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Comment: Re:Getting blocked? (Score 1) 218

by gringer (#46671899) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Every day I'm more and more glad that I have never had an account, and never will.

I'm in the same boat, but I'm not deluding myself by thinking that Facebook doesn't have a shadow account for me -- this has been confirmed to have been done in the past. Facebook is probably aware that I exist, and they obtain some benefit from being able to identify me in photos or posts (for example) and tracking my actions.

Comment: Re:I could use it (Score 1) 392

by gringer (#46374619) Attached to: Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

The one I had written in 2003 would randomly change table margins when I add or select something. I mean freaking random where the only experience close is like designing a website in IE 6 where you do one thing and all the elements freak out and go apeshit.

So what makes you think this will look the same on the computers of all those people with Office who view your CV?

+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Submitted by Ying Hu
Ying Hu (704950) writes "Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?"

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?"
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Comment: LED communication (Score 1) 390

by gringer (#46153321) Attached to: Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

I'm okay with this as long as it is restricted to line-of-sight, in other words via LED or similar light transmission. That also removes some confusion issues, because if a car communicates "I'm stopping now", you know it's the car that you can see rather than the car 1km behind you that was hit by a stray radio amplification patch.

Comment: Re:Issues (Score 1) 312

by gringer (#45971443) Attached to: Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Two different results from the same data points. Have I misunderstood something?

I believe it should be mean absolute deviation from the mean, rather than from the next value in the list (this wasn't particularly clear in the summary or the article). So you have three numbers, mean = (1 + 2 + 10) / 3 ~= 4.3333, MAD ~= (3.333 + 2.333 + 5.666) / 3 ~= 3.778

There's another MAD, the median absolute deviation from the median, so you have for this data set median = 2, MAD = median(1, 0, 8) = 1.

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