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Comment: Re:In other words, you're doing it wrong. (Score 3, Insightful) 27

by drinkypoo (#48952451) Attached to: Test Shows Big Data Text Analysis Inconsistent, Inaccurate

This is what scares most people, or at least me, about ideas of using big data to predict criminals or otherwise mess up people's lives.

It's not a problem to use big data to try to figure out where to focus. But you have to subject the results to some sanity checking, and before you actually impact someone's life, perhaps even some common sense. Shocking idea, I know, and the reason why it's still a problem.

Comment: Re: Problems with the staff (Score 1) 141

by drinkypoo (#48952279) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

problem with Noscript et al, is the same problem with softwalls like Zonealarm - the content is already downloaded to your computer for the parser to analyse before it's passed to the rendering engine. It's already in your system.

Well, yes and no. The script embedded in the html or whatever is already in your system, but any linked script files hosted on a dodgy domain don't actually get downloaded at all, at least on Firefox. In the past this was impossible on chrome by design, but I'm told it works properly now. The flash and most of the script is never in fact downloaded to your PC at all.

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 1) 309

by ultranova (#48952239) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Actually essential liberty is not having your property and earnings stolen from you by any government.

As long as you don't expect said government to back your claim to said property or earnings, fair enough. And are willing to build and maintain your private financial system, of course - anti-counterfeiting efforts aren't free, after all. As well as your own road system, your own communication system, your own military defence...

No, having all your living expenses paid for by others so you can have more disposable income is not an essential liberty. Pay your taxes and pull your weight.

Comment: Re:Double Irish (Score 2) 309

by ultranova (#48952149) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

If its not a law its not against the law. I hate terms of propaganda like "tax loophole" are thrown about as to make someone not breaking the law a bad person.

Fair enough, as long as you're okay with the result: a legal system that grows without bound as it tries to enumerate badness.

Comment: Re: Japan: and the $0.02 market analysis. (Score 1) 403

by drinkypoo (#48951849) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Thanks for the info. I went with the premise that they were the only Android phones guaranteed to get software updates. Now I am just confused as how to know a good Android phone that will be in the front running for getting system updates, without having to jailbreak.

What you do get with Nexus devices is unlockability. But you also get that with Motorola and even Sony devices. You void your warranty in the process, which probably isn't strictly legal for them to do to you. You can relock your phone so that it can get OTAs again, though... at least in the case of Motorola. Dunno about others. What you just can't assume you get is quality.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 403

by drinkypoo (#48951827) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Because "a while" might be like 10 15 minutes. When all you want to do is unplug, go out and start jamming, that sucks as UX.

So if you care, then you use a tool. But being forced to use a tool is still bullshit, and you are still a useful idiot apologist.

plus no worrying about what happens if the device writes garbage to the config, or what happens if power is lost mid write, etc.

Actually, all that stuff can still happen to iPods.

Comment: Re:Good data first, then maybe big data later (Score 1) 95

by dotancohen (#48951749) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

Data cleanup will take twice as long, cost twice as much, and you will lose at least 10% of your data when you decide to finally give up scrubbing the data.

I actually independently came up with the 10% figure today as well, and mentioned to my project manager that unless he wants to invest real money chasing the long tail of data, he was going to have 10% of the records with bogus values in some fields. I will certainly adopt the rest of your quote!

I have since added a corollary: I do not do IT projects unless you pay me enough to retire on.

Here you lost me. Why were you even in this business if you didn't love the challenge? Don't take other peoples' bad data personally. Take it as an opportunity.

Comment: Re: This is junk science (Score 1) 213

by dotancohen (#48951547) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

It contains inaccuracies and is a clear troll. The poster knows enough terminology to sound smart, and deliberately twists it.

Oh, and the username begins with the word "Troll". Whoever went on to moderate that post as "Insightful" (as it now stands) does not understand cosmology, and additionally does not know how to identify an obvious troll.

Comment: Re:And the game continues (Score 1) 141

by Znork (#48951357) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

While I would like to agree with you, and while you're responding to an argument that makes no sense, I think you need to work on those arguments a bit.

First, comparing artificially scarce goods to any kind of real scarce goods is something you should avoid doing at all. Arguments like spoilage aren't particularly relevant, and spoilage is usually (throughout the history of mankind) fought as much as possible. With the advent of preserves and freezing we can do a lot, but you still don't see the world overflowing with century old preserves; instead, variety increases and everyone can afford more fruit. Preventing spoilage means scarcity decreases.

With media it's the other way around. The more you prevent 'spoilage' in the form of piracy, the more scarcity you get. Fewer people can afford what they wish, and artificially scarce goods aren't as fungible as apples.

A more valid comparison would be to compare it to a non-scarce physical commodity like air; theoretically an industry could be constructed by forbidding everyone to breathe without a measuring mask. We could hand money paid for every breath to owners of oxygen producing woodland or other means of production. That would create a huge industry wherein people would feel the right to get paid, yet it's quite obvious that such an artificial scarcity would probably be harmful to humanity as a whole. Much like copyright can be considered harmful and arguments can be made that incremental improvements of art would be as productive even in its absence, although focus might be somewhat different.

And yes, economically piracy is a good thing, but not because of the somewhat flawed broken window fallacy, but because it is responsible for a large pareto improvement (the economic value of the gain made by those who obtain the product who would otherwise not have bought the product (ie, zero-loss for the producer)). Basically it reduces the deadweight loss damage caused by monopoly pricing and restores a modicum of competition when competition is illegal.

About the ethics; I consider monopoly rights inherently unethical and any upstanding citizen should ignore them if they can. There are a multitude of ways that we could promote work in the production of arts that would result in higher rates of production, better pay to (most, and in particularly to the specifically deserving, ie, artists and creators rather than lawyers or financiers) involved parties and without the damaging artificial scarcity.

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda