* Posts by Ian 3

13 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

Ian 3
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How can so many government funded projects be so awful, and rather than anyone admit they've made a mistake, would rather keep shoveling money in, denying there's a problem, making the mistake bigger and repeating until a new government can scrap it completely. Over and over it happens. The people responsible are almost impossible to pin down, and when you do they just lie and/or talk about something different. It boggles my mind just how much inept fuck-buggery goes on, all hiding behind policies and processes that were intended, once, to be useful, but are in fact just screens for incompetence.

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Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden

Ian 3
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Blimey...

$70,000 per hour and a one month rebuild *every* 300 hours flying time? Lockheed really saw them coming didn't they.

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Anons torn over naming 'n' shaming of 17yo's gang-rape suspects

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I'm not sure about the use of the colloquialism 'lads' in your opening paragraph. Feels like there's a suggestion that gang-rape is a 'lad-ish' activity. I'm sure it is not meant, but I think reporting on such a story warrants more formal language.

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First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago

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Re: But but...

Seriously? You are posting that without a troll face?

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Biz prof disses Big Data as a fetish for info hoarders

Ian 3

Re: @Fenwick

So monthly patterns are reasonably predictable - you don't need Big Data for that, the last 20 years avergage monthly temps. would do, not 200 years of 2000 samples an hour. But even that amount of data won't help determine the weather next wednesday. That is my point, nice general trends can often be spotted without massively huge, detailed data sets. Specific detailed predictions can often not be made even with them. When the volume of sample isn't the issue Big Data isn't going to help.

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@Fenwick

What you say is great for nice non-chaotic systems. Try recording the movement of a three bob pendulum for 100 years sampled every 1000th of a second. try to use that data to predict where it will be 15 seconds later (If you are going to say that is possible, what if a bearing fails after 7 of those seconds?). Not only does Correlation != Causality but also Determinism != Predictability. Few systems are as nice and well behaved as gravity.

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Russian diplomat caught driving while 15 TIMES over booze limit

Ian 3
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Er, hang on...

Are you sure you're not getting all Daily Mail with your numeric reporting?

If he was 0.3% blood alcohol and the UK limit is 0.08% then he was just under 4 times the UK limit - 7 pints(ish). Hardly a fatal or particulary extraordinary amount of booze, just more than you should drive after. The Polish must have very low limits.

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Microsoft's Roslyn invites VB to Windows 8 party

Ian 3
Flame

Or for people who have better things to do than manage memory and deal with the windows API? You know, like deliver stable business apps., maybe?

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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

Ian 3
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All bad?

If it helps stop morons from cloggin up the NHS, and demanding rather expensive medicine and treatments, is it really such a bad idea? I'm all for protecting the vulnerable from exploitative swindle-merchants, but there comes a point when you have to wonder if we're really so short of religous morons that we really have to try to save them all. I'm sure they all quite keen to join their maker in paradise, surely we shouldn't try to delay their ultimate happiness?

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Google Go strikes back with C++ bake-off

Ian 3
Trollface

But isn't...

...c++0x just an attempt to make c++ a bit more like c#?

/me runs away.

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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

Ian 3
Unhappy

Demands for a retrial?

So, even when the Judge pointed out how stupid they were, CPS sought a retrial?

It seems like madness to my poor naive brain that CPS need a conviction to prove material is extreme porn or child abuse, so one poor bugger gets a very nasty criminal record and everyone else (if they are paying attention) can learn from this and dispose of the material. That really sucks. Surely in any sane country there should be a mechanism where the police or CPS or some specific censor agency could go to the courts and get a ruling on the material, rather than needing to prosecute the owners/publishers.

But then people would know the law, and could sneak and weasel out of prosecution by cowardly not breaking it, and that would never do.

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Vegas vid-poker hackjackpot bonanza duo face charges

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So...

Does this mean anyone using the 'holds after nudges' exploit, that worked on nearly every fruit machine in the 90's is a l33t criminal hacker?

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Motorola Dext Android smartphone

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I've had one for a week...

... and it's rather nice.

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The battery life is about 4 days if you remember to turn off the WIFI but still have email/facebook synchronising on 3G. You can set it to 2G only and switch off the account synchronising. It supports IMAP email quite nicely too.

I like that I can vaguely keep up with friends on facebook without going to the website, I'm not a big fan, but quite of few of my friends (and strangely, my parents) seem to be.

I'm very pleased with it.

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