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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

kwoff Re:What, Physics Lag? (145 comments)

I think you read the quote too fast. It's not claiming anything about physics. It's saying that computer vision is at a very early stage, which you said as well.

I had different quibbles with that quote. 1) Technology advances much faster today than it did in 1700, so it's not as if it will take centuries for computer vision to reach the same stage as physics. 2) The quote assumes a similarity of the technological paths (if there is something like that) of physics and computer vision, which doesn't seem obvious.

about 3 months ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

kwoff Re:I'm sick of this bad English (494 comments)

Take a deep breath.... You're talking about bad English grammar in a Scottish independence thread, right? 'Christ did no one go to school." You speak good English? Christ was reputedly a virgin, but people don't generally refer to him as "Christ did no one". Right? "What industry?" -- Was that meant to be a sentence? "Mod'd"? What say you? Etc., etc.... We can get stupidly pedantic, but....why? "I only retained about 50% of what I was taught in English[,] and it's driving me insane what I see and hear nowadays, I can't begin to imagine" - runon sentence, hello? What's this "state of things" you're talking about?? We're imperfect humans trying to communicate.... right?

about 4 months ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

kwoff Re:What a strange title. (419 comments)

Maybe it is a steganography key, color #244216

about 6 months ago

A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

kwoff prove it (108 comments)

the NSA is certainly not the first, and arguably far from the worst

What's this argument? First of all, prove that you're not from the NSA.

about 8 months ago

Is 'Fair Use' Unfair To Humans?

kwoff Re:There is a way to mark them (259 comments)

Tattoo a swastika on your forehead, and I'll stop raping your daughter. You can send me money you would have spent on psychiatrists.

about a year and a half ago

Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

kwoff Re:Stone age society develops space age technology (425 comments)

(Ignoring your obviously good points)

That you can still say the word "pizza," which has been banned in that country for being too western?

"Freedom fries" or "Peace pies", is it so different?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

kwoff Z-Type (307 comments)

I recommend playing Z-Type all the time... :P But maybe I'm not a good one to take advice from:

Level 25 (?)
Final Score: 002651
Accuracy: 94.5%
Words Per Minute: 46.5

(Of course, you can't really judge your WPM from that (spend time waiting for new "targets"), but it's an interesting concept.)

more than 2 years ago

Perl Turns 25

kwoff Re:Long-time perl developer (263 comments)

Moose should be a swear word. Every time I've encountered Moose, it just made maintenance harder. The argument about eliminating boilerplate code is laughable, when you look at any Moose class with pages of crap at the top. (should be indented, but slashdot ecode sucks)

has 'blah' => {
is => 'rw',
isa => 'Str',

Thanks, I could've put that in a hash, and I didn't really care if it was a string or modifiable. Now I get useless Java-like stacktraces to boot. Not to mention the implicit things like "_build", "clear", and reimplementations of things that were already native perl (traits; oh, wow, I can....count the number of items in an array now? and return those items? and tell if it was empty? Thanks for the unnecessary crap, oh yes this is much more readable....).

more than 2 years ago

As Fish Stocks Collapse, Overpopulated Lobsters Resort to Cannibalism

kwoff Re:Exactly (231 comments)

Well, that settles it, as I'm sure a "genius investor" has no self-interest in saying what he says.

more than 2 years ago

But Can It Run Crysis 3?

kwoff Re:Free advertising. (182 comments)

Double-edged sword: I've never played Crysis because of the impression that it wouldn't run well. Good luck selling to all those performance testers!

more than 2 years ago

The Rise of Feudal Computer Security

kwoff courtier (147 comments)

I guess this makes Bruce Schneier a courtier?

more than 2 years ago

SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

kwoff Re:Transparency ? (272 comments)

Did anyone here a call of engine cut-off in the NASA TV feed? .... Also, when I fly I like my pilots to be well dressed and professional.

I understand where your coming from. As a former USAF airman I like sharp uniforms and haircuts

These fashion-obsessed, grammatically-challenged posts could bee seen as arguments four SpaceX....

more than 2 years ago

Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World

kwoff Re:Incidentally... (633 comments)

I have a gluten intolerance, so your "Bud uses rice" parenthetical comment interested me; soooo.... googling/wikipedia-ing, I was somewhat-pleasantly surprised to find that Bud and Corona do have less than 20 ppm gluten, so maybe.....I (or my immune system) could tolerate those (the "research" seems a bit controversial). I do (did) for some reason like Corona, though it's probably safer to stick with wine. Anyway, IMHO wine has a perfect level of alcohol for getting a little buzz going without getting too drunk while at the same time avoiding excess bloating/pissing.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?

kwoff take it from a Nobel laureate (166 comments)

You said online but also said willing to pay, so for what it's worth....

Linus Pauling's "General Chemistry" is brilliant and a Dover Publication so it's cheap and a classic.

For a popular introduction to science (esp. great explanations of the chemical bonds, but also amazing word play...): The Canon, by Natalie Angier.

more than 2 years ago

Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir

kwoff Re:Missed opportunity (360 comments)

Better to use crucified Jesus, then we could really see the feces hit the rotor.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

kwoff Re:Construction or landscaping (402 comments)

You seem a bit sensitive about people who are too sensitive.

more than 2 years ago

The Gamification of Hiring

kwoff Re:also don't use Degrees (203 comments)

Getting a degree is just a different game. Thanks for not playing!

more than 2 years ago


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