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  • Moronity Report: How good are the most advanced AI systems at predicting crime?  Not.  (The Markup)
    Diving deeper, we looked at predictions specifically for robberies or aggravated assaults that were likely to occur in Plainfield and found a similarly low success rate: 0.6 percent. The pattern was even worse when we looked at burglary predictions, which had a success rate of 0.1 percent.
    At least the Plainfield PD scrapped the system after two years and only wasted about $35,000.  As this kind of nonsense goes that's practically winning the lottery.

  • Inside the A510, Arm's boring workhorse CPU.  (Chips and Cheese)

    If you like all that fiddly detail about pipeline stages and result forwarding and branch misprediction penalties, this will be a feast for you.

    The A5x series, unlike the higher end A7x and now Xx cores, is an in-order design.  That makes it much simpler (and lower power), but it can't dynamically rearrange the instructions in your program to suit itself and still get the right answer, which is the crazy trick more powerful out-of-order cores do.  Even something as simple as a Raspberry Pi does that these days.

  • Much ado of a muchness: Comparing Intel and AMD CPUs on the same laptop.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They didn't test GPU performance (where the AMD model should really shine), so the results are pretty close.  Intel is around 5% faster on Geekbench, AMD nearly 10% ahead on Cinebench.

    On battery life tests, the Intel model lasted 11 hours 39 minutes, where the AMD version racked up 11 hours 38 minutes.

    So...  Pick your poison.

  • The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is a think that exists.  (Tom's Hardware)

    At $3299 I don't know why though.

  • Microsoft has overhauled OneDrive, and by overhauled they mean smeared AI shit all over it.  (The Verge)

    Can we not?

Disclaimer: Can we not?  At long last, sir, can we not?

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1 "Perhaps the most useful addition is the ability to favorite OneDrive files that will roam across Windows 11, OneDrive on the web, and elsewhere."

Oh, dang, folder colours AND the ability to favourite (when did this become a transitive verb?) files!  I am ready to dwell in the digital world of 1997 and the successor to windows 95, yessiree!  What would we do without hard-hitting tech journalism?

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, October 04 2023 10:23 PM (obo9H)

2 FFFFF Yeah, that Onedrive stuff is nonsense that I neither want nor desire. There are people who don't want to crucify Microsoft's leadership, and those people are either Saints (who master evil desires more effectively) or Devils (who like what Microsoft is doing).

Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, October 05 2023 01:46 AM (r9O5h)

3 The crime prediction AI's must be horribly written, because just a tiny bit of police work can do vastly better than a 0.1 percent success rate.
Many years ago, the wonderful CA prison system (it was bad then, and now...) declared a particular prisoner who was in for repeated armed robberies/home invasions/burglaries to be "reformed" and gave him early release. The local PD where he was released had two functional brain cells and kept tabs on him and had an informant report back when he started casing homes, one of which was my family's.
I got a phone call at work from my dad, who had gotten a call from the police informing them that our house had been broken into and we needed to come identify the damage, which items in his vehicle were ours, etc. They were of course particularly interested to know if the firearm he'd discharged at them had come from our house or if he'd already acquired it before coming in. Turns out we were the second house he'd hit, less than two days after being released, and the firearm had come from the first.
In that case, the police had been able to predict that he would be committing crimes almost immediately (even though the prison and parole office insisted otherwise), and had even come up with a list of homes that he'd targeted, and had eyes on him when he entered our house, and nabbed him the moment he stepped out with stolen property.

Posted by: David Eastman at Thursday, October 05 2023 01:57 AM (R7Z4D)

4 Dear David Eastman,
Well, when your "AI" crime prediction bot is written to specifically avoid mentioning certain things, there are probably a lot of other things it might miss or inadvertently gloss over (like predictable criminal behaviours).

Posted by: normal at Thursday, October 05 2023 02:24 AM (obo9H)

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