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Comment Re:Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 2) 531

Funny, I live in Germany too and I've seen it too often for it not being there.

In the meantime, the comments sections of the major news outlets have become unusable anymore - whenever there is an article about Russia, Putin, etc.

But, admittedly, the last few weeks it became less - probably because there was too much going on with Turkey.

And, yes, you are right, the russians living in Germany are peaceful people. Nobody said anything against these people. The "Russian Trolls", on the other hand, are a lot already proven to exist already proven by various articles, research and reports also from the BND.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 27

Apologies for "Technology Preview" - I didn't mean it as "not mature" but rather as "a technology to play around with" - for us "Google Outsiders"...

Yes, I know that Google has been using it for quite some time... But like anything else I have seen from Google as technology, it seems like a nice technology rather than something to build a product on it - for outsiders.

To make it short: Google, in my view, makes technology unnecessarily complicated to use. PaddlePaddle seems a lot easier (I looked a little further into PaddlePaddle in the meantime).

In any case, I will, of course, continue working with TF as well as with PaddlePaddle. And yes, I'll look into Keras as already suggested by someone else.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 27

In fact this client of mine has some highly skilled agents whose job is to respond to medical questions - normally.

Unfortunately, they are also burdened with the normal questions such as "where is my order", "how do I do this on your website", "I forgot my password", etc - coming in via email or other textual interfaces...

Currently, the aim is to reduce this kind of burden.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 5, Interesting) 27

I'm not sure about that.

I just briefly glanced at PaddlePaddle and its "QuickStart" is actually a "start" instead of TensorFlow's highly complex unusable documentation.

PaddlePaddle seems to be directed towards the user instead of the scientific community. I know, TensorFlow has some examples for beginners (MNIST sample) but in order to get something out of TensorFlow I need weeks of reading, trying to understand how it works under the hood and try something out - and in most cases it was just really frustrating.

Admittedly, I'm not an expert and I'm not in academia - but I want to use it in real-world applications and TensorFlow (without SyntaxNet/Parsey MacParseface) is just ... technology preview ... that I can experiment with but cannot actually use as an outsider for anything practical.

I'm doing language analysis and working on a product for a customer to reduce the burden of some of his call center agents by applying machine learning to respond to customer's requests automatically.

The only practical solution so far was using spaCy - TensorFlow was just a mess, including SyntaxNet.

I'll try out PaddlePaddle, especially because their initial "Quick Start" is actually about a real-world problem.

There is absolutely nothing about real-world problems such as "Chat" or "FAQ-type bots" using TensorFlow - what I could find so far was only mostly academic mumbo-jumbo.

Sorry to say that - but most of Google's documentations about their technologies just suck ..

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 366

To add on this, if you are paranoid like I am:

- Install a RAID-System, where you have the live data (NET = 2TB)
- Backup this RAID-System to TWO external drives (alternating); each external HDD having 2TB
- When you work with your photos, don't wait for the hourly backup, kick it off every 30 minutes or so
- Every week, replace one of the external HDDs with a another one moving the replaced HDD to somewhere OFFSITE (with a Date+Time-Label of the last backup on it)

This gives you speed-of-availability, easy backup and an offsite solution.

I mange (nearly like this) about 13TB of stuff + with a similar setup another 1TB of stuff. It works quite reliably (yes, it is some work)

And: I also have a few spare HDDs in case my RAID fails. It is not so bad if a RAID fails and you have to rebuild it - 2TB is rebuilt very quickly - compare that to my last rebuild of 8TB ---

Comment Re:The best trick (Score 1) 260

As an added note: just to protect them (all three of them) from malicious code (read: virus, etc), I kindly asked that any time they want to install an app, they should please let me first check whether the app in question is "safe".

They all either have/had laptops or desktops: so this was a no-brainer. Also, since they all use Macs, I can actually limit installations to "AppStore". So, normally, if they find something in the Apple AppStore (OS X), they ask me to check if it's ok or if there are any known issues with the app in question, and then they can install (or I remote-install). In case of non-AppStore-apps, I ask them tobe patient until I check the app and then they can install. It actually works quite easily.

Of course, nowadays, my daughter does everything by herself - but when she's unsure about any security-issues with an app she wants to install and can't find enough information about it on the internet, she still emails or texts me...

I saw a comment somewhere in the comments that it is also very important that the children can always come to you if they find something troubling - without being afraid of being reprimanded or so - my experience was the same: this was very, very helpful and fostered the trust even more. And what is more: the children (the three I'm talking about) also had a feeling that, if they did something I wouldn't "approve of", that they would be misusing my trust - this actually made my life way easier than anything else (they jut didn't want to disappoint me...)

Comment Re:The best trick (Score 5, Interesting) 260

Apart from the tone of your message, I agree only partially on the content.

I agree that the technology is not the solution.

But supervision, as you say, is also not a complete solution.

In my experience (father of a now adult daughter), the best was to explain, discuss and educate my daughter. When my daughter was around 6/7 years old, I slowly showed her to lookup stuff on the internet, where there are interesting things and als explained her about "dangerous" and "inappropriate" content there could be.

But what was mot important was trust - i.e. I explained her that I trust her fully not to misuse the freedom I was giving her, when, at around age of 8, I allowed her to access the internet on her own. I explained her, later, about the dangers of posting inappropriate content on the internet e.g. on Facebook, or other social networks and what consequences it might have for her now or in the future.

