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Comment Re:Oh yeah, just what I need. (Score 1) 229

That hour of training is no longer necessary with the current technology because it has been listening to everyone and learning to deal with their local accents and speech patterns. All that data is probably too much to be stored locally. And since people expect voice recognition to just work, there's no way we're going back to training local systems for single speakers, at least for net services.

Comment Re:There is a legitimate dispute (Score -1, Troll) 534

And you are what is known as a "useful idiot." The climate deniers, like the Big Tobacco deniers and the concussion deniers before them, operate using the same playbook. No matter how much evidence there is, the deniers cultivate so-called reasonable doubt like a prized field of weed. As long as they can keep people smoking what they are selling they'll be able to distract the body politic from doing what needs to be done.

Comment Re:NYTimes, Washingon Post etc (Score 1) 822

If there's a Bizarro world we have to be living in it already.

A black man named Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States. Gay marriage is legal in all fifty states. Pot is legal in twenty-four. Donald Trump is the presidential nominee for a major political party. The Cubbies and the Indians are in the World Series. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title this year. Early this year an armed group took over the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge. Later this year they were arrested for it, stood trial, and walked.

I think the switch happened back when Obama was first elected but it might have been as far back as Reagan.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 2) 425

Well, I'm interested in the product. I imagine others are as well who want to keep a gun at home outside a gun safe but still unusable by an untrained person who might find it. Could be children, could be a colleague rummaging through your desk (with permission), could be the woman who comes every two weeks to clean your house.

There isn't any situation where I'm going to snatch up a gun and want to fire it instantly. I'm simply too afraid of killing the wrong person to do something like that. I'm not a soldier, I'm not a policeman. A fingerprint reader will have plenty of time to reliably match my print because I'm going to take some time before deciding to kill somebody. If I can't take that time, then I guess they are going to kill me.

Comment Re:flip flops (Score 2) 523

He's a snake oil salesman. He's been saying Trump will win for over a year because Trump is a "master persuader" and could sell water to a drowning man. Facts have no bearing on people's choices, only "linguistic kill shots" matter, etc. Now that Trump is losing badly and Adams is being proved wrong, it turns out that neither he nor Trump is "fueled by criticism" after all, they just duck it like everyone else.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 323

Really, it's "we can pay for it now, or someone else can pay for it later." That's why most of "we" is satisfied to keep doing what we are doing. Speed up the warming processes and maybe interest will perk up. And indeed peat bogs burning, along with breakdown of methane clathrates in melted permafrost might just provide that burst of speed. Of course "we" would have to be convinced of the dangers posed by these events and "we" are to a surprising extent willingfully ignorant and stubborn.

Comment Re:Huffman alternative (Score 1) 135

But second, they claim they've been doing this to images uploaded to Dropbox. [...] But what happens when they find out their new algorithm -- which compresses AND decompresses! -- has a bug when it hits a certain data condition, and sorry, all your images are corrupted because the EXIF data common to them all triggered the bug.

Assume that the engineers behind this aren't morons. Failing that, read the article. For every newly compressed image, Dropbox does a decompression and a bit-for-bit comparison with the original before replacing the original. If there's an image that triggers a bug that corrupts the image for whatever reason, their test will catch it before the original image is replaced.

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