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Posted in: Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic? See in context

If anything it should improve, formal educational facilities are a relic of a bygone era. Ever since mainstream adoption of the internet, the only use they have is if you're in a highly specialized field that requires expensive equipment that would be practically impossible to obtain for an average individual (NMR machines, nuclear reactors, etc).

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Posted in: Anime/manga 'One-Punch Man' to be turned into a Hollywood live-action movie See in context

They really insist on ruining everything, don't they?

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for strangling 9-day-old son See in context

usually wives have their mothers/mother in law help out for the first couple months but seeing she was alone, her attitude was probably played off by the husband.

Woman kills infant - probably husband's fault, because of course it is. Here's an idea - how about we blame the mother or mother in law which weren't there?

Or, get this - we could blame the woman who's actually directly responsible for strangling the infant with her own two hands. Crazy concept, I know.

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Posted in: Do you think big tech companies like Facebook should face tougher rules and penalties if they failed to curb hate speech and disinformation? See in context

And who exactly gets to dictate what does or doesn't qualify as "hate speech" or "misinformation"? But sure, let's take yet another step towards a dystopia because people need to be protected from "dangerous words" on the internet.

People should be able to write whatever they want, it's up to the reader to interpret it, research it, and choose whether they should ignore it, believe it, agree or disagree with it, etc.

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Posted in: Politician apologizes for ¥8.9 mil face mask price gouging See in context

Lol at all the fake outrage for brownie points. It's basic supply and demand, welcome to capitalism. How do you think your local supermarket (or virtually any business doing resale) makes a profit? By buying products in bulk for cheap, and selling them for way more than they cost.

If you have an issue with this, why aren't you boycotting every single business that ever sold you anything?

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

The fact he ran away from his only opportunity to clear himself speaks volume about the consistent dishonesty.

Statistically speaking, his chances of "clearing himself" were 0.6%. Would you take that bet when losing means losing your freedom and likely the rest of your life? I didn't think so.

All it speaks volumes about is his ability to put two and two together.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he will reveal names of Japan gov't officials behind his arrest See in context

 He can beat the drum all he wants, but in the eyes of the world he is the one in the wrong here. 

Pretty presumptuous of you to speak on behalf of the entire world, no?

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Posted in: Man hangs himself outside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo See in context

"Suicide doesn’t stop the pain, you’re only shifting it onto others."

Sure stops it for the person committing it.

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Posted in: Angry anime shopper tells store employees to 'die' 3,852 times in death threat emails See in context

@theFu - Don't really need to script anything, just Ctrl+C and hold down Ctrl+V for a while.

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Posted in: How you dress at work is way more important than you think. Do you agree? See in context

Unless you're in a job that's related to appearance (fashion, makeup, advertising, acting, etc), involves you dealing with clients directly, or involves some kind of uniform (police)... your appearance is 100% irrelevant.

I once saw some fossil complain about the appearance of a programmer in a YouTube video. And he didn't even look messy or bad in any way, it was a simple plaid shirt and jeans, clean shaved etc.

I asked him how the guy's appearance affects the validity of the information he was providing, and the fossil starts talking about how he wouldn't want a doctor that smelled like booze operating on him.

Because, you know... performing surgery on someone while under the influence of an intoxicant is the same exact thing as not wearing a suit and tie while just talking about code.

Gave me a major headache trying to comprehend the mental gymnastics he had to go through to arrive at that one...

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Posted in: China fans desert K-pop star for 'liking' Hong Kong tweet See in context

"No one and nothing can shake our own position about patriotism," the group posted.

Ah yes, blind patriotism, opiate of the masses.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri’s detention for drug possession extended another 10 days See in context

MDMA sounds potentially harmful, as does cocaine.

To be fair, anything is "potentially harmful" if abused. You could die from drinking too much water, or kill someone with a fork. But you're not going to solve the issue by banning water and forks.

Obviously, when it comes to drugs some things are easier to abuse and more harmful than others, but prohibition obviously does nothing (as we've seen over and over again) to prevent it, and arguably causes more harm than good. In fact, I can't see that it does any good.

Unless they're harming someone or something else, they're free to do whatever they choose with their life and body. Casual/recreational users aren't an issue in any way, and addicts could be handled far batter by helping them kick the addiction and rehabilitating them instead of incarcerating them. You're spending tax payer money either way, so might as well treat them as fellow human beings with problems instead of criminals to be locked up for harming no one.

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Posted in: Suspect in Osaka kidnapping case says he 'saved' victim See in context

She is 12 years old. Is it OK to take a toddler home with you if they seem happy to come?

1) False equivalence.

2) My question wasn't whether it was "OK" (?), but whether it's technically "kidnapping" since she wasn't forced, threatened or tricked into going anywhere.

He took her shoes and phone to prevent her from leaving.

Which is why I said "If he did somehow threaten her to make her stay afterwards, I'm sure they could charge him for that".

It was a child, a minor, and the law says it is kidnapping.

The fact that she's a child/minor had nothing to do with my question, but the second part of your comment does, so thanks for that.

