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Comment: Re:Huge Gap (Score 1) 674

by rm999 (#36911322) Attached to: Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

I'm no expert on this stuff, but I've found there's tons of choice in the price:quality spectrum.

I like the low end of the brands that actually care about quality. SVSound, Axiom, Ascend, etc - they all make great speakers in the 200-300 USD/pair range. Tack on a barebones 150-300 USD receiver and you can have a decent setup for under 400 dollars.

The nice thing is a lot of these brands are internet direct with a lot of reviews/discussion online.

Comment: Re:That's because it's not required yet. (Score 4, Insightful) 53

by rm999 (#36532930) Attached to: Graphing Internet Interaction To Spot Spammers

I work in preventing fraud, and I completely agree with your point. In any kind of maliciousness detection, there will be patterns you can find that will immediately stop a large % of the bad guys. But the bad guys won't retire, they will run to another corner, and you will have to chase them.

That isn't to say it's not worth trying to stop them. Quite the opposite: the more you chase them around, the more robust your system becomes, and the harder it will be for casual bad guys to attack your system.

Comment: Re:Thinking way too hard (Score 1) 122

by rm999 (#36143548) Attached to: Why People Watch <em>StarCraft</em>, Instead of Playing

"Outside of Korea I imagine people for the most part watch this stuff because itâ(TM)s awe-inspiring to see someone playing who has literally dedicated a huge chunk of his life to the game and as a result is mind blowing skilled at it."

But there must be more to it than that. How many people watch World of Warcraft? Or Command & Conquer, or Team Fortress 2? Far fewer than Starcraft.

There is something about Starcraft that makes it more fun to watch. IMO it's one of the rare games with both lots of strategy and action - the perfect "sport". The asymmetry argument is a bit odd, but i agree that does make it more fun to watch.

Chrome

RockMelt: Google Chrome, Only Better 144

Posted by timothy
from the red-hot-magma dept.
Barence writes "PC Pro has an in-depth review of RockMelt, a new browser which it claims is better than Google Chrome. RockMelt is built on the same Chromium core as Google's browser, but adds a host of social networking, news feed and search features that elevate it above Chrome. The App Edge, for example, 'allows you to set up feeds for anything from your Twitter or Gmail accounts to your favourite news sites, and get a little iPhone-style numeric reminder of the number of items awaiting your attention.' It does, however, lack Chrome's built-in Flash, PDF and audio players."

Comment: Re:Insufficient information. (Score 2) 143

by rm999 (#35844534) Attached to: Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?

The article has a histogram that shows how sure the algorithm was of its predictions for both sexes. Males on the left of 0 were misclassified, and vice versa for females.

Now, the only confusing this is if that plot is for the test set of the train set. If it is for the test set then it answers your question. If it is for the train set it tells us a lot less. Pretty sloppy of them to title a graph with both :(

Comment: Re:Quasi-audiophile here (Score 1) 450

by rm999 (#35295288) Attached to: Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

Yeah of course it makes sense in production to use high quality files, but isn't 24/96 already fairly standard? As far as the music we purchase and listen to on our stereos, as you say 16-bit is enough to sound perfect to human ears. I don't see the need to sell 24-bit files to consumers.

But it's Apple; they are experts at creating markets that barely existed before.

Education

Universe 250+ Times Bigger Than What Is Observable 506

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the size-of-a-good-reuben dept.
eldavojohn writes "The universe is only fourteen billion years old so we are unable to observe anything more than fourteen billion light years away. This makes it a bit difficult for us to measure how large the universe actually is. A number of methodologies have been devised to estimate the size of the universe including the universe's curvature, baryonic acoustic oscillations and the luminosity of distant type 1A supernovas. Now a team has combined all known methods into Bayesian model averaging to constrain the universe's size and their research is saying with confidence that the universe is at least 250 times larger than the observable universe."

Comment: Re:conspiracy 101 (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by rm999 (#34923166) Attached to: Stuxnet Authors Made Key Errors

Yes, Israel WANTS the world to know what happened, and they want the world to know they were involved. This is why Mossad has been gleefully and publicly showing off that Iran's nuclear weapon development has been pushed back years.

It is odd that a mission that was 100% successful (something even Iran won't deny) is being criticized for not being good enough. Maybe some researchers just wanted their names in the newspaper?

Comment: Re:Aww poor Assange has to deal with leakers. (Score 1, Interesting) 237

by rm999 (#34786958) Attached to: The Guardian's Complicated Relationship With Julian Assange

Leaks happen all the time. Wikileaks has lasted for four years and most people hadn't heard of it until a few months ago. Yeah, this leak was big, but we have no proof the leak wouldn't have happened without Assange. Given that the leaker was showing off to a stranger (and hence basically turned himself in) lends evidence that it *would* have happened without Assange. Either way, we're working with a sample size of 1 here.

Comment: Re:Aww poor Assange has to deal with leakers. (Score 1) 237

by rm999 (#34786512) Attached to: The Guardian's Complicated Relationship With Julian Assange

Yeah, Assange is the only person in the World that can do that :/

Also, why do you even need a single person in that role? Surely there must be a way for people to leak documents to the entire internet anonymously?

I agree with GP, Assange has too much power in his role, and his politics and methods are at odds with what people assume his mission is. Many people believe wikileaks' mission is about openness and disclosure, but sometimes it feels like the opposite.

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