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AI Can Diagnose Prostate Cancer As Well As a Pathologist

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Business: Chinese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system which can diagnose cancerous prostate samples as accurately as any pathologist, holding out the possibility of streamlining and eliminating variation in the process of cancer diagnosis. The system may also help overcome shortages of trained pathologists and in the longer term lead to automated or partially-automated prostate diagnosis. Confirmation of a prostate cancer diagnosis normally requires a biopsy sample to be examined by a pathologist. Now the Chinese AI system has shown similar levels of accuracy to pathologists and can also accurately classify the level of malignancy of the cancer, eliminating the variability which can creep into human diagnoses. [Hongqian Guo, who led the research group] took 918 prostate samples from 283 patients and ran these through the AI system, with the software gradually learning and improving diagnosis. The pathology images were subdivided into 40,000 smaller samples of which 30,000 were used to train the software while the remaining 10,000 were used to test accuracy. The results showed an accurate diagnosis in 99.38 per cent of cases, using a human pathologist as a gold standard. Guo said that means the AI system is as accurate as a pathologist. The research was presented at the 33rd European Association of Urology Congress in Copenhagen.

Google Makes Push To Turn Product Searches Into Cash

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Reuters reports of how Google is working to turn product searches into cash by partnering with some of the largest retailers in the United States: Under a new program, retailers can list their products on Google Search, as well as on the Google Express shopping service, and Google Assistant on mobile phones and voice devices. In exchange for Google listings and linking to retailer loyalty programs, the retailers pay Google a piece of each purchase, which is different from payments that retailers make to place ads on Google platforms. The listings will appear under sponsored shopping results and will not affect regular search results on Google, the company said. Google's pitch to retailers is a better chance to influence shoppers' purchasing decisions, a move that is likely to help them compete with rival Amazon. Google hopes the program helps retailers capture more purchases on desktop, cell phones and smart home devices with voice search -- the next frontier for e-commerce. The previously unreported initiative sprang from Google's observation that tens of millions of consumers were sending image searches of products, asking "Where can I buy this?" "Where can I find it?" "How can I buy it?" "How do I transact?" Daniel Alegre, Google's president for retail and shopping, told Reuters exclusively.

So much Google

By SuperKendall • Score: 3 • Thread

Man, I couldn't even finish the summary as my eyes glazed over from seeing Google, Google, Google every few words or so... hope they aren't up to anything that will amount to anything because I just can't finish whatever that is saying.

Sponsored =

By sit1963nz • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Sponsored = spam
which means I ignore it and the company pushing it

I certainly never buy stuff based on the first advert I see, I search and see who has the best price, and I use Bing, DuckDuckGo to make sure I get the best price.


By 110010001000 • Score: 3 • Thread
If you need to buy something, start at Amazon. Google Shopping or whatever it is called is a disaster. They don't know what they are doing.

Sierra Leone Government Denies the Role of Blockchain In Its Recent Election

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The National Electoral Commission Sierra Leone is denying the news that theirs was one of the first elections recorded to the blockchain. "While the blockchain voting company Agora claimed to have run the first blockchain-based election, it appears that the company did little more than observe the voting and store some of the results," reports TechCrunch. From the report: "The NEC [National Electoral Commission] has not used and is not using blockchain technology in any part of the electoral process," said NEC head Mohamed Conteh. Why he is adamant about this fact is unclear -- questions I asked went unanswered -- but he and his team have created a set of machine readable election results and posted [a] clarification. "Anonymized votes/ballots are being recorded on Agora's blockchain, which will be publicly available for any interested party to review, count and validate," said Agora's Leonardo Gammar. "This is the first time a government election is using blockchain technology." In Africa the reactions were mixed. "It would be like me showing up to the UK election with my computer and saying, 'let me enter your counting room, let me plug-in and count your results,'" said Morris Marah to RFI. "Agora's results for the two districts they tallied differed considerably from the official results, according to an analysis of the two sets of statistics carried out by RFI," wrote RFI's Daniel Finnan.

Magic Leap Lifts the Curtains (A Little)

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Magic Leap just announced a preview of its software development kit and "creator portal," which will offer resources for people who want to build for its yet-unreleased Magic Leap One headset. You can now download a preview build of the Unreal or Unity engines, designed for what Magic Leap dubs "spatial computing." This is one of Magic Leap's juiciest announcements, marking one of the secretive company's first steps toward establishing itself as an open platform. It also may be a sign that the company is finally close to releasing hardware. The Verge reports: The creator portal touts a set of tutorials, a community for technical support, and a "Magic Leap Simulator" that will presumably help people preview apps before they get a headset. The Magic Leap One was announced late last year, and it's supposed to be released this year, but we still don't know details about the exact date or pricing. The portal says that a marketplace called "Magic Leap World" will launch soon.

