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Comment BSoD (Score 1) 889

Several years ago I tried to port the Windows Blue Screen of Death, but just couldn't get it right... couldn't get that rich marine blue hue just right. Gave up ultimately. I think Windows 7 BSoD is a masterpiece, and would really like to see it on Linux where the primitive black/white just doesn't cut it really - and window's rows of hex values on the BSoD is really aesthetically pleasing. I miss that on Linux.

Comment Re:200,000 Euros? (Score 1) 507

The license and gov't regulation really is the issue of the "fairness" here. The Taxi industry is highly regulated and licensed, in Europe & the U.S... Taxis & Limos that enter an airport area are highly monitored, and regularly fined if it's found by the monitoring police that the vehicle lacks a current license.

Uber side steps all of this gov't regulation, and, say what you will about that regulation, it is unfair to those drivers who are paying the governments the right to pickup and drop-off passengers at the airport. Of course those licensed taxi and limo drivers would be pissed.

One way to make it fair is to drop all the licensing requirements of the taxi drivers.

Submission + - OkCupid advises its users to move away from Firefox

An anonymous reader writes: Following the call to Brendan Eich to step down as Mozilla CEO by some Mozilla employees, it's now the turn of a few sites to call for a boycott of Firefox, such as OkCupid:

Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid. Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure. If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site. However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid: Google Chrome Internet Exploder Opera Thank you, OkCupid Background on Mr. Eich and Mozilla In 2008, Mr. Eich supported the passage of California’s Prop 8, a statewide initiative to ban gay marriage, with a $1000 donation. Granted, his contribution is now six years in the past, and people can change. But Mr. Eich’s boilerplate statements in the time since make it seem like he has the same views now as he did then. Mozilla recently promoted him to CEO, hence the issue only now coming to our attention. His donation was known to Mozilla at the time of his promotion, and, furthermore, CEOs are rewarded based on their company’s performance. The CEO is the visionary for a company and its products. We are sad to think that any OkCupid page loads would even indirectly contribute towards the success of an individual who supported Prop 8—and who for all we know would support it again. We wish Mozilla’s institutional commitment to freedom and openness were better reflected by their choice of leadership. Continue to OkCupid

Comment Neural Networks were a distraction (Score 2) 24

In Speech Recognition and Text-To-Speech neural networks were the diregeur fashion, a long with lisp. But in the end it was Hidden Markov Models, and even Baysean modelling that ended up solving these AI-ish ventures.

Neural Networks influenced a great deal of collateral and tangential research, the the Neural Networks themselves really went no where. They just weren't usable, not even for machine learning -- at least not in the "pure form".

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Submission + - TiVo wishlist for patent finally recorded.

zapatero writes: TiVo's now 5 year patent dispute with E*Star/Dish has finally reached a near final point. Today the long awaited ruling from Judge Folsom on whether Echo Star's self-described patch to their DVR made their device compliant under the October 2008 verdict came in. Judge Folsom ruled in favor of TiVo again. He awarded TiVo yet another $100 Million. This ruling puts a serious bite in TiVo's DVR patent. The case has already been appealed and dismissed by the US Supreme Court. It appears that TiVo's Patent is now the real deal. Industry beware. Who will TiVo go after now? AT&T's Uverse? Time Warner?
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