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  1. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    its probably pattern recognition using a neural network that is still in training, likely one that produces very few false positives at the expense of missing many more positives. think of the sort of algorithm you could use to identify the presence of a passport-style face. you'd be looking for two circles symmetrically offset from a vertical line above a horizontal line, and a set of min/max limits on proportions, eg. the mouth line never being a longer line than the distance between the eyes, distances to frame edges, etc etc. its simple enough to imagine manually programming a set of rules that would work up to a point, but fail to identify faces taken side on, or with poor exposure, for example. the amount of rules you would need to detect all possible occurrences of faces in any photo would quickly snowball beyond any human's ability to program. the power of neural networks is that "millions" of unitary cell-like programs making simple either/or weighted decisions work together like a hive mind until they eventually arrive at all necessary rules automatically, by being fed countless examples (eg. photos) and given positive/negative reinforcement on their response (face / not a face). there are choices to be made about structure, like how many of these cells in how many layers will be most efficient/reliable/etc, but the most fascinating part, to me at least, is once these neural networks are working reliably, the algorithm encoded into them is too complicated to be understood or reverse engineered. machine learning further automates the formulation and training neural networks, making the astronomical scale of training needed to reliably identify any nudie pic anywhere possible — but its imperfect and ongoing.
  2. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    uh huh. opinion pieces are a valid form of journalism when clearly demarcated. and they are more likely to be sympathetic to the left in The Guardian vs the right in The Australian. both papers do very high quality journalism. i am sure we both agree with the opinion that the catholic church has failed to do enough to combat abuse — but since there is no scientific quantity for "enough", this is ultimately 'just an opinion'. its also an opinion most likely to be given a lot of oxygen in a left-leaning newspaper. and it would be person's choice whether or not to actually weigh the merits of that argument, or opt for infantile tribalism, by just ranting about the paper's supposed agenda instead. luckily, opinions are most often judged on their merits by thinking people, irrespective of who wrote them and where they were published
  3. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    do you even hear yourself? the nature and scale of the factionalism in question is unique to the coalition. and thats what that particular piece is about — only the people in the drivers seat of this country for the last 6 years. by your logic, an opinion piece taking a critical look into Labor's so called "faceless men" and links to union corruption would be inherently invalid and dodgy journalism with a "right-wing agenda". and if journalism ran by your logic, you would never read a piece about the cover ups of abuse by the catholic church because that would just be a load of biased "anti-catholic propaganda", since abuse is a problem within any of the churches which ever denomination they be.
  4. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    for one, its an opinion piece, so lets not confuse it with propaganda being passed off as objective fact secondly, its commenting on what characterises the far-right cronyism to which the liberal party has been held hostage so visibly during the last two terms, demonstrated by their handling of issues like same-sex marriage and climate change and most recently their conspicuous rallying behind a convicted molester. this is an extremely topical and newsworthy feature of our government in its own right, quite irrespective of whatever Labor is doing or has done, and not drawing attention to the rampant anti-democratic rot within the ruling party would be FAR closer to "enforcing an agenda". get a grip, eveln!
  5. @~thehung

    The old country goes one more level of nutcase

    this, yes. ive often wondered what it is about the Russian psyche that makes them such suckers for punishment. more charitably, i would guess its the severe cold and vast distances that lead to a natural yearning for brutal pragmatism over dithery democracy.
  6. @~thehung

    the atomican child of ravenclaw

    hehe — actually, the reference should be read as "everything floats down here", ...not "everything floats down here". "They all float, Richie!" — Pennywise the Clown (It)
  7. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    epic!
  8. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    Pyne is a thoroughly political animal, and theres a predictability to that which became more amusing as time wore on. punchable? haha definitely. but others far eclipse him! just days ago there was a thumb for some video about Martin Shkreli in youtube's recommended videos, which actually compelled me to put "most punchable face of all time" into image search. based on frequency, i am happy to report that Martin Shkreli is the undisputed champion, with Ajit Pai and Ted Cruz among deserving runners up
  9. @~thehung

    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    but theres multitudes of exceptions and false positives posed by the need to categorically define just about everything in that list. so this can read like a blueprint for just another set of blunt instruments. welcome to the problematic dichotomies of horseshoe theory :)
  10. @~thehung