Re:How about instead saying OPENS ITS TRENCHCOAT!!

By slew • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

FYI: Magic Leap board members: Sundar Pichai (Google), Jack Ma (Alibaba), Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm)

Of course you have to remember, Magic Leap is not really a traditional tech company, it is a marketing company (actually more of an independent record label / AR content company) that stumbled upon some piezoelectric fiberoptic scanning technology (via Prof Eric Seibel UW) and is now attempting make it work using some kind of custom silicon photonics device. Their goal is to apparently license the resulting technology for use by content developers (part of their marketing company roots).

Facebook Security Chief Said To Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation

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Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation. The New York Times reports (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Mr. Stamos had been a strong advocate inside the company for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook, often to the consternation of other top executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, the social network's chief operating officer, according to the current and former employees, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. After his day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others in December, Mr. Stamos said he would leave the company. He was persuaded to stay through August to oversee the transition of his duties because executives thought his departure would look bad, the current and former employees said. He has been overseeing the transfer of his security team to Facebook's product and infrastructure divisions. His group, which once had 120 people, now has three, the current and former employees said. Mr. Stamos would be the first high-ranking employee to leave Facebook since controversy erupted over disinformation on its site. His departure is a sign of heightened leadership tensions at the company.

Troubles at the Top

By brindafella • Score: 3 • Thread
> Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation.

Let's hope that Facebook can weather the storm of seeming growth-spurt induced moral troubles; Russian meddling, data mining, etc.

The moral compass like a magnetic compass has to be checked for angular deviation, due to the near presence of great attractors nearby.

Similarly, the lines of the Earth's magnetism are misalligned with true north; an underlying social/societal moral misallignment may have a similar effect on an organisation.

Re: "Russian activity on Facebook"

By StandardCell • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Facebook has sold everyone down the river. Republicans, Democrats, you name it, it all goes down to the highest bidder as to who gets the information about the opposition. Meanwhile, they promote stories that get people pissed off and riled up from all sides so that they comment, load pages, check for updates and (surprise!) that enhanced engagement sell more ads and promoted pages/groups/whatever. They don't give a damn about anyone's privacy as long as it can be exchanged for money. This is controlled opposition, and they want us to be the pawns in that game.

Ajit Pai Celebrates After Court Strikes Down Obama-Era Robocall Rule

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal judges have struck down an anti-robocall rule, saying that the Federal Communications Commission improperly treated every American who owns a smartphone as a potential robocaller. The FCC won't be appealing the court decision, as Chairman Ajit Pai opposed the rule changes when they were implemented by the commission's then-Democratic majority in 2015. Pai issued a statement praising the judges for the decision Friday, calling the now-vacated rule "yet another example of the prior FCC's disregard for the law and regulatory overreach." The FCC's 2015 decision said that a device meets the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) definition of an "autodialer" if it can be modified to make robocalls, even if the smartphone user hasn't actually downloaded an autodialing app. That interpretation treats all smartphones as autodialers because any smartphone has the capability of downloading an autodialing app, judges ruled. Since any call made by an autodialer could violate anti-robocall rules, this led to a troubling conclusion: judges said that an unwanted call from a smartphone could violate anti-robocall rules even if the smartphone user hasn't downloaded an autodialing app.

"The Commission's understanding would appear to subject ordinary calls from any conventional smartphone to the Act's coverage, an unreasonably expansive interpretation of the statute," a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a unanimous ruling Friday. The ruling came in a case filed against the FCC by the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, which says it represents "third-party collection agencies, law firms, asset buying companies, creditors, and vendor affiliates." Judges also invalidated an FCC rule that helped protect consumers from robocalls to reassigned phone numbers.

Lol, so?

By Notabadguy • Score: 3 • Thread

We're supposed to believe that the ruling reduced robocalls? And that they might pick up in volume?

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but robocalls from spoofed numbers have been out of control for years. Neither this rule, nor any other rules are doing anything about them.

Re:The Headline is Negative

By Mister Transistor • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Did I miss something about a party? I said no such thing.

If these assholes were actually anything other than disingenuous, overpaid lickspittles, they'd do something about Caller ID spoofing. Fix that and ALL the motherfucking tele-spam would STOP the next day, if the originators could be easily found and held accountable for the many, many violations of the law and human decency standards.