Also, I love how I was simply asking whether it's "kidnapping" from a technical standpoint, but people chose to interpret it as me defending the suspect's actions and explain to me that children are stupid instead.

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Posted in: Suspect in Osaka kidnapping case says he 'saved' victim See in context

This is a weird case, and quite a few question marks remaining. If they arranged a meeting beforehand and she voluntarily went with him, it's not exactly kidnapping, is it? If he did somehow threaten her to make her stay afterwards, I'm sure they could charge him for that, but "kidnapping" just doesn't really fit.

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Posted in: Police question Kobe teachers over bullying of colleague See in context

Vince Black:

Grow up, all of them. Including the "victim"

Why the victim? He came forward and reported the bullies, is that not the proper thing to do?

No. You see, Vince is a true manly man (also 95% chance he's 'murican) who thinks you should either a) just suck up any level of abuse you receive or b) respond to it with violence. Because that's what real men do.

"Semper fi", a bald eagle screeches in the distance, etc etc.

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Posted in: Facial recognition technology struggles to see past gender binary See in context

"Facial recognition technology struggles to see past objective reality". Well yeah, of course it does.

In other news, a piece of software designed to distinguish between apples and oranges struggles with classifying apples wrapped in orange peels. The self-evident outcome surprises literally no one.

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Posted in: What can newspapers still offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot? See in context

Also, once something is IN PRINT, it can't be erased - as so often news items on the net are sanitized & vanish.

Um... ever heard of book burning? And it's much easier to backup and replicate digital data than physical data to prevent this - just copy/paste or take a screenshot, whereas you'd need to reprint or photocopy printed data.

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Posted in: Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias See in context

These are machine learning tools. When the only people these programs are learning from are white dudes, then this is what you get.

Please learn how the technology actually works before making ignorant claims that support your political agenda. Same goes for the article author.

Artificial intelligence can mimic the biases of their human creators as they make their way into everyday life.

Stop parroting that line (it was also used in the now-deleted "gender gap" article on here) because people who read it and are unfamiliar with the field just assume it's true and keep parroting it themselves (case in point; CrazyJoe, and Reckless in another thread). All you're doing is perpetuating ignorance, the exact opposite of what a journalist is supposed to do.

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Posted in: Japanese rocket blasts into space to deliver world's 1st artificial meteor shower See in context

I' disgusted. Look what we've done to our own planet, now we're planting cotton on the moon, doing artificial meteor showers....

Isn't there enough of our garbage in space already?

You do realize that space is a vast radioactive wasteland compared to which our entire planet is a meaningless speck of dust, right? Nothing humanity can do even registers on that scale.

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Posted in: Japanese rocket blasts into space to deliver world's 1st artificial meteor shower See in context

Doesn't this kind of rocket launch have a huge environmental impact? Since everyone goes on about airplanes and carbon footprints, seems a bit odd, just for the sake of an entertainment show.

The carbon footprint of a single rocket launch vs 1.2 billion cars and about 40k flights running every single day, when even all that traffic represents only about 30% of greenhouse gas emissions? Yeah, I wouldn't be too concerned.

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Posted in: With the help of science and AI, we want to deal with circumstances that would be difficult to anticipate using our experience only. See in context

Unfortunately, AI will carry the same biases as the programmers.

No, that's not how it works. It bases conclusions on previous observations of reality, not explicit programming. That's the whole point of it.

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Posted in: Artificial intelligence's rise exposes gaping gender gap See in context

Christ, not this again...

Preparations for this year's event drew controversy not only because there weren't enough female speakers or study authors.

Exactly how many females will ever be "enough"? Are we aiming for 50:50 representation in every conceivable profession? If so, why isn't anyone looking into the lack of female representation in military, construction, waste disposal, coal mines, oil drilling, firefighting, police, steel working, logging, roofing, fishing... the list goes on. Female representation is a non-issue when it comes to dangerous and difficult jobs, because no one cares how many men struggle and die as long as the females are safe and happy. It's only an issue when it's about comfortable, well-paying jobs.

AI systems look for patterns in huge troves of data — such as what we say to our voice assistants or what images we post on social media. These systems can share the same gender or racial prejudices found there.


This year, Google tests of an email feature designed to predict what someone wants to write turned up evidence that its algorithms were making biased assumptions — referring, for instance, to a nurse as "her" and an engineer as "him." The company said it ended up removing all gender pronouns before launching the feature in May.

Well, yes, that's their entire purpose for existing. Recognizing patterns in reality and predicting the reoccurrence of those patterns. Assuming a nurse is female and an engineer is male is reflective of reality, since most nurses are female and most engineers are male. Recognizing and reflecting this reality is the entire point of AI systems - if they were completely unbiased they would be completely useless and you'd get the same results by flipping a coin. But sure, let's intentionally cripple technology to make it pretend reality is something it isn't because some individuals don't like it - that seems imminently useful.

"The more diversity we have in machine learning, the better job we will do in creating products that don't discriminate,"

So... the more diversity you force, the more you render the technology useless? Can't argue with that.

And while a growing number of researchers and product designers are devoting attention to solving these problems

What problems? If technology correctly fulfilling the purpose it was created for is a problem, I take it the solution to the problem is getting rid of all technology?

