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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

doug141 Re:Was cool in 2010 when foss BigBlueButton did th (99 comments)

nothing I saw that indicates how much training the speech recognition needs.

Translators as a whole will never have enough training, since it's an art not perfected even by humans. When an idiom's literal translation is nonsense, the translator's job is about imperfect trade-offs.

4 days ago
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Cyber Ring Stole Secrets For Gaming US Stock Market

doug141 TFA: WHO (37 comments)

Weedon suspects the hackers were trained at Western investment banks, giving them the know-how to identify their targets and draft convincing phishing emails.

about three weeks ago
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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

doug141 Re:Academic Beclowining (213 comments)

Nice strawman and ad-hominems. What I got out of the article was "So we see complicated dynamics when we allow the full range of payoffs to evolve,” Plotkin said. “One of the interesting results is that the Prisoner’s Dilemma game itself is unstable and is replaced by other games [stag-hunt & snowdrift]. It is as if evolution would like to avoid the [Prisoner's] dilemma altogether."

about three weeks ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

doug141 Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

Oops *soldier. Anyway, John offers to work (40 hours a week?) for rent. Bob says ok. After they have an agreed upon deal going for a few days, Bob says "Our deal was 40 hours a week 'for rent' (he made air-quotes and smiled). You have not been paying for my food that you have been eating. It'll be 80 hours a week now, making goods and services for me. Or get off my island."

John's move.

about a month ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

doug141 Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

John is shipwrecked on a raft. He heads towards an island. He approaches, he sees coconuts and small animals, he knows he can make a life here. He also sees another man pulling his raft onto the beach.

John gets to the beach and meets Bob. Bob says he got to the island first and owns all the property. John says that's BS. Bob shows proof he was born there. John wasn't going to go along with that system when he thought Bob just washed up, and he's thinking about living on an island where he is going to be Bob's financial slave. Bob sees his hesitation, and says his ownership is backed by power: in this case, a fancy gun and a solder who washed up yesterday and agreed to work security to pay for his own room and board (half of it, anyway).

What should John do?

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

doug141 Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Food calorie content is commonly measured in a bomb calorimeter, using a energy-release process totally different from the human body, and in some cases giving very different values. For example, Olestra releases calories in a bomb calorimeter, but not in the body. Same with sawdust, or "microcrystalline cellulose" as the fast-food places call it.

about a month ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

doug141 Re:That's Kinda Creepy... (110 comments)

The article doesn't say though. Some neuroscientists argye that the initiation of action may preceed the initation of the perception of "willing it":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

If that is the case, it could be there's a method of forcing movement that would be perceived as your own actions.

It could be that every action you've ever taken fits that description of forced movement. Forced by the way your genes built you, or the way your environment influenced the build, or by the resident influence of memes.

From a certain perspective, a social organism is just the interface between genes and memes. Both use you to replicate, both often fool you into thinking a threat to them is also a threat to you.

about a month and a half ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

doug141 Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

"I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!
-Andrew Jackson

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

doug141 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

Or, he thinks his target audience is better convinced by the specter of demons than by a rational argument.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

doug141 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”

  Albert Einstein

about 2 months ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

doug141 sounds like (308 comments)

it's time for a new branch of the military.

about 2 months ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

doug141 Re: Snowden (221 comments)

Whistle blower = Bank Robber??

about 2 months ago
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High Speed Evolution

doug141 Cane toads (282 comments)

Same thing is happening among the cane toads spreading from one side of Austrailia to the other. The fastest ones on the frontier only mate with each other, making super fast cane toads.

about 2 months ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

doug141 Seriously (165 comments)

Eric Holder gave a televised interview in which he credited a whistle blower at a bank for allowing the bank executives to be held to account for their part in making money off liar's loans. The reporter missed the obvious follow-up question to Holder, "So whistleblowers are good?"

about 2 months ago

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New best way to nuke a short-notice asteroid

doug141 doug141 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

doug141 (863552) writes "A scientist proposes the best way to deal with an asteroid on short notice is to hit it with an impacter, followed by a nuke in the crater. Delta 4 rockets could do the job. Grant money has been awarded and study is underway."
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Candidate for FCC Chair supports universal access to high speed internet

doug141 doug141 writes  |  about 2 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Susan Crawford, law school professor and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age, says “Truly high-speed wired Internet access is as basic to innovation, economic growth, social communication, and the country’s competitiveness as electricity was a century ago,” Crawford writes, “but a limited number of Americans have access to it, many can’t afford it, and the country has handed control of it over to Comcast and a few other companies.”

In a recent TV interview, she pointed out high speed access in Hong Kong costs a fraction of what it does in New York city, because the US providers don't enter each other's markets. She wants to change that.

There's a petition to appoint Susan as FCC Chairman."
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Federal judge says no right to secret ballot

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "A Colorado county put bar codes on printed ballots in a last minute effort to comply with a rule about eliminating identifying markings. Citizens sued, because the bar codes can still be traced back to individual voters. In a surprise ruling, Denver U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said the U.S. Constitution did not contain a "fundamental right" to secret ballots, the citizens could not show their voting rights had been violated, nor that they might suffer any specific injury from the bar codes."
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Lawrence Livermore proposes National Water grid, pays for itself, creates jobs.

