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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

matbury Re:good (341 comments)

Then why don't they build jet airplanes or nuclear power plants?

Because they lack the ability to cooperate and coordinate between themselves to the same degree that humans can. Think of them as like American congressmen.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

matbury Re:GO GO POWER RANGERS! (349 comments)

I wonder what Kim Jong-Un would do with this power? Anything different from the MPAA?

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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

matbury Why... (191 comments)

...are we letting Microsoft dictate our schools' syllabi and curricula?

By the same reasoning, a comparable number of people drive cars and other vehicles. "Vehicular science" is a central aspect, not only of American infrastructure, but also of the American way of life and vital to the US economy. Knowing about vehicles, how they work, how to maintain and service them, etc.should be a priority to ensure that the American economy remains competitive. Shouldn't we be teaching "vehicular science" in schools too?

Microsoft et al. really have no idea of what education is or what it's for. They're confusing it with training. If they're serious about attracting more women to come and work for them, they could start by addressing the overt, ferocious sexism and culture of impunity for sexist acts in their own company, and making it a more attractive environment for women to work in. The thing is, I can just see their senior management coming out with statements like, "I'm not sexist but... "

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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

matbury Re:Is it safe? (274 comments)

I would not reduce someone like Eric Schmidt to someone who's just in it for the money. This underestimates how ideology and interests tend to blend. I suspect that for someone like Schmidt working together with the NSA just feels morally right. And people who want to hide things from the NSA well, they're doing something they oughtn't to be doing.

While there is some truth to this (Who doesn't try to rationalise their actions to make themselves feel better about it), I wouldn't underestimate the relentless, intensive sense of urgency of keeping a corporation "competitive" and chasing every opportunity that might pay off and keep it afloat and keeping shareholders happy. I wonder what he says to shareholders and potential investors about collaborating with the NSA? It might be a very different line to the one we get to hear.

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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

matbury Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (165 comments)

So the prophesy is coming true. All hail our great prophet Mike Judge for it is he who spoke the truth in his movie, Idiocracy! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt03... And yay, it shall come to pass that scientists will no longer interest themselves in saving lives and making the world a better place and shall instead devote their attention to preventing hair loss and prolonging erections... and delaying the effects of aging, "leaving your skin feeling visibly younger."

This post was brought to you by Brawndo, the thirst mutilator. Brawndo, it's got electrolytes.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

matbury Re:This is not the problem (572 comments)

Wait till they create AI that goes shopping.

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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

matbury "You can always rely on the Americans... (311 comments)

...to do the right thing... ...after they've exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill.

So what kind of "Grapes of Wrath" type trajedy do they have to suffer before they get around to forming effective, coherent policies and plans to deal with the issue? How many neighbouring states will get inundated with drought refugees?

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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

matbury Re:Yeah right. (99 comments)

"Me and my parents correlate, because without them, I wouldn't be here."

"I was meticulous about falling off a cliff."

"Mrs. Morrow stimulated the soup."

No, these aren't machine translations, they're human translations. This is what happens when you teach people a foreign language according to associationistic principles (traditional classroom foreign language teaching, AKA "grammar translation"). The learners know what they're saying isn't what a native speaker would say but it's grammatically correct even if it doesn't mean what the speaker wants it to. The main problem is that for language to acquire meaning, it has to be situated, it requires context, purpose, and intent.

Now show me a machine translation system that isn't associationistic, can "read" a situation and understands what the speakers mean to say (pragmatically) rather than what their individual words in combination mean (sematically). When you've done that, you've successfuly created human-like AI, i.e. a machine that can appropriately answer Winograd schemas http://www.cs.nyu.edu/davise/p... and knows that constructions like, "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously" are meaningless.

I bet people will have a lot of fun with Microsoft's translator.

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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

matbury Is it safe? (274 comments)

It's worse than most people seem to realise. Schmidt isn't just lying, he's willingly getting Google in deeper with the NSA because, you know, the bottom line: It's very, very profitable (tax payers dollars are always the most profitable source) and the market insists that corporations go where the money is. Google appear to be doing everything they can to get into the international espionage business via their departments like "Google Ideas", which is effectively a department within the US State Department. They consult with governments and corporations to help them with their commercial and political "issues." You know, the kinds of issues that some governments and corporations don't like, such as popular protest movements, environmental campaigning, human rights protection and enforcement, exposing political corruption, etc. Google can provide such governments and corporations with very helpful data on who these "trouble makers" are, where they've been, who they've talked to, and what they may be planning to do next.

