Four short links: 29 May 2018

Data Beats Algorithms, Copyright Futures, Data Privacy, and Cryptocurrency Attacks

By Nat Torkington
May 29, 2018
  1. You Need to Improve Your Training Data (Pete Warden) — without changing the model or test data at all, the top-one accuracy increased by over 4%, from 85.4% to 89.7%. Written up in an Arxiv paper.
  2. Future Not Made — potential products that won’t exist if the EU passes a database copyright law. In the words of Cory Doctorow: The feature all these devices share is that they rely on databases of user-supplied assets — annotations, recorded sensations, shapefiles — of the sort that the EU is about to make legally impossible. (via BoingBoing)
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  4. California Eyes Data Privacy MeasuresMactaggart says the proposed law would not prevent Facebook, Google or a local newspaper from collecting users’ data and using it to target ads to them. But users will have a right to stop companies from sharing or selling their data. And businesses would be required to disclose the categories of information they have on users — including home addresses, employment information and characteristics such as race and gender.
  5. Cost of a 51% Attack on Popular Cryptocurrenciesthe commentary on Hacker News is also interesting. As one notes: These attacks are only possible for coins where the last column is > 100%. That’s still a distressingly large total market cap in minor coins, even if it doesn’t include the big players.
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