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Comment Re:Debunked? (Score 0) 254

no, that's your question. it's not even the article's question, since no information was deleted; an admin for the site pranked metadata associated to a group on his site which he found silly. many people, including myself, don't consider this particularly newsworthy. i first saw this happen online in the 1990s, and it's probably happened since the second day there was usenet, and will keep happening until the end of civilization.

much more interesting is the availability of a service whereby you can get autistic nutcases to fabricate arbitrarily ridiculous conspiracy theories for you, and then promote them to other nutcases and gullible idiots. this used to cost quite a bit of money and time and have very high barriers to entry, but is now accessible to anyone.

Comment Re:Because it's my choice (Score 1) 67

cool, the Verband der Privaten Netzdienstleister (or whatever) can make layer 2 encryption mandatory, and work out a fee structure; maybe a sliding scale where paying a premium keeps your information completely encrypted (to subsidize the costs of implementation), while others can choose a "managed" privacy profile. where there previously wasn't choice, there would now be choice.

Comment Re:Work life balance? (Score 1) 587

I've known Japanese IT workers, commiserated with a Japanese programmer who had his off-time work claimed by Mitsubishi who is now just sitting on it, and seen colleagues run baffled and screaming from Japanese offers once they toured the company.

Yes, on paper, Japan has a lot of employment protections and they even work sometimes. But for high-level professions, you're expected by basically everyone to "voluntarily" put in hours which would have Americans reaching for the torches and pitchforks. Oh yeah, and "high-level" doesn't necessarily mean you're being paid that much more. The Japanese economy implicitly depends on a lot of "off-the-books" work to hold itself together, so no one says no; it just doesn't happen. It's hard to describe, but the feeling i get is that going home after 10 hours would be sort of like tearing an American flag to pieces at your desk in the US. sure, it might not technically violate any rules, but you probably wouldn't do it. The last person I know who interviewed in Japan told me he felt like asking them whether they knew how much more valuable their employees would be in almost any other country. If Japan did outsourcing, they might actually be good at it, but they never would.

Comment Re:Parliament should approve (Score 1) 609

the parent comment was about how the UK, as a state, has sovereignty; whether it obeys the will of (a slim majority of) its subjects is another story. you can make any point you want about the latter, but your first premise is nonsense. of course subjects don't have sovereignty; that's basically the entire point of a fucking state in the first place. you're either trolling or too stupid to live.

Comment Re: Of course you can (Score 1) 57

with an fft and engine sound database, you could get a not-too-terrible result in an hour or two just using nearest-neighbor methods. it's not totally trivial, but it's something i would expect an undergraduate to be able to do as homework.

try reading the paper about shazam's core method. it's amazingly simple (which isn't to say they haven't done a lot of work tweaking it of course).

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