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Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms

sckienle Re:Modeling outpaces practical feedback (26 comments)

Hardly new, though. People have been trying to show niche success of AI and NN can translate into major success for years, at least since the 1980s.

about 2 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

sckienle Re:Frist pots (341 comments)

Ah, you're obviously not a politician...

about 3 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

sckienle Re:Common Examples (285 comments)

I think most true geeks would have looked it themselves before getting to comments, too?

Are you new to /.?

about 4 months ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

sckienle Re:US dollar (192 comments)

...why can airlines require credit card payment and refuse my cash if I wanted to pay for their overpriced stuff in the air?

Well, technically, and since this is \. I can be technical, the airlines are not refusing to take Dollars. They are just unable to process paper and coin transactions. Just like they could say you can't use American Express to pay, if they found that the business cost of doing so is more than the business benefit of being able to access those cards.

about 4 months ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

sckienle Critical Thinking would be better (313 comments)

Programming shouldn't be required; but teaching the ability to organize your thoughts, find references, documents and articles on the web (or library), separate facts from opinions, communicate those well, now THAT is a class I would like to see. Some of the best programmers I've known actually didn't learn a language in their first course; instead they learned how to look at problems in a programmatic way first. Then the language just becomes a tool to be use to realize the design.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

sckienle Need for a Stretch Goal for Google (172 comments)

If Google really wanted to prove out fiber, they would look to a less densely populated area. Consider what putting fiber successfully and profitably in a more rural area would do: pretty much kill the "It's too expensive" arguments for pretty much anywhere. Google needs to be put their weight and minds in trying to solve the last mile problem for all of America, not just the easy parts.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

sckienle Re:Computer illiterate little sister? (389 comments)

I'm sorry and I'm just mentioning how I reacted to this quote, but for me writing "computer illiterate little sister" rather than "computer illiterate friend" (or sibling, etc.) and bringing age into the quote lessens the argument for me.

about 5 months ago
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New Encryption Scheme Could Protect Your Genome

sckienle Homomorphic encryption helps? (78 comments)

I am not a cryptography expert, but I have been supporting genomic medicine for 10 years. For Homomorphic encryption to be of any use in research, or diagnostics, it is necessary to know that each genetic sequence is encrypted to the same results. That is XYZ for person 1 has to be the same genetic sequence as XYZ for person 2. Otherwise we are comparing apples to wood and the results are gibberish. So if XYZ is XYZ is XYZ, how is that any more secure, from a genetic profiling, etc. POV than the raw genetic sequence? It's like saying your SSN is safe, no one will know it is 123-45-6789, we "secured" it as abc-de-fghi but otherwise is just as unique in identifying you. Am I missing something here?

about 5 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

sckienle Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

I don't think "freedom of speech" provides any cover for arrest or legal action from the results of that speech. It only guarantees that the government cannot prevent you from being able to speak freely, or anyone else in public places. In private properties, physical and logical, "freedom of speech" as an amendment to the US Constitution is not in force. E.G. I can tell you to leave my house if I don't like what you are saying, you have absolutely no right to speech in that context. (And thank goodness for that or we'd be overrun with door to door advertisers forcing their way into our homes, oh wait...)

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

sckienle Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (462 comments)

There is another benefit to "falling back" in the Fall. It may reduce the time with sun after work/school, it does provide more light in the morning when kids are waiting for the school bus, increasing their safety.

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

sckienle Re:Why? (219 comments)

That argument makes sense for the back, not so much for the front/display.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

sckienle Required (for me) Rocky Horror Reference (62 comments)

I know I'm showing my age here, but I can't see the term "sonic transducer" with out a Rocky Horror Picture Show flashback: This sonic transducer, it is I suppose some kind of audio-vibratory-physio-molecular transport device?

about 10 months ago
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New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest In the World

sckienle Re:2nd Post ? (105 comments)

Quick, get your proposal into SyFy now, before someone else steals it!

about a year ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

sckienle Re:Movies (322 comments)

I agree with the SG team feeling like a cliff hanger would save the show, and they didn't. But I would argue the the SG: Universe team didn't fully fall into that trap. Yes, the end could be considered a cliff hanger, but I saw it more as a solid ending point. They did need to leave a spot to continue from, in case, but I have no problems leaving the show as they did.

about a year ago
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We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

sckienle Re:Q&A (355 comments)

That's the government for you; An epic cluster fuck you wind up paying through the nose for.

Really? Then I guess we shouldn't be worried about the NSA, since they are a government agency and obviously can't do anything right? Oh, and the Social Security Administration must be missing printing out and distributing I don't know how many truck loads of payments everyone month, since they are.... And don't forget how the US Post Office can't delivery over 99% of our mail correctly.

Every large agency, public or private, have issues and humans have a tendency to focus on issues, not successes. And a lot of public agencies have to air their mistakes in public eventually. Big government isn't pretty or perfect, but it also isn't pitiful either.

1 year,2 days
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Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

sckienle Re:WTF? The University of California? (342 comments)

From opensecrets.org:

NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

So it isn't University of California as the university donating the money, but the UoC employees, or one of their associated groups, doing so.

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Shows off the Dragon Capsule, Back From Space (Video)

sckienle Really, that much fuel? (106 comments)

They are sending each stage up with enough fuel to land under power? I wonder how much extra $/kg that costs relative to just using parachutes...

more than 2 years ago
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Online Social Networks Can Be Tipped By Less Than 1% of Their Population

sckienle 90-9-1 rule (125 comments)

I may have the title of this wrong, but it is a well known rule of thumb in social media tech circles that of 100% of users, 90% pretty much just read, 9% post regularly, and only 1% are really active. So they have simply come up with the algorithm to determine that 1%.

more than 2 years ago
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What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

sckienle Re:Caffeine and Migraine (209 comments)

As a side note, Excedrin Migraine is marketing genius. Compare it's ingredients to "normal" Excedrin sometime...

more than 2 years ago
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Setting the various household clocks ...

sckienle Schools do - Bus Stop Safety (344 comments)

I know I'm bringing a "Think Of The Kids" argument here, but in the NE, DST allows the sun to start coming up prior to kids standing at bus stops waiting for the school bus. A bit of safety benefit there.

more than 2 years ago

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