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Comment Re:welcome to the socialist wonderland (Score 2) 206

Median Household income in the US is about 50k USD. That's across the whole US, podunk cow towns to NYC. The Australian "capital territories" are averaging 60k USD per household. Across all of Australia it's 43k USD.

Not 43k USD, 67k AUD which is around 64k USD. The 43k USD figure you've quoted is adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP) - it already takes into account the higher prices in Australia. So just looking at income, you're right that Australian incomes aren't double the US, but they are actually quite a lot higher.

In any case you've used different metrics for each country. This table shows equivalent metrics for each country. Australians clearly earn more, but are just a little behind on PPP. Of course, that table shows 2010 data, and Australia's economy is doing quite a lot better than the US - I would be surprised if Australia hadn't already overtaken the US on PPP.

Comment Re:Funny how this comes up... (Score 2) 322

I would also point out that most people are assuming that the death rate is related to things like traffic laws, quality of roads, quality of drivers etc. Another big factor in whether you survive a bad accident is the health care that you receive (1) from the paramedics, and (2) in hospital, including the timeframe for primary and definitive care. I would much prefer to have a bad accident in a major Western city than anywhere else.

Robotics

Submission + - Robots to patrol South Korean prisons->

bukharin writes: As reported by various sites, South Korea is planning a trial of robotic prison guards in Pohang. The idea is that the robots will roll around the prison monitoring conditions inside the cells and communicate back to human guards if they detect a problem such as violence. Apparently the human guards are happy with the idea because they get to do less, especially overnight. And if you were worried about Skynet, you needn't be: according to Prof. Lee Baik-chul of Kyonggi University, who's running the trial, '... the robots are not terminators. Their job is not cracking down on violent prisoners. They are helpers.' Good to know.
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Comment Re:R or WEKA ... Wait, What Exactly Are You Doing? (Score 1) 146

Anyone with decent recommendations, aside from R's own website, where to do a quickstart when you're a SAS geek?

About Quick-R

R is an elegant and comprehensive statistical and graphical programming language. Unfortunately, it can also have a steep learning curve. I created this website for both current R users, and experienced users of other statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata) who would like to transition to R. My goal is to help you quickly access this language in your work.

http://www.statmethods.net/index.html

Comment Re:Why bother (Score 1) 920

The recipient of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, had harsh words for the intervention of NATO in a country's internal affairs, as did many other prominent intellectuals.

So... the recipient of a prize instituted by a dictator had harsh words for the people bringing about the downfall of that same dictator? This proves what about Obama?

Comment iPad with Papers (Score 1) 254

Papers for Mac is a really great way of organising and viewing scientific papers. For me it was the killer app that made me switch from Linux to Mac as my main operating system.

The iPad version looks great and syncs with the Mac, providing a very nice solution - easily the best I've seen. A number of my colleagues read most of their papers on their iPad using Papers (usually when they're in a boring meeting!). There's also a version for the iPhone for those with good eyesight... I don't know how well it works without a Mac but according to the website it looks pretty easy to get documents in there from various sources.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - 'w00t' named 2007 Word of the Year

bukharin writes: 'w00t', the "small word that packs a pretty big punch", has been named Word of the Year for 2007 by dictionary gurus Merriam-Webster. Visitors to the Merriam-Webster website were asked to vote for one of 20 commonly searched words and phrases. Facebook was the runner-up. Previously honoured geek words include google (runner-up in 2006) and blog (winner in 2004).

Comment Re:DRM increases not decreases consumer value (Score 2, Insightful) 221

I agree...

'DRM increases not decreases consumer value', such as by enabling people to rent content at a lower price than ownership

This is such bullshit. The price differential between "renting" and "owning" is almost purely profit, and is specifically enabled by DRM. This decreases value, by allowing them to charge us more for something that costs them the same to provide. How stupid do they think we are?

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