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Comment: The numbers don't make sense (Score 1) 78 78

At 220 calories per day deficit over 6 months they would lose about 11 lbs of fat.

6*220*30/3500 = 11.3

At 220 calories deficit over 7 days, they would lose .4 lbs of fat.

220*7/3500 = .4

So the 1.5 lbs doesn't make sense (in reality they probably just depleted their glucose storage a little bit which lost a 1+ of water weight).

Comment: Re:Is it too hard to list chip counts? (Score 1) 93 93

by LetterRip (#49658695) Attached to: Humans Dominating Poker Super Computer

They played 20,000 hands each.

It was in mirrored play. So player A and B got one set of hands that they played against the computer; and C and D then got the computers hands and the computer got the same cards as A and B.

This greatly reduced the variance in outcome.

They were playing with 200 deep stacks (20,000$, with blinds of 50/100). So the humans were up by 31 buyins; or an average of about 8 buyins. Certainly not a huge margin of victory for that many hands.

Comment: Purpose of the fines (Score 1) 760 760

If the fines purpose is to be a deterent, then the fine must be sufficient to result in a deterent effect.

If the fine is meant to compensate the public for the harm caused, then the fine should be adequate to cover the cost of the harm relative to frequency of individuals being caught.

If the fine is meant to cover the costs of enforcement, then the distribution of the fine makes sense to have it be on ability to pay.

Comment: Re: Why not in the US? (Score 2) 82 82

by LetterRip (#49112387) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

You've confused statutory with effective rate.

The US has one of the lowest effective rates (how much the corporation actually pays after deductions, etc.), but one of the highest statutory rates (the worst theoretical possible rate that a corporation would pay if it had zero deductions and enormous profits).

Comment: My theory (Score 0) 82 82

by LetterRip (#49112339) Attached to: Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

My theory is that these are inducements to keep the 'double irish' and 'dutch sandwich' tax dodges available. It seems highly unlikely that Ireland and Netherlands, the two countries that have Allowed apple to avoid hundreds of billions in taxes, and which have suggested that they might change these tax practices, have suddenly become recipients of major investments.

Comment: Re:Gates (Score 1) 839 839

by LetterRip (#48165613) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Consumption taxes are relatively easy to evade.

Also the benefit from public tax expenditures isn't proportional to consumption, it is proportional to net worth.

Bill Gates benefits enormously from public education and public funding of universities. He benefits enormously from international trade negotiations and the military keeping international trade relations stable.

Comment: R is not an emerging star (Score 1) 143 143

R has been around for a long time and has long been a standard.

Pythons sklearn is indeed an 'emerging star'.

Personally I use both.

Also have a look at some of the many stand alone tools vowpal wabbit (blazingly fast for regression learning, scales to ridiculous amounts of data) is superb, as is sofia-ml (for clustering, again scales quite well)

I tie them all together in python, since there are python bindings for R, and you can use pythons 'Subprocess' module to pipe commands and data for commandline tools that don't have python bindings.

There are other useful tools as well - I use Weka for some of my initial visualization and when I'm feeling lazy and want a quick result.

Comment: Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (Score 5, Insightful) 190 190

by LetterRip (#47347407) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

The ban has nothing to do with 'Cold War tensions' it is because Cuban immigrants to Florida hate Castro for the property that he nationalized - and pissing off those voters risk losing Florida in federal elections (and thus losing the Presidential election). Thus draconian prohibitions related to Cuba stay in place.

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