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Comment Re:What videos exactly? (Score 3, Interesting) 290

The first article cites these examples

Ads for Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Toyota, Dish Network, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Geico unit and Google's own YouTube Red subscription service appeared on racist videos with the slur "n-----" in the title as of Thursday night. Those ads ran before two videos that dub a racist song over videos of former first lady Michelle Obama or Chicago rapper Chief Keef. The videos, posted by the same account, have been viewed more than 425,000 times and 260,000 times, respectively.

Another video titled "Black people in their natural habitat," with a racial slur in the description, played monkey noises over footage of black men in prison and images of black civil-rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Google showed ads for Amazon, Microsoft and GM's Chevrolet unit before or during that video.

If it is really true that uploaders have used the "n" word and other racial slurs either in the video title or in the video description, then Google could easily prevent ads from playing over those videos.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 3, Informative) 131

How about "occupying their time" with work such as making license plates, breaking big rocks into smaller rocks, digging holes, filling in holes, etc.?

Making license plates doesn't earn the prison near enough money. And before you tell me about INDOC not wanting to charge the inmate fees, you'd be right of course. INDOC doesn't want to charge the inmates. It wants to charge their families. This is exactly how they used to do it for phone calls.

They used to charge up to $14 per minute for collect phone calls until the FCC recently put a stop to it. Now, they're capped at no more than $1.75 for 15 minutes. Can you believe it? On a 15 min phone call, there is now a shortfall of $208.25

Prisons have come to depend on this extra income for their sludge funds. Now that the FCC took it away from them. They just need to start providing services on cheap devices that the FCC hasn't even thought to regulate for prison yet. This is the real story here.

Comment Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 197

What if I don't have any social media accounts.

"Just don't lie. It's 10 years in Gitmo if you lie. Remember Martha Stewart. She went to prison because she lied to Federal agents. You're not a Martha Stewart? Are you?"

"Is that your iPhone? Please unlock it for us. Yes, my colleague will return your iPhone shortly to you. It just takes a few minutes."

"Has anyone else used that iPhone other than yourself? Please write down their names, contact info, dates, and circumstances in which they did."

"What's your email address?"

"Any other email address? Keep in mind that the average traveler in your age group that comes to the United States has used at least 12 email addresses over the years. It would be very suspicious and we would probably require a full body cavity search if you only provided one, especially if it had very few messages in its inbox, and you'd probably miss your connecting flight delaying the rest of your family. "

"Ok, sexfocashmesohony at Yahoo dot com "

"We're almost done. One last question. Provide a list of your 10 closest Facebook friends and their contact information. "

"Yes, the ones that you're constantly bitching and complaining to because they've stopped inviting you to events since you're not on Facebook. "

Comment Re:To ad or not to ad (Score 3, Interesting) 49

So Google wants to add paid audio clips that don't sound like Ads but are descriptions of timely partner products?

Yes, basically.

Their main argument is that no one actually paid for that ad. But most likely, it was just an A/B test designed to see how far they could push the line (without receiving backlash for it) and then measure its success rate so that they could convince Disney (or similar big brands) to buy more ads like it.

It's a bit like a cook trying to boil a frog by starting to turn on the heat really slowly, but then doing it too quickly and so the frog freaks out. And now the cook is doing everything it can to reassure the frog that the heat was for its own good and that it should just think of the water pot as its own personal relaxing jacuzzi.

Comment Re:perfect opportunity (Score 1) 62

Would each closed-captioned syllable or word need to be manually synchronized with the video first? Or can the training be done without it?

Getting half the words correct, then feeding that into a grammar / context engine should yield very close to 100% accuracy.

But this AI is already using context to some degree. The article gives the example of "Prime Minister" for instance, where the AI knows that if the word "Prime" is read on their lips, that the word "Minister" will probably follow. Also, the AI has been trained in one context alone, which means that the context is already taken into account. For instance, if the same anchorman were to order his favorite frappuccino at Starbucks, I really don't think that the AI would do as good a job.

Also, they say they used thousands of hours of video, but it could be that they trained the AI on just three to four news anchors, which could make it easier on the AI. After all, I would expect a professional lip reader to do a lot better with reading the lips of his own family members, simply because he was so accustomed to their style of talking.

And last, I always doubt the self-reporting of scientific results to the mainstream press. An AI developer/researcher has every incentive to exaggerate the success rate of his own work. Also, any professional lip reader hired probably received compensation for their work and probably signed an NDA with the researcher. So it could be very easy for the researcher to claim whatever he wanted and no one would be there to contradict his story.

After all, we're talking about big money here for the right sleight of hands (whether it's exaggerating, lying, or doing something else completely unethical). For instance, the guy who sold his self-driving car company to Uber after having only started four months earlier sold it for 600 million dollars. Can you imagine 600 million dollars after only four months? Many people, including researchers, would be willing to lie, cheat, or even kill for a tiny fraction of that amount, and some others would even be willing to do it for free for the ego boost alone.

Comment Re:A more important question (Score 2) 52

So there is no way to increase their revenue/profit by denying claims.

Yes, there is.

Let's say that the sweet spot for funding this insurance requires a premium of $100 a month, but that your market research indicates that if you sell premiums for $70 a month, that you'll get 10 times as many customers. This will incentivize you to deny claims.

Also, another thing you could do is to simply overinflate any claims made by your family or your friends. So your incentive would be to deny claims, so that there would be money left over for your friends/family's overinflated/fake claims.

Comment Re:"On Mobile" (Score 1) 61

Even on my large desktop computer, those boxes can be annoying as hell.

If you want to keep them on iOS, be my guest. I certainly don't want them on anything that I watch. Just having a toggle to turn them off permanently would be a big win. In any case, I am glad that they chose to make them go away entirely (on new videos).

I'm just worried that the replacement feature of using cards doesn't get as abused, or as annoying, as this one.

Comment One YouTube problem solved. One more to go... (Score 5, Funny) 61

Now Google just needs to require manufacturers to add the following feature to Android phones.

Every time the video recorder is turned on and not turned horizontal within 5 seconds, the person holding the phone should receive a small electrical shock. Not a big shock mind you, a small shock that is strong enough to modify the behavior, but small enough that it doesn't drain the battery too much.

I would even be willing to concede that this feature should be disabled when the phone is in power-saving mode.

Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 1) 281

All because some little shit stain and their parents decided that it was a good idea to have their kid out in public while infectious.

Is this speculation on your part, or do you know this for a fact?

Because chickenpox can be contagious before you show any symptom.

1. Chickenpox can sneak in without any symptoms. You may be contagious even before you know you have chickenpox. But, the time you are most contagious is probably the first few days after the "pox" appear.

Comment Re:Why do you believe that? (Score 1) 456

Nowadays, some people install up to seven instant messengers to be able to keep up with various circles of people.

Having different buckets for different circles of people is a feature, not a bug.

From the perspective of an advertiser (or governments), having all my coworkers, bosses, family members, sexual pursuits, friends, hobby-related friends, fake farmville friends, share the same platform would be a huge boon, but to me, as an individual user, it wouldn't be.

Plus, there is also the fact that on Android at least, I can access the same base of messages and contacts through different clients if desired, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication. So sometimes, it's just a question of turning on the right UI for the job.

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