Fuck Them.

Re:No Like

By SlaveToTheGrind • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I'm probably wasting my keystrokes since your post suggests you're more into trying to score cheap partisan points rather than actually understanding the issues, but one of the primary issues with overbroad laws with harsh penalties and one of the primary reasons courts strike them down (you realize this was a federal district court decision, not the FCC, right?) is the chilling effect they have on legitimate behavior.

Using smaller words, when the FCC states an intent to levy fines of $500 per "uninvited call" from a cell phone, a small business with no land line would have to feel exquisitely lucky to call someone from a cell phone who didn't call them first. The amount of explicit enforcement action says nothing about how many people simply forego behavior that everyone agrees should be lawful out of fear that they'll be one of the first examples.

Re:No Like

By SlaveToTheGrind • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

TFA, and another poster, point out that this rule has been vacated (not just modified) so now there may be no legal restrictions on robocall devices.

Unless, of course, the current board passes a new regulation. [*crickets*]

TFA and the other poster clearly didn't read the opinion. The TCPA as a whole remains intact -- the only nuances that were rolled back were (1) the FCC's prior interpretation that smartphones constituted automated telephone dialing systems, and (2) the FCC's prior interpretation that companies using automatic dialers could be held liable for calling a phone number that used to be owned by someone who had given the company consent to call them, but then was (unbeknownst to the caller) transferred to someone else.

Meanwhile, as was all over the news at the time, the FCC actually issued MORE rules clamping down MORE on actual robocallers back in November. Crickets indeed.

Re:The Headline is Negative

By SlaveToTheGrind • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

If these assholes were actually anything other than disingenuous, overpaid lickspittles, they'd do something about Caller ID spoofing.

Um, they did exactly that last November. And even before they issued the new rules, they cracked down on two spoofing robocallers last year to the tune of $82 million and $120 million.

Maybe you would have known that had you spent just a bit more time actually reading up on the subject and a bit less time throwing around inflammatory rhetoric.

IBM Unveils the 'World's Smallest Computer'

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On the first day of IBM Think 2018, the company's flagship conference, IBM has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest computer. It's smaller than a grain of salt and features the computer power of the x86 chip from 1990. Mashable first spotted this gem: The computer will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and will also pack "several hundred thousand transistors," according to the company. These will allow it to "monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data." It works with blockchain. Specifically, this computer will be a data source for blockchain applications. It's intended to help track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud, and non-compliance. It can also do basic AI tasks, such as sorting the data it's given. According to IBM, this is only the beginning. "Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors -- such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt -- will be embedded in everyday objects and devices," says IBM head of research Arvind Krishna. If he's correct, we'll see way more of these tiny systems in objects and devices in the years to come. It's not clear yet when this thing will be released -- IBM researchers are currently testing its first prototype.

Beowulf Cluster Recipe

By PPH • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

1/2 tsp processors
Add Linux distro to taste

So I read the article...

By Areyoukiddingme • Score: 3 • Thread

I know, I know, we don't read the article. And this one was crap too. Buzzword noise.

But the block diagram was included, at least, and that's fascinating. Unlike Intel and their little chip, IBM has actually thought about the practicality of using the thing. It comes with an integrated solar cell and an integrated photo-diode communications array for both transmission and receipt of data. It also includes some SRAM. No mention of how many bytes, no mention of data throughput from the array, no mention of actual power consumption (and accompanying heat dissipation).

All coverage appears to be essentially content-free crap designed to pump IBM's stock price.

Maybe somebody can figure out what to do with it. It's going to be difficult since all I/O requires line of sight.

Smaller than a gain of salt...yeah...coarse salt

By Eloking • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

The headline said "IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt" but they compare it to Kosher Salt (Or another variety with the grain size if bigger).

If you want to use an headline like this at least make sure it's smaller than the most popular type of salt. I mean, I've worked in a salt mine where I could find salt rock bigger than your house.

Re:How do you communicate with it?

By viperidaenz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The picture of a chip sitting on a finger in the article is 64 motherboards.
Each motherboard is 1x1mm, which includes the CPU, SRAM, a PV cell for power and an LED/photodiode for I/O.
Smaller than a relatively big grain of salt.

I'm a little confused about the power of the thing though. They say it's similar performance to a CPU from 1990, which would be a 486.
Except the 486 had over 1 million transistors, this has 100,000. That's more on par with a 286 from the early 80's

Useful for nanotech?

By Trogre • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Great, now can we attach batteries and motors to a small swarm of these and program them to harvest plaque from artery walls?


