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Comment 6 minute Abs and Ludicrous Speed. (Score 2) 188

And so begins the pixel war of 2016. I'm just waiting for someone to invent non-pixelated screen which just uses continuous orthogonal functions to paint the screen. Ironically, Back in the electron gun days one could actually have done that. I suspect that it might be possible to do this with e-ink eventually.

And in the end the appearance will not be better. All that will happen is some fool will think that since every resolution enhancement should mean a thinner non-serif font, that in the limit of continuous resolution one should go to zero width fonts. Logical?

What should be happening is the resolution enhancement should strive for better legibility using serif fonts. These actually were a little tricky to use at 72 DPI. at 200DPI they make total sense and now were getting to Ludicrous-DPI

Comment Actually no. (Score 3, Informative) 82

You can't even tell if it's better than a coin toss. For this statistic to have any meaning at all you need to know the frequency the plaintiff wins. For example, let is suppose that the plaintiff wins in 79% of cases. Then an "AI" that merely always guess the plaintiff won would be correct in 79% of cases.

In fact given that it's unlikely the outcome is 50:50, then one would expect that such a dumb algorithm would be correct more often than not just by always guessing one side. It would therefore take very little extra "intelligence" so boost it over the top. In particular such intelligence could be simply an artifact of the data set. As an example suppost the data set contained 10% of plaintiffs whose names started with R. If this group of people won more often than the avergage, then simply learing to guess "win" anytime there was a plaintiff with an "R" name would improve the test. This is true even if you split the data up into cross validation sets, as the bias for "R" will persist on any randomly Chosen subset as well.

thus the results probably are meaningless. Certainly the article is.

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Comment Who uses DYN for their DNS? (Score 1) 56

What I don't understand is how this is affecting things. Most people and small bussinesses just use the DNS that their service provider offers. I.e. comcast. Another tranche of people change it to something like googles Large bussinesses may implement their own DNS

So how is it DYN matters? Who uses it?

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