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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

Wolfier How shocking is that? (230 comments)

All neural nets try to predict, and predictions can be foiled.

People can be fooled by optical illusions, too.

about 3 months ago
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Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

Wolfier We've just been mislabelling our brain region (56 comments)

If the "vision" center had been named "geometry" center, its activation would be very natural and not a surprise at all.

about 5 months ago
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T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Wolfier Re:No-plan phone purchases? (355 comments)

Chatr is Roger's fighter brand designed to kill off the real alternatives. I care about competition, so I don't join any of the "discount" brand of major incumbents.

more than 2 years ago
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T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Wolfier Re:There needs to be a way to avoid the subsidy. (355 comments)

> $137 per month

That's the problem.

Most people don't use unlimited text/minutes/data, yet, the carriers either force people to use the cheap, inadequate plans or the overkill, overpriced plans.

i.e. they'll never offer a $25 plan that offers 1000 minutes, 500 text messages, and 3GB of data.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information

Wolfier Re:Google got slammed, but not CarrierIQ? (140 comments)

Only in the form of OS logs for crash reports

Neither CarrierIQ or the Carriers have business in knowing what apps I'm using, whether they crash or not (the PDF says it reports context switches between apps, this is an INSANE invasion of my privacy) - except the crapware written by the Carriers themselves, which I need or want none of.

The whole "case" against CIQ is hugely overblown by media sources looking for ratings and people who desperately want something to be outraged over.

They were largely responsible for the "case" against themselves - if they worked with the researcher instead of using lawyers to threaten him, there would be no case. They should have been sensitive enough to know that there's a very fine line between what they make and a real spyware - and be aware of the possibility that EFF might join the fray before their lawyer sent that threaten letter.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information

Wolfier Re:People are way too paranoid... (140 comments)

First off.. CIQ are not the bad guys here.

They make software. It does various things, and it can be used for good or evil.

The carriers are the ones who requested the software to be placed on the handsets. The handset makers are the ones who screwed up, specifically HTC who left debug mode enabled on a production handset. The Samsung handsets do not exhibit the same issues that were shown in the video that the HTC handsets show.

The whole FBI link, no one really knows for sure, what the deal is, other then they refused a FOIA. That could mean they utilize the data, or they are in fact investigating CIQ itself.

Honestly, for the purposes that CIQ claim the software is for, I have no real issue with it. However they built far more capability then was needed in the software, and that I do have a major issue with.

Mostly agreed, except that CIQ made a fatal mistake of trying to silent the researcher with a SLAPP. If they worked WITH him in the first place, I bet none of their current PR disaster would have happened.

more than 2 years ago
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Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information

Wolfier Re:"A fix for the bug"? (140 comments)

It's not spyware. Carriers want info on how people use their phones so that they can fix bugs and make better phones. It's no different from software that occasionally reports home with usage statistics. Everyone does it, and it's a good thing. The only problem is that a few OEMs and carriers disabled the user's ability to opt out.

CarrierIQ makes a legal, useful, morally-sound product. Some companies go on to use that product in a legal, useful, but less moral manner. But some asshole of a security researcher figured out (correctly!) that he'd get way more hits on his webpage if he accused them of making a rootkit and keylogger. And now all the innocent, hardworking developers at this small business will be out on the streets, because the rage-a-holics want something to scream about, and the media is more than happy to manufacture controversy if it means good ratings.

So congrats. You're going to destroy the lives of some innocent people over the tiniest of slights. I'm sure you're very proud.

Not so fast. I suspect if CarrierIQ didn't attempt to SLAPP the researcher, none of its PR disaster would have happened.
Don't act as if CarrierIQ is totally in the right, because it is not. The moment they decided to unleash a lawyer first, and then an honest disclosure when necessary, their fate was sealed.

more than 2 years ago
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New Study Concludes Math Gender Gap Is Cultural, Not Biological

Wolfier Re:Still readying the artical but... (472 comments)

The solution to this is to pay the surgeons by the hour, per operation, etc. Then the pay scale will be the same for every piece of work.

