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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Neil Boekend Re:What kind of statement is this (78 comments)

In my experience: not really. They just have virusses and don't know it.
Most users still don't backup. They just don't think about it.

9 hours ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

Neil Boekend Re:Teehee (120 comments)

Ob. XKCD

yesterday
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

Neil Boekend Further along (120 comments)

Cool. Image recognition is far further along than I thought. It makes the same type of mistakes as humans although in a different way.
We humans see faces in everything. Smoke, clouds and static for example. This just means that this is inherent in the attempt of recognition.

yesterday
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

Neil Boekend Re:Automatic cars are just around the corner... (120 comments)

That is because computer vision is not yet good enough.
However, Google's rotating laser costs $70,000. Just the laser, you still have to pay for the car under it.

While large scale production would be able to lower that significantly it might be better to start with a $100 camera and a $1000 neural net computer.

yesterday
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Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

Neil Boekend yeah right (82 comments)

The bodies of water appear to be made mostly of methane,

yesterday
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Neil Boekend Re:What? (431 comments)

They are finishing things that SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN STARTED.

2 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Neil Boekend Re:Misleading title (184 comments)

In strength it is both.
Graphene is incredibly strong for a one atom thick material. All other materials need far more layers of atoms to achieve the same strength.
However: it is a one atom thick material. That means it doesn't have much absolute strength.
And the strength of graphene is non-uniform. It is far stronger in 2 directions than in the 3rd one

2 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

Neil Boekend Re:Remote Torso® (52 comments)

That's what the remote with off button is for.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Neil Boekend Re:I'm Working on Software To Do Just That (258 comments)

Why not both? Make a game that allows you to use cattle prods to prod files in the right folders and shoot them with a railgun to either add tags at or delete the file unrecoverable (difference based on the hash of the milisecond time. If the binary printout of that ends with a 1 it adds a tag. If it ends with a 0 it deletes)

3 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Neil Boekend Re:Did anyone watch the video? (514 comments)

A crate of beer for a modpoint. I'd offer a kingdom but I already paid that for a modpoint last mont.

3 days ago
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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

Neil Boekend Re:DMLS (55 comments)

Oops.

3 days ago
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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

Neil Boekend Re:DMLS (55 comments)

Bromine.

For other reasons, none of the metals with a halflife of below a second would be advisable. Especially not for objects as large as this.

If you want to get technical both mercury and bromine would work fine, assuming your 3d printer is in a freezer.

Not that I would want an implant made of any of those metals.

3 days ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

Neil Boekend Re:Bank Security Guy here (135 comments)

I feel for you. That claim would be hilarious if it wasn't so serious.
Have you send them this page or something similar and the question whether their sw also protect against those?

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Neil Boekend Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Sorry, you were talking about specific earthquake insurance. That should cover it, yes. However usually people only have home insurance and unless that is different in the US than in the Netherlands that usually excludes natural disasters.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Neil Boekend Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

He offers a reasonable alternative, although IMHO it isn't complete. There are 2 parts:
1. A label, "Safe to magnitude X"
2. A maximum on yearly rent raises based on that label.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Neil Boekend Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Natural disasters are usually excluded.
The gains are directly for the home owners. If they don't upgrade an earthquake would cause more cost because they'd have to pay for the rebuild cost.

That is, if the government doesn't step in and pay for it because the poor home owners can't because they have just lost everything due to an earthquake.

about a week ago

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Google privacy policy change

Neil Boekend Neil Boekend writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Neil Boekend (1854906) writes "Dear Google user,
We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.
We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policies. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012."

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