unethical). For instance, the guy who sold his self-driving car company to Uber after having only started four months earlier sold it for 600 million dollars. Can you imagine 600 million dollars after only four months? Many people, including researchers, would be willing to lie, cheat, or even kill for a tiny fraction of that amount, and some others would even be willing to do it for free for the ego boost alone.

Comment Re:A more important question (Score 2) 52

So there is no way to increase their revenue/profit by denying claims.

Yes, there is.

Let's say that the sweet spot for funding this insurance requires a premium of $100 a month, but that your market research indicates that if you sell premiums for $70 a month, that you'll get 10 times as many customers. This will incentivize you to deny claims.

Also, another thing you could do is to simply overinflate any claims made by your family or your friends. So your incentive would be to deny claims, so that there would be money left over for your friends/family's overinflated/fake claims.

Comment Re:"On Mobile" (Score 1) 61

Even on my large desktop computer, those boxes can be annoying as hell.

If you want to keep them on iOS, be my guest. I certainly don't want them on anything that I watch. Just having a toggle to turn them off permanently would be a big win. In any case, I am glad that they chose to make them go away entirely (on new videos).

I'm just worried that the replacement feature of using cards doesn't get as abused, or as annoying, as this one.

Comment One YouTube problem solved. One more to go... (Score 5, Funny) 61

Now Google just needs to require manufacturers to add the following feature to Android phones.

Every time the video recorder is turned on and not turned horizontal within 5 seconds, the person holding the phone should receive a small electrical shock. Not a big shock mind you, a small shock that is strong enough to modify the behavior, but small enough that it doesn't drain the battery too much.

I would even be willing to concede that this feature should be disabled when the phone is in power-saving mode.

Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 1) 281

All because some little shit stain and their parents decided that it was a good idea to have their kid out in public while infectious.

Is this speculation on your part, or do you know this for a fact?

Because chickenpox can be contagious before you show any symptom.

1. Chickenpox can sneak in without any symptoms. You may be contagious even before you know you have chickenpox. But, the time you are most contagious is probably the first few days after the "pox" appear.

Comment Re:Why do you believe that? (Score 1) 456

Nowadays, some people install up to seven instant messengers to be able to keep up with various circles of people.

Having different buckets for different circles of people is a feature, not a bug.

From the perspective of an advertiser (or governments), having all my coworkers, bosses, family members, sexual pursuits, friends, hobby-related friends, fake farmville friends, share the same platform would be a huge boon, but to me, as an individual user, it wouldn't be.

Plus, there is also the fact that on Android at least, I can access the same base of messages and contacts through different clients if desired, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication. So sometimes, it's just a question of turning on the right UI for the job.

Comment Re:Worth it (Score 4, Insightful) 102

It's not genius, but you can't argue with results.

Yes, you can.

Results can certainly be the results of other factors. A CEO shouldn't be judged in a bubble devoid of context.

The existing economy, the success of competitors, prior conditions, prior success of the company, etc. There could be a thousand different reasons not related to the CEO's performance that could affect the results of his/her company under his/her watch.

And if you want to give Marissa Mayer the benefit of the doubt, give it to her because the company she inherited wasn't doing that well in the first place (except for its Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stock).

Comment Re:She didn't or hasn't done well in my opinion (Score 4, Interesting) 102

Of course some will label my opinion as "women in technology bashing."

Marissa Mayer is the real anti-feminist. She banned working from home. At the same time, she got a special nursery built for her office at the expense of the company for her own four-months-old. And there was certainly never any talk of building nurseries for the other Yahoo workers that needed them.

The lesson here is that if you're going to require employees to sacrifice a previous benefit they've had, you better suck it up yourself, use your overinflated personal income to hire a couple of nannies, and at least pretend on the surface that you're sacrificing at the same level that they are.

Not doing so just created an environment where your own employees just became apathetic worker bees, which would partially explain the 2014 Yahoo data breach (after Mayer instituted that policy change in 2013).

Comment Re:Worth it (Score 4, Informative) 102

I think the parent was going for "funny" karma, but that plan backfired and he got an "insightful" instead.

Both 15% share of Alibaba and 35% of Yahoo Japan are now worth a total of 41 billion dollars, and Marissa Mayer had nothing to do with either of those decisions (which both predate her).

Comment Re:GotoMeeting and webex (Score 2) 65

Yes, but on a desktop computer both GoToMeeting and WebEx required you to open full sized windows before you would be able to access the associated chat room. In other words, the chat room was only secondary to the actual video/audio conferencing, and the chat room history would get reset each time there was a new meeting.

And last but not least, GoToMeeting and WebEx didn't have a super cool sounding one syllable brand name associated with that feature. Speaking of which, a cool name for that product on GoToMeeting would be Goo. And a cool name for that same product on WebEx would be Wee.

GoToMeeting and WebEx, I just saved you millions on consulting fees for finding those new product names for you. You're very welcome !

Comment Re:Crap I should have patented this (Score 1) 85

Also to make it more feasible, I think Airbus should come up with a one-seater version with a lower profile (in addition to the two-seater design it already has), plus a storage area that is only part of the lower driving module.

It should make the bottom part self-driving without the main module on top so that it can drive itself safely away from other cars/people before the main module gets flown in on top of it. For that, it should have little flags on wires just like those flat bikes have so that they are visible to other cars/trucks when driving without the main module on. And the additional storage area on the lower module would allow the lower part to go on driving errands to pick up things for its master, or simply accept package deliveries while the main module is away.

The main module should have some temporary buoyancy, but also an escape hatch, should it get accidentally dropped in water. Due to its battery limitation, I envision the flying part of the vehicle to be used for super short range flights at very low altitudes (good enough to show off to the plebs that you're rich and that you're super cool, but not enough for any serious long flight). So I imagine that rich people will primarily use them to cross bodies of water to reach their secluded homes/yachts.

To be street legal, the design should incorporate some kind of airbag system or protective frame for the passenger(s). Ideally, that airbag system should be part of the driving module and most of it should be left behind when the main module is picked up and flown away (because I assume that the kind of crashes of a flying vehicle are going to be vastly different than the crashes of a driving vehicle and of course weight becomes a very important constraint when flying).

Comment Re:Crap I should have patented this (Score 2) 85

The 1980s was 37 years ago. Your patent would have expired by now.

In any case, the article talks of a "demonstration vehicle", but really there is nothing more than a CGI movie. Is that what they're demoing at the Geneva Motor Show? A giant screen with a CGI concept on it? If so, it's highly disappointing.

I would have at least hoped for a semi-working prototype, even if it's only a one-off.

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