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Comment: Re:Morons ... (Score 3, Insightful) 169 169

I would guess that the intent is not to make it to court.

The intent is probably to run lots of discovery and waist time tell the guy runs out of money and eventually agrees to settle by giving them the domain.

This is the kind of thing I would love to see the EFF grab and do pro-bona.

Comment: Re:Kids don't understand sparse arrays (Score 1) 125 125

It all depends on what you want to do with your matrices. Various operations have various costs in different sparse matrix formats. The standard ones are COO or coordinate format: a list of triples (i, j, val); DOK or dictionary of keys format: the hashmap you are thinking of; LIL or list of lists format: a list for each row and a list if pairs (j, val) in each list entry; CSR/CSC or compact sparse row/column: an array of indices where each row starts, an array of column indices and an array of values.

COO and DOK are great for changing sparsity structure; LIL is very useful if you have a lot of row-wise (or column-wise) operations, or need to manipulate rows regularly. CSR is great for matrix operations such as multiplication, addition etc. You use what suits your usecase, or change between formats (relatively cheap) as needed.

Comment: Re:And it performs poorly..... (Score 2) 168 168

Picking a single picture to test such a system is a scientific fraud.

It depends on what you want to prove. If the claim is that the system is useful for automatic rating of images (not sure anybody claimed this, but they do give pictures ratings on their website), then one would expect a false negative rate of [fairly tiny number], which a single randomly picked data point to the contrary gives quite a significant evidence against.

Not saying it doesn't work "pretty well" in a sort of cool tech sense, though.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo... (Score 2) 814 814

In May 1862, Abraham Lincoln overturned an order issued by General David Hunter that would have freed every slave across vast swaths of the southern Atlantic coast.

That was after he was made president and 1 year into the civil war.

He is not the man you think he is and revising history to make him some grand savior is BS.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo... (Score 5, Informative) 814 814

Enemy oppressor?

Every slave ship sailing from Africa to the USA sailed under the US flag.
For over 100 years of slavery, it was all done under the US flag.

Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election, His name was not even on the ballot in 10 states. There were only 33 states at the time so close to 1/3 of the states did not have him on the ballot and he still won. That was the key that started the whole civil war! An election that even today would cause riots, to have a candidate win when he was not even on the ballot in 1/3 of the states!

Yes racial tensions were high and yes the south decided to make slavery a key point of there cause, but when the Civil war broke out it was not all about slavery. Abraham Lincoln himself was "Anti-Slavery" meaning against slavery's expansion, however he was not calling for immediate emancipation.

"I say that we must not interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists, because the constitution forbids it, and the general welfare does not require us to do so." -- Abraham Lincoln September 17, 1859: Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio

Comment: Re:What an amazing surprise! (Score 2) 181 181

You must be a young kid. Im guessing you dont remember when Ma-Bell ran all the phones in the US and you paid $0.25 a min to call someone that was less than 30 miles away.

Tell me, how much does it cost to call someone 30, 50, or 100 miles away now? Oh wait, it is $0 a min. All from regulating Ma-Bell and having the markets opened.

Kind of killed Phreaking with $0 a min long distance. lol

Comment: Re:Two more centuries (Score 1) 666 666

Two centuries ago, it was wonderful.

Not because it was effective, but because it was inert.

Going to a homeopath meant that you weren't getting killed by establishment medicine.

Then the 19th century rolled around, the AMA and the like concocted the modern MD, which had one of the two distinguishing features of what it meant to be a "Doctor", and displaced what existed before. (It requires acquiring significant knowledge in a field, but not contributing, distinguishing it from "real doctors." Oddly, they have that phrase backwards.)

Anyway, homeopathy was an historically important safe place, whose time has come and gone.


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