Jugalator (259273) writes "A group running a project called Logo.Hallucination are picking out images on the web for scanning with a neural network in order to identify well-known logo types. Although many Slashdot readers may already feel they know the answer in their hearts, how is the giant 600 BC sewage system Cloaca Maxima related to Microsoft Windows? Note that some posts are unsafe for work, and I'll never look the same at the Citroën logo."
Using Google Fusion and adding the Slashdot RSS feed soon enough sent me to a page telling me I had been banned for "absolutely ridiculous amount of abuse". Apparently, one shouldn't keep the Slashdot feed there if you use it on a site you frequent, at least if you do it more than once every 30 minutes.
I'm not going to bother them with any unban procedures and will just restort to visiting them and loading the 10 KB web site with images even if they don't happen to have any news (I won't know). They seem to send the message that generates far less traffic than grabbing a KB sized feed more than once every 30 minutes.
I love the service so don't think otherwise with me complaining about two things recently.:-) However, another peculiar thing -- they just refused to receive a mail with an attached zip file that had a single file in it -- a Windows Registry (.reg) file. In other words, not even a binary file.
I would understand this if they did it against viruses, but then shouldn't they just block executable files?
That's strange... A Nigeria letter just passed through the Gmail filter as legit mail. You'd think thousands of users have filed those as spam already. And that spam filter has generally been pretty accurate. I must've got a new incarnation of the mail, one with anti-anti-spam stuff inserted, or something... I'll attach the mail as a comment for anyone interested. Who knows, there might be spam collectors out there.:-)
I have heard concerns in the past that the quality on Slashdot.org posts have diminished the past few years, and the reputation as a true geek resource has faded somewhat. So I went to check some visitor statistics for Slashdot.org and it seemed to speak a clear language to me. Maybe it's just increased competition among news sites though; Slashdot-wannabe Kuro5hin.org showed some of the same trend. Or maybe I'm missing out some great site people are leaving for?
Honestly, I don't know much alternative well established and updated computer / science news sites, besides Arstechnica.com, which is mostly just about computers. What I like about Slashdot.org is its broad range of topics I'm interested in (computer tech, science, games, software development).
So, any readers of this have any personal favorites besides Slashdot?:-)
Today, we're reminded of a sad european law that might even let authors be prosecuted for the software they have written themselves. Christian Ghisler (author of Total Commander) is just one of thousands of developers participating in the protest taking place right now. An excerpt from his protest page:
"This page is temporarily closed in protest against software patents planned in Europe. Websites may soon be closed down regularly due to software patents. Shareware like Total Commander will then no longer be available. Software patents can get you prosecuted for publishing software you wrote yourself!"
Read up at FFII's Software Patent page for more information about the problem. You may also wish to sign a petition if you think this law will hurt innovation and competition among software developers. There are currently around 180,000 signatures.
The following valid expression examples should give you a basic idea of what it's able to do:
Sweden recently accidentally voted "yes" in the question whether Iceland may proceed with hunting whales. Being a swede myself, I don't know if I should cry or laugh.:-)
Personally, I'm against whale hunting. If people from Iceland so badly need to make some money, they should look somewhere else than at the few majestic creatures left on Earth.
Also in Seattle Times:
STOCKHOLM -- Sweden said yesterday its representatives made a mistake when they voted for Iceland's membership in the International Whaling Commission earlier this week, a move allowing Iceland to restart whaling.
Sweden's Environment Ministry said the "yes" vote -- which tipped the international whaling organization in favor of Iceland -- was due to a bureaucratic problem and said the country still opposed whaling and would try to take back the decision.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the Swedish delegation only supported Iceland's membership because of the whaling organization's complicated voting procedure.
Iceland walked out of the organization 10 years ago in anger over the worldwide moratorium on whale hunting.
Since then, it has made attempts to rejoin but has not been willing to recognize the moratorium. It succeeded in gaining readmission Monday after an extremely tight vote ending 19-18.
Several key players, such as Britain and the United States, opposed Iceland's membership.
Here's a site the Slashdot Editors apparently "poked with a stick" at, but didn't include on the front page.:-)
In short, Visoo let you search within images by using OCR techniques. As opposed to Google which searches for images by context on a web site. This is the first, highly accurate match for a search on 'slashdot' (picture from Wired of CmdrTaco and Hemos) with the "Search People" box checked and the "Include Banners" unchecked. Yes, there are such options which might make the engine especially useful to search for people by filtering out the rest. This is the result of a 'cowboyneal' search. The search engine has apparently found a match for the word CowboyNeal somewhere in the picture and the family can play the "Find the CowboyNeal Text game".:-)
NOTE: The default search method is by OCR *and* filename. This might be too restrictive and you should really change it to "OCR Only" by clicking on the appropriate button.
I usually try to say things only when I have something to say on Slashdot. From moderations done, it seems this has been a good way to go. It is also the way I'd like others to act as well to keep the topics of as high average level as possible.
However, recently, I've started having trouble and either I'm freaking out at a subconscious level, I'm developing a sense of humor and wit that's ungeeky or whatever that makes me fail to post decent things ("decent" as in "posts that aren't modded down"). Perhaps... hopefully, it's just a temporary... fluke.:-)