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Comment: Re:It's a laptop... (Score 1) 320

by maiki (#42813987) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Pro Reviews Arrive

No, it's a heavy, non-portable tablet [...] and a bizarre, unintuitive OS.

Have you personally used one?

Disclaimer: I'm full-time Linux user of 8 years with a newer ultrabook and an Asus Transformer Prime tablet. I also have a friend who works at Microsoft and has a Surface Pro to show off.

I used one last weekend, and I was quite impressed. Granted, I'm not gonna buy one because of the price, battery life, etc. But the hardware feels solid; it's barely heavier than the Transformer tablet. The screen is as responsive as an iPad, and the OS feels very intuitive (Windows 8 was made for tablets, right?). I didn't realize at the time that it's as powerful as an ultrabook, but that makes it even more compelling. Rather than the optional keyboard, a dock with a proper keyboard would be awesome. Now if the OS was only POSIX-compatible...

Comment: Re:Actually modern American English sounds more... (Score 1) 516

by maiki (#39532411) Attached to: Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

This is a popular myth, but not actually true. Both American and British accents have diverged greatly from the accents the Pilgrims would have had.

There's some truth in it---diaspora communities generally retain original language features longer than the mother community. But you're right because Americans have long since stopped deferring to the UK as the mother community, and have accepted their own variations as "correct" instead of as "deviations". This is evidenced by the fact that Americans refer to UK Englishes as accents and consider themselves to have no accent.

Comment: Re:To the Bane of Grammar Nazi. (Score 1) 287

by maiki (#39404013) Attached to: Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language


"through" is an adverb indicating a passage between locations or a change of state. "threw" is the past tense of throw.

Except that "through" is functioning as a preposition in the GP's sentence:

I may just be bitter because going threw school I had...

If you're unconvinced, try substituting an adverb or another preposition:

* ...because going quickly school I had...
...because going to school I had...

Comment: Re:No kidding. (Score 1, Insightful) 213

by maiki (#38394858) Attached to: Google Wallet Stores Card Data In Plain Text

I can socially engineer the card holder to give me their card info and you can't encrypt against that.


"Hey man, could I borrow your phone for a sec to call home? Mine ran out of battery."

"Hey man, could I see your credit card for a sec? (Mine ran out of money...)"

It's easier to agree to the first one.

Comment: Re:Isn't this a normal US-vocal thing? "registeRRR (Score 1) 331

by maiki (#38329028) Attached to: 'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Creaky voice/Vocal fry is very common. In English it occurs normally as people dip into notes lower than their normal range, and the article is reporting findings that people do it as a speaking style. In other languages, it happens at the bottom of the 3rd tone in Mandarin Chinese, and in Hausa it is a distinguishing feature: [ ja: ] (without creaky voice) means "he" and [ ~ja: ] (with creaky voice... the tilde should be under the j) means "daughter".

ref: Ladefoged, Peter. A Course In Phonetics, Fifth Edition. 2006.

Comment: Re:Bad... (Score 1) 239

by maiki (#38247414) Attached to: Genome Researchers Have Too Much Data

That's like saying in 1811 that it'll take a century to get somewhere, because at the time the fastest thing is a horse or a sailboat. But by 1911 there's trains and steamships.

I feel like you may have missed the point. Adapting your analogy, consider that the sequencing step speeds up too, and is now an airplane. How will the trains and steamships keep up?

Comment: Re:Bad... (Score 1) 239

by maiki (#38243360) Attached to: Genome Researchers Have Too Much Data

It's tremendously useful to through out data sometimes. It's called feature pruning. Get rid of the noise and the patterns become more lucid.

The problem here, it appears, is that sequencing is becoming cheaper and faster than processing the data, so unless the storage/transfer/processing methods and resources improve at a similar rate, they're guaranteed to be overwhelmed with data.

In other words, "Sure I can process this data in an hour. Put in the queue and I'll get to it in about a year.". Processing the data then takes a year, and this wait time will only increase.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.