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Comment Re:No child gets ahead either (Score 1) 132 132

I hope I'm misinterpreting all of this.

If, by "misinterpreting" you really mean: "You only read the title", then yes. The title of the bill has nothing to do with what it actually does. Largely, this bill just shifts a lot of the responsibilities of the federal government to the states.

Comment Anyone who posts often isn't worth reading (Score 1) 203 203

Generating good content is hard, and for a single person to do it on a regular basis is next to impossible. As an experiment, take all the blog posts you read on a particular day that come from whatever source you normally use (for me that's /r/programming or Hack-A-Day). Then go to the previous post on that person's blog. Odds are you'll find that article of significantly lower quality than the one that brought you there, and/or that article will have been posted months or years ago.

Content aggregators are really the only sites worth using on a regular basis. If you try to stick to just a few dozen expert bloggers, you'll only see a post every month or so, or there will be a very low interesting (to you) content to noise ratio. And you'll miss out on a lot of the one hit wonders. Additionally, I usually find the comments on the aggregator site are often just as or more interesting than the blog post.

Comment Re: Open source language (Score 2) 246 246

Just because a language is open source doesn't mean it's not still controlled by a single entity. Nowdays, a language needs a good framework to go along with it, and as we're seeing with Oracle v Google, just because something is open source doesn't mean anyone can just pick it up and run with it. And even if they could, there's no guarentee that someone would pick up your favorite language/framework and continue to support it.

Comment Re:Yet to see a job post for AI work (Score 1) 78 78

I doubt you'll ever see a job posting for an AI position. All products have a high failure rate of reaching the market, and I imagine the AI product failure rate is astronomical compared even to "regular" products. Large companies tend to buy out small companies that have developed slightly successful products, and they make money by enhancing and marketing them. Very rarely do large companies like Google, MS, etc actually put money into research developing new things. So, I think if you want a job in AI, you're going to have to invent something yourself.

Comment Re:Test of Time (Score 1) 181 181

I can certainly see the desire for things like "var", but I actually think it's something that could be better served by an IDE rather than the language itself. E.g. type "var i=3", IDE changes that to "int i=3". Many IDE's today do a good job of suggesting variables based on types of parameters, but so far I haven't noticed any a variable's type from a return type of a function.

Comment 600k games is a very limited dataset (Score 3, Informative) 109 109

There are about 300k games played per week just on FICS. There are a few hundred USCF games played each week just in Louisville KY (where I play). I would imagine if you managed to pull from all of the sources, 600k wouldn't even amount to a day's worth of games.

The set the author used suffers greatly from selection bias. Games are usually only included in commercial databases because they're interesting, or were played by interesting people. So I'm not sure anything interesting can be drawn from his results.

Also, there needs to be some control put in place to account for rating differences. The Eli system isn't that old, and in the past players with drastically different levels of skill were more likely to play each other.

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