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I had read years ago about a nudity detector that had a difficult time with stock images of fancy ice-cream deserts.  No more Dairy Queen treats for you Mr. Computer!

Anyways, the computer nudity tests are nonsense, as there are lots images that potentially look like fleshy parts and as some algorithms do, looking for a predominance of skin tones, can easily be defeated simple color space manipulations.

The other embarrassing article is so predictable it took professionals with graduate degrees to bone this up.  If I recall correctly, early MIT eigen-face research reports suggested  Chinese people looked a lot alike, which obviously means they hadn't all the statistics relevant to the problem.  Similarity measures need relative, not absolute measures.

Alternately, for logical consistency, we could admit deserts are intentionally sexy looking, that Chinese do look alike, and some of our species remind us of other species.  Just teasing.
Precisely which "numbers don't lie"?  I need a refresher!

http://news.sky.com/story/1511686/google-photo-app-labels-black-couple-gorillas

Gosh, anybody can add AI and OpenCV, lets make some money.
http://www.i-programmer.info/news/105-artificial-intelligence/8731-detecting-nudity-with-ai-and-opencv.html

.... hang on a minute, I'm having another vision...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/jesus-in-taco-edward-garza_n_1752149.html

Recall the line in Star Wars, "These are not the droids we're looking for."  One feels for the hapless white person that attempts to use the gorilla exit instead of the human exit in Bank of America.

This will happen soon enough, once robots are demonstrated to be not only unreliable, but criminal, it will be ok to send your horse to the drive-up window, all by himself.

One hopes no more public money gets foolishly spent on nudity detectors.  In fact I bet the national debt could be alleviated by a reliable Android and iOS app for obfuscating nude selfies.  Get on it, hackers, you might as well make some money off something people can use, rather than the genius idiots and their laughable error-prone vision systems.

Business names are important, perhaps someone can help me on this, a software company based on an animal that writes code as good as any human or computerized programmer.  Somewhat mythical, like Incitatus' role in the Senate.
The internet giant says it is "appalled" after its software mistakenly tagged an African-American man and his friend.
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The silver lining in this dark cloud is that Google allows their engineers to get exposed to real data and public failures.  That's the only way to get these complex computer systems working properly.  You can well imagine the possible failure modes of their computerized automobiles, given mis-classification errors as demonstrated by their photo-tagging AI.  Living is fraught with ambiguous situations.  We all make classification errors.  Ask any of my friends, for instance, I am always "over-dressed" ;-)
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"The Export-Import Bank makes money for taxpayers, returning $675 million to the U.S. Treasury last year."  Should its charter be allowed to expire in a week's time?

Please look into it, consider contacting your elected officials with your thoughts.
Crony Capitalism or Aid to Small Business?
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/export-import_bank_crony_capit.html#incart_related_stories It's both, and it also clear some elements of the government want to eliminate as much revenue to the federal government as possible.. Elected officials voting to weaken the federal government are opportunists, hastening to create the Old World Chaos they expect to profit from.  Careful boys! Chaos can be tricky.
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/06/11/us-export-import-bank-heading-toward-closure
Portland, OR - U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) toured Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie, OR today and called on Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before the June 30, 2015 deadline. Bob's Red Mill has been able to expand into new markets and grow their company ...
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I tried the advice here, disabling the OK Google voice activated search, and tablet search, and got some improvements.  Would I call the Nexus 7 2012 snappy now?  Not really, but its not having usability "fails", which is very important.  Can one separate bloatware from thread synchronization problems? It might be easier to cut the fat.

Naturally, Google is in a difficult position, with everybody and their siblings writing software for the platform.  I think its possible for them to do a better job of detecting bloatware in important applications, and helping those developers.

Maybe they do that already, but if so, why does Facebook take 175MB!!!!!  Given all the media frameworks in the Android OS, how could a media player app like NPR One take 35MB, or Kindle Reader take 87MB; or Autodesk Sketchbook, a paint system no less!, 23MB? 

The Android OS developers could generously look at these bloated apps and help their developers figure out why their implementations are unsuited, and frankly embarrassing to the Android platform.
"Charity begins at home"  Thomas Fuller
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A couple of weeks ago, one of my apprentices asked me if I would write a bio of myself that explained when I began to do my art and why. She said she had to choose someone who had influenced her life to become an artist; she choose me. This was an assignment she needed to present at her art ...
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Its been over 10 years since we used the digital fabric printing services at CAT.  I happen to be telling a young person about the experience and decided to see if the services remained operative.  The Glasgow School of Art deserved high marks for allowing public access to their facilities. 
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use this in conjunction with audio-recorder
http://itsfoss.com/record-streaming-audio/
If you are a fan of streaming music and internet Radio, you must have heard of Pandora. Pandora is the one of the most popular streaming music services in USA. (...)
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On the Cheap again...if you need to get going right now, perhaps a Beagle Bone Black would be more suited to LinuxCNC than Raspberry Pi 2
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Regarding the FBI suggestions that encryption devices
should have a "back-door" to make them crackable----
What would one pay for the secret of the back-door?
Do not be fooled.  This suggestion does not come from
those who would make the USA more secure, but from
commercial interests that wish nothing more than to
buy a secret.
Thank you

https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/asking-obama-to-protect-encryption-and-why-thats-not-enough

https://static.fsf.org/nosvn/misc/Encryption_Letter_to_Obama_final_051915.pdf
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D.C. weather is far cooler than usual this year.  Ever resourceful, the
House Ways and Means Committee warms their feet in fresh cow patties.

"This bill will help us achieve the best trade agreements for American workers and job creators. It will allow the United States—instead of China—to write the rules of the economy."

Oh sure, China will roll over, their endless goods and investments in the USA don't mean a thing, oh yeah, those Chinese are running scared?
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398405

I am telling my Senators and Representatives if they vote for TPP I will not be voting for them.  Period.

What did Obama say?

"It would level the playing field, give our workers a fair shot, and for the first time, include strong fully enforceable protections for workers’ rights, the environment, and a free and open internet."

More nonsense.  Our politicians are trying to fool all the free and open Internet consumers to aid big agribusiness.  Guess what, you can't eat the Internet, and with this bill, countries can't control food prices, they can soar like oil did, and just as mysteriously, in an "open market".

"Give our workers a fair shot" at what?  Sending pennies home from their jobs in Asian sweatshops?   "It’s no secret that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to their promise..."  No kidding Mr. President? ;-)

I guess the POTUS is squeezing his toes in those warm pies as well.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/16/statement-president-bipartisan-congressional-trade-priorities-and-accoun

Do Internet watchdogs support the bill?  No.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/fasttrack-bill-legitimize-white-house-secrecy-and-clear-way-anti-user

"The TPP will speed up the global race to the bottom in terms of farm prices, workers’ wages, environmental standards and human rights."
http://govtslaves.info/tpp-secret-negotiations-underway-to-control-the-worlds-food-supply/

Did you know individual cities are beginning to vote against these ag-biz usurpers?  Keep up on the news? Put the pressure on?
http://www.flushthetpp.org/category/campaign-updates/

Please read the bill yourself.  Try the agriculture section, around page 6.  Its obvious that trade barriers would become illegal.  How does that fit with food shortages caused by weather?  Is the weather even mentioned? Are we legally obliged to sell our surpluses, so that we can't prepare during the seven fat years for the seven lean years?   Look further, the President, not the Congress approves extensions to these trade treaties. Please, do not let this TPP bill, being fast tracked by all of Congress and the Administration slip your notice.  Read it yourself.

https://www.eff.org/document/bipartisan-congressional-trade-priorities-and-accountability-act-2015-aka-fast-track-bill

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