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    Camera Sales: November 2018 Japanese Ranking
      1. Canon EOS R
      2. Sony α7 III
      3. Nikon Z6
      4. Fujifilm X-T3
      5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M6
      6. Sony α7R III
      7. Nikon Z7
      8. Olympus Tough TG – 5
      9. Nikon D850
      10. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

      Source : Map Camera Report

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    Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong
    • Noam Chomsky, speaking in the symposium, wasn't so enthused. Chomsky critiqued the field of AI for adopting an approach reminiscent of behaviorism, except in more modern, computationally sophisticated form. Chomsky argued that the field's heavy use of statistical techniques to pick regularities in masses of data is unlikely to yield the explanatory insight that science ought to offer. For Chomsky, the "new AI"—focused on using statistical learning techniques to better mine and predict data— is unlikely to yield general principles about the nature of intelligent beings or about cognition.

      This critique sparked an elaborate reply to Chomsky from Google's director of research and noted AI researcher, Peter Norvig, who defended the use of statistical models and argued that AI's new methods and definition of progress is not far off from what happens in the other sciences.

      Chomsky acknowledged that the statistical approach might have practical value, just as in the example of a useful search engine, and is enabled by the advent of fast computers capable of processing massive data. But as far as a science goes, Chomsky would argue it is inadequate, or more harshly, kind of shallow. We wouldn't have taught the computer much about what the phrase "physicist Sir Isaac Newton" really means, even if we can build a search engine that returns sensible hits to users who type the phrase in.

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    Capitalism: Watch as greed will put an end to copyright
    • Disney is launching its own Netflix-style subscription VOD service next year — dubbed Disney+ — so Netflix will be losing Disney-owned content starting next year. Disney is acquiring 20th Century Fox, so expect more of Fox’s content to leave Netflix, as well. AT&T’s WarnerMedia had pegged Q4 2019 for its own broad-focused SVOD entry, so it’s also going to be pulling back its own stuff from Netflix.

      So, capitalists actually are pulling their content to their own sandboxes. Why? Because it is very profitable to charge people for thing that cost you nothing and that you own already.

      And it is good news - the more fragmented the market becomes, the more aware will be people about places that have content in better quality and without narrow selection of one brand only and content made only in few recent years.

      Practical education is necessary first step before capitalism and copyright eradication.

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    Chinese hackers everywhere
    • A senior U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday that Chinese cyber activity in the United States had risen in recent months, targeting critical infrastructure in what may be attempts to lay the groundwork for future disruptive attacks.

      “You worry they are prepositioning against critical infrastructure and trying to be able to do the types of disruptive operations that would be the most concern,” National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said at a Wall Street Journal cybersecurity conference.

      This NSA guys certainly want to save you and do good things. I mean, seriously. Just scare you a little with NSA owned ISIS terrorists, Russian hackers and now biggest threat of all - China attack on US infrastructure.
      They do all so you won't look under the rug and realize that it is NSA that serves ruling class and makes 99% of all damage.

      Tonight the New York Times reported that preliminary results of an investigation into the Marriott/Starwood hacking incident suggests it was part of a Chinese intelligence operation.

      Of course. Who else it can be? I mean, now. Few months before it had been Russian hackers, for sure.

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    Cameras manufacturers main problems in one chart
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      Cost of advanced mobile LSI with multiple CPU cores, quite similar to camera chips.

      Note that all cameras LSI are still manufactured on 40nm or 28nm, no more. May be 22nm is used for some logic on mobile stacked sensors, but I am not sure.

      All sudden camera stop comes from big compacts sales drop and this chart. As companies now need find around $300-500 millions to just try to make next step. And move to standard camera OS is highly incompatible with Japanese mentality, and also requires around $10-20 billions.

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    More on parasite brands - Monotype Imaging
    • Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc. is a Delaware corporation based in Woburn, Massachusetts. It specializes in digital typesetting and typeface design as well as text and imaging solutions for use with consumer electronics devices

      Monotype has carried out a series of acquisitions from 2000 onwards of companies such as Linotype GmbH, International Typeface Corporation, Bitstream Inc. and FontShop. This has gained it the rights to many further widely known designs, including Helvetica, ITC Franklin Gothic, Optima, Avant Garde, Palatino and FF DIN. It also owns the MyFonts online retailer used by many independent font design studios.

      Company is very good primer of parasite who get big money "selling" (using copyright ill fated construction) old work of their employees including ones who are long gone. Destruction and elimination of capitalism will also mean end of such parasites.

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