Ask Slashdot: Should You Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Make?

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An anonymous reader writes: Asking someone how much money they make is often -- if not always? -- considered impolite. But over the years, there has been a movement in toward more salary transparency. Some say salary transparency can make workplaces more equitable by helping to eliminate the gender and racial pay gaps. Even in companies that haven't decided to officially make all salaries open, some employees are taking matters into their own hands and sharing their pay rate with their coworkers. What's your take on this?

Re:Make It Open

By slew • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Your position is a key piece of information when negotiating, a piece that Americans almost never have because of this custom. The only reason you should WANT your salary to be a secret is that you think you make the most compared to your peers. That or tax evasion.

Your salary is never "secret". It is likely your boss and all the superiors up to the CEO and all the people in HR and payroll know your salary and besides it is reported to the IRS.

The question is simply if you want your salary generally known to your colleagues so it can be used for their advantage in negotiating their salary. This is a question that can be partly answered with game theory.

Unfortunately, game theory tells us that lying is dominate strategy. If others are honest, it makes sense to lie since you get the same benefit without any risk. And if others lie, you have nothing to gain and honesty comes with a risk. Therefore, everyone lies.

So rather than put every in the position of wanting to directly lie, out of politeness we offer everyone the opportunity for a passive lie of omission.

You're in IT ..

By CaptainDork • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

... and you have the keys.

Just sayin'.

Don't to protect your coworkers

By mykepredko • Score: 3 • Thread

I, along with a number of people in my class, did six co-op terms at IBM and was hired by the company. One of my classmates asked me what I was making and I told her - it turned out to be $25/month more than she was.

She complained to her manager and almost ended up getting fired.

Re:No choice

By BitterOak • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The employees of the University are not government employees either

That depends on whether or not we are talking about a public or private university. They are indeed government employees if they are teaching at a public university (which isn't the same thing as a publicly-funded university) such as a state college. Their employer might be the "University of Statesota" but they are working for the government. On the other hand, I don't think salaries of professors at private universities (even if they receive government funding) are required to publicly disclose their salaries.


By Aristos Mazer • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
I disagree with this. It is entirely possible to have two people with the same title and workload and for there to be qualitative differences. If both of them finish their job with the same quality but one finishes faster, I'm more interested in retaining the faster one... if the economy picks up and employees are getting headhunted, I may increase the pay of the more versatile one. I may not have more workload to drop on them right now, but I want to hold onto that A class talent because when the economy turns around and I'm having to lay people off, I want that talent to still be there. There's a thousand situations like this. If you're going to be public about salaries, you have to be prepared to explain that some people are worth more than other people, even for the same work, because of the long-term flexibility that the person supplies.

Facebook Hires Firm To Conduct Forensic Audit of Cambridge Analytica Data

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After it was revealed that political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from more than 50 million Facebook users, the social media company has been scrutinized for not better protecting its users. Today, CBS News reports that Facebook has recently hired Stroz Friedberg, a digital forensics firm, to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica. According to a press release issued by Facebook on Monday, Cambridge Analytica has agreed to "comply and afford the firm complete access to their servers and systems." From the report: The social network said it asked Christopher Wylie and University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan to submit to an audit. Facebook says Kogan has verbally agreed to participate, but Wylie has declined. Wylie is a former employee of Cambridge Analytica who described the company's use of illicit data in interviews late last week. Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie were banned from Facebook on Friday. Cambridge Analytica did not immediately confirm that it had agreed to comply with the audit. The firm has denied the allegations that it improperly collected and used the data. A spokeswoman for Stroz Friedberg declined to comment on the firm's involvement with an audit.

"We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims," Facebook officials said in a statement. "We remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information. We also want to be clear that today when developers create apps that ask for certain information from people, we conduct a robust review to identify potential policy violations and to assess whether the app has a legitimate use for the data. We actually reject a significant number of apps through this process. This is part of a comprehensive internal and external review that we are conducting to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists. If this data still exists, it would be a grave violation of Facebook's policies and an unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments these groups made."

Be careful what you click

By Orne • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

“This was unequivocally not a data breach,” tweeted Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook executive. “No systems were infiltrated, no passwords or information were stolen or hacked.”

So, what really happened is that a bunch of people installed a bunch of Facebook apps, and the users authorized their personal data to be used by the app. What happened after that was standard Facebook Business Model stuff, they sell your eyeballs to advertisers and take a 30% share of sales. It's how all social media stays in business, by passively collecting data about you, where you eat, your income levels, what you buy, etc. All in the name of "targeted advertising", which we as users frankly embrace. We love seeing ads for things that may interest us, companies like the opportunity of us buying stuff, FB loves collecting data and giving it to the govern.... I mean collecting data.