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "For 1/6th the cost of the war in Afghanistan, the US could build a national water grid that mitigates flooding in the midwest and provides arid western states with water. It would pay for itself in a single major flood event, and make your food cheaper."
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Poll suggestion: Which moderation option would you

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "What mod option would you most prefer to see added to slashdot?
1) -1 strawman
2) -1 ad hominem
3) -1 non sequitur
4) -1 argument from authority
5) -1 confusion of correlation and causation"
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Cheap breakthrough doubles solar cell output

doug141 doug141 writes  |  about 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "In standard solar cells, much energy is lost (as heat) from photons mismatched to the capability of silicon to capture them. A new technique uses a pentacene layer to down-convert each hot (un-captureable) electron to two electrons that can be captured by standard silicon cells."
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Wiping out mosquitoes with GM mosquitoes

doug141 doug141 writes  |  about 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Scientists are releasing genetically modifies male mosquitoes that produce flightless female offspring. The male offspring go on to wipe out another generation of females.This is similar to the way screwworms were eradicated in the U.S., except with nature itself making more of the modified males.
Field trials are already underway."

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study: data analysis poor in neuroscience journals

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Analyzing for a difference is easy. But analyzing a difference of a differences is done incorrectly half the time in studies published in neuroscience journals.
Nieuwenhuis looked at 513 papers published in five prestigious neuroscience journals over two years. In half the 157 studies where this error could have been made, it was. They broadened their search to 120 cellular and molecular articles in Nature Neuroscience, during 2009 and 2010: they found 25 studies committing this fallacy, and not one single paper analysed differences in effect sizes correctly."

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Hurricane reduction with 1 year payback

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Salter sinks, which are wave power pumps, could cool hurricane-producing surface waters just enough to reduce hurricanes to any desired level. They can be made out of old tires so cheaply, the payback in reduced hurricane damage happens the first year."
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Testable String Theory Hypothesis Postulated

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Black holes are predicted to evaporate slowly in 3 spacial dimensions, but much faster if string theory's many-dimensions is true. A black hole/pulsar binary system, if found, could show how fast black holes evaporate, and thus how many dimensions make our universe."
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New NASA data contradicts global warming

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show far more heat released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study predicts less global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted."
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GameStop to honor ancient Duke Nukem Pre-Orders

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "GameStop encourages customers who pre-ordered more than a year ago to verify their reservation with their local store. 'Provided the customer has a receipt, we will honor even those pre-orders taken long ago. At this time, we expect that all pre-order customers will receive Duke's Big Package at time of purchase, regardless of when the reservation was made.'"
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Commercial personal jetpak for $86,000.

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "The Jetpack is constructed from carbon fiber composite, has a dry weight of 250 lbs (excluding safety equipment) and measures 5 ft high x 5.5 ft wide x 5 ft long. It's driven by a 2.0 L V4 2 stroke engine rated at 200 hp (150 kw), can reach 8000 ft (estimated) and each of the two 1.7 ft wide rotors is made from carbon / Kevlar composite. At $86,000 it is pitched at the level of a high-end car. As sales and production volume increase they expect this to drop to the price of a mid-range car. A 10% deposit buys you a production slot for 12 months hence; progress payments are made during manufacture with final payment due on delivery."
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SuperFreakonomics heralds cheap environment fixes

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "The new book Superfreakenomics (Levitt & Dubner) discusses two geoengineering concepts from Intellectual Ventures that are incredibly cheap compared to their impact:

The first system, still under computer testing, uses simple buoys, placed in the seasonally warm ocean waters that breed hurricanes, powered by wave action, to slowly pump the warm water down about 100 feet to the much colder water. The resulting very-slightly cooler surface water would reduce the intensity of hurricanes (eliminating them is equally possible, but not desired). At $1 billion the system would cost far less than the damage caused by a single hurricane season.

The second system offers to cool the planet for only $250 million. The world output of sulfur dioxide (volcanoes, humans, sea spray, other sources) is 200 million tons, but it's all in the troposphere. In 1991, the heavily studied Mt. Pinatubo eruption sent some sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere and cooled the world. Modeling shows a mere 100,000 tons per year of SO2, which is a garden-hose-like 34 gallons per minute, and one twentieth of one percent of the world troposphere emissions, would reverse arctic warming and reduce northern hemisphere warming. If the system is shut off the stratosphere would return to normal in a couple of years, just as it did after the Pinatubo eruption, so the whatcouldpossiblygowrong argument is weak. Several delivery systems could work such as a long chain of hoses, pumps and balloons, or a tall lightweight chimney held by weather balloons.

The book also brings to light two interesting facts about global warming:

1) Eating locally grown food over mass produced food actually increases greenhouse emissions, because only 11 percent of of food emissions are transportation related (and delivery from producer to retailer is only 4%). A full 80% of food related emissions are from production, and big farms are far more efficient than small farms.

2) The world's cows, sheep and other cud-chewers are responsible for 50% more greenhouse gas than the entire transportation sector, due to methane being 25 times more potent than CO2. Forgoing beef for one day a week is better than switching to a hybrid vehicle."
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Asteroid 1:1400 chance of Earthstrike in 160 years

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Asteroid 1999 RQ36, that had initially been deemed harmless, has turned out to have a 1 in 1400 chance of hitting Earth in 160 years. There's far less time available to deflect it off course, with the window between 2060 and 2080. With an estimated diameter of 560 meters, 1999 RQ36 is more than twice the size of the better-known asteroid Apophis. Both are large enough to unleash devastating tsunamis if they were to smash into the ocean."
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Video game conditioning spills over into real life

doug141 doug141 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

doug141 (863552) writes "Lessons learned in video games may transcend computers, PlayStations and Wiis. New research suggests that virtual worlds sway real-life choices. Twenty-two volunteers who played a cycling game learned to associate one team's jersey with a good flavored drink and another team's jersey with a bad flavored drink. Days later, 3/4 of the subjects avoided the same jersey in a real-world test. Marketers and lawyers will take note."
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