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« Reply #10305 on: Mar 20th, 2014, 11:14am »

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1,800 year old letter from Egyptian soldier deciphered

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A newly deciphered 1,800-year-old letter from an Egyptian solider serving in a Roman legion in Europe to his family back home shows striking similarities to what some soldiers may be feeling here and now.

Rice Religious Studies graduate student Grant Adamson took up the task in 2011 when he was assigned the papyrus to work on during a summer institute hosted at Brigham Young University (BYU).

The private letter sent home by Roman military recruit Aurelius Polion was originally discovered in 1899 by the expedition team of Grenfell and Hunt in the ancient Egyptian city of Tebtunis. It had been catalogued and described briefly before, but to this point no one had deciphered and published the letter, which was written mostly in Greek.

"This letter was just one of many documents that Grenfell and Hunt unearthed," Adamson said. "And because it was in such bad shape, no one had worked much on it for about 100 years." Even now portions of the letter's contents are uncertain or missing and not possible to reconstruct.

Polion's letter to his brother, sister and his mother, "the bread seller," reads like one of a man who is very desperate to reach his family after sending six letters that have gone unanswered. He wrote in part:

"I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance before all the gods on your behalf. I do not cease writing to you, but you do not have me in mind. But I do my part writing to you always and do not cease bearing you (in mind) and having you in my heart. But you never wrote to me concerning your health, how you are doing. I am worried about you because although you received letters from me often, you never wrote back to me so that I may know how you. I sent six letters to you. The moment you have(?) me in mind, I shall obtain leave from the consular (commander), and I shall come to you so that you may know that I am your brother. For I demanded(?) nothing from you for the army, but I fault you because although I write to you, none of you(?) … has consideration. Look, your(?) neighbor … I am your brother."

Adamson believes that Polion was stationed in the Roman province of Pannonia Inferior at Aquincum (modern day Budapest), but he said that the legion to which Polion belonged is known to have been mobile and may have traveled as far as Byzantium (modern day Istanbul).

"Polion was literate, and literacy was rarer then that it is now, but his handwriting, spelling and Greek grammar are erratic," Adamson said, which made English translation of the damaged letter even more difficult. "He likely would have been multilingual, communicating in Egyptian or Greek at home in Egypt before he enlisted in the army and then communicating in Latin with the army in Pannonia."

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« Reply #10306 on: Mar 20th, 2014, 11:47am »

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This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain

By Greg Miller
03.20.14
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You can tell when someone’s faking a smile or pretending to be in pain, right? Sure you can. But computer scientists think they can build systems that do it even better. There’s already a Google Glass app in beta testing that claims to provide a real-time readout of the emotional expressions of people in your field of view. And a new study finds that the same technology can detect fake expressions of pain with 85% accuracy — far better than people can, even with practice.

Granted, the study was done in a carefully controlled laboratory setting, not a messy real-world situation like a dive bar during last call, but the findings still look impressive.

Computers have long been better than humans at feats of logic, such as winning at chess, but they’ve lagged far behind humans in perceptual tasks like speech recognition and identifying visual objects, says Marian Bartlett, an expert on computer vision and machine learning at the University of California, San Diego and an author of the new study. “Perceptual processes that are very easy for humans are hard for computers,” Bartlett said. “This is one of the first examples of computers being better than people at a perceptual process.”

There are several efforts underway to use computer vision and machine learning algorithms to decode human facial expressions, something that could have uses ranging from interrogating criminal suspects, to A/B testing car commercials, to gauging the mood of people as they shop.

The method Barlett’s team has developed is based on the idea that genuine and fake expressions of emotion involve different pathways in the brain. Real emotional expressions are executed almost reflexively by the brainstem and spinal cord, the thinking goes, whereas fake expressions require more conscious thought and involve motor-planning regions of the cerebral cortex. As a result, the movements produced are different in subtle ways that a computer vision system can detect — even if people typically can’t.