As to motherhood and the importance of families in society, it'll need to be compensated in other ways - because if it's compensated with a "parity" salary of their occupation, it means the families and motherhood of a female surgeon is more valuable to that of a cubicle worker, which is obviously untrue.

And, the joy of motherhood and family needs to be accounted for as well - otherwise it'll be unfair men who cannot enjoy the experience of bearing a baby and being able to breastfeed.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

Wolfier Make it 100% accurate (348 comments)

By making the amber light last just slightly shorter, again!

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

Wolfier That's OK as long as (348 comments)

they fine people at 85%

more than 2 years ago
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Free Software Activists Take On Google Search

Wolfier Cannot find the binary download link? (254 comments)

What about people who want to join but don't run their own compilers? You know, those people exist.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android

Wolfier On the other hand (800 comments)

Widgets have given Android a 10 year advantage.

Because it's such a prominent feature on Android, Apple doesn't want to copy it - that's why you'll never see non-jailbroken iOS devices running widgets on the home screen. You read it here first.

more than 2 years ago
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Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Wolfier Re:BES Anyone? (104 comments)

On top of easily setting compliance policies, BES also controls enterprise resources other than those controlled by Exchange.

Does ActiveSync devices still require setting up a VPN separately?

(hint: if you or your company don't need those controls, it means you or your company don't need those controls - nothing more)

more than 2 years ago
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Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Wolfier Re:No, They Should Buy a Mainframe (104 comments)

first, there's push policy update on BES vs poll-based policy updates. if you're in an environment that needs dynamic policies, push policies can't be beat.
second, BES allows applications to set its own policies - while last I looked at ActiveSync, it's only for an MS application (Exchange).
and then, ActiveSync policies are very device-specific - Windows Mobile phones implements a larger set of supported policies than Android, for example.

more than 2 years ago
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Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Wolfier Re:BES Anyone? (104 comments)

FIPS compliance, maybe?

more than 2 years ago
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Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Wolfier Re:BES Anyone? (104 comments)

> You can administer and control (to some extent), and wipe the phone using ActiveSync. If you're using BES, I assume you have an Exchange server? Well then, you're all set

I assume you haven't used BES. It's understandable why you think ActiveSync might be an adequate replacement. (hint: the level of fine-grained control offered by BES is way more reaching than what an administrator can do with ActiveSync.)

more than 2 years ago
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Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Wolfier Re:No, They Should Buy a Mainframe (104 comments)

> ActiveSync provides security policies too

If you're comparing mere ActiveSync security policies with BES security policies, clearly ActiveSync is secure enough for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Oxford University Tests Universal Flu Vaccine

Wolfier Re:Worldwide death toll (218 comments)

The bottomline is, almost all road accidents are caused by jerks, or people who have no idea how to drive yet somehow got their licences. About the only ways to reduce fatality on the road is to

1. make the road test about 5 times tougher. If you're in north america, 20 times tougher
2. enforce road rules with heavy-hands on top of severe punishments

Since many if not most politicians are either jerks or people who have no idea how to drive yet got their licences, I doubt they'll actually make any real effort to reduce road death.

Therefore, road death cannot be meaningfully reduced. Thus, effort is better spent on preventing some other deaths, such as....flu.

QED

more than 3 years ago

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Carrier forcing firmware update on Android Users

Wolfier Wolfier writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wolfier (94144) writes "It seems that "Customer Safety" only becomes a concern after months of negligence. An Android firmware bug that prevented users from making 911 calls under certain situations were fixed and informed to the only GSM carrier in Canada — Rogers Wireless — months ago by a customer (there's a link to a recording of the call on the forum), but they're only doing something now — by cutting data access of paying customers until they update to a mandatory firmware by Rogers — that doesn't only have the feature fixed, but also contains those "extra" features that prevents users from ever gaining root access of their phones — even non-subsidized ones. Did I mention that some phones are also bricked by this "official" update?

Conclusion: we really need opening up the competition here up North."

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