A rogue Microsoft chatbot spouted sexist and racist remarks.

Because it was specifically targeted and trained by malevolent actors.

A Google app to match selfies to famous works of mostly Western art lumped many non-whites into the same exoticized figures.

This is an issue how? Isn't this all about diversity and equality in the first place? You'd think this would be a good thing then, but of course not, because that would be too damn logical

In another example, a study looking at several prominent AI systems for recognizing faces showed that they performed far better on lighter-skinned men than darker-skinned women.

Because light skin is distinctly different than dark skin from a physical/light point of view and any algorithm would obviously produce different results for two distinctly different problems? But no, that would again be too logical, so it must be that a computer program is programmed to be racist, by racists.

they released a survey of more than 2,000 attendees — mostly men — that found most were OK with it. That led Anandkumar to start a Twitter hashtag to step up the pressure.

Ah, a classic SJW pattern - have a problem with something, and assume everyone has a problem with it. Find out that no one else has a problem with it. Insist that there is a problem anyways and rally an army to force everyone to adapt to you.

Versace, co-founder of AI startup Neurala, said that despite improvements, a lot more needs to be done to make AI reflective of society, not just the small group of people working on it.

Gotta love how the irony is completely lost on these people... The AI already IS reflective of society, which is precisely why it has "biases" that reflect it. The very same biases you're trying to ignore and erase for the small group of people who have trouble accepting reality, reducing the usefulness of AI in the process.

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Posted in: Scientists weigh up stratospheric sunlight barrier to curb warming See in context

Spraying chemicals over the whole earth? Contaminating all life, including all plants and animals and the oceans.

And what do you think all life, including plants and animals, is composed of? Using your logic, everything that exists is already contaminated by virtue of existing.

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

Gotta love the paradox of "improving tourism services" and "promoting tourism" by taxing tourists.

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Posted in: China criticizes U.S. for nuclear adversary claims See in context

China preaches a policy of peace while it builds military installations in international waters. It claims others territorial waters and regularly sends military assets to intimidate others. This policy of hypocrisy is easily detected. Do as China says, not as it does.

Sorry, but I don't buy China's attempts at taking the moral high ground.

Now replace all instances of "China" with "USA" and that's an equally true statement, if not more so.

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Posted in: Record highs, record heists: Where is crypocurrency heading? See in context

In the dead of night, hackers stole $530 million in Japanese virtual currency from Coincheck, sending prices plunging and underlining the vulnerability, and volatility, of cryptocurrencies.

An exchange getting "hacked" has nothing to do with the vulnerability of cryptocurrencies, but with vulnerability of the code running the exchange and the way they handle the data. That's like saying if a bank keeps its vault unlocked and consequently gets robbed, it's a vulnerability of fiat currency. Taro Aso is right in saying the following:

Coincheck "did not store the important things separately. I think they lacked fundamental knowledge or common sense," he said.

Anyone who's been in crypto for a while knows better than to leave any significant amount of money on an exchange longer than is necessary. As soon as it leaves a wallet for which you control the private key, it's no longer under your control, and therefore subject to getting stolen from the third parties holding it that have sub-par security or knowledge, or indeed as part of an inside job.

The cryptocurrency space is not for the faint of heart or those unwilling to invest the time to educate themselves before just dumping money into it expecting a quick, easy buck. The volatility and personal responsibility for safety isn't for everyone, especially those who aren't particularly tech-savvy, but if you can handle those two things it's probably the best investment opportunity you'll have in the next few decades.

I agree with Burning Bush about Bitcoin's dominance waning (for good reason), but the cryptocurrency space is much bigger than just Bitcoin. The problem arises when people new to it don't bother to research and understand the underlying technology, but just blindly dump money into Bitcoin because it's currently in the news spotlight, and they expect it to just keep going up forever.

Investing that way into pretty much anything is a recipe for disaster.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Yes. After paying off some old debts and treating myself for the holidays, I'm at 4x what I had a year ago, so all in all I'm pretty happy with the financial side of things for the moment.

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Posted in: N Korea launches intercontinental missile; Trump says U.S. will 'take care of it' See in context

And while we're at it, remind me which country is the only one to ever use nuclear weapons in actual combat. Hint: it's not North Korea.

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Posted in: N Korea launches intercontinental missile; Trump says U.S. will 'take care of it' See in context

This is a non-issue, anyway. The whole situation is a product of existing nuclear powers being hypocrites and denying NK the right to develop the same level of military power they have.

Either get rid of your own stockpile of nuclear weapons before preaching to others, or shut up and deal with it. While we're at it, stop invading other countries whenever you please and building military bases all around the world.

Ask yourself how many international conflicts and deaths occurred as a result of North Korea's actions in the past 50 years, then ask yourself the same about the USA, and it's easy to see who the real threat to the world is.

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Posted in: Plaintiffs appeal ruling in Fukushima nuclear disaster damages suit See in context

Also on Monday, the central government and TEPCO filed an appeal to the same Sendai High Court arguing they should not be held liable for damages

So who the hell should be held liable?

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