More specifically, Bartlett’s system is based on something called the Facial Action Coding System, or FACS, which was popularized by the psychologist Paul Ekman in the ’70s and ’80s and is used today by everyone from TSA screeners to animators trying to imbue their characters with more realistic facial expressions. It’s a way of describing virtually any facial expression that’s anatomically possible by breaking it down into its component movements — a wrinkle of the nose, a tightening of the eyelid, a lowering of the brow, and so on. The idea is that each of these movements maps onto a specific muscle or set of muscles.

Bartlett’s team has been working for years to create a computer vision system to automate FACS and to develop machine learning algorithms that can learn to recognize patterns of facial movements that correspond to particular emotions. (They also founded a company, Emotient, based on the same technology — more on that later). The new study is the first to assess how well the system distinguishes genuine from fake facial expressions and compare its performance to that of human observers.

First, Bartlett’s team recruited 25 volunteers and recorded two videos with each. One video captured the subject’s facial expression as he or she experienced real pain from submerging one arm in a bucket of ice water for a minute. For the other video, the researchers asked subjects to fake being in pain for a minute while they dipped their arm in a bucket of warm water.

To set a benchmark for testing their computer system, the researchers first showed these videos to 170 people and asked them to distinguish fake from real pain. They did no better than chance. And they didn’t improve much with practice: even after watching 24 pairs of videos and being told which were fake and which were real, human observers only achieved about 55 percent accuracy — statistically better than chance, but just barely.

The computer system, on the other hand, got it right 85 percent of the time, the researchers report today in Current Biology.

The system has two main elements: computer vision and machine learning. The computer vision system can identify 20 of the 46 facial movements described in FACS, virtually in real-time. (Coding the movements in a 1-minute video by hand would take up to 3 hours, the researchers write). The system also captures information about the timing of the movements, such as how quickly the lips part and how long they stay that way.

Information gathered by the computer vision system then gets fed into a machine learning system that learns to identify patterns of features that distinguish real from fake expressions. For example, the researchers trained the system by feeding it 24 pairs of videos — with each pair showing the same person’s facial expression during real and fake pain. Then they tested it on a new pair of videos it had never “seen” before. Then they repeated this with additional videos to come up with the 85 percent figure.

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« Reply #10307 on: Mar 20th, 2014, 3:01pm »

'evening Crystal.

The day an application can tell when a woman is faking ****** the divorce rate will increase dramatically

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on Mar 20th, 2014, 3:01pm, INT21 wrote:
'evening Crystal.

The day an application can tell when a woman is faking ****** the divorce rate will increase dramatically

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« Reply #10309 on: Mar 20th, 2014, 7:21pm »

Crystal,

Sorry, wasn't aware that the 'O' word was proscribed.

Just in the unlikely case that any one doesn't know what we are talking about, it rhythms with 'spasm'.
Got to be something Freudian about that.


...HAL HAVE YOU BEEN INTO THE STUFF & NONSENSE
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Didn't know there was one.

But I suspect it would be like the 'Lost And Found' referred to by Meatloaf.


Or the kind of bar where everybody knows your avatar.

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on Mar 20th, 2014, 7:21pm, INT21 wrote:
Crystal,

Sorry, wasn't aware that the 'O' word was proscribed.

Just in the unlikely case that any one doesn't know what we are talking about, it rhythms with 'spasm'.
Got to be something Freudian about that.


...HAL HAVE YOU BEEN INTO THE STUFF & NONSENSE
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Didn't know there was one.

But I suspect it would be like the 'Lost And Found' referred to by Meatloaf.


Or the kind of bar where everybody knows your avatar.

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GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL Y TODOS CASEBOOK AMIGOS cool

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I GOT "21" GUITARS SALUTING THIS HONORABLE SOLDIER!!!

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« Reply #10314 on: Mar 21st, 2014, 1:32pm »

Call Twitter Washington..We need another Distraction and like Fast..

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-21/petrodollar-alert-isolated-west-putin-prepares-announce-holy-grail-gas-deal-china

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Call Twitter Washington..We need another Distraction and like Fast..

