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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

martin-boundary Re:HAL 9000 (119 comments)

By analyzing the light in the background of a video you can see what is reflected there (the people behind the camera). If someone in the background of a terrorist vid is talking about their next terrorist strike- I'd want to know what he was saying.

That's ridiculous. If you can lip read the reflection in a terrorist vid, then you can see the person's face, and you don't need to know what he's talking about, you can arrest him for being an accessory. If you can't see the person's face, try using Photoshop's ENHANCE plugin to erase the blaclava from the picture.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Hollywood Logic (870 comments)

Not really. You're making too many unfounded assumptions, such as: given a state of the chess board, can both sides win if they each play optimally? That's wrong, sometimes one side cannot win or draw at all, just lose.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:200 years ago. (870 comments)

Bruce, I'm gonna say this only once. Noooo pooftahs.

3 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

martin-boundary Re:What did they expect? (182 comments)

This is basically a problem with granularity. They should make their MOOC classes into little self contained units of a single lecture each, with a more complex dependency chart. Then they can measure people's completion rates of the various units, and they'll have a better understanding of what microtopics are actually most popular, too.

3 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

martin-boundary Re:HAL 9000 (119 comments)

My first thought was "why the hell would I want a machine to lip read?" since lip reading is basically a crutch for humans' inability to hear sufficiently well to extract someone's voice from the surrounding environment.

We already have laser microphones, which can detect sound vibrations at a distance, and we have sophisticated sound processing methods to extract weak signals from noise, etc. We don't need lip reading, other than maybe as a fun science project for graduates.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (870 comments)

That in fact is only one of the ways religious ideas fail the test of reality. You're still making the mistake of accepting that there is such a thing as a clear conception of something that represents what religious people mean when they invoke the nebulous word "god".

If you dig deeper, you'll find that in common parlance "god" refers to a set of contradictory statements, which cannot ipso facto exist as any object worthy of study anyway, and even just introducing the premise that an object can exist satisfying the requirements commonly understood by people who use the word "god" will introduce a contradiction into your argument, thereby rendering it a waste of time to pursue.

TLDR: never use the word "god" or any of its synonyms, it's a contradiction in terms.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (870 comments)

Who cares about the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Science isn't the father figure you've been craving for to tell you who you are and what your place is.

Science is a compendium of human knowledge. It doesn't answer all possible questions, only those we happen to have figured out by now. Except it doesn't do so by a humongous Q+A list, that would be inefficient. It does so by stating a small number of facts and theories, and then you can try to see if your particular Q has an A that's derived from those facts and theories. So you actually have to do some work instead of being told everything. And you need some education to even be able to do the work.

There's no free lunch. If you want that, go check out the Hare Krishna in your neighbourhood.

3 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

martin-boundary Re:Carpooling should be as free as speech (285 comments)

Free markets have never existed. There's a good reason for that, they don't work. So stop pining for the nonexistent ideal, it's as useful as pining for communism.

3 days ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

martin-boundary Re:What is the point? They are carrying a phone (184 comments)

If would be paired with my phone in my pocket. If I was taking photos it would go out through the phone.

Like I said in my comment, I view this as the first steps in a suite of countermeasures, not all necessarily through the Wifi protocols.

I can reasonably imagine that stores or restaurants may create internet free zones, where some technology jams your phone in your pocket, as long as you are within the private premises. Kind of like now, where you can only connect to Wifi if you're reasonably close, the jammers would be localized. Moreover, since every measure invites a countermeasure, there would be other tools that prevent other technologies you might carry from working, once loopholes around the phone jammers become exploitable etc.

As a technology geek, this interests me, as well as knowing what sorts of things will be available when I truly need it. I don't care if this particular Wifi method is slightly niche.

4 days ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

martin-boundary Re:Good. (101 comments)

Exactly. Libraries are the repositories of Humanity's Knowlege. Remember all the stuff we used to know that got lost when we burned the Library of Alexandria? No? Of course you don't, 'cause we lost it.

