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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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Posted in: Tainted water leak suspected at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) said it is still unknown, due to a problem with monitoring equipment, whether radiation-contaminated water actually leaked from damaged reactor buildings.

It's TEPCO, of course it actually leaked.

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Posted in: Energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid See in context

Am sure that there is a certain amount of hype in this article, re "the independent distributed micro-grid can sustain power even if the surrounding area is having a blackout."

What's hype about that? If you have a independent micro-grid not connected to the main one, then said micro-grid wouldn't be affected by blackouts or other issues on the main grid. Unless we're talking about an EMP going off, but then you have much larger issues anyways.

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Posted in: In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea See in context

The president urged nations to work together to stop Iran's nuclear program and defeat "loser terrorists" who wage violence around the globe.

So he wants to defeat his own military? I'm OK with that.

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Posted in: N Korea says hydrogen bomb test was 'perfect success' See in context

might be time for a few "Surgical" strikes not so hard to target the only non slim man in the area.

Unfortunately this will need a massive military campaign

Send Dennis Rodman to visit KJU at his palace, bomb the palace and tell China we were targeting Rodman

Walk softly and Carry an Armada of Trident submarines.

they will all be vaporized as their country is turned into a pile of molten glass

Take Kim and his military out now. There will be consequences but sooner is better than later.

The US is the only country with a military big enough to pull it off needs to flatten NK with conventional weapons and tell China that if they interfere the nuclear option is on the table.

the US will wipe you from existence

USA has the capability of sending 2,000 tomahaws, 20 F-22 with radiation seekers and a full range of bombs from the lancer and spirit in a mere of 3 hours.

Very unfortunate it has comes to this, but we had the chance 60 years ago to "nip the NK (and PRC) problem in the bud", but didn't. At that time, the U.S. had the military power and the political will to do so.

Gee, I wonder why North Korea feels like it needs a deterrent to USA agression.

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Posted in: Cryptocurrency markets are bursting with activity as the value of bitcoin, ether, alternative coins and initial coin offering tokens surge across the globe. What do you think of cryptocurrency? See in context

Invested about 300$ in Bitcoin about a year ago. Since then, as the price rose, I spent about that same amount online on various things (mostly software), withdrew about 400 $ in cash, yet now I have about 500 $ in Bitcoin left over. The price went up x3 in the last 3 months alone.

Other than the spiking value, I love not having to deal with third parties holding my money - I had issues with PayPal limiting my account in the past, for example, and it's a huge nuisance. With cryptocurrencies, I'm in direct control of my money, but still have the advantage of fast online financial transactions. Long story short, I love it :D

It's not perfect, though. It is starting to run into some technical issues recently, transaction fees have gone up and confirmation times are longer. The blockchain design isn't really scaleable and isn't quantum-proof, which might become a concern in the next decade or two.

The next cryptocurrency that promises to solve these issues is Iota, which has absolutely no fees, much better scalability, and is designed to be quantum-proof. Whether it will deliver and end up being the next big thing remains to be seen, of course, but it looks promising enough to me personally to justify investing in it.

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Posted in: 'They’re full': Restaurant worker arrested for obstructing competing businesses See in context

Is it ok to give credit when the solution he came up with was to deceive people and snatch clients from competitors? I was under the impression that creativity involves finding solutions within the bounds of rules.

According to Google, the definition of creativity is:

the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness

No mention of obeying some set of rules or morality. In fact, not obeying rules and thinking outside the box is actually a part of some of the definitions.

You can appreciate someone's creativity even if you disagree with (or downright hate) what it's being applied to.

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Posted in: How algorithms (secretly) run the world See in context

To add insult to injury all these models have given a host of nerdy names, all coated with the incomprehensible jargon pencil chewing language of excessive meaningless.

They're not "nerdy names", and the fact that you don't understand the "incomprehensible" jargon of "excessive meaningless" doesn't actually make it incomprehensible or meaningless. They are all very descriptive and meaningful terms for someone actually in the machine learning field. If you're not in the field, of course it sounds meaningless because they're field-specific terms. You probably also don't know what a "quantum harmonic oscillator" or "1,3,7-Trimethylpurine-2,6-dione" is, but that doesn't make the terms meaningless.

After all did the regression with quantitative and qualitative variables predict the next President of the USA would be Donald Trump, or Great Britain would leave the European Union, Nope not by the hair on my chinny chin chin did it.

Of course not, that's a terrible application of machine learning as it's almost 100% based on human sentiment, and humans are unpredictable. Trump winning should be proof enough of that.

Not to mention that results can vary greatly depending on how both the data being fed into the algorithm and the algorithm itself are structured, as well as the type of problem that's trying to get solved. It isn't an exact science, there are a lot of variables that will affect the accuracy of any algorithm on any given data set, and for many problems it's simply the wrong tool to use.

The point is you can't use one terrible example, consider it representative of the entire field, and proceed to call it all meaningless just because you don't understand it.

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Posted in: Suspect in hit-and-run says he left because victim told him to go away See in context


How could a truck "hit" a bicycle without damaging it? By making contact with the bicycle with a force insufficient to cause damage to it? Was that a rhetorical question?

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Posted in: Armed men attack Philippines jail, free 132 prisoners See in context

Moro Islamic Liberation Front = MILF

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Posted in: U.S. takes aim at yakuza crime syndicate newcomer See in context

Amateurs. Everyone knows you keep your offshore funds in Nevis, not the USA :D

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Posted in: High school baseball federation proposes letting girls participate in practice sessions at Koshien See in context

@toshiko - It's an English idiom.

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Posted in: Police arrest man on suspicion of fatally stabbing woman in love hotel See in context

Yet another waste of space kills someone after losing his temper. How can such a seemingly passive society produce so many sadistic monsters?

Precisely because it's so seemingly passive. If you keep your emotions bottled up most of the time, when they do come out, they come out explosively.

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Posted in: Revealing an actor's age is illegal? IMDb website sues California See in context

“By the time you’re 28, you’re expired, you’re playing mommy roles,” actress Zoe Saldana, now 38 and female lead of the blockbuster film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” told The Telegraph in 2014.

"You're expired and playing mommy roles by the time you're 28", yet she's 38 and playing a non-mommy lead role? What exactly am I missing here?

Also, this law makes no sense. Are you telling me that whoever casts actors doesn't already have access to their CVs which would presumably include their birth date? They instead have to rely on IMDB for that information?

IMDB was spot on in their statement, “AB 1687 is an unconstitutional law that does not advance, much less achieve, that goal”.

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