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'Just Let Me Code!'

Matheus Re:Who is stopping him? (315 comments)

Sounds more like a cranky dev who graduated looking forward to creating Interesting Things(tm) and found themselves in the wealth of jobs out there creating What People Will Pay You To Do(tm) and is trying to find something grander than his lack of interesting job opportunities to fault it on.

As stated: If you want to create something fun with simple tools THEN FREAKING DO IT! There is nothing in this world holding you back unless all you are willing to work on is what someone is paying you to do.


Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Matheus Re:It'll be like... (265 comments)

"And the crappy CBS show that was based on it."

There... fixed that for you.

about two weeks ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Matheus Re:IETF next (311 comments)

The only thing worse than Lawyers is fscking law students. Do away with 'em all!!!

about two weeks ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Matheus Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

Communism is not to blame for the atrocities committed by the dictators who misuse it as a means of control. Many of the greatest ideas come from the worst of people. We as rational human being are capable of distilling the idea from its source and judging on the merits.

about two weeks ago

Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

Matheus Re:21 feet (55 comments)

Unneeded... we are all well versed on the length of a 10-passenger limousine.

about two weeks ago

Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

Matheus Re:They never answered the question... (137 comments)

The whole correlation != causation deal... What else transpired in the period their number represent? For example Android has made huge strides in market share so maybe the 19 % decrease on the i-side and 40% increase on the Android side is just representative of the number of phones available for theft?

Piss poor analysis!

about a month ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

Matheus Re:Movies for Prime subscribers (192 comments)

I can already do this on my non-Amazon Android Phone... Amazon's pushing that pretty hard actually "Hey download this app and get new capabilities from your Prime account!"

about a month ago

Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Matheus Re:Facial Recog has a high failure rate (143 comments)

Blanket statement that just isn't true.. nice try tho. With a high quality gallery (which the mugshot gallery is) you can obtain failure rates significantly less than 1%. The big question here is the quality of the sample taken from the CTA's cameras. Angle and Resolution are the biggest issues with CCTV footage but quantity of cameras and availability of low cost/high-rez equipment are rapidly eliminating both.

Having spent years deploying these systems I'm sorry but your claim is just plain false. The most important part of the situation which was clearly spelled out in TFA: The Facial Recognition Match pointed the PO in the right direction. If it was a high quality match (high enough match score) then that result would hold weight in court BUT that's not what convicted him! Most of the time the hardest job for an investigator is *finding the perp. Once they had him from his Facial Match they were able to get corroborating witness testimony and even, it sounds like, confession. Those are what sealed the deal the match just put him in the cross-hairs.

about a month and a half ago

AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Matheus Re:Um... McVeigh a hero? You lost me pal (449 comments)

So you're saying McVeigh was a hero because collateral damage is acceptable and the building in question was a "legitimate target that just happened to have civilians/kids inside".

I was going to write out a well reasoned argument but honestly the best response is "Are you fucking kidding me?!"

Well... a piece of it...
Whether you agree with McVeigh's politics or no at no point was he at war with the US. By his own admissions this was meant to send a message and is by definition a terrorist act. The blast also caused damage to hundreds of buildings that were not federal buildings. Even if the destruction had been limited to just that building this is a *office building bombed during the work day. Federal offices perform number of functions which inherently include civilians of all shapes and sizes (ages). He also stated that he wanted a high casualty count to emphasize his message. These were no accidental collaterals here.

You speak as if the BATF was lining their walls with children as human shields which couldn't be farther from the truth.


about 2 months ago

Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan

Matheus Re:Interesting Implication of Obvious Implication (83 comments)

Sad state of the world aside you're missing an important detail... this is *already over here. Do you have a drivers license? You're in a DB. Do you have a Passport? You're in a DB. Have you ever served in any branch of the armed forces? You're in a DB. Have you ever applied for clearance? You're in a DB. Have you ever been arrested for *anything? You're in a DB. As a child did you ever take a field trip to a local police station and get fingerprinted/etc? They kept all that... If you didn't answer yes to any of those questions then go ahead and continue your blissful existence off the grid but else you don't need to be paranoid. It is true. It is not hidden. This is already the way it is.

about 3 months ago

Identity Dominance: the US Military's Biometric War In Afghanistan

Matheus Re:So... (83 comments)

No... everything in use over there is already available over here. Afghanistan is "Production" not "QA"

about 3 months ago

Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

Matheus Re:Marketing... (68 comments)

