Four short links: 29 May 2018

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

By Nat Torkington
May 29, 2018
Four Short Links
  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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