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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

bouldin Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (340 comments)

I just wonder how long it will be until the virus "discovers" a carrier..
Someone who is immune enough to not show symptoms, but can still carry the virus enough to infect others.

See typhoid Mary.


Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

bouldin Re:what about being evil? (164 comments)

As long as we're being pedantic, the current chair was reappointed by Obama, after she was appointed by Bush. She donated to McCain, Romney, and the republican party.

So let's just call it even.

CPB is required, by law, to be strictly objective, and has internal reviews to ensure objectivity. That is a better deal than you will get from Fox, MSNBC, WSJ, or NYT.

You are right that CPB != NPR, but they are tightly bound, and the exact relationship is complex. Regardless, there are plenty of conservatives in my city who listen to NPR and donate to local stations. The attempts to defund CPB and NPR have been defeated through bipartisan efforts.

I think if you actually listened to NPR, you would be surprised at how neutral and accurate the reporting is, and you would notice how the liberal slant of, say, is *not* present.

2 days ago

Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

bouldin Re:what about being evil? (164 comments)

You know the board of directors for the Corp for Public Broadcasting is, by law, an even split between Republicans and Democrats, right?

I think *your* bias is showing.

2 days ago

Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

bouldin Re:Goodbye Oculus (38 comments)

I think it's hilarious that facebook paid 2 billion for Oculus, while Magic Leap has far superior tech and seems to value itself around 1.6 billion.

Here are two possible explanations:
1. Zuckerberg is an idiot CEO who overpays for things (he did pay 20 billion for whatsapp, after all).
2. Zucker knows his stock is way overpriced, so he is actually getting a better deal than it appears. Most of the Oculus acquisition is paid for with fb stock.

Either way, another very smart move by Google.

2 days ago

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

bouldin Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

Kurzweil and academics like Jordan seem to have very different ideas about when we will solve the problems of intelligence.

Kurzweil says things like the "design of the human brain, while not simple, is nonetheless a billion times simpler than it appears, due to massive redundancy". He has predicted (as I understand it) that by 2029, we will have completely reverse engineered the brain.

In the interview, Jordan said, "but it's true that with neuroscience, it's going to require decades or even hundreds of years to understand the deep principles." This is in line with what other academics like Pinker say.

I think Jordan would not take Kurzweil's timelines seriously.. I know Kurzweil had some early accomplishments, but many of his predictions just seem naive.

2 days ago

Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

bouldin Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (286 comments)

The law still hasn't come to terms with product liability for software. That's a huge hurdle that will need to be crossed before we can trust software with life-or-death situations.

2 days ago

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

bouldin Re:Computer vision... (145 comments)

The google car doesn't posses the kind of general visual intelligence he was describing. It solves very specific problems (follow the road; if something is in the way, then stop; match speed with the vehicle ahead).

2 days ago

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

bouldin zomg singularity! (145 comments)

This is why I don't take Ray Kurzweil's predictions seriously. People like Prof. Jordan, who would actually make the vision become reality, dont take Kurzweil's ideas seriously.

2 days ago

Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

bouldin many lawyers make under 100k (196 comments)

I looked into a law degree a couple years back. You either get a Big Law job (starting at 125-135, with raises depending on what business you bring in, with many lawyers getting very infrequent raises), or you work for yourself (average was in the mid-70s).

A lot of things about the graph are misleading. There are *plenty* of people with law degrees who either cant find work as an attorney, scrape by in bottom-feeder roles (real estate and probate law), or work contract-to-contract.

Also, 103-200 is a huge range.

3 days ago

Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

bouldin Re:Comcast (133 comments)

Don't worry, in 20 years your only choice will be google.

Think that's hyperbole?

I'm a big fan of google right now, but let's see how long "don't be evil" lasts once Larry and Sergey have moved on, and MBA brain damage is calling the shots.

about 2 months ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

bouldin how are cops like bank executives? (231 comments)

When either one does viciously illegal shit, they get away without punishment, and somebody else pays the fine!

about 2 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

bouldin Re:Role Models (255 comments)

Can we please choose a role model for children in CS who is not ethically challenged?

Zuckerberg may have escaped arrest when he stole passwords to build his hot-or-not website (he should have been arrested), but he was clearly caught red handed.

Combine that with all the dishonesty and contempt for individual privacy he has expressed, and I would feel like a parental failure if my kids turned out like him.

about 5 months ago

Why Not Every New "Like the Brain" System Will Prove Important

bouldin biologically inspired design (47 comments)

This is the first thing you learn if you study biologically inspired design.

Dont just mimic the form of the system. Understand what makes the system work (how it functions and why that is effective), and copy that.

Its like early attempts at flying machines that flapped big wings, but of course didnt fly. The important thing wasn't the flapping wings, it was lift.

There are important principles behind what makes the brain work, but its not as simple as building a neural network.

about 5 months ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

bouldin Re:Things are starting to turn around (303 comments)

Figures - I write a dozen thoughtful posts that get no love, but when I take a brain shart on a post, that gets the mod points.

about 7 months ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

bouldin Re:Things are starting to turn around (303 comments)

Shill much?

