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Comment Baysian analysis (Score 1) 505

Lets generously assume that 1/10 flights has PED's on and that FTA there are 32000 flights per day and 75 actual PED incidents on 1/4 of the flights between 2003 and 2009. The probability that given an electronic device is on there will be an incident P(PED incident | PED on), is the probability that an incident happened and a PED was on divided by the probability a PED was on P(PED on ^ PED incident)/P(PED on)

(75 incidents/(32000flights*365days*7years*.25 of airlines surveyed))/(1/10 flights with PED on) = 0.003669% chance there will be an incident given that a PED is on

This is a gross understatement of the number of flights with PED's on my experience, in my opinion the claim that PED's will cause in interference is not borne out by the evidence presented.

Comment Re:Perfect? (Score 2) 263

The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters
Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.


Submission + - Why humans are the only species to throw long (

Ikkyu writes: FTA: "A new study has revealed how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, readily learn to throw long distances. The study by Indiana University and the University of Wyoming has suggested that this unique evolutionary trait is entangled with language development in a way critical to our very existence. The study has shown that the well-established size-weight illusion, where a person who is holding two objects of equal weight will consider the larger object to be much lighter, is more than just curious or interesting, but a necessary precursor to humans' ability to learn to throw-and to throw far."

Comment More correct than they realized (Score 1) 749

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever" but not the way they meant. It all depends on your point of view, do you want to be able to play music or do you want to prevent it being played. Moores law and enough time ensures that I can decrypt or even recover the encryption key used for a large number of tracks. In the long run DRM is just an annoyance and I will be able do as I see fit with my files.

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