William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
Nope.. 20% are just all telemarketers.
The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI
Are you aware of any games with fixed set of rules/movements that can't use an IBM like strategy (looking up known games combined with brute force) to beat a human? What about games that have rules that can evolve while you play? I assume adding a random element, like having to roll dice, can lead to no win situations for some pretty simply games though.
Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day
They should probably bump it up to a $20,000 donation then.
Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"
Several years back Netflix scammed me into paying more for their service. The rising costs of fuel just made sense they had to do it but I was upset with the tactic they used and wish they were just honest about it. Their service was still way cheaper than renting locally and they had started to add more value with the streaming content. I'm sure somebody crunched the numbers and made a decision that deception was probably result in retaining more costumers but it still doesn't sit well with me.
About five years ago now they started putting up ads to upgrade your plan for a really low rate. If I remember correctly it was under $1 to upgrade my 4-disc plan to 5-disc. It turns out the rate change listed was the cost for the only remainder of the billing period and the actual cost of the upgrade was closer to $10. However, this information wasn't given to you until AFTER you finalized the upgrade. I didn't want to pay that much for just one disc so I downgraded back to my 4-disc plan but the current 4-disc rate was more expensive (around $5 more) than what I was paying currently paying. I contacted them about this and was told I could not get my old rate back.
I didn't press the issue and maybe I could have gotten them to cave if I threatened to cancel since I had been a subscriber for nearly 10 years at this point. However, I was also guilty of kinda scamming them too... Their mail service was significantly slower when it first started and it wasn't uncommon to send a disc back and have to wait more than four days to have it marked received in order for your next queue item to ship taking another 3+ days to finally get the disc. I learned you could just click the "sent back already" button (any time after they marked a disc as shipped) which would cause the next movie in the queue to ship. At first I would do it just when it was taking unusually long but I admit a few times I didn't want to wait and clicked it the same day they shipped discs allowing me to have 8 discs out on my 4 disc plan. It took them a year to prevent you from taking advantage of this little trick. In the end I called it even and downgraded to a 2-disc plan and am still a Netflix customer and their service is still valuable to me. I can justify paying a little more for and increased streaming library and original content.
GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless
Interesting point of view. Why can't/doesn't a government can't care? Also US homeless are still selling you something. Perhaps in the US a sob story is more appealing/profitable than other products?
P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe
There's nothing saying some sort of natural process can't do something NP-hard fast, as long as it doesn't do it in some way we'd call computation.
This reminds me of a video where they use soapy water to solve Motorway/Steiner problem. Anybody else know of any other problems that can be solved using physics rather than computation?
Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball
I would argue that professional baseball is ripe for statistical analysis because they play tons of games per season and players have very long careers. College basketball play very few game per year and the players are out after four years no matter what. You probably just don't have enough data to find anything meaningful before the team is comprised of completely new players rendering your data useless.
Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe
4. the coin explodes in the air
HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who
Uh, wouldn't you want to solve the easier problem first? World health is going to be a hell of a lot easier to work at then teaching the world grammar.
Does Software Need a Siskel and Ebert?
Isn't a bean counter pretty much exactly the type of person you want doing your taxes?
Toyota's Killer Firmware
Women are naturally better at multitasking though. It's true I saw it on Mythbusters!
OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review
I think there were some legitimate gripes about FCPX at launch. Things like no XML support, no support for tape media, and no backwards compatibility with older projects. Third parties had to release applications solve most of these problems and they weren't available for quite some time.
However, I agree that people bitching about how FCPX is just iMovie on steriods because of the new UI probably are just overly resistant to change. From the little I've seen it has some very nice features and should make big mistakes harder to do as well as managing media significantly easier.
MIT Develops "Kinect of the Future"
Maybe flailing your limbs around is asking too much. However, if we're lucky just the acting of breathing itself will produce enough of a change to detect a person?
Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos
You got some Reddit love awhile back so quit your bitching :)
Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos
Just say enhance a few more times....
What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It
Would be pretty cool to have a CCD/CMOS sensor that captured the entire spectrum and you could just add filters to the lens (or in post) select the range you wanted to view. I'd imagine you could produce some pretty interesting images.
Data Storage That Could Outlast the Human Race
Dude, did you not read the article?! It's 5D!!!
Google Patents Image-Capturing Walking Sticks
Google pays people to go hiking in remote areas of the globe? sign me up!
Canon DSLR Hack Allows It To Shoot RAW Video
The onboard microphones on DSLRs pretty god awful. You probably shouldn't use them anyway and would be wise to invest in separate audio recorder/mixer. Even if the microphone was decent you still lack decent gain control, it's usually stored in a lossy codec, and most of the other components are lower quality and introduce lots of additional noise to your recording. It's just not capable of recording good audio.
Eric Schmidt: Teens' Mistakes Will Never Go Away
I'm not saving they should but the reality is there is very little in this world you can truly keep private especially when you interact with other people.
Personally, I believe an employer should be able to not hire or fire you for any reason even if it's something as petty and stupid as if you're a certain race. Of course in the real world if they make that why public they could be in for a world of hurt legally. Personally, I'd rather a company go out of business because nobody wants to buy his product/services because it's owned by a racist than have our legal system allow him to be sued for it but that's just me.
So, while I believe an employer has the right to hire you because there are pictures of you on the net smoking weed I personally think a company that would do that is not worth working for. I don't believe there is any way we can prevent a company from doing this and attempting to do so is just as ignorant as their hiring practices. My point is the more cases of it happening the more likely society as a whole will make a push to stop the practice. It might be just stigmatism of marijuana changing (which it obviously have) or it might be just knowing that company X doesn't hire people who smoke it. Talent won't apply there and people who have same opinions will stop doing business with that company.
However, trying to regulate how a company hires/fires feels like it can be the exact same invasion of privacy.
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