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Comment Re: Airline pilot checking in... (Score 1) 165

Actually, every new Tesla is delivered to your door and then they spend several hours with you teaching you everything about the car. Our Tesla is a 2013 so does not have this. But from what I have heard, on the new cars, they spend about an hour on the AP getting customer comfortable. And consider the fact that this is only used on the most dangerous conditions ( highways/rural roads vs slow urban ), and still has way less than average, I would suggest that is proof enough that Tesla has done enough training.

Comment Re:New projects are even more misguided than the o (Score 2) 93

Current systems are more than capable of doing NLP and voice recognition locally. Even if you go with generic ANN approach for recognition you don't need exotic hardware to use a trained network. Granted all of this requires specialized skills but far from unreasonable.

Since you seem to know the basics of ANN-based AI but not the details, check this article out to get into the current decade, it's a good overview of how much resources it really takes to do ANN right: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/1...

Summary is: sure you can do really crappy NLP locally, but what Google has started doing is at another level entirely. And that's not even at the level that will be required to really get "intelligent agents" to be truly useful. The limiting factor to ANN right now is computing power (and/or much more special purpose hardware). That's the reason it was nearly abandoned 20 years ago and revived recently - it was impossible with the previous concepts of "supercomputers", etc and now only with massively distributed computing has it been possible to actually simulate the multilevel networks required.

Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 300

Of course they have real value. If you buy one for $10k you may only be able to sell it for $3k, but that's still REAL value. And that really just means the "value" was $3K and you paid too much originally.

I don't disagree that the diamond industry is a complete and utter scam, but like many luxuries, art, etc value is what the market decides it is.

Comment Re:New projects are even more misguided than the o (Score 0) 93

Free phone OS is firefox OS, ubuntu phone

No, RTFA. They are creating a new one (Replicant) based on Android. Firefox OS is a joke.

For flash there's html5

That doesn't even make sense. Sure, apps are moving to HTML5, but that has nothing to do with FSF, it just means FSF priorities in 2008 were ultimately wrong.

Decentralization is ownCloud.

Wha? Really?? That's just a lame alternative to other cloud file storage service that no one actually uses. It doesn't remotely touch anything Facebook, Apple or Google really do.

Comment New projects are even more misguided than the old? (Score 5, Interesting) 93

I looked at the projects from 2008, and AFAIK none of them have really made much progress or are already dead. Gnash, really? Luckily for everyone (except Adobe) Flash is in it's death knell in 2017. Coreboot is a great concept (I have used LinuxBIOS in a couple of projects) but ultimately doomed because firmware/BIOS is intimately tied to hardware - it will be great for hobby projects but by definition never be useful for mainstream PCs. And so it goes down the list...

And the 2017 list... Free smartphone OS basically seems to be "free Android" - I'm sure it will be about as successful at the 2008 goal with "gNewSense". FSF personal assistant? Could it be possible they don't understand how these work? It's trivial client software with billions of dollars in server hardware behind it. And seriously, "projects that replace Google, Facebook Apple, and so on"? Again, you don't replace those unless you have billions in backend investment and billions of users.

I commend them on finally trying to address the totally dysfunctional open source community in terms of female and minority inclusion, but they still need to prioritize actual useful *projects*, not just processes...

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 221

I am very pro H1B and I agree with most of these.

1) The key point: Silicon Valley companies are paying 6 figures out of college for top talent. So for someone to be worth importing (and I believe many are), obviously $100k should be a minimum.

2) Paying a 10% tax? Maybe for 1 year, since it costs at least $10k to hire someone (probably also from out of the country, but at least they are putting their money where their mouth is when claiming there are no equivalent candidates (which I believe is often true!).

3) Bidding? The problem is if you limit the VISAs it just turns it into an oligopoly where Google, etc steals all of the top-top talent and no one even gets the rest. Bidding only works if you open it up to the full free market, someone needs to get the 2nd round draft pick who eventually kicks everyone's ass.

4 - or 3.2?!?) Cardiac surgeons. Yes! That's the exact problem. There is NO shortage of cardiac surgeons. There are 5x more medical residents that could be cardiac surgeons than get the chance. The problem is we make them all feel like professional and financial failures because they don't become cardiac surgeons...

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 397

I agree with you completely. If you don't want it, don't buy it.

Though "4K" is not really the real advantage of the new TVs coming out, the main benefit will be HDR. I guarantee you could be blind as a bat and if the TV can push 1000 nits you will notice it.

Comment Re:Large 4K TVs without Smart (Score 1) 397

Sorry, but that's idiotic. Seriously, you are using a "Sceptre" TV to disprove my point? Obviously completely shitty TVs technically exist but the people buying them are suckers. Read my fucking comment, "high end 4K monitor ". What you listed is so much worse than a medium range 1080p TV that it's a joke.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 397

Is it 4K? If not, irrelevant to my post.

And while I agree with the general principal of "buy the best monitor" and plug in good sources, you obviously didn't, since I bought the best Panasonic from 2 years ago and it had (really crappy) smart features.

In general good luck keeping *any* TV for 10 years. I really hope yours lasts that long, but there is a reason the warranties are 1 year.

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