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Comment: Grouping Versus non-grouping (Score 0) 981

by harknell (#32730058) Attached to: The Tuesday Birthday Problem
Is it just me, or isn't it obvious why the probability changes? All you are doing is adding more parameters to what you are trying to actually determine. The most basic question you can do (not in this question, but overall) is simply: What is the odds of a child being a girl or boy. That's theoretically 50/50. Now, each other question is subtly altering the grouping of what you are trying to determine the probability. It's just that english (or probably any language) obscures the fact that you are making those other elements important. The real trick of these is the fact that language is vague, and most people are missing that you are making necessary additions to the group you are trying to determine information about. You are in fact not just asking about the sex of the other child, but you are building a situation that makes the information about the date, or the order of the children, important. If the importance of those other elements disappears, then they are not bounding boxes to the situation and the results fall back to 50/50.

Comment: internal sales were primary coding idea (Score 0) 60

by harknell (#32721838) Attached to: Magento 1.3 Sales Tactics Cookbook
Someone else has picked up on the part of Magento I noticed immediately. it looks like the idea of it was to make it so complicated to mod and theme that only internal sales (i.e. they themselves) or other dedicated companies (which the developers would provide a store front for) could really do anything with the code. I tried it out, and when I couldn't, in a reasonable timeframe, figure out how to add a few static pages and make basic theme edits--I knew it wasn't for me. Reminds me of the PhpNuke days when it was a pain to do anything even remotely outside of the plain vanilla set up.

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