* Posts by jospanner

119 posts • joined 8 May 2019

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Teracube whips out cheap, fixable phone with removable battery and four-year warranty

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I really hope this takes off.

The disposable attitude that we have towards expensive and complicated machinery is disgusting. The amount of wasted materials, energy, and emissions involved in things like electronics and vehicles by scrapping rather than repairing (or planned obsolescence) is horrendous.

Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color

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Re: Why use the word racist.

For those following along at home, this is textbook alt-reich nonsense: "Never play defensive".

This person has literally been confronted with the idea that this software doesn't work properly due to faulty data, and therefore discriminates based on race. He instantly deflects and makes it the parent post's problem, and then deflects against with more bad faith questions.

Such people are not swayed by facts - the basic idea that "discrimination requires no intent" has been beaten to death at this point and is quite self evident with even a moment's thought - the purpose is to waste your time and create a reaction.

This is the behaviour of a nasty little psychopath and nothing more.

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Re: Why use the word racist.

Yeah engaging with this is pointless, this is just a sad little nerd who doesn't like the idea that the world doesn't revolve around him.

Structural racism is a thing, i'm sorry that you're too much of an intellectual coward to confront this.

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Re: Why use the word racist.

White people find accusations of racism more abhorrent than actual racism, a case study.

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Re: Why use the word racist.

No, it does not. Just because it hurts your feelings doesn't make it incorrect.

Racism is the discrimination based on race. Intent comes nowhere near this definition. Whether you have a bias towards doing shitty things to black people is the important thing, not how much you intended to do it.

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Re: Why use the word racist.

And who says that Britain has a race problem?

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Re: Why use the word racist.

Discrimination does not require intent.

No amount of Daily Heil reading changes this fact.

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Re: Why use the word racist.

"This is an algorithm that has not yet been perfected, how can this person call it racist when it knows nothing about people or colour? "

A question that answers itself.

Twitter: Our image-cropping AI seems to give certain peeps preferential treatment. Solution: Use less AI

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Re: It's usually incompetence

So you think it's incompetence, but not like, racist incompetence?

What?

The very fact that no one thought to check if this thing worked properly with people of all different colours is itself a problem. The developer for this thing must only have tested it on a small set of pictures, and then decided that it worked good enough. That is itself racial bias - they didn't think to check to see if it worked on people who didn't look like themselves or their limited data set.

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I remember a similar article being full of developers claiming that computers can't be racist, and writing off the idea that developer's own racial biases could possibly go into the software.

I also remember this being the point that I became officially terrified at the prospect of mass deployment of AI.

Your biases go into your software, or indeed anything you do. There are no two ways about this. You can either understand this and try to mitigate it, or you can keep making the same mistakes while protecting your fragile ego.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

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Re: Why

Well the idea was that the aircraft wouldn't need pilot recertification, which this definitely would.

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The high powered business types talk a lot about how they need to be paid so much money because they take risks and face consequences, right?

This would be "consequences".

IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter

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Re: Hillarious

ok white boy

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Re: Oi Cressida!

(ref downvotes) Europeans love to gasp with shock and condemn racism in other countries, but become violently defensive when their own is criticised for the same reasons.

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"not understanding"

The letter from Adolf to Ford about hating Jews was just too difficult to read, presumably.

Historically speaking, capitalists love a bit of fascism. You can always profit by it. It's why Adolf's cabinet was made of formerly centre-right conservatives.

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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We all live in a fascist regime

A fascist regime

A fascist regime

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: "the concept of saving face"

You must be fun at parties.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Please don't pretend that the dems are any better.

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Brits, Euros, other people in the comments as if our own governments aren't bought and paid for by the richest people in society.

A place where rioters get kangaroo trials sorted out in a matter of hours, but the cops whose negligence killed dozens at Hillsborough get away with fitting up dead working class people for two decades.

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Re: what do you expect when ...

And boy what a result it's had.

Nationalist murderer in charge of the country.

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Re: Just one nose-picking minute

Both parties are corrupt aristocracies.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Welcome to capitalism. Turns out it doesn't work all that well.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Capitalism prioritises profits over all else.

This is what you want, right?

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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This is both utterly pathetic and completely predictable.

You thought the finance industry and its hangers-on was going to give actual money to actual people? lol

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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lmao gottem

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: AI is rubbish, developer doesn't read emails?

Knowing Big Tech? The latter.

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Re: Globalization: Who's fault is that?

Welcome to one of the main contradictions of capitalism.

There is no place in this economic model for healthy workers.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Red Bullshit

You aint no anarchist, bruv

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Government and other forms of authority will always tend to expand. Almost every reduction in government and authority has come at the expense of people's health or lives. This isn't the sort of problem that you fix by voting Lib Dem.

Libertarian socialism - the idea that authority is fundamentally a problem to be overcome - is the way forward.

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Re: Lookie likey

Oh that's easy. They just ban the use of such things in public.

Never try to catch authority out on a technicality, they'll just legislate it out of the way.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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If this sort of thing doesn't terrify you, or if you think that the government won't abuse it, remember that the government has no reason not to do what ever it wants with this information, and that governments have no inherent moral restrictions.

British police have raped women who have then had children, all in the name of stopping ecological protests. They harvest data from every possible source. There are cameras everywhere, and now the police are trialling facial recognition tech.

The purpose of the state is to further the interests of those who control it and benefit from its monopoly on violence, and those people are inevitably the rich and powerful.

If you're not paranoid, you're not paying attention.

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Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

You give the state an inch, it will take a mile.

Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft

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Because these things are for spying.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Softer, more inclusive bureaucratic neo-liberalism.

*clap* MORE *clap* WOMEN *clap* CEOS *clap*

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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It needs to work properly or not at all.

Although I am a curmudgeon when it comes to this sort of thing. I love my old car without any assists or other nonsense. Technically less safe? Sure. But that is my responsibility. VW didn't lie to me and say that the car would drive itself...

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Yeah this seems like a reasonable case.

If the Tesla's "autopilot" makes drivers think that the car can drive itself, when it can't, then this is clearly a Tesla problem.

Don't sell the car as having an "autopilot" mode. This is like if seatbelts came with a notice that said "protects you regardless of whether you wear it or not!" It's not babying, it's actively misleading.

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They were attending an accident, what do you want them to do?

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Reasons why Jo is a libertarian socialist #2845672

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Re: whenever governments grab MORE control...

Bring democracy to the workplace. We should own our workplaces. We work there, we make the wealth.

ICE cold: Microsoft's GitHub wrings hands over US prez's Trump immigration ban plan

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No one cares about your right-wing libertarian nonsense.

Stay indoors, you utter child.

Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all

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"explain away why a very, very small number of people should be allowed to hoard vast resources in defiance of every logical argument about efficiency and societal well-being."

Capitalism is a very inefficient system, yes.

State-capitalism or free market capitalism, it's awful at distributing resources to those that need them.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Nothing re-affirms my belief in socialist libertarianism and my belief that the police are arseholes than being pulled over for riding my motorcycle for fun.

How am I spreading a disease by going out for a ride? Or a drive? This is not a gathering, this is me, alone, on a bike, with a helmet on, with a face covering on, hooning around at under 60mph, officer. Bugger off.

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Re: Nothing to Heil nothing to Fear.

1 dimensional political analysis. Literally.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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"Family Friendly" is 9/10 code for "Ban the gays and the transes" and, interestingly, does not seem to care about violence.

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Re: A question

It's PC gone mad, you can't even do a hate crime nowadays.

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Re: vital?

Getting support from a third party, ie, *not your parents*, is essential to figuring things out.

Your parents might very well be chill with LGBTQ people. A hell of a lot of people's aren't.

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"I got my understanding of biology in primary school and never bothered to look further than this"

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Re: So?

As someone who grew up trans, let me put this in the most polite terms:

Fuck off you nazi shit.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites

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Re: "it assumes race creates an accent and speech patterns"

Just sounds to me like people are more upset about being called racist than actual racism.

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