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Comment: News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (Score 4, Interesting) 355

by MobyDisk (#48915363) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

Bad example: Whining about how a snowstorm wasn't big enough.

Good example: A discussion about the mathematical modeling used to predict the snowstorms, and a historical graph comparing predictions to actuals. Oooh, how about graphing the delta between the two by color and overlay it onto a map so we can see where predictions are more or less accurate.

+ - It's 2015. Where are the anti-snow robots?

Submitted by RevWaldo
RevWaldo (1186281) writes "I'm hardly the first armchair inventor that's thought "like a Roomba, but for snow!" If you search around many folks have built themselves remote control snowplows / snowthrowers, but we're hardly talking The Jetsons here. You'd think self-guided bots that continuously remove snow as it's falling (thus reducing the needed mass and horsepower, making it less likely to, say, scoop up the neighbor's dog) would be all over Kickstarter and the like, but not so much. What's the hold up?"

Comment: Still very much a blizzard in CT, MA, RI (Score 1) 355

by technomom (#48915163) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms
It's not like this wasn't a blizzard at all. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are all getting hit with a lot of snow and wind. What happened is that the model predicted more of a path over the Hudson Valley rather than interior Connecticut. It literally came down to which way the wind blew. The problem is that as hard as snowfall is to predict, predicting how a bunch of people are going to react in less than optimal weather is much harder.

+ - Two Data Driven Investigations of 'Deflate Gate'

Submitted by vortex2.71
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "In light of the NFL 'Deflate Gate' scandal, has a pair of articles on the New England Patriots’ statistically unlikely prevention of fumbles and on the change in their fumble rates after Tom Brady lobbied the NFL to allow teams to provide the balls for their own offenses in 2007 . Regardless of your team allegiance, the articles provide interesting statistical insight into the debate from a data science perspective."

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by MobyDisk (#48879545) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

The reason for that 'ridiculous' law was that a nosiy car could, in fact, scare a horse and cause it to bolt,

One needs the historical context to make sense of the law. At the time, many of those laws really were created just to stifle the car industry, not to protect citizens from horses. Another example: In some state, the law required the driver to get out of the car, honk a horn, then fire a gun, then do something else equally ridiculous, then they could drive the car.

Comment: Re:4th amendment requires specifics (Score 1) 382

by MobyDisk (#48876667) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

I don't think the term "probable cause" means "can conduct a search without a warrant." Rather, "probable cause" is justification for a warrant to be issued. But I think people get confused on this point because the courts have made exceptions for motor vehicles and that gets mixed up with "probable cause."

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.