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Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

FelxH Accent (674 comments)

A common drawback with speech recognition seems to be the accent the AI is trained with. I wonder how well Watson would fare with, say, a British host ..

more than 3 years ago

The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

FelxH Re:Thieves (845 comments)

I'm not defending apples decision here, but calling this theft is going a bit far. You hand in your broken device to have things replaced. With the same logic, would you call theft if you couldn't have your broken disk/screen/battery/whatever back after you handed in a device for repair?

more than 3 years ago

Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

FelxH Re:Until I can buy one it doesnt exist (603 comments)

I read a few German press releases about this story and also the website of DBM Energy itself and nowehere could I find the claim that they charged the car in 6min. All I could find was that the breakthrough they achieved was driving a 'standard' car (i.e. same equipment, same amount of space) for 600km with a single charge. The average driving speed appears to have been 130km/h, but references are not really clear (they could have meant a top speed of 130km/h). All in all, still great news if you ask me, but just horrible tech journalism :(

more than 3 years ago

Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers

FelxH Re:Here We Go Again (238 comments)

Well, frankly, I don't understand it either. You're applying information theory to lines of code ... and that just doesn't make any sense to me. I haven't heard of it. I haven't heard of anyone say "theoretically could be reduced to x lines of code." I don't know why we're talking about information theory when we're talking about simulating the brain or even understanding the brain.

Kurzweil doesn't advocate the use information for understanding or modeling the brain. He only used it in combination with other methods to get an estimate on how complex the brain actually is (whether his methods and estimates are correct I can't tell). That was, imo, the whole point of the paragraph you quoted ...

about 4 years ago

Speech-to-Speech Translator Developed For iPhone

FelxH Re:On Other Phones (133 comments)

I agree with the previous post. Where is the generic translator where you speak(!) an arbitrary word/sentence in one language and it comes out in another? From what I can tell speereo only lets you select from predefined phrases and plays you a little audio clip of them.

more than 4 years ago

Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

FelxH Re:Am I missing something. (304 comments)

address space layout randomization I though this was a feature in OS X 10.5? Was it not implemented or just not implemented as well as other OS's? I remember hearing about it as a feature for 10.5.

From TFA:

Two years ago, Miller and other researchers criticized Apple for releasing Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, with half-baked ASLR that failed to randomize important components of the OS, including the heap, the stack and the dynamic linker, the part of Leopard that links multiple shared libraries for an executable.

about 5 years ago

SMS Hack Could Make iPhones Vulnerable

FelxH Re:Lots can be done... (254 comments)

According to the previous article, they have found a way to send sms messages without any provider: "This method does not use the carrier and so is free (and invisible to the carrier)". So blocking at the provider level won't work unfortunately

more than 5 years ago

Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

FelxH Re:I'm dubious (834 comments)

I had similar thoughts, especially since the beauty ideal for women has changed a lot over the years, while the ideal for men has stayed virtually the same (look at ancient greek/roman statues for example)

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS

FelxH Re:Seems to affect other smart phones as well ... (186 comments)

yes ... sending sms without a carrier in order to find vulnerabilities in smart phones through fuzzing. They are not specific though what potential vulnerabilities they found among the listed smart phones, expect for the one found in the iPhone (via the first link). So it is true that this could mean that they didn't find any big vulnerabilities in the other phones, but maybe the iPhone one just attracted the most attention ...

more than 5 years ago

iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS

FelxH Seems to affect other smart phones as well ... (186 comments)

from the second link: "We present techniques which allow a researcher to inject SMS messages into iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile devices."

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal

FelxH FelxH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FelxH writes "via cnet:

Microsoft has confirmed a press conference to discuss an alliance with Nokia to help get its Office software onto that company's mobile phones. So far, the only phones that have their own native versions of Office have been those running Microsoft's Windows Mobile software. Together with planed browser-based versions of several Office apps, this constitutes Microsoft's attempt to expand its productivity suite market to the phone and the web."

Alarming Trends for Airline Safety

FelxH FelxH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FelxH writes "In a review of airline accidents over the last decade, flightglobal finds that the the number of fatalities in 2009 is the highest since 2002 (this is mostly because two accidents this year involved wide-body aircrafts). Moreover, 2001-10 might be the first decade since World War II where global airline accident rates do not show improvement."

Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

FelxH FelxH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FelxH writes "From the article:

"For the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors. The researchers have found beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters, once adult, also tend to be attractive and so repeat the pattern."

Issues like subjectivity, changing beauty ideals and advances in medicine (beauty products) come to mind when reading this article ..."

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