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Posted by CmdrTaco
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SlappingOysters writes "Gameplayer has gone live with their best PC hardware configurations for Q1 2009. They've broken it into three tiers depending on the investor's budget. And while the prices are regional, it is comparative across the globe. The site has also detailed the 10 Hottest PC Games of 2009 to unveil the software on the horizon which may seduce gamers into an upgrade."

Comment: Re:Probably coincidence. (Score 1) 480

by gpw213 (#26293999) Attached to: Anyone Besides Zune Owners With New Year's Crashes?
It is inappropriate to ask "how likely was it for this server to have crashed", when there is nothing special about this server other than it is the one we already know has crashed. Once we carefully pick this crashed server from the set of all servers in the world, the "null hypothesis" is gone.

The correct question is "how likely was it for any server to have crashed", and I think the answer is that it was fairly likely.

It is unclear if being New Year's made a crash more likely, but I think we can agree it made it far more likely that we would hear about it.

Comment: Re:Probably coincidence. (Score 2, Insightful) 480

by gpw213 (#26293419) Attached to: Anyone Besides Zune Owners With New Year's Crashes?
Assuming your math is correct (I didn't bother to check it), that would be the odds of a random server failing in a random 20 second interval.

You didn't pick a random server, you picked one already known to have crashed. And you didn't pick a random 20 second interval either. The odds of that server crashing in that 20 second interval was 100%, because it was already known to have happened. This is a classic mis-application of statistics.

Admittedly, the interval right at New Year's is a bit suspicious, since there is some specific code to handle leap years, etc. But given that there wasn't a rash of outages reported, I am going along with the coincidence theory.

Comment: Re:Victim's pain is less than a false allegation? (Score 2, Informative) 502

by gpw213 (#26135981) Attached to: MySpace Verdict a Danger To Depressed Kids

Seriously, what kind of ASSHOLE CHAUVINISTIC PIG would say that the person alleged of sexual assault should it not be true would be WORSE off than the victim were it true?

Read it again. He didn't say that at all. He said that the embarrassment of being publicly identified as a victim of sexual assault is less than the embarrassment of being publicly accused of being the assaulter. He was comparing the results of publication, not of the crime itself.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt (Score 1) 629

by gpw213 (#23632777) Attached to: Nominations Open For "Most Likely to be Shut Down By Government"

Hrm-- do you have a reference for the discrete math book? I have two (just completed a discrete math course), and IIRC neither talk much about encryption beyond simple XOR ciphers.

Actually, OTP does use a simple XOR cipher. Given a truly random key the same length as the message, that is perfectly adequate.

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