So, if we the public are clicking Accept every time we want to do a survey, or use a service, or install an app.... the horse is out of the barn. Then we get to Cambridge Analytica, who is accused of using personality quiz apps to gather information.. yeah, which is pretty much the whole purpose of those little quizzes to find your interests. The user answers a bazillion personal questions, and it spits out "Your Medieval Name Would Be Patsy", but what do you think happens to all that data after you click Commit? They aren't even building a profile of you, because Facebook already did that work by getting you to fill it out yourself. CA figured out, like Obama did in 2012. What do you think "big data" is really all about? Joining all these little data sets, like purchased this here, travelled there, likes flying, hates TSA, lives here, people that live here tend to earn this much, people that travel there and live here tend to vote this way, so hook them up with some targeted political ads and bam, you've increased your probability of an election win.

Re:Slashdot loved Obama Campaigns data analytics

By Woldscum • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

"A former Obama campaign official is claiming that Facebook knowingly allowed them to mine massive amounts of Facebook data — more than they would’ve allowed someone else to do — because they were supportive of the campaign.
  In a Sunday tweet thread, Carol Davidsen, former director of integration and media analytics for Obama for America, said the 2012 campaign led Facebook to “suck out the whole social graph” and target potential voters. They would then use that data to do things like append their email lists."

“They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,” Davidsen tweeted."

"Davidsen began the tweet thread with a link to a Time article outlining the Obama campaign's Facebook targeting campaign, which she said was codenamed “Project Taargus”

What crime is being alleged here?

By mi • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

A private firm used computers and access to social networks to learn about people's opinions on various political matters. What's the crime in that?.. Why would this even be unethical, much less illegal?

Maybe, this violated Facebook's TOS — but that's the most, that can even be alleged here... If that...

Re:Oh really?

By Archangel Michael • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

A lot of people stayed home because they just couldn't pull the trigger for Hillary. There was plenty of reasons to not vote for her. Including the ongoing meltdown she's still has over her second failed attempt at being president. And the worst part is, Trump beat the only person he was capable of beating, because she stank so bad.

Now, you can blame that loss on all sorts of reasons, but the plain fact is, she sucked as a candidate. Most of the reason she lost was her own making.

Re:Wait a second...narrative shifting

By Trailer Trash • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Here's what's happening. The Russia narrative fell apart. Even with Democrats screeching about it 24/7 for months, it's obvious that Trump isn't going to be ensnared in that and nobody right of Bernie Sanders believes it. So the next thing was some porn star that Trump apparently had sex with. Oh, wow, *nobody* knew he was a womanizer. Right. Of course, the left lost all their credibility on this being a big deal 20 years ago.

So this is the latest. Some company tied to Trump stole a bunch of data from Facebook. Oh, they haven't said "stole" yet, have they? I don't even read this shit at this point because it's not worth it. But my guess is that they'll go that route, and the retards who think Trump's going to be impeached and that'll make Hillary president will be dancing again.

Trump Bans Venezuela's New National Cryptocurrency

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday banning any transactions within the United States involving any digital currency issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela. The order applies to U.S. citizens as well as anyone within the United States, and includes cryptocurrency issued on or after January 9. President Trump's order is in response to recent attempts by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime to "circumvent U.S. sanctions by issuing a digital currency," the White House said in a statement. Venezuela launched its oil-backed cryptocurrency in February to help pull the country out of a continuing economic crisis. President Maduro said each petro token will be backed by one barrel of the state's national petroleum. Maduro also said roughly 100 million tokens would be issued -- estimated to be worth around $6 billion. Bitcoin prices dropped about $200 to around $8,388, according to Coinbase, following the order.

Cryptocurrency market reaction

By JaredOfEuropa • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Bitcoin prices dropped about $200 to around $8,388, according to Coinbase, following the order.

Bitcoin prices fell way more than that the day before, because someone farted in a trading room I assume. And now they are going back up. This stuff's really volatile, a $200 price change is just noise.

Can someone explain to me why we have sactions

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
on Venezuela while we help the Saudi's bomb Yemen? I get that they're government is sketchy, but we support something like 80% of the world's dictatorships. If we're trying to take the high ground on Democracy that boat has sailed, circumnavigated the globe and returned laden with exotic spice (joke shamelessly stolen from Yatzee of Zero Punctuation fame)

Re:Does Dear Leader

By LynnwoodRooster • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Per executive order 13692, you cannot send any property to Venezuela. The IRS considers cryptocurrencies as property. Thus trading - sending or buying - in Venezuelan crypto is not legal. Unless, of course, the underlying executive order is illegal - but that's not been determined yet.