When it comes to books and knowledge, the economics of publishers has to take second place to the imperative of preserving all the copies we can. Not only should libraries be able to make all the copies they want, they should also be able to share their copies with other libraries. The future demands it.

5 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

martin-boundary Re:When is too soon? (92 comments)

There's no minimum time, just how long anybody is willing to protect the sanctity of the tomb. For example, if it's a king, then his subjects are probably willing to stop and prosecute anyone who's trying to open the tomb for a few generations after, probably until the kingdom gets destroyed even. If it's you, then you get dug up about 50 years after they bury you, so somebody else gets to putrefy in your cemetery spot.

5 days ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

martin-boundary Re:What is the point? They are carrying a phone (184 comments)

Ok so the google glass or what ever doesn't connect to your local wifi.... Um and the google glass wearer with their paired LTE phone in their pocket cares why exactly????

I don't know why *they* care. *I* care about such news, because it's the first step towards building a technology stack that will boot those paired LTE phone / glasshole combos from my neighbourhood.

Every useful countermeasure technology has to start with baby steps somewhere. Hopefully more sophisticated jammers and anti glasshole viruses will be ready for when we truly need it - when those spyware tools become cheap and more plentiful.

about a week ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

martin-boundary Re: Again? (95 comments)

It's not a monopoly. Switching search engines is free.

Netscape was free too, and it was easy to switch from IE for anyone who wanted to... And yet MS was rightly convicted.

Never overerestimate the inability of ordinary people from doing the most basic things. You may think it's trivial to switch search engines, but for most people it isn't. And antitrust is all about bringing about a good outcome for most people, not for people like you or me who can take care of ourselves.

So no, switching search engines isn't easy for most people, and therefore it's right to force monopolies to go out of their way to make it easier. The market is made up of ordinary people, and giving them more choices improves the market.

about a week ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

martin-boundary Re:Again? (95 comments)

Oh, is it Opposite Day today? If by redundant you mean diametrically opposed, then yes the post is "redundant".

about a week ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

martin-boundary Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (203 comments)

The problem is that peer review has these same flaws. It has no more scientific merit than online comments; it is just as error prone and arbitrary as rating systems; and it's gameable just like citation statistics.

While all systems have flaws, the flaws with peer review are not the same as (and I would argue, an order of magnitude smaller than) the flaws with online comments. In particular, to claim that peer review by scientists has no scientific merit is ridiculous. The mere fact that the reviews are conducted by qualified individuals in the field raises their merit substantially versus online comments, which we've seen extensively in the last few years with the "scientific" debates conducted in the blogosphere.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

martin-boundary Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (203 comments)

Peer reviews are frequently (probably usually) carried out by students without higher degrees. Even many people with higher degrees are not "qualified scientists".

Are you for real? I stopped reading after those two sentences. You clearly have never seen the inside of a scientific journal review system.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

martin-boundary Re:What the heck? (354 comments)

Can this be expressed as a simple bulleted list. Too much lawyer. Many nomenclature.

And for those of use who are more comfortable with steering wheels than bullets, maybe a car analogy too?

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

martin-boundary Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (203 comments)

That's very wrong. Online comments have no scientific merit whatsoever, ratings systems are abitrary and error prone (who computes the ratings? is it an algorithm, or some full time secretarial type? Does he/she even have a degree?), and citation statistics are gameable, in similar ways that Google rankings are gameable in fact.

Proper scientific reviews by qualified scientists with higher degrees are non negotiable, if we want science to remain a high quality human endeavour.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

martin-boundary Re:high/free/motorway analogy (91 comments)

If it's anything like a real highway, the slow lane will actually be the fast lane as everyone immediately goes to the passing lane and clogs it up, meaning people with half a brain end up undertaking everyone else using the slow lane.

HRM, NO. THAT'S MY JOB.

about two weeks ago

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