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Comment Re:Goodbye Yelp (Score 1) 114

3. Zagat is focused on a narrower market than Yelp.

not only that... zagat editors provide the service of compiling and sorting all the consumer reviews into tidy lists printed in a book. yelp is just a big mass of opinions per location with a few limited sort options to wade through the mess.

Comment Re:Conent blocking and WTV (Score 1) 130

The video is of an interview with BBC. They show a clip from the youtube video, but in the interview he explains more about his 'condition', and how he copes with it. He mentions that he donates money earned from his drawings for missing person charity.

Some of the drawings shown are amazing, but I'd imagine the ones they didn't show are equivalent to the doodles most people make in boring classes/meetings.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 137

It looks like Google is heading towards creating ubiquitous computing experiences. They're not limiting to PCs but rather coming out with new products that people can take anywhere (mobile devices) to get any kind of information (personal, social, web, images, etc). I don't think it's just about Google wanting to dominate hardware manufacturing. Motorola has some important patents for data transfer, and for Google to continue their information retrieval in a new space, they need to be able to transfer information to users smoothly. Imagine you're out at lunch with friends and mention something you recently saw (i.e. on tv or youtube). You'd probably want to show it on your phone with your friends right then and there, right? Google is probably trying to position themselves in the market to offer the information you need at your fingertips

Comment emotion vs logic (Score 1) 209

well said...

banking on the current "mood" means he's actually inflating the dangerous cycles of emotionally driven, short-term investment decisions rather than making any kind of long-term decisions.

emotions might help make pretty good (and quick) decisions in the short term, but it's true, aiming for long term cannot depend on emotion. it has to be based on solid, concrete data. for example, i could choose to eat pepperoni pizza for dinner based on emotional responses to the smell. however if i had a goal of becoming vegetarian, i should not be choosing to to eat pepperoni even if it smells good.

even if twitter feeds seem like real data, sentiment analysis is aggregating emotions of a crowd. Justin Bieber might be a 'hot trend' now but you cannot assume his popularity will remain for generations to come. Many fans like him for qualities that cannot be preserved for long (i.e. young face, young voice). Choosing stocks based on hard data is like admiring a singer for inherent qualities, like talent.

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Submission + - Black Scientists Have Lower Odds of Winning Grants ( 1

sciencehabit writes: A study published today in Science may shed new light on why African American scientists are so rare in biomedical research—and raises troubling questions about possible bias during grant reviews conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The in-depth analysis of NIH grant data finds that black Ph.D. scientists—and not other minorities—were far less likely to receive NIH funding for a research idea than a white scientist from a similar institution with the same research record. The gap was large: A black scientist's chance of winning NIH funding was 10 percentage points lower than that of a white scientist.

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