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Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 471

It's not just for-profit. Where I live, and in neighbouring countries as well, there is a tendency to think that more degrees is better, and at the same time that paying schools and universities according to their output is good. The outcome is that the institutes lower their standards. We have tons of people with BSc and Msc degrees in "Media and Communication Sciences" that can't distinguish an average from a square root.

Comment Re:Lisp to C (Score 1) 108

True. I wrote toy one 20 years ago with the assumption you wouldn't make circular data structures and it was pretty fast. You couldn't do things like (set (f ...) (g ...)) either, of course. But I couldn't and can't find good use for Lisp-to-C. There are good compilers out there, so why bother going via C?

Comment Re:Fuck twitter. (Score 0, Flamebait) 551

The fact that you don't call something a program isn't meaningful, is it? It's not a microblog either. Twitter is a company, if you insist on being literal.

> It's like slashdot now lets complete technical retrogrades post here.

What does Twitter have to do with technology? I don't see it. Their "tech" is so humble that even your aunt couldn't possibly be impressed by it.

Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 1) 119

You're completely right. I can't imagine a single reason to vote for Zuckerberg, whose only motto seems to be "let's see how far we can screw our users today", and Bezos' tech moment is behind us now. Musk has electric cars, vertically landing rockets, and a hyperloop. How cool is that?

Comment Re:Smells bullshitty (Score 1) 69

First: the humane genome has not been decoded. We've got a string of [AGCT]*, that's it. What it means, we don't know.

Second: neuroscience is the modern name for a combination of cognitive psychology and neurobiology. It is a serious, complex and worthy subject of research, but there are a lot of bad researchers. It's unfortunately easier to get into neuroscience than into physics.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

I got my Late 2011 15" model almost maxed out, but it was no longer sufficient. I replaced the memory (now 16GB instead of 4GB) and replaced the hard drive with an SSD. It's slower than new machines, but only for CPU heavy tasks; for the rest it runs very smooth. Having the possibility of replacing some components adds to a machine's value, to me at least.

Comment Not read, but ... (Score 2) 69

It's quite likely that there is a shared representation. That's what neural nets do: if you feed train them on similar input/output pairs, they will develop common activation patterns. They would do so regardless of the language, since they don't know which language is being presented.

Humans, OTOH, do know that they're being presented with a different language, and demonstrably do something called "code switching": a cognitive effort to use another language resource. Therefore, in the human brain, the shared connection is supposed to lie outside the language faculty (there are other reasons to assume it, too).

Comment Re:More thorough analysis needed before citing rac (Score 1) 476

Yup. It might be that Uber drivers avoid certain neighborhoods. Or that people with "African-American sounding names" have a different time schedule which triggers longer waits. Or that ... But no, let's cry racism before knowing anything. Because that worked so well for the boy that cried wolf, didn't it?

Comment Re:Actually no. (Score 2) 83

Sorry, but you're wrong. The remark is about the performance. 79% means nothing without knowing the baseline of an uninformed method. I think you can agree that a coin toss will produce the proper result in 50% of all cases. So if the performance of a system on a binary choice is 50%, it's as good as a coin toss, no matter how it's implemented. Suppose you make a system that always prints "plaintiff wins". Then its performance will be the actual win rate for the plaintiff. If that happens to be 79%, the system's performance is 79% without any knowledge.

How representative the sample set is, is another question all together.

BTW, the actual numbers for 2015 are

Refused: 2930
Granted: 3433
Denied: 588
Total: 6951

So granted is 85% of all cases. So a system just printing "granted" will perform better (if refused is left out of consideration).

Comment Re:Patch, reboot (Score 1) 1042

According to Elon Musk, we must be in a nested simulation: if the odds that we don't live in one is 1 in a billion, why would those odds be any different for our simulators? And then up and up and up, until we reach the point where (1-1/1000000000)^n is acceptably low.

What ever made him say such a stupid thing?

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