But I always made clear that the decision would be hers, that I would always be there for her if she found something discomforting or felt that she did something discomforting and that I would help her as much as I can. I made clear, though, that there certain things where even I can't help (full disclaimer, I have strong IT/Software/Internet background) - and that the best would be that should be careful.

When she started using Social Networks, she then friended me (not me her) asking whether I could let her know if she posts something that could have negative effect on her or her future.

This was the same approach with my nephew (he is 16 now) about 4 years ago and this is the same approach with my god-son: trust, education, and help - less so "control" or "supervision" - and the funny thing in the end was that all three of them asked for some supervision when they started using social networks, etc.

Lastly: I showed all of them where they can find really interesting content that could be fun as well as where they can learn things - but this required to first understand what they really liked and were interested in (Daughter: Science, Knitting; Nephew: Singing, Police-Work; God-Son: Minecraft, Minecraft-Mods, Software-development, Games-Dev).

Hope this helps from a father, uncle, godfather

Comment Re:$45 Billion is just another tax, different form (Score 1) 91

Couldn't the government lease it to the TelCos? For e.g., a limited-time lease (5-10) years with either a fixed amount (increasing on a yearly basis) or a certain percentage of revenues generated?

Didn't think this through completely, but this might generate more cash to the government. Also, there could be some strings attached so that no actual monopolies arise...

Just a thought.

Comment Re: UFS vs ZFS (Score 1) 75

I think there is a mismatch between "self-healing filesystem" and "recovering data".

The "self-healing filesystem" (as I understand in the case of ZFS) is that it makes sure that the filesystem itself is not corrupted, i.e. the *whole* system is automatically healed. This doesn't guarantee recoverability of any single file that might have been corrupted.

Fsck (UFS) usually helps you to (a) heal a corrupted filesystem and (b) helps you to (partially) recover lost data (in case of corrupted files).

ZFS, AFAIK, puts higher priority on maintaining the overall filesystem's consistency over the recoverability of a single file. UFS w/fsck doesn't self-heal, but provides you with a tool to help recover a single file if the overall filesystem is corrupted or a single file is corrupted.

I guess the question is what is more valuable: being able to recover a single file or having a self-healing filesystem that makes sure the the FS itself isn't corrupted.

BTW: I assume that the use of angry sentences like "don't be an ass" or "... when your blood runs thick with ZFS koolaid..." won't help your arguments to be taken as seriously as you hoped for... then again, who knows ...

Comment Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (Score 1) 240

Oh, please, please give me mod-points --

Working at an SMB, my experience is exactly this! I joined four months ago and am responsible (actually as a 'Chief Product Officer') to increase the quality, performance and usability of the products we are selling.

The problem is still understanding where all the problems come from - in the meantime I decided that it is mostly from extremely inexperienced (in CS concepts) Java developers as well as hundreds of tools, frameworks, new concepts that nobody has understood but which are "hype" and so on.

Instead of doing my Product Management job, I'm currently more involved in showing the developers where to find the bugs, problems and how to fix these...


Comment Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 2) 517

Diets: you know what? I realized long time ago, that the right diet has the following ingredients:

1) A healthy mix of fresh vegetables (a lot), dairy products (some), and proteins (some meat, fish, eggs)
2) It tastes good
3) I really like eating it
4) Lots of water to drink
One should never underestimate the importance of (2) and (3) above...
On top of that, you could add: 5) Exercise.... and its not even much. Walk to shopping, walk through a park/forest. Try not to use your car that often, try using the stairs instead of elevators, etc - you don't necessarily need a gym membership. Just walk more, drive less and it will already be a major step forward..

Then: lots of fresh fruit - and, every now an then: some "food for soul" (such as chocolate, chips, or whatever that is actually "unhealthy" - but I can use it as "soul food" every now and then and really, really enjoy also eating "unhealthy")

I'm 5'11", about 162 lbs and quite fit, though already in my 5th decade of live - I love to enjoy food, love cooking - but also like to "... just get a freakin' fatty cheeseburger ..." from time to time. Never had a problem.

Long story short: all those diet recommendations in media is BS for me. Listen to your body, mix lots of fresh vegetables with some protein, dairy products and your fine. And as someone said, keep in mind the golden rule:

Energy in == Energy Out.

If you want to reach the expert level, keep in mind: Carbs are converted to fat in your body when your Energy Input is higher than your Energy Output.
For the body, the order of burning its reserves are: 1) Carbs; 2) Fats; 3) Proteins

Proteins cannot be converted to fat, they can only be converted directly to energy. The more carbs & fats you eat, the fatter you get when your Input is higher than your Output. The fatter you get, the more Energy Input you need in order to just keep the weight, which creates a vicious cycle.
(the last two paragraphs are for "Expert Level" dieting) - tongue in cheek...

Comment Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 3, Interesting) 517

Actually, the "herbal medicine" is NOT "alternative medicine". At least over here in Germany (and most of continental Europe) herbal medicine is a "classical medicine" segment called "Naturheilkunde", which could be translate back as "Medicine using natural ingredients" (i.e. natural grown) instead of "artificially created" ingredients (i.e. lab-generated ingredients).

"Naturheilkunde" is the segment of medicine looking at the healing effects of herbs, teas, fruits, etc. But it still, thankfully, uses scientific approach (Trial->Result->Replicate Result->Communicate; Trial by Third Parties->Replicate by Third Parties->Communicate).

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