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Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 99

by JonnyDomestik (#34769676) Attached to: IBM's Jeopardy Strategy
My understanding of the problem here is that really good human players often buzz in when they don't yet know the exact answer but they know that they know the answer. So they can get a jump on a computer that actually has to understand the question, process it and then access the answer before buzzing in. Essentially, humans get hunches and have intuition while (currently) computers do not.

Comment: Define old... (Score 1) 498

by JonnyDomestik (#34672900) Attached to: What's the Oldest File You Can Restore?
While it may not exactly answer the question, I work for a public policy research center based in New York City and we get annual property level tax data from the city's Department of Finance. It comes on a cartridge in variable length ebcdic and we have to take the disk to the one remaining mainframe at NYU in order to get them to drop it on an ft server so that we can work with it.
Handhelds

+ - Replacing legal pads with elegal pads

Submitted by JonnyDomestik
JonnyDomestik (1190331) writes "I'm a graduate student in mathematics and I find myself going through quite a few letter pads every week. While I buy in 12 packs for 10 bucks each, this means that over the course of the year I probably spend a few hundred bucks. Most of them are just filled with garbage and crossed out equations but there's enough in them that I feel weird about just throwing any away when I'm done with them. Anything truly important, of course, I copy into a set of clean notes. Can anyone recommend a way to manage this problem digitally? With the price I'm paying now, I could probably spend 500 bucks on a good solution and still save money in the long run. It would need to be some sort of handheld device that lets me write freehand (some sort of recognition would be nice if it could interpret math symbols) and it would be especially useful it had some sort of built in tagging system so I can easily find past work. Does such a handheld exist? If not, is it a piece of hardware that is lacking or just no software that does precisely what I want."

Comment: Re:Cuil Proves Nothing (Score 5, Informative) 496

by JonnyDomestik (#24415717) Attached to: Cuil Proves the Bubble Is Back
Well I am an economist actually and while I don't think that anybody is saying that this sort of spending caused the bubble, they are symptomatic of the sort of investing that happens in a bubble. Of course, with the economy going the way it is, all this is pretty much moot since there is clearly not a lot of speculative investment going on.

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