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Comment Re:Wondering about IMDB. (Score 5, Insightful) 144

Couldn't happen to a nicer site. They stole that data and took it private anyway - I was contributing to that in good faith when it was still a community project driven from Cardiff University. An early lesson for me, and one I've not forgotten.

See also Gracenotes for CD track listings.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 2) 384

How can the training data be biased if it's sampled to get a uniform distribution? What if the horrifying reality is actually that the the biases are pre-existing precisely because they've always modeled relatively closely the actual data? What if people actually aren't born equal and there is a genetic component? If that is the case, how can that ever be resolved by "fudging" the training data? Doesn't this just amount to sticking one's head in the sand?

Comment Then chickens would die out (Score 1) 331

Not many wild chickens in the world. If we could make artificial chicken meat, and I'd be all for eating it since it seems less cruel to me, then people would stop breeding chickens for food.

Chicken isn't the most perfect example for this because we also eat eggs. Apply that logic to pigs though - yep, much more of a problem.

Comment Doesn't smell right (Score 2) 513

....and the inflammatory sexist statement, made without any proof, at the end doesn't help. Extrapolating from the timing (we have literally nothing else to go on) it looks to me that he wasn't fired for wanting to take care of his wife. Seems more likely he was let go for either lying (or "sin of omission") at the interview and then asking for special treatment when he turned up.

We don't know what the role was, so we don't know how likely it would be for evening/weekend work etc.. A company may well have a duty of care to its employees, but it does not have a duty of care to people who aren't its employees. Unless this was all nailed down at interview then the company didn't get what they were told they were getting. Sympathy for an employee is one thing and we don't know how the company would have responded to an existing employee suddenly having that need. What we're seeing appears to be a potential employee hiding something until actually employed and then trying to spring it on a company as an obligation.

I am currently at a company that has been extremely generous to me in terms of time needed at home. I would not expect that same generosity if I had turned up at interview asking for the same, and I certainly wouldn't expect it if I turned up without letting them know and then saying "surprise, I'm working like this now".

Comment Re:I realize this is bad for 'purists' but... (Score 1) 184

The sharper image is the problem. You need a multisync that can go down to a resolution as low as 128x128 without issues, at half the rates of VGA (15Khz). The Hantarex repair page gives a small insight into the kind of specs required.

My own MAME machine has a 20" (I think) Hantarex being driven by a 1st gen ArcadeVGA - really old nVidea that has a custom BIOS flashed to guarantee 15Khz scan rates. It is superb. Without this, you're relying on software scaling to try and smooth things out, and it's really not the same.

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 1) 151

Agree except for the iPhone bit (or high-end Android phone , it's not a platform war I'm describing). That has exactly the same rationale as the the high end graphics card - if I'm going to be using something constantly, then I want the best/fastest/most functional/. A high-end phone rather than el cheapo is exactly the kind of choice that getting the high-end graphics card is, if you actually plan on using the capabilities they have.

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