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-21/petrodollar-alert-isolated-west-putin-prepares-announce-holy-grail-gas-deal-china

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Ukraine = $$$

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12537218/1/norman-ukraine-means-more-natural-gas-exports.html?cm_ven=RSSFeed

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Interesting Cliff Thanx
Heere in the states..the bans on exports has been eroded to virtual uselessness since the gas or petro etc are refined and thats the loophole to get through it..and they have..
from the article you found..
The U.S. will ultimately do the same dumb thing and export away its energy advantage. You already see it happening. This trend will only accelerate now that Congress has found a way to use America's oil and natural gas bounty as a geopolitical "weapon" in a new cold war.

Who wins in this? As always, it's not the American consumer, who probably doesn't give a hoot about what's happening in Ukraine. Americans will now enjoy higher electricity and heating prices and the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. The economy has been undergoing a renaissance largely because of cheap energy, and now we will see that advantage erode.

Who is in charge of our policies here? Whoever it is has one goal in mind, and that goal is seeing to it that the large corporate interests are continually enriched at the expense of everyone else. Get ready for a steadily rising trend of natural gas prices. Once the market gets wind of this, you'll be shocked at how fast that "discounting mechanism" will bring prices more in line with the world price for gas.

Get long natural gas somehow: futures, options or producers such as Conoco Philips (COP), Apache (APA) or Marathon (MRO), to name a few.


I'd strengthen the ban...and keep it home..

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Interesting Cliff Thanx
Heere in the states..the bans on exports has been eroded to virtual uselessness since the gas or petro etc are refined and thats the loophole to get through it..and they have..
from the article you found..
The U.S. will ultimately do the same dumb thing and export away its energy advantage. You already see it happening. This trend will only accelerate now that Congress has found a way to use America's oil and natural gas bounty as a geopolitical "weapon" in a new cold war.

Who wins in this? As always, it's not the American consumer, who probably doesn't give a hoot about what's happening in Ukraine. Americans will now enjoy higher electricity and heating prices and the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. The economy has been undergoing a renaissance largely because of cheap energy, and now we will see that advantage erode.

Who is in charge of our policies here? Whoever it is has one goal in mind, and that goal is seeing to it that the large corporate interests are continually enriched at the expense of everyone else. Get ready for a steadily rising trend of natural gas prices. Once the market gets wind of this, you'll be shocked at how fast that "discounting mechanism" will bring prices more in line with the world price for gas.

Get long natural gas somehow: futures, options or producers such as Conoco Philips (COP), Apache (APA) or Marathon (MRO), to name a few.


I'd strengthen the ban...and keep it home..



Moldova may be next,,,,, and then..... ?

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« Reply #10318 on: Mar 21st, 2014, 4:34pm »

1/4 of the Moldavian population has emigrated to to the EU . It was part of Romania..before forced to cede it to Russia..by hitlers threats .Its like having mexico and guatemala on the borders..The Eu is better served no getting involved with these people.They speak same languages found in the Ukraine, but principally it is Romanian. Romania ..the ones who fed everyone dead horsemeat..is well entrenched with the Eu plan or neighbors. we have one that dropped in UCB with a thing sticking out from his chest..but never resolved..I understand even had CIA blackhouses or quartered some of the inmates in the musical chairs business side of terrorism. That being said..we must not forget..Transylvania..the scourge of Carpathia..absorbed into Romania. who dares go against the Impaler or dracula? Moldavia has a large tatar ..yes the GYpsies.(.I did not know that)..Lots of human trafficking ...
bag of worms..but still dependent on Russia..for gas..
I am sure they are all nice people...
There is that little piece which like Transnysteria..or however is spelled represents a Russian enclave..I hope it is not threatened by moldavia because it gives Putin a reason to go in..
captive market..
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« Reply #10319 on: Mar 21st, 2014, 4:43pm »

I played chess against a couple of them. Yes, very nice. undecided

The conversations didn't last long when we started talking about political differences. wink
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