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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Anonymice This is old tech in the enterprise world (99 comments)

This is just current enterprise tech finally making its way into the consumer world.
I've done a lot of work developing technology for language schools, requiring the recognition & reproduction of speech. This is nothing new, it's just speech recognition algorithms being parsed through a translator & then spat back out by a text-to-speech engine. Heck, I even have something like this running on my home Media Centre.

The groundwork has been done by universities & is being improved by both public (the CIA comes to mind) & private sectors. Unsurprisingly, it's big business in the teleconferencing market.

It's not perfect, however it's very different to the challenges presented to the likes of YouTube. A telephone conversation doesn't have problems with background noise & the people using this technology are aware they need to speak more slowly & clearly - a benefit not afforded to movies & cat videos.

The Japanese telecoms company NTT Docomo has been offering this technology to its customers since 2012!

5 days ago

Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

Anonymice Re:Bastards ... (327 comments)

They're just the static tiles you get on a normal new tab page, except they're populated with sponsored sites until your browser history automatically replaces them. This isn't something that would even affect updating users, just fresh installs with an empty history.

about a month ago

The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

Anonymice Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (81 comments)

I've had issues with this, although mostly with people not groking that British English is a valid form of the language. It wasn't even an American journal, it was French!

about 2 months ago

Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Anonymice Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

"We're all equal, but some of us are more equal than others."

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Anonymice Re:That's not called a VPN (174 comments)

Um, you mean like some sort of Link Aggregation Control Protocol? Sounds like a good idea!

Oh, look!

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Anonymice LACP (174 comments)

Load balancing & bonding over multiple NICs. Isn't this what LACP was made for?
No idea if there's anything available for Windows, but chuck a Linux VM on it to act as a virtual router & presto!

How well it works would depend on the LACP stack's ability to handle the issues presented by wireless modems. It works great in a server environment.

about 2 months ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Anonymice Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Playlists don't, and never have, copied files or required sole access to them. All of the common playlist formats are basically just text files with a list of filenames - you can open & edit them in Notepad!

about 3 months ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Anonymice Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Colonialism heavily relied on slavery &/or being bank-rolled by the home land.
The pittance received by the these disenfranchised communities, many of whom not lucky enough to have been able to dedicate their youth to our high quality education (much of which is funded by the government, you filthy scrounger), is hardly a comparable situation.

How has this post been modded +4 Insightful?!
Kindly go fuck yourself, you racist xenophobe.

about 3 months ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Anonymice Re: Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (286 comments)

As per that same section in the document...

RoundUp is currently being made available to the law enforcement community on a limited basis. The GPL source code is distributed with the tool.

about 3 months ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Anonymice Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (286 comments)

For anyone interested, the paper detailing the software (RoundUp) used in the dragnet can be found here: http://www.dfrws.org/2010/proc...

RoundUp is a Java-based tool that allows for both local and collaborative investigations of the Gnutella network, implementing the principles and techniques described in the previous sections. RoundUp is a fork of the Phex Gnutella client, and it retains Phex’s graphical user interface. Our changes in creating RoundUp from Phex focused on three key areas: adding specific functionality to augment investigative interactions, exposing information of interest to investigators in the GUI, and automating reporting of this information in standard ways.

about 3 months ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Anonymice Easy up now (231 comments)

Two things...

First off, British schools don't have "rent-a-cops", security scanners or ID cards, this is an American thing. The hardest security you'll come across in a school in the UK is the school gate.

Secondly, the biometrics are just an additional method of payment, it's entirely optional. No one's stopping you from paying in cash. If I was tasked with setting up a hassle free method of tracking kids deductions from their pre-paid balance, this would likely be the route I'd go too. It's far cheaper to buy 2-3 scanners than to kit the whole school out with RFID tags, and it doesn't come with the inevitable hang-up of things getting lost, stolen or forgotten.
There's not much risk of the data being shared outside the school, as even the police aren't allowed to store biometric records of anyone without an active criminal record.

about 3 months ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Anonymice Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

I dunno, to me it looks like tactical language so as to not aggravate the police force & automatically put them on the defensive. If you want someone to comply, you give them a reason to *want* to do it.
If you tell people you want to restrict their freedoms so you have more control over them, they'll rebel. If you tell people that you're trying to protect them (think of the children!), they'll hand you their liberties without a second thought.

about 4 months ago

The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Anonymice Re:Desensationalised (97 comments)

Because the summary isn't a summary, it's an introduction that just ends in questions and begs you to click through to find out the answers.
"I thought it was just a steaming pile of turd ice-cream. What I saw next blew my mind!"

about 4 months ago

Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

Anonymice Re:There has not been any radioactive terror to da (66 comments)

On the contrary, I fear the biggest nuclear threat in the modern world is from individual "terror" groups. In the age of Mutually Assured Destruction, the only people with nothing to lose are those who can't be tied to a specific region. If a group of unaffiliated individuals attack a country, that country has no recourse for nuclear retaliation.

I highly recommend the documentary "Countdown to Zero", it recounts the stories of a couple of extremist organisations caught in the process of acquiring nuclear material, and the frightening thing is that most of these cases were caught by accident, ie. luck. And if those were found by accident, we have no idea how many transactions may have been successful.

To quote a Russian military prosecutor with regards to the tracking & security of nuclear material during the collapse of the Soviet Union:

"potatoes were guarded better"

about 4 months ago

Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Anonymice This is a good thing! (82 comments)

I see many naysayers & detractors here querying why black-hats would want to break the very services they rely on, but surely that's exactly what they should be doing?

If you want to rely on a service for your own security, it's in your best interests to find all the weaknesses - especially with open source projects, which rely on the community to find & fix faults.

about 5 months ago

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

Anonymice Catch up at the back (98 comments)

TOR's already broken!

This, from last week:

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Boring Carnegie-Mellon University lawyers have scuppered one of the most hotly anticipated talks at the Black Hat conference – which would have explained how $3,000 of kit could unmask Tor hidden services and user IP addresses.

about 5 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

Anonymice Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

At least in the UK, there is strict licensing for anyone who wants to take a passenger for commercial purposes. And there are different licences for different types of taxis. If they do not have a licence, then their insurance will be invalidated. The authorities crack down heavily on unlicensed drivers.
To be honest, I would expect this to be the same around much of the rest of the world too.

Evidence? My father runs a cab company, and also the fact you can't go anywhere in London without seeing scaremongering posters warning of the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

about 6 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Anonymice Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

Alcohol's legal, and that has a far higher rate of physical addiction. Alcohol addiction is nasty in fact, as forcing an addict to go cold turkey would kill them. People also get psychologically addicted to adrenaline (which we create quite efficiently ourselves).
Banning something because some people might misuse it is silly, however if you wish to go down that route, you'd also have to ban alcohol, tobacco...guns?

about 7 months ago


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