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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

KhabaLox Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

Look for it yourself.

By this, I assume you mean have a human police officer use biological eyes to scan streets and parking lots for a stolen car or it's license plate number. This is a very expensive and inefficient way to solve the problem.

There are a lot of problems that are best solved by government entities. Like any business, the government should strive to solve these problems as efficiently as possible. The issue is that a lot of the process or technological improvements that we can put in place (like license plate scanners) reduce price so dramatically that the net can be cast much wider. Instead of looking just for cars that are involved in a kidnapping, we can look for cars that are involved in any crime. With this increased productivity comes the real risk of overreach on the part of government.

Your proposed solution seems to be to not allow government to have access to these cost saving improvements. That's impractical, as well as a bad decision from a financial perspective. Rather, we should, as GPP points out, have rigid oversight mechanisms, checks and balances if you will, to insure that government doesn't overstep it's bounds.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

KhabaLox Re:And in other news (139 comments)

On the flip side, taxi drivers have many more hours behind the wheel. I thinks it's fair to say that there are many factors which contribute to both raise and lower a taxi's risk of getting into an accident.

about 2 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

KhabaLox Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

Point was that you should be training/practicing on a regular basis, as well as cleaning it and checking it to make sure it's in working condition.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

KhabaLox Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

Hmm. It sounded like you were recommending revolvers over automatics because they were more reliable when left unattended for long periods.

My point was that the question of the battery is not too relevant, as it shouldn't be an issue if you are properly maintaining your gun.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

KhabaLox Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

That's why a revolver makes a better home defense gun than one with a clip and a slide and a safety. Those guns jam and misfire much more often when left there untouched for a year or more than the much more simple mechanism in a plain revolver.

You probably shouldn't be using a gun for home protection if you're going to let it sit untouched for a year or more.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

KhabaLox Re:I Pay (328 comments)

Is there an online (easy) guide on how to set this up? I notice that video streaming quality goes down during primetime. It's not just Netflix either. HBO Go was so bad that I resorted to downloading GoT via DirecTV VOD service and watching it from my DVR rather than stream through the Roku.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

KhabaLox Re:huh? (328 comments)

> watch a few hours of commercials every week, and maybe a few hours of actual show.

If you're ratio of commercial:content on basic cable is anywhere close to 1:1, then you're doing it wrong. Even if you don't use a DVR, the actual ratio on the vast majority of networks is 1:2, or about 18-20 minutes of ads and 40-42 minutes of show every hour.

> Every single time I surf the menu and see something that looks appealing, and change the channel, it's right to 5 minutes of commercials.

That's because you surf away from channel A during the commercials, so of course there are going to be commercials on the other channel. The breaks are all coordinated. It's the same with terrestrial radio. Occasionally there is a network that offsets it's programming by 5 minutes (I think TBS did this for a long time), but those usually don't last long, and revert to the standard of starting on the hour with breaks on the 10s.

about 4 months ago
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Why Netflix Is One of the Most Important Cloud Computing Companies

KhabaLox Re:Netfilx works (111 comments)

It's no small feat the transcoding automation they must have built to take the mezzanine files that they get delivered to them and create the packages of multi-bitrate, DRM-wrapped files that the consumer eventually sees. There are only a handful (maybe only 3) of companies that can do this on any type of scale.

about a year ago
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Why Netflix Is One of the Most Important Cloud Computing Companies

KhabaLox Re:Butthurt much? (111 comments)

> How easily people forget that AWS is Amazon's excess server capacity.

Is this common knowledge? I've never heard this before. Do you have a source?

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Those are good points, but I would say that there can be just as much interpretation and "semantic" translation for a book, especially one heavy with dialogue. Outside of dialogue, metaphors and other "imagery" language is not easy to translate, and does not entail a simple word shift.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

The latter part of ACs comment didn't warrant a response. I took it to be rhetorical and obviously sarcastic.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Well, it would be illegal for you to write a novel based closely on a film, yes.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Hehe... thanks. They outsource their sub origination and conforming, so it's likely that one of their vendors did this to cut costs. Competition has been fierce in this sector over the last few years with the onset of services like Netflix in non-English territories.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

a lot,

That's not a very substantive answer.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

People can't use the subtitles as a stand alone work:

When I was in school, I read scripts of plays. Seems analogous to a script of a movie. I agree that there is definitely more value to having a visual performance as well as the script, but the script is not valueless, and I don't see why the creator/owner of that script should not have a copyright claim to it.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Fuck 'em (344 comments)

Just because somebody does something for free doesn't mean it has no (or little) cost.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

KhabaLox Re:Really?!? (1448 comments)

I agree with your argument that a civil union that is equal under law to marriage is equal in it's application. However, the name does carry weight, and calling something that is equal in every respect by a different name marginalizes it.

For example, suppose we called immigrants who have gained citizenship "Legal Immigrants," while calling people born in the country "citizens." Under law, we say that a "Legal Immigrant" is exactly the same as a "Citizen," but we just call them something else. This has the effect of stigmatizing the Legal Immigrant, and even if by law they are the same, many people will view them as different, which is a problem.

Also, the clerical and legal challenges involved in updating the entirety of the legal code at Federal, State and Local levels would not be insignificant.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Derivative work (344 comments)

The FCC release new regulations regarding Closed Captioning last year. The rollout schedule is a bit confusing, but the basic gist is that any content that was broadcast over the air or cable/satellite with CCs must also have CCs when it is distributed over IP (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Instant, iTunes). I *think* that after 2015 or 2016, all content distributed over IP must have CCs.

about a year ago
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Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite

KhabaLox Re:Translation is a copyright owner's exclusive ri (344 comments)

I can invent a contrived language that maps the dialog of one movie directly into the dialog of another movie (at least if there are only two speakers).

Perhaps true, but actually preposterous.

about a year ago

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Google's AI Watches YouTube, Identifies Cats

KhabaLox KhabaLox writes  |  more than 2 years ago

KhabaLox (1906148) writes "Wired and the LA Times are reporting that Google and Stanford have created an artificial "brain" that can recognize cats after watching several days worth of YouTube videos, without relying on human intervention or metadata.

From the Times article:

Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats.

That may sound inconsequential at best and downright ridiculous at worst — but in fact, it is very important.

The research shows that if a computer is big enough, and programmed correctly, it can learn to make sense of random, unlabeled data, in just days without any help from humans.

And this research is especially important to Google because it has major implications for search."

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Anonymous Releases Version of Stuxnet

KhabaLox KhabaLox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KhabaLox (1906148) writes "As reported here Sunday, Anonymous obtained a version of the Stuxnet worm from an infiltration into US security firm HBGary's network. They have now released the code on the internet. From the article:

"There is the real potential that others will build on what is being released," Michael Gregg, chief operating officer of cybersecurity firm Superior Solutions, told FoxNews.com. Gregg was quick to clarify that the group hasn't released the Stuxnet worm itself, but rather a decrypted version of it HBGary had been studying — which could act almost like a building block for cybercrooks." The Stuxnet binaries can be found at The Pirate Bay."

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