Two anonymous cowards with IDs less than 1000 digits apart write anti-open source posts at the same time?

about 7 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

bouldin Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

A lot of this depends on timing in the industry.

When I entered college, the infosec industry was just about to take off. I got out just after the dotcom bust, so finding a job was hard. Many people at local infosec companies had gone there instead of college, and had 4 years work experience.

Several of these people were not especially good at what they do, but just having 4 years experience at those companies launched their careers. Most of them inflated their work experience and technical skills on their resumes, and have moved on to director positions at smaller companies.

I would expect a lot of these folks will not be able to adapt to a changing industry because they have no background in theory, or meaningful technical skills outside of their late-90s apprenticeships. But they certainly had a head start.

In a down economy, it probably makes more sense to go to school while (if?) Things recover.

about 7 months ago

As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

bouldin not just government (80 comments)

Why do people seem to think governments are the only threat to our rights in this space?

Large corporations already watch and log everything they can about you. Not just your metadata, but what you do (deep packet inspection), where you are (location-based services), what you buy (sharing all your transactions with "affiliates"), and what you say (facebook messages, etc).

What's worse, this data is all legally their property (at least in the U.S.), so they can basically do whatever they want with it, sell it, store it, give it to the government in exchange for favors, or worse. AFAIK, you cant even demand to see what they are keeping on file for you.

Their capabilities are not just passive, either. They can control what services you can access (now that net neutrality is dead), gouge you financially with little justification (credit ratings are based on proprietary algorithms), open you to barrages of advertisement, trick you into legal commitments you dont understand (do you have $500 to have a lawyer review that EULA?), and guess what? Government provides all the tools to enforce all of this. And you pay for ALL of it.

As long as we are using analogies from EU history, the government is a neutered king who lives far away and you rarely feel his presence. Big Business is the nobility who owns all the land, controls all the food, hoards all the money, and controls your life on a day-to-day basis. Like an indentured servant, you have no choice to participate and hand over most of the fruits of your labor. What are you going to do - stop buying things and stop having a job?

I'll head off one criticism of what I'm saying. This is not conspiracy theory, because there is no conspiracy necessary. This is a system, and most of what I've said above is just legal fact.

Unlike your government, you can not participate in corporate governance, you can't request meeting minutes under FOIA, internal rules and policies are rarely published. You have no voice except your dollars (and many industries are so anticompetitive you really have little choice).

Maybe big business has all this opportunity but doesnt take advantage of it. Do you think so?

about 7 months ago

China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

bouldin Re: Summary says it all (634 comments)

We are spending more than our tax revenue because of the bush tax cuts (aka blowjobs to the wealthy). So, it is in fact a revenue problem. It's the right winger scam: cut taxes, then say we have to all tighten our belts to make the smaller budget work. It's similar to the other right winger scam: do a shitty job of governing, then say, "see? Government doesn't work."

1 year,9 days

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

bouldin Gwinnett county is a shithole (1440 comments)

Just to give a little context for people who do not live around Atlanta:

Gwinnett County has been a traffic ticket mill for decades. This is not Atlanta - it is an exurb of Atlanta where all the racist, faux-Christian whitebread people moved a couple decades back. All it really has going for it is two major highways running through the county (I-85 and GA-316). Several people I know have had bad experiences there, and I literally do not stop in Gwinnett County anymore.

This is also the place where Larry Flynt was brought to court on obscenity charges, and shot by a white supremacist who confessed but never had charges brought against him (

Please don't confuse Gwinnett with Atlanta. Gwinnett is a shithole that has only strip malls, a thriving prison industry, a growing international population, and an entrenched set of racist white people who don't like the new international population and want to throw them all in jail.

Worst of all, this place tattooed "GWINNETT IS GREAT" and "SUCCESS LIVES HERE" on their ugly ass water towers. Here's a picture I found via Google, ironically on a blog called "stuff black people don't like": (I haven't read the blog posting, but I'm white and don't like Gwinnett, either).

Make no mistake, this cop was ticketing people for texting solely so he could take all the brown ones to jail. This is the Gwinnett MO: enforce traffic violations heavily, and try to turn every traffic stop into a drug bust or driving-without-a-license bust.

Here, take a look at what Gwinnett has to offer:

about a year ago



Google settles Buzz privacy suit

bouldin bouldin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bouldin (828821) writes "This evening, Google e-mailed Gmail users who had been invited to Google Buzz to advise of settlement on a class-action privacy suit. The class action suit alleged privacy breaches due to the default privacy settings when Google rolled out the service. Terms of the settlement include $8 million to cover lawyer fees and fund privacy policy education on the Internet, but do not include cash payouts to Gmail users.

With several outstanding class action privacy suits against Facebook and Zynga, it is interesting to see Google set this precedent. How will Facebook and Zynga respond to their suits?"

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