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Comment Re:Or is it self-justification? (Score 1) 126

I disagree. Cheap phones are slow, and trying to scroll through barely-responsive webpages at 10fps gradually frays one's mind. I'd pay a good sum to avoid going back to that again.

...Unfortunately, the phone makers know it, and keep releasing updates that suck away more resources right around the time a newer, faster, more expensive phone is released. Not naming names, but iHate it when companies do that and I wish they'd Think Different.

Comment Re: The screen buffer? Really? (Score 2, Insightful) 170

I don't buy that at all... the computer in this case is still learning through visual feedback only. If you replaced the screen buffer with a camera, the neural net would very quickly learn to ignore the areas outside of the monitor. Similarly, using a mouse and keyboard would be more of an accomplishment for the hardware engineers rigging up the appropriate servos than for the AI learning to use them.

Comment NO (Score 4, Insightful) 77

Google should absolutely not "choose to cut them a break".

This is one of the biggest problems of the takedown system: the big boys get their own special set of rules and are insulated from the fallout of the horrible systems they put into use, while everyone else has to deal with the massive collateral damage of these out-of-control takedown bots. The only way it will stop is if Google stops shielding these companies from their own stupid decisions.

Comment This isn't just regular stupid (Score 1) 82

This is advanced stupid. It takes a whole lot of bad decisions and a high-grade lack of skill to manage a remote exploit via a password field.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that, in lieu of hashing and salting the password, and/or using one of the many freely available tools to sanitize inputs, it drops the password field directly into a database query of SELECT * FROM PWNED WHERE PASSWORD = x. Because IoT means cheap crap developed by the cheapest programmers. Hell, even doing a plain text comparison of if (passwordInput == passwordStoredInPlainText) would have been more secure!

In related news, I will never install an IoT device into my house that I didn't design and program myself.

Comment Let's focus on something else (Score 1) 119

Everyone's here talking about how censorship is wrong etc. etc., but I'm more interested in why this is news at all.

I mean, Yahoo using an abuse-detection isn't news, since they had an older one in place that the new system is beating.
So then the news is that they set up a better machine learning algorithm with better training data, and the results were better? Color me shocked.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 704

11 vs 48? More like 48 vs 48, IMO. Hillary Clinton is completely, utterly corrupt. Her government experience is therefore a bad thing, because it allows that corruption to inflict more damage. Enough damage that I'm not entirely convinced that a Trump presidency would be worse.

Honestly, it's like choosing between dying of stomach cancer or skin cancer. And each time you say you're voting for not getting cancer, the stomach cancer people yell at you for "handing victory to skin cancer".

Comment Re:If shove came to push... (Score 1) 412

It's unlikely. Big, powerful, nearly-unaccountable organizations like the NSA would prefer someone a little more... politically entrenched. Trump, unlike a career politician, would actually be capable of saying "fuck these three-letter agencies, tear them all down". Don't take that as me saying he actually would, but he's capable of doing it, and the NSA knows it.

... I can't believe I just said something positive about Trump. Ugh. Our political climate is a fecal monsoon.

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