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Comment Re: Same here. (Score 2) 119

It essentially is. What they are doing is spoofing the Caller ID -- you may have noticed that many of the calls come from numbers that are essentially 1 number off (or shuffled) from your own number. Spoofing is illegal, but of course they don't care about that -- if the company is based outside the US, who is anyone going to sue?

Comment Re: Suspicious... (Score 1) 55

That would seem to actually favor an engine like this. A good autocorrect does use context, but generally it only has access to what you have said before, not after, the current word (at least during the initial input). In such a context-dependent environment as you describe, being able to retroactively go back and change earlier text based on closely subsequent input (as speech recognition software often does, but keyboards generally don't) would seem especially valuable.

In fact, Google's voice accuracy is often due to exactly that: at least for me, it will often initially have something very wrong, but then end up with the right recognition result based on the rest of the input ("navigate to Pete's" -> "navigate to pizza restaurant").

Comment Re: I will never install such a device in my home: (Score 1) 52

You think you train Google Now? There is one situation where you give it a modicum of training. Guess where? The only part of the recognition that occurs on the device: "Ok Google" detection. Contrary to how you seem to think this works, this isn't 1999 Dragon NaturallySpeaking on steroids. There is no "database of simple rules and semantics." Their speech recognition (and that of Alexa) is powered by a huge neural net that is constantly expanding based on prior searches. That has strong potential criticisms for sure, but "this is really pretty easy" isn't one of them.

Comment Re: Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

8K is going to be a really hard sell. I can only really appreciate my 65" 4k set because I sit about 7ft away from it. You would have to almost literally have your nose on a 65" 8k screen to tell any difference. I actually wonder if it is literally possible to be close enough to tell a difference vs. 4k, yet also far enough to have the entire screen in your FOV at once.

Comment Re: FB should did it (Score 5, Insightful) 447

I'm a huge believer that police often overstep boundaries, but no, that is exactly what they should not have done. Then you go from having 0.1% of arrests going badly, because someone became violent and police had to counter that with force, to more like 20%, because "holy shit I might be able to actually WIN!" This isn't Game of Thrones: we can't allow Trial by Combat - if we do, even legit nonprejudiced cops (however many of those there are) will get hurt, good people who feel like "I just can't afford to be put in jail, it's worth a shot" will get hurt or killed... or more likely, both will happen, often in the same incident.

Comment Re: They should be fined for acting like babies (Score 1) 170

Actually, this is exactly what the law was intended for. ISPs have been common carriers (in function) ever since the internet became a staple, rather than a novelty, in the average American life. They managed to keep this change at bay for a while, despite their deployments being almost entirely subsidized by federal, state, and local funding and frequently claiming protection under Title II (guess which title "common carrier" falls under?) in order to make their installations easier. Furthermore, at this point, there is nothing carried by telephone lines that anyone would consider more important than what is carried across internet fiber, and thus no law that applies to ensuring the integrity of the handling of telephone line transmission that shouldn't apply to ISP data transmission.

Comment Re: Ever Since Doom... (Score 1) 59

This is running on the 980, nvidia's current high-end consumer card. When Pascal, the next gen of nvidia's cards comes out, I would expect their midrange card, the 1060 or at least the 1070 (the budget-highend), to be able to run it. So, in 6 months, $800-$1k.

That being said, as others have pointed out, the scene is also very custom-built to create the sense of effects that would require much more power if you could actually look around at will, so it's not exactly apples-to-apples with real games.

Comment Re: Illegal Evidence (Score 2) 142

Yeah, IANAL, but this isn't a court. Things don't need to be admissible to be used by private citizens. It doesn't matter how you got the information, it's only libel if it's false and you had no reason to believe it was true when you said it (basically, if you just said it for the lulz). Also, its only defamatory if the primary purpose of the statement was to publicly attack someone. If the primary purpose (as here) was to expose a business practice, and your reputation just happens to get slaughtered in the process, then maybe you shouldn't have been working for a shitty company.

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