Based on the above, it is quite clear that President Trump didn't add anything new, just explicitly listed Venezuela's cryptocurrency as banned - which it already was, per the earlier EO and existing IRS statutes.

Re:Congress made that law

By jwhyche • Score: 4 • Thread

Funny how calls of "national security"

National security is a nice catch all phrase that they use when they want to do a end run around the law and strip you of your rights. Unless its about guns, then its "think of the children."

Re:For Trump, socialism==bad...

By losfromla • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Norway, Sweden, Finland. Germany, France, and Italy have socialist tendencies as well. Unchecked corporate greed gets you 'murika which is demonstrably bad for most.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a Big Supporter Of Universal Basic Income, is Running For President

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In a recently published podcast, Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, said he is vying for the Democratic party nomination to run for President of the United States. From a report: Yang outlines his radical policy agenda, which focuses on Universal Basic Income and includes a "freedom dividend." He talks about the very real and immediate threat of artificial intelligence, how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes, and why we need to put humanity first. He also addresses "the big four" and what he plans to do about Amazon.

During the interview, Yang called out governments inability to address large scale problems and the challenges that technology is creating in modern American society. "I believe that we need to start owning these realities [of automation and artificial intelligence taking away jobs] and these challenges as a people, as a country, and as a society, and start being honest. I'm running for president to solve the big problems and to show that these things are not beyond us," Yang says. Yang's own plan to address the increasing power tech companies are wielding in the world involves something called a "freedom dividend", which would paid for by a value-added tax. The revenue from that tax (levied on "gains from the big four") would be redistributed via the "freedom dividend" to citizens, Yang says.

Re:UBI, it's about time

By fish_in_the_c • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

1) standard of living has been proven to be nearly irrelevant to happiness, once ones basic needs have been met, 'precieved' differences in wealth tend to have a much higher effect on happiness then actual wealth.

2) your second statement is only true if you cherry pick your dataset. if you include all socialist republics , russia, china, cuba, etc what you are saying is decidedly not true or at best uprovable.

3) Sense of purpose and a feeling of community ( aka contentedness) are much more important to happiness in my personal observation. Socialism undermines the first by treating everything people do as of equal value and the often times undermines the second by creating a police state where any divination from the 'norm' frowned upon. It also robs people of the sense of purpose often derivative from the religious experience as many socialist governments are passively or even actively anti-religion.

Re:Too Early

By BlueStrat • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I'm good with that. I'm a socialist. That is miles and miles better than sociopathic conservative corporatist.

Yeah, the US as the new Venezuela.

Sounds positively delightful as it's worked out so well for Venezuelans.

UBI avoids the pitfalls of the old Soviet quip "We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us." by eliminating the "..we pretend to work" bit.



Re: UBI, it's about time

By jwhyche • Score: 4 • Thread

Unemployment is never caused by automation

I like trains. I've been watching a lot of documentaries on trains lately. Did you know that before the 1950's over 1/5 of the blue collar labor in the United States was by the railroad. It takes about 125 people to maintain and run a steam locomotive.

You know what happened after 1950? The railroad had a massive layoff. It only takes about 24 people to run a diesel-electric locomotive. So you can say that in the 1950 a shit load of people lost their jobs due to efficiency and automation on trains.

Do you know they are working on a cabbage picking robot? It and others like it will completely eliminate the need for a migrant labor force in the United States.

So, you can't tell me that jobs are not lost to automation. That has actually been the way since the dawn of time as technology gets better. The donkey lost his job at the mill wheel because of the water wheel.

Currently, there maybe plenty of jobs out there. But that isn't the way it will always be. As technology advances robots and automation will take more and more jobs. Retraining is a option for some but it will not always be that way.

An its the very marketing forces that people like to praise for creating current jobs, now, that will make this happen. So unless we are blown back into the stone age, this will happen.

End the Draft

By ghoul • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

At one time every able bodied man was supposed to turn out for the defense of the village whenever the feudal lord ordered it. We then evolved into professional volunteer armies and today the concept of the draft has gone away.

Similarly in the future people will work if they want to not because they have been drafted to. Today everyone has to work or starve - there is no real choice.

With an UBI, work becomes a choice and the workers will be much more professional as they would have CHOSEN to work rather than forced to.

The California solution. Or problem.