Perhaps we should be more insistent when interviewing Schmidt about our data: Is it safe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?... I mean, it's the kind of thing that he's endorsing, enabling, and promoting by getting into bed with the current NSA, CIA, DoJ, and State Department. It's only fair that he should be treated equally.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

matbury Re:Use Windows Explorer (258 comments)

I also recommend editing the EXIF data on the files themselves. it's the only platform-independent way I've found so far. I do the same with MP3 files.

BTW, Windows Media Player is a pretty good photo organiser and it makes editing EXIF data individually and in bulk easier. After that, you use Shotwell in Linux or some more photo-friendly app to browse them.

3 days ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

matbury Re:I think you've misunderstood code.org (105 comments)

How much do you think Disney Inc. are going to pay Facecbook et al. for this advertising adventure? What other massive advertising clients do they have lined up to take advantage of all these kids? How much of that money will go back into Code.org? How's that a non-profit organisation? Just because the law allows it, that doesn't make it right. It's a for-profit advertising platform, whichever way you look at it.

"...with support from the general public."

Yes, Facebook et al. are supported by the general public, i.e. tax payers, because they offshore profits and get enormous tax subsidies.

4 days ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

matbury Re: Isn't that click fraud? (285 comments)

They'll ignore it the same way they ignore substantial reporting on anything that upsets their master, be it the guy who pays the bills or the government rulers in charge.

Sadly, more than likely true.

I am becoming gerund, destroyer of verbs.

Technically that's not a gerund. It's a present participle and so functionally still a verb, which also takes an indirect object ("gerund"), making it even more of a verb. Try, "I am gerunding, destroyer of verbs." Or how about on a different track, "Meaningless verb concepts define saliently."?

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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

matbury Re:Wrong conclusion (265 comments)

Quod Libet seems to handle large MP3 libraries better than anything else I've tried on desktops: https://code.google.com/p/quod... However, a decent MP3 player that handles a large library effectively? Yet to see one.

4 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

matbury Re:Wait, what? (160 comments)

It's perfectly simple, in corporate speak: "improve iTunes" = "curb competition" therefore "curb competition" is redundant, unnecessary, inefficient and must be eliminated from the declaration of intent.

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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

matbury Re:What is the problem? (166 comments)

It's strange that the US pretends that space expeditions are a private enterprise and they expect everyone else to do the same. It's a French national/European project as is the Arianne programme. Of course they're going to use their own programme to pay their own people with money that came from their own tax-payers. That's what democratically elected governments are supposed to do, not implement stuff like NAFTA, TPP, etc. to impoverish your own people for personal financial gain and funding for party political campaigns.

4 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

matbury Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

Did it seriously only take 4 posts to get to Godwin's law?

4 days ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

matbury Re:Wrong conclusion (265 comments)

Yes, when I look for an MP3 player, I want storage... lots of it, as well as software and a CPU that can manage that many files effectively and efficiently. I'm using a (Nokia) phone with a 64GB microSD and if I fill it up, the GUI gets sluggish and error prone. With the files I can put on it without it becoming awkward and difficult to use, e.g. wating for it to unfreeze, I have to regularly remove and replace albums and collections to keep my selection varied enough to keep it interesting. I'm not surprised that people who've found a player with lots of storage that works OK want to stick with it.

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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

matbury Re:No (1037 comments)

Oh, yeah. Can't make a claim without citing evidence and anecdotes (like some of the arguments in this thread) don't justify conclusions. One example of many studies of the benefits and risks of vaccine programmes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...

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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

matbury Re:No (1037 comments)

Do the benefits outweigh the costs in this?

The answer is an emphatic yes. How quickly we've forgotten the abject misery, suffering, and loss of the pre-vaccine world. There are still people alive today who've been crippled and nearly died because they weren't vaccinated against now preventable diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), polio, smallpox, etc. Millions used to die every year and nobody was safe from them, not even the rich and powerful. They've only this year managed to eradicate polio from India: http://www.unicef.org/india/he... Vaccines are safer than a multitude of over-the-counter pharma products.

BTW, if you're thinking of visiting frail and infirm family and friends this winter, make sure you get vaccinated against flu. Flu still kills around 1 Million people every year. How would you like to have their premature deaths on your conscience?

5 days ago

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Google Moves Right By Funding ALEC & Heritage Action

matbury matbury writes  |  1 year,8 days

matbury (3458347) writes "According to Jessica Devereux at The Real News Network...

"Corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or what it is more commonly known as, ALEC, is holding a conference celebrating its 40th anniversary through December 6. But the guest list may be running a little thin this year, as ALEC is losing some corporate friends. But it's also gaining some new ones, like Google. Google has been funding right-wing groups like Heritage Action and ALEC, which is known for drafting some draconian laws in education and right-to-work policies which undermine collective bargaining."

Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?""

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