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Comment Re:Pay your taxes (Score 1) 270

or cows. Cows have indexed trading rates. X cows for Y dollars for Z bitcoins. It's all the same.

What they didn't account for is cheese.

In all seriousness though, the IRS can't do anything nowadays. Might as well claim a loss and not pay any taxes for many years. Convert those bitcoins to something valuable, like cheese. I'll give you 20 cheese for that amount of bitcoin you have there. eh?

Comment Re:shared knowledge (Score 1) 77

Objectively, yes. It's not corporate welfare for tax prep though. Tax Preparers are like any worker, there's a group of people who say they don't want to do their own taxes and there's a group of people saying 'i'll do that for money' ... simple supply/demand. Of course, these are also the people (especially in small business tax firms, like your local CPA) that help people hide/budget/invest their money, so there's also that service level to consider. Taxes are just one example of a government sponsored industry that would clearly benefit from automation but I genuinely feel that most people are scared to automate taxes for fear of actually paying them.

Submission + - SPAM: Software developed to diagnose skin cancers

Renuka41 writes: Image-scanning software developed at Stanford University can distinguish deadly skin cancers from benign ones as accurately as top dermatologists, according to a study published Wednesday.
The potentially life-saving technology could soon be incorporated in a smart phone, the researchers said, an advance reminiscent of the diagnostic device wielded by Dr McCoy in the 1960s Star Trek sci-fi series.
Adapting a Google algorithm designed to distinguish between categories of objects based on images — telling a cat from a dog, for example — the Stanford team compiled a database of nearly 130,000 photos of skin disease.
To be effective, the software would need to tell a benign lesion from a malignant carcinoma. Computer scientists "trained" the algorithm to combine visual processing with a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.
From the very outset, the results were startlingly good. "That's when our thinking changed," said senior author Sebastian Thrun, a professor in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
"We said, 'Look, this is not just a class project for students; this is an opportunity to do something great for humanity'." Fine-tuned with the help of physicians, the app they created performed just as well as a panel of 21 board-certified dermatologists, the researchers reported in the science journal Nature.
In the United States alone, more than five million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year. For melanoma detected in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is about 97 percent. If the disease is uncovered only later, that drops to about 14%.
Dermatologists inspect skin for signs of cancer, relying on their training and experience. If a lesion is spotted, the next step is typically a closer look with a hand-held microscope called a dermatoscope. If doubt remains, the final phase of diagnosis is a biopsy — taking a skin sample to be tested in a lab.

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Submission + - Google, Facebook Show Tech Dismay on Trump Immigration Order (

Roshnii writes: Alphabet Inc.’s Google asked staffers who may have been affected by a new executive order on immigration to return to the U.S. quickly, joining a growing number of technology executives voicing concerns over restrictions that could interfere with how they do business.

Submission + - Child Poverty USA (

Peacefirstchallenge writes: Poverty leads to several issues like malnutrition, lack of access to basic education and social discrimination. Join us to fight against poverty in the USA. Let's team up to decrease wealth inequality.

Submission + - Soyuz launches successfully from French Guiana (

schwit1 writes: A Russian Soyuz rocket, built for Arianespace and launched from French Guiana, successfully placed a commercial satellite in geosynchronous orbit on Friday.

The launch has some significance. First, it was the first time a Soyuz rocket placed a payload into geosynchronous orbit. Second, the payload was the first satellite built by a German company in more than 25 years

Finally, and most important, it demonstrated that at least one configuration of the Soyuz rocket is still operational as Russia investigates the corrupt practices at the company that has been building upper stage engines for both its Soyuz and Proton rockets.

Submission + - Trump's Secret Weapons: Psychology, Facebook Quizzes, And Huge Data ( 1

tedlistens writes: On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich. The 34-year-old researcher had come to give a lecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) about the dangers of Big Data and the digital revolution. Kosinski gives regular lectures on this topic all over the world. He is a leading expert in psychometrics, a data-driven sub-branch of psychology. When he turned on the TV that morning, he saw that the bombshell had exploded: contrary to forecasts by all leading statisticians, Donald J. Trump had been elected president of the United States.

For a long time, Kosinski watched the Trump victory celebrations and the results coming in from each state. He had a hunch that the outcome of the election might have something to do with his research. Finally, he took a deep breath and turned off the TV.

Did a model initially developed through Facebook quizzes help propel Donald Trump to victory--and nudge the UK to "Brexit"? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin report at Motherboard on the UK-based big data company Cambridge Analytica--a quiet operation funded by Trump's biggest donor, and one that counts Trump strategist Steve Bannon as a board member.

Comment I will never trust an AI (Score 1) 127

that doesn't follow the laws of robotics.

A robot will not harm authorized Government personnel but will terminate intruders with extreme prejudice.
A robot will obey the orders of authorized personnel except where such orders conflict with the Third Law.
A robot will guard its own existence with lethal antipersonnel weaponry, because a robot is bloody expensive.

Comment my fear... (Score 1) 1

... in this regard is that when the corporations "inform" us of how they use the data we generate, it will be buried in Privacy Notices and TOS documents a mile long, within 12 click layers of a website nobody visits. Instead of a million customized ToS and Privacy documents, we need a "terms of patronage" charter that all the companies must agree to in order to do business. That way there's only one long, asinine document to read, instead of millions to ignore.

Submission + - The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy ( 1

jriding writes: Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers' app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet.

The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers' explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms.

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