By argee • Score: 3 • Thread

OK, talking to a true-blue Californian Democrat:

The Californian says, "We have it figured out. We get UBI, we do not have to work anymore!"

And I ask, "But who is going to do all the needed work?"

"Ah, simple," says he. "The illegal immigrants!"

"But they don't pay taxes!"

Then, with a quick wink he says "We are still working on that minor problem!"

Facebook Under Pressure as EU, US Urge Probes of Data Practices

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users. From a report: Facebook's shares fell more than 7 percent, wiping around $40 billion off its market value, set for their biggest drop since September 2012, as investors worried that new legislation could damage the company's lucrative advertising business. "The lid is being opened on the black box of Facebook's data practices, and the picture is not pretty," said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who has written about Silicon Valley's use of data. Lawmakers in the United States, Britain and Europe have called for investigations into media reports that political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested the private data on more than 50 million Facebook users to support Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign. Further reading: An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.


By Train0987 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

"In a Sunday tweet thread, Carol Davidson, former director of integration and media analytics for Obama for America, said the 2012 campaign led Facebook to “suck out the whole social graph” and target potential voters. They would then use that data to do things like append their email lists.

When Facebook found out what they were doing, they were “surprised,” she said. But she also claimed they didn’t stop them once they found out"


By jellomizer • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It was bragged, because it was used to get people excited about the candidate, and have them go out and vote for him.

What this was using the data to find people insecurities, and setup information to hate the other guy, and have people not vote, or be so polarized that they will be afraid to choose the lesser evil.

Like all technology there are lines to be crossed, because you can use technology for good or bad.

In this election, I didn't find too many people who were wild for Trump, but they just hated Hillary more. And in many coverage when asked why they hate Clinton, they sometimes pointed to a fake news article they read on Facebook.


By Train0987 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Well that search didn't take long...

Behold, "The Data Crunching Prowess of Barack Obama"


By PopeRatzo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

They BRAGGED about doing the same things (and worse) than what they're accusing Cambridge of doing.

There's at least one big difference (besides the biggest difference which is that what the Obama data team did was nothing like what Trump's Cambridge Analytica team did, but let's put that aside for now). The people who were on Obama's data team were American citizens or were authorized to work in the US. Cambridge Analytica had a team made up primarily of foreign nationals who did not have US visas, green cards or work permits.

And, there is a law against that. Foreign nationals without green cards cannot work on US election campaigns even if they are volunteers.

Cambridge Analytica, hookers & blow

By PopeRatzo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

This just came across the transom. Apparently, Cambridge Analytica was doing more than just data mining for the Trump campaign.

Twitter Will Ban Most Cryptocurrency-Related Ads

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An anonymous reader writes: Twitter plans to ban most cryptocurrency-related ads in the next few weeks, as Sky News first reported and a source confirms to Axios. Why it matters: The recent boom in cryptocurrencies and digital tokens has unsurprisingly attracted some fraudsters. Twitter is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, though it's been having its own problems with accounts promoting scams.

How related is related

By wafflemonger • Score: 3 • Thread

By related cryptocurrency-related ads, does that mean ads that advertise cryptocurrency or ads that mine cryptocurrency? The second type is probably more important to ban than the first.

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Woman in First Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian

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Joe_Dragon writes: Last night a woman was struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. She later died of her injuries in the hospital. The deadly collision -- reported by ABC15 and later confirmed to Gizmodo by Uber and Tempe police -- took place around 10PM at the intersection Mill Avenue and Curry Road. Autonomous vehicle developers often test drive at night, during storms, and other challenging conditions to help their vehicles learn to navigate in a variety of environments.

According to Tempe PD, the car was in autonomous mode at the time of the incident, with a vehicle operator sitting behind the wheel. A police spokesperson added in a statement that the woman's 'next of kin has not been notified yet so her name is not being released at this time. Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation.' The woman was crossing the street outside a crosswalk when she was hit, the spokesperson said.
Update: Uber says it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident.


By Holi • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Except not hitting pedestrians is kind of important. Knowing you're in a residential area and being on the lookout for kids chasing balls is important. Regardless if you had the right of way your not going to win any brownie points by saying that after you run down a kid.

Re:Come on, who would have no hit her?

By mysidia • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Yes they do, all the time. It's called involuntary manslaughter if the pedestrian dies and it's truly an accident.

No.... Manslaughter requires a criminal act with the accused having a demonstrable criminal intent to prove the guilt -- such as DUI, recklessness, or criminal negligence such as driving distracted or texting instead of being attentive to the road. If a pedestrian dies, and it's truly an accident: in case of no wrongdoing by the driver, then the occurrence is by definition an unfortunate incident, and not a crime.