That's not really the point... this is a *specific set of known hard to match faces that is used as a measuring stick for Facial Recognition algorithms. The test is checking individual 1:1 compares NOT a 1:N search. Converting a 1:1 algo to 1:N work is a whole 'nother topic. Honestly nothing that they describe in the article is new (normalizing on facial features and fixed resolution images and Vectorizing the image) so hard to see where they made their improvements. My former employer had the best Facial algorithms in the biz up to and including the ability to distinguish identical twins given a high quality image and no data set training required BUT would be interesting to see how their algorithms hold up in comparison.

about 3 months ago

Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Matheus Re:Contractor Vs. Employee (193 comments)

I have a different best of both... I'm a contractor who is a W2 employee of the consulting company I'm currently contracted through. I'm getting billed out at something like 2-2.5 of what I get paid but I'm still getting paid more like a contractor. Since I am W2 they are also covering my employment taxes just no bennies otherwise (PTO/Health/401K/etc)

When this contract is done there's no guarantee of anything beyond (from me or from them) but it's in their best interest to keep me feeding them money so I'm on the upper hand for next contract. Saves me the trouble of doing sales and in exchange I'm making less but honestly making nice $ so not concerned at the moment.

about 3 months ago

Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Matheus Re:Useless bullshit (60 comments)

Commas are such dangerous weapons... All of the deep seeded psychological issues exposed aside, the incest described by your final sentence would be cleanly done away with by removing most of the commas utilized. You could alternatively replace the word 'then' with 2 words 'followed by' or even easier 'and then' to make your intentions clear.

I may stand corrected in which case I owe your Husband-Father an apology (and child protective services a phone call!)

about 3 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

Matheus Re:Spare Change (320 comments)

Naw... it's everywhere. When I was going to school in Madison, WI you'd see this nice big ole Escalade drive up and lil street rats would pop out of Mommy and Daddy's car to the "Be home for dinner!" usual then go straight to a comfortable piece of concrete to spend the afternoon begging for change. Apparently it was cool (or just kept the kids busy and gave them candy/cig money so the parents supported it)

I hate the pretend poor... some people kids geez!

about 3 months ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Matheus Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Not sure which 'real world' you live in but nearly 100% of the people in my sphere know who Monsanto is (whether they are casually aware, blindly reactionary or truly informed about what they do aside). I don't know everyone so my own anecdotal statistics are only worth what they are BUT I'm personally aware of entire classes of people who are intimately aware of Monsanto that amount to WAY more than 1% of the U.S. at least. Numerous foreign governments have banned their products so there is a decent amount of international awareness (or at least fear of the concept/unknown).

Roughly 1% of our country work in the Ag business and I guarantee *all of them are intimately aware of Monsanto and their dealings. (numbers not accounted for above... I don't spend much time in the Agricultural community)

Sorry your circles are not in the know but frankly your sample seems to be a bit off from the whole.

about 3 months ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Matheus Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Ya... AC who thinks no one knows who Monsanto is sounds like a targeted "shill" trying to discredit the survey!

Honestly Monsanto is the food industry's Comcast. They are HUGE and virtually unavoidable in that space. They produce a bunch of probably fine products (I'm FAR from Anti-GMO in my personal sentiments and IF Comcast were my ISP I'd be getting better bandwidth than I am at the moment) BUT they perform their business in the most despicable ways (Which makes it really hard to defend GMO when they are the poster-child.)

Both organizations are severely guilty of criminally Anti-competitive activities yet the U.S. Gov't seems unwilling or able to prosecute. (Add to that list Ticketmaster/Live Nation... how the $%c& did they approve *that merger?!) so it's probably a forgone conclusion that Comcast+TWC will happen eventually if not now.

about 3 months ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Matheus Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

PS. I can't stop mis-reading the summary title as "Smart (car tipping)" instead of "(Smart car) tipping"... better read that way.

about 3 months ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Matheus Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

My girlfriend at the time drove a Geo Prism. *2 people (big) could pick up and move that car... which they did... to a number of increasingly hilarious places :-)

I do object to the description of these cars being tipped on their side when the photos clearly show them being tipped on their ass which is WAY more funny!

about 3 months ago



MN-US Ceases Attempt to Blacklist Online Gambling

Matheus Matheus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Matheus writes "In response to a lawsuit filed in federal court against the head of the MN Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division the order for all ISPs to block access to a list of on-line gambling sites has been dropped. This topic came to light here when the order was placed the end of April. Thankfully a bad mistake undone by my home state!"
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