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Comment Re:No. (Score 4, Informative) 51

TensorFlow is what everyone is using because it works well and it has a nice license to go with it. Besides, willingly becoming reliant on anything Microsoft makes is a devil's bargain.

Logged in to write exactly this. I've worked on a number of projects in the past that could have been simplified by TensorFlow. I have an equal level of disdain for Microsoft and Google but, TensorFlow is pretty darn cool. And the licensing alone makes it better than anything that Microsoft would be willing to release. So, no, Microsoft isn't mainstreaming machine learning. These days, I don't think Microsoft is mainstreaming anything except surveillance and shitty user interfaces.

Comment 16GB is pretty good (Score 1, Informative) 319

I would think the Dell XPS line is probably the nearest competitor to these laptops and the 13 inch comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM while the 15 inch comes with 8GB or 16GB. So, in this case, I don't really think that Apple has done anything too boneheaded. Though, having said that, my 12.5" ThinkPad from 2011 has had 16GB of RAM since the day it arrived. So, Apple doesn't really deserve any praise for 16GB either.

Comment Re:Proof that Jobs is Gone. (Score 1) 347

You are comparing conscientious design decisions to hardware bugs (with the exception of the mouse). Steve Jobs didn't sit down with engineers and say, "It would be great if the new iPhone was unusable if you hold your thumb in a certain spot". However, someone really did sit down and say, "It would be great if we made our new laptops incompatible with our phones and 99% of all other devices." That's the kind of thing that would get people fired under Jobs.

Comment Re:apple just shit there pants! (Score 1) 197

The only thing "high end" about this machine is the screen. Otherwise it's basically just a decent laptop with an unusual amount of RAM and a super fancy screen. It only has a 270W PSU and the rest of the system reflects that: Mobile GPU instead of a desktop GPU and the CPU is a quad core desktop (or maybe even mobile) CPU instead of 1-2 Xeon CPUs.

Though, I understand your confusion. For the price of this thing, you could build a very high end workstation with four times the RAM, four times the number cores and at least one high end GPU. Unless you need the features the screen offers, this thing is a complete waste for most people who shell out that kind of money for a workstation.

Comment Re:But what about "its other content"? (Score 3, Insightful) 77

The "original content" is very far from Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad or The Wire. The more it goes, I feel Netflix becomes the Mac Donald's of TV. You go to Mac Donald's to eat something edible, not something great.

You're comparing Netflix original content to the best TV shows that have ever been made. No, they don't compare to Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad or The Wire. Neither does anything else. But, the Netflix shows get closer to it than the *vast* majority of garbage that you'll get from your $100/month cable subscription.

Comment Different demographic? (Score 4, Insightful) 77

I think Netflix makes some of the best shows out there. Sometimes they buy existing franchises and breath some fresh air into them and other times they come up with properly original stuff. In either case, I think it's frequently aimed at a different demographic than "traditional TV": Netflix is in the unique position to create a 10-12 hour *movie*. And people will watch that movie over the course of a few days so, they can make it a complex and coherent story that spans 10-12 hours.

They don't need to worry about fitting content into a 42 minute block with 18 minutes of ads. They don't need to worry about if some subtle thing from two months ago is going to be lost on their audience. They don't need to worry about meeting some crazy standard of language/nudity. They don't need to worry about the regional licensing burdens that non-original content carries.

Basically, Netflix shows are good because they can make a complete season and release it in a 10-12 hour movie format to the entire world simultaneously. People *want* that. They will pay for it. Contrast that to a cable company: Customers have already paid some ever increasing amount of money to a cable company and they still have to watch 18 minutes of ads for every 42 minutes of television? Bullshit. Gone are the days of a mindless 30 minute or 60 minute TV show that is just a smokescreen for advertising money. In the modern age, people want literature on their TV and ads are completely unacceptable because frankly, I've already paid for the content.

Comment Re:Why bother with cops at all? (Score 1) 163

The law is pretty darn complex. I think a computer powerful enough to compute "I see 'this' and I've decided it's against the law" in near realtime would probably kill the battery life of a drone. Or make it too heavy to fly. At some point in the future you could probably compute it on-board but, for the foreseeable future, you'd have to stream the data to a large data center to crunch it.

The funny thing is that you'd probably use a cellphone signal to transmit the data. So, yeah, your worries are justified:

Comment Why bother with cops at all? (Score 3, Insightful) 163

If these drones can accurately stun someone, why not make them autonomous, feed their video to an AI familiar with the law and then stun anyone who breaks a law? Oh, wait, because that's pure fucking insanity. But, it's also the direction we are rapidly heading. It will start with drones as backup/expendable less-than-lethal devices and progress pretty quickly to autonomous law enforcement drones. I keep hearing that the average person breaks the law several times a day so, it should make for a really exciting society!

Comment Re:Yes, selecting the US president isn't "gossip" (Score 1) 361

This election cycle makes me genuinely curious as to how much money/thought is spent on leading the public away from the real stories. It's like the media has finally mastered the art of turning a scandal into a meta-scandal. Something damaging comes out about a candidate and no one cares. They care about the source of the information. Trump probably *could* shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose votes. Because the media would focus on how the shooting was caught on camera. Or the background of the victim. Or anything that would direct attention away from the real issue. The same happens for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The things exposed aren't that newsworthy, it's who/how/why they were exposed. Utter bullshit.

I say this with a bit of humor and a lot of conviction: On election day, write in Bernie Sanders. I'm not one of those crazy Bernie supporters but, given the two major party candidates and the two minor party candidates, he's the only sane choice.

Comment Re:Come on... (Score 1) 239

The phrase Software Engineering is an oxymoron.

I'm a Software Engineer and I agree with this statement 110%. I call myself a Software Engineer because that's the job title I usually have. The level of "engineering" that actually occurs in the software industry is laughable.

Unfortunately the same short sighted behavior is starting to invade some engineering disciplines, so they will end up producing crap as well.

This scares the shit out of me.

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