Re: Jaywalking

By avgjoe62 • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I guess you have not filled a W4 either.

Of course he hasn't. In Russia, it's a Ve4

Not surprised

By hdyoung • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
Google self-driving cars run literally millions of miles and the worst accident they get into is one of their cars getting rear-ended by somebody else. Uber gets into the game, and 3 months later they've killed someone. Can't say I'm surprised. Google is generally a responsible company. Uber uses a "break things, move fast, skirt the laws and let someone else pick up the wreckage" business model. Expect quite a bit more of this. I'm not opposed to rapid development of new tech like this. Sometimes, accidents will happen. 100% safety isn't a physical possibility. It's just that nobody should be surprised when outfits like Uber rack up an impressive body count.

Oh no: facts

By Sinical • Score: 3 • Thread

She was hit here:

I know this because I looked at

and I know the location intimately. The speed limit here is 40. The road, Mill Avenue, going northbound is two lanes plus it is adding turn lanes to go west and east. There is a bike lane. The road has just gone over a bridge (man-made lake) and under a freeway bridge (202) -- there are no off- or on-ramps at this location. There is a parking lot under the bridge for the concert venue (SW corner: visible in the Reuter's image) plus there's a public park/beach on the north side of the lake.


states, there was no rain.

I haven't seen the crumpled bicycle photo, but we JUST started a bunch of "share bike" schemes in the Phoenix metro area (well, Phoenix proper has had one for while -- Tempe/Scottsdale ones are more recent): Limebike is the main one, I think (we have some that have "Ono" on them, as well). So if the bike is yellow or yellow/green, it was probably one of those. Tempe is hugely bike friendly for a US city because it is both (a) the site of ASU (b) progressive.

The southbound lanes are 2 wide at this point, so this lady was riding a bike across ~5 lanes of traffic plus a BIG (mostly paved) median. There's a shortcut trail just RIGHT there to go east, so maybe she was aiming for that.

A sad situation for sure. I see the Uber and Waymo vehicles all the time, so there's no lack of miles in and around that area.

Microsoft Joins Group Working To 'Cure' Open-Source Licensing Issues

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Microsoft is joining Red Hat, Facebook, Google and IBM in committing to extending right to "cure" open source licensing noncompliance before taking legal measures. From a report: On March 19, officials from Microsoft -- along with CA Technologies, Cisco, HPE, SAP and SUSE -- said they'd work with open together with the already-committed vendors to provide more "predictability" for users of open source software. "The large ecosystems of projects using the GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses will benefit from adoption of this more balanced approach to termination derived from GPLv3," explained Red Hat in a press release announcing the new license-compliance partners. The companies which have agreed to adopt the "Common Cure Rights Commitment" said before they file or continue to prosecute those accused of violating covered licenses, they will allow for users to cure and reinstate their licenses.

Re: BSD is the cure

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

they just make random assumptions and move on.

People do this with proprietary software as well. They don't read the EULA and they copy from friends. Why should they only get impunity for copyright violations of the GPL? Why doesn't Microsoft support a "first time free" policy for their own software?

Re:BSD is the cure

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Came in here to say just that. Copyfree licenses, such as BSD, are what you should use if you want your code to be free and used for any purpose. GPL is what you want to use if you want to prevent commercial use of your code inside of another program. Or if you want to be an ass and make other copyfree things GPL/non commercial. It's the libertarianism vs communism of licensing.

(Yes, you can throw the argument of commercial GPL software out there. It exists, I know. And now you have cloud services as a result. Software as an internet service... thanks GNU!)

Re: BSD is the cure

By jellomizer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

It is if you are trying push it to its limits, trying to mix non-GPL with GPL technologies. Using GPL technology as part of a larger service... Real life stuff, where it isn't as black and white as RMS sees it. And the GPL while may be written clearly, does have interesting loopholes. Such as the Anti-Tivoization rule, that makes the exception for IBM to do it on their mainframes. Cloud and SaaS usages havn't been completely defined.

I'm confused...

By TheFakeTimCook • Score: 3 • Thread

...Is this is "Extend" or "Extinguish" phase?

It's surely one or the other.

Re: BSD is the cure

By stooo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

>> It is if you are trying push it to its limits, trying to mix non-GPL with GPL technologies
No problem here.
You can do pretty much everything with a GPL program, except statically link or mix in code with a non GPL compatible licence.
BSD is GPL compatible.
No problem here.