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Comment: Re:Help us fix the mobile app scrolling (Score 1) 384

by daw (#42815629) Attached to: Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

One thing that does it (nexus 4/chrome) is a "fling" quickly followed by a touch. Normally the second gesture "catches" the inertial scroll and stops it, but in the slashdot mobile site it tends to be registered as a touch on whatever was scrolling past the finger. I think the same thing sometimes happens for two flings in a row (when it seemed like the first didnt register, but it was just laggy) or a fast fling followed by a touch & hold or slow drag.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 2) 881

by daw (#41881689) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Sam Wang is a professor of neurobiology, not statistics. Also, the article does not refer to his predictions but to those of Nate Silver, who predicts only an 86% chance of Obama winning, notwithstanding the incorrect calculations using his data in the random anonymous script linked to the story.

Comment: Re:97.7% (Score 5, Informative) 881

by daw (#41881481) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

The 538 website publishes the marginal probabilities of each state's outcome. The random anonymous script that is linked in this story just takes the product of these to compute the joint probability of Obama winning a particular set of states. This is of course a mistake. The probability that Obama wins Pennsylvania and Ohio is not the product of the probability that he wins each state separately, unless those two events are statistically independent. Of course, in reality and in the 538 model, they are not -- if Obama loses Pennsylvania he is also more likely to lose Ohio. I think this mainly accounts for the difference between the 538 prediction and the "prediction" of the random anonymous crap that the story links.

GNU is Not Unix

You Can't Oppose Copyright and Support Open Source 550

Posted by kdawson
from the baby-with-the-bathwater dept.
Reader gbulmash sends us to his essay on the fallacy of those who would abolish copyright. The argument is that without copyright granting an author the right to set licensing terms for his/her work, the GPL could not be enforced. The essay concludes that if you support the GPL or any open source license (other than public domain), your fight should be not about how to abolish copyright, but how to reform copyright.

Comment: Re:pricing versus performance (Score 1) 215

by daw (#15935180) Attached to: Boeing Scraps In-flight Internet Access
Admittedly I was trying to do email using pine/ssh and it probably would have been more bearable if I had been using a caching IMAP client rather than an interactive shell one. But not all that much better I think. And no, browsing the web didn't work for me at all. As I said, the connection seemed to be going up and down for minutes at a time, and when it was routing at all it was really too slow to even load a webpage.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison