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Comment: Re: First and foremost (Score 4, Insightful) 176

Even before that: have a business plan. Do your best to determine what you want to create, how expensive it will be to make it, how many people you'll need to manage, how much you expect to charge for it, and how big your likely market is. If you discover that there's no way to make your endeavor even close to profitable, you can save yourself months of heartache and mountains of lost money. Always have a plan, even if you don't stick to it in the end.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 3, Funny) 61

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48385017) Attached to: Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

They made the assumption that if a disease is spreading somewhere, there people start looking for information about the disease on wikipedia

Imagine the potential: if a lot of search logs contain "EBOL-AAAARGH", they'll know a particularly fast-acting variant of the virus has emerged.

Comment: TWC (Score 1) 223

by BCW2 (#48377773) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
I had TV from Time Warner for 7 years. During that time I never once received a bill for the same amount 2 months in a row. Always a few pennies more. Either it is corporate policy to steal a bit from each customer or they don't know how to count. They are really trying to rival AT&T as the most dishonest company in American history.

Comment: No effect (Score 1) 285

by BCW2 (#48368307) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal
First thing is: Obama signed a treaty, until it is ratified by the Senate it has no meaning or force of law on anyone or anything in the U. S. A. Number two: The U. S. A. cripples it's economy while China does nothing but make things worse for 15 years, why would anyone think this helps cut pollution in any way? China today puts more pollution in the air in a week than the U. S. A. does in a year. How is this going to make any measurable difference?

Comment: So, Moz has gone to the dark side. What about DDG? (Score 1) 327

Seems Mozilla has sold out. Which makes their choice of DuckDuckGo as default search engine interesting: have they sold out too?

The thing with DDG is, I'd be happy to believe their no-tracking pitch, but I can't quite understand how they're gonna make money out of a free search engine without it...

Comment: shot in own foot (Score 4, Informative) 164

by belmolis (#48296627) Attached to: Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine
I think that Disney may have shot themselves in the foot. A patent must by definition describe the method in sufficient detail that a person of ordinary expertise in the field can figure out how to implement it by reading the patent. Since the patent merel describes a ranking algorithm, it can be trivially inverted to select sites likely to contain pirated material.

Comment: Re:The metaphysics of evolution are a different st (Score 1) 669

by Dimensio (#48260893) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

"Fitness", within the context of evolution, relates only to reproductive success rates within a population. If a "simple" structure is sufficient for reproductive success, then the "simple" structure will remain present over time.

Evolution is not driven by "purpose". Evolution is a consequence of imperfect replication; is not a movement toward a goal.

Comment: Re:Intelligent Design (Score 1) 669

by Dimensio (#48260833) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

"Intelligent Design" is the conjecture that certain biological structures could not have emerged through the process of evolution and therefore (a non-sequitur reasoning method) an unspecified "designer" employed unspecified methods to implement the "design" of these structures. Not only is the conjecture completely untestable (as undefined mechanisms cannot be tested), but many of the supposed "irreducibly complex" structures are not actually irreducibly complex. A common failing of "design" advocates is an assumption that biological structures always emerge through purely additive processes, when in fact a process that removes redundant structures could leave behind structures that could not have existed in partial form on their own (but that could have existed in partial form along with the no-longer-present redundant structures).

Comment: Re: It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 252

by American AC in Paris (#48178617) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Apple didn't develop it. They bought NeXT, which had adapted it from Mach.

NeXT was a l--o--n--g time ago, man. Things have changed since.

...and as I recall, the guy who founded and ran NeXT was someone who not only was an Apple founder but came back to Apple later, as well. Ended up being pretty important at Apple, too, I think.

No, no, his name's right on the tip of my tongue...give me juuuuust a second...

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.