    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    a month or so sounds seriously ambitious to me. i mean, this is proper too hard basket territory! i am not sure what would incur the greater time and money cost, actually determining where 'the line' should be drawn as it applies to millions of permutations of slightly different cases, or, having decided on an algorithm, actually committing the resources to implement and maintain it. no doubt there's x amount of nefarious YT channels and comments that could/should be removed/prevented through more proactive automatic filtering — greatly enhanced by cutting edge machine learning, for example. but then you have something like people determined to post pervy time-stamps, who one expects would soon find ways to circumvent any and all automatic processes, leading to the probable necessity of large scale active human monitoring. pervs aside, it is often unsettling to see people commenting on children in YT videos. sometimes they are ridiculed, even if most often the comments are innocent. but in any case, i often wonder about their rights, or lack of, to have opted out of this degree of public exposure. i dont know, it does seem that privacy is dead and the whole world has gone mad, but i am often happy to see "comments have been disabled for this video" when it appears to motivated by a concern for welfare. i do feel sorry for the many good people whose business models and livelihoods will be adversely effected by Google opting for such a blunt instrument, but if it remains this way going forward, i think it can be adapted to.
  11. who remembers The Chaser's CNNNN? the best thing i ever saw on the ticker was something like - "Iraqi cheese makers complain: the curds keep getting in the whey"
  12. @~thehung

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    You are, of course, correct. :D
  13. @~thehung

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    not Reason To Pelieve, no :P late eighties hit single. aussie band.
  14. @~thehung

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    coz its kinda optional. theyre probably most often referred to as TC in ordinary speech, but its just C on their albums.
  15. @~thehung

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens RTP by (T)C clue: apparently George Pell is a big fan
  16. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    schtick?
  17. @~thehung

    Confessional seal of silence.

    saw on the ABC ticker today, something like this: "Vatican opens investigation that could lead to George Pell being defrocked" ...which pretty much exemplifies why i dont follow these stories. investigation? could lead to? Pell should have been defrocked the moment the gavel came down. if needs be, 'until further notice, pending a successful appeal' — but in what universe should a convicted abuser of minors remain ordained as a "man of god", if the term is to mean anything at all? where is there room for ambiguity here? but alas, the crusty godless jerk offs in stupid costumes need to deliberate on this for a while. same goes for that summit thing. just the bullet points are too much. i cant stand it. how many decades now have massive exposures of cover ups and dirty dealings been ongoing — at least one, right? and the resolutions coming down from the grand poobah are still things like "we need to do less bad stuff" or words of similar impotence and inconsequence. yeah, fuck off. the catholic church is an infernal *stain on the western world. * edit: unnecessarily crass
  18. @~thehung

    Beresheet

  19. @~thehung

    how crap is this government ?

    great article. only issue i have is with this: "Malcolm Turnbull was long viewed as the great moderate hope, because “moderate” has come to mean “socially moderate (or progressive); economic conservative” – as though the latter does not completely undermine the former." i dont accept the oversimplification that the latter and former are necessarily completely at odds. in practice, within the Liberal party as we know it, but not as a universal maxim.
  20. @~thehung

    Pets and animals

    okay but whats your alternate theory for the main answer? 1st lazy search result corroborates my theory: https://www.livescience.com/45461-why-do-cats-like-boxes.html
  21. @~thehung

    Pets and animals

    cats love boxes because they like hiding and constantly mentally rehearsing surprise attack commando shit. but cardboard in particular feels extra secure because of its low weight; their hair brushing against it provides super responsive tactile feedback of vibrations in the outside world*, it hardly impedes their hearing of the outside world, and they know they flick their way out of it in a pinch. (* i mean, a flat piece of cardboard is practically a transducer. a blind and deaf cat in a cardboard box could probably still "hear" the approach of a predator of a given mass via whiskers and hair in contact with that cardboard "diaphragm")
  22. @~thehung

    What a joke

    actually, i'm a little confused as to what Trump or AOC or any of that other shit are doing in the gender dysphoria thread.
  23. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    also, highly recommend this one with democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. some worthwhile discussion of the feasibility of a UBI. he has some radical ideas, but he's refreshingly not all pie-in-the-sky.
  24. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    relevant: this recent JRE podcast with independent journalist Tim Pool was excellent
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