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Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

GradiusCVK Re:Not at all impressive performance (350 comments)

I also haven't looked at the study in detail, but I agree that there are certainly a lot of people who don't fit the generalizations one might conclude from the article and summary (which are both perfect examples of scientific reporting - i.e. they are shit). For example, I (over)use emoticons and exclamation points myself, depending on the tone I'm trying to convey, and how important I feel it is to get the tone right. Maybe it is a "feminine" trait to care about tone and trying to express it clearly, but obviously that doesn't require someone with that trait to be female. Don't conflate statistical averages (i.e. more women exhibit feminine traits than men, hence their designation as feminine) with absolute accuracy in judging an individual (i.e. because a person exhibits feminine traits she must be a woman). The former is useful when trying to target ads to millions of people and hoping to improve your click-through rate, but the latter is socially dangerous.

You do raise some interesting points about whether their model would be stable over time - for example, perhaps women are just early adopters w.r.t. determining how to express tone in tweets via emoticons, and stupid men will eventually figure it out and use it as well, destroying the predictive capability of that particular feature of their model. On the other hand, it would seem they determined their features automatically via data mining of gender-tagged data, so presumably they can continue to feed new gender-tagged data to their system to evolve the model to handle shifts in writing style over time, e.g. lowering the weight of the emoticon feature as men use it more and discovering a new feature to replace it.

more than 3 years ago

Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

GradiusCVK Re:Not at all impressive performance (350 comments)

Simply identifying all tweets from a sample as 'male' would yield a higher success rate.

Great contribution, but how do you propose you might improve performance beyond 72.8%?

See Figure 9, "Performance increases with more tweets from target use." Guess they thought about this for more than 5 seconds.

more than 3 years ago

Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

GradiusCVK Parent++ (633 comments)

Missing Option: Warp Core (matter-antimatter reactor) and an economic source of antimatter

The power output of the (enterprise reactor is 4 petawatts; the entire world's average power consumption was 16 terawatts in 2006.

How much of the above techs can be plugged into an average home's 120V 15A outlet?

more than 3 years ago

Tracking Browsers Without Cookies Or IP Addresses?

GradiusCVK Re:Results and flash cookies (265 comments)

Don't you see? Now all they have to do is find the usage patterns they can't quite figure out and they'll know it's all you.

more than 4 years ago

Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance

GradiusCVK Re:Way better than chance? (262 comments)

Statistical significance can't be pinned down to a number like .8% in the general case - statistical significance is hugely dependent upon the sample size. However, the parent poster is correct in that the article was referring to statistical significance, not necessarily to a huge correlation. Generally speaking, a study like this makes an assumption that there is no connection between appearance and political affiliation (i.e. the average accuracy of these guesses should be something like 50% - could be higher or lower depending on how the study was executed - if there were 3 possible parties to choose from instead of two for example, or if it was well known that 90% of the participants all belonged to a given party). They then execute an experiment which provides evidence for or against that hypothesis. Whatever they were expecting (let's say it was 50% correct answers if it was totally random), they found 60% correct answers - and because of the number of people participating in the study, they determined that the chances that they would find 60% correct answers if the guesses really were random (i.e. there was no hint from appearance) would have been astronomically small. In this way, 60% correct can give incredibly convincing evidence that appearance is linked to political affiliation, even if that link is relatively subdued (after all, 60% is not that much more than 50%).

more than 4 years ago

Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives

GradiusCVK Embarrassed? Doubt it. (292 comments)

I don't think people who go around complaining all day about their electric field allergies are the type who care about their image in the community. Chronic victims crave attention, positive or negative - these people will no doubt end up on the local news talking about how stupid they are because of the way society has abused them over the years.

more than 4 years ago

Kepler Finds Five More Exoplanets

GradiusCVK Re:can think of two main reasons (102 comments)

there are a number of astronomers interested in ... any class of "thing we don't yet know everything about"

The thing I love about science is that it gives us a reliable, efficient method of increasing our knowledge about the universe. The thing I love about the universe is that it gives us an infinte number of things to learn about it. Indeed, there is no class of "thing we do know everything about". 1+1=2 used to be so simple, until the day someone discovered 1=0.999...; that changed the whole meaning of 1+1=2. Some people (probably most /.ers and all hard scientists) love to learn and discover - people like the GPP will just never get it.

more than 4 years ago

The Best Robots of 2009

GradiusCVK Annual??? (51 comments)

Whatever happened to the Cool Robot of the Week site?

For that matter, why is the Singularity Hub engaging in an annual roundup of the best robots of the year? Wouldn't they argue such a roundup would only be useful on an exponentially accelerating schedule or something? You'd think they'd practice what they preach...

more than 4 years ago

NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears

GradiusCVK FAQ takes wrong approach (881 comments)

You know, I love NASA and the work they do, and I learned some interesting things reading that FAQ (particularly from the links to other active projects). Sadly, I think they take the wrong approach to deal with fucktards who think they should kill themselves and their loved ones to spare them from the apocalypse. Take this quote from the FAQ, for instance:

Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs...

Okay, time out. Yes, the answer goes on to explain that "you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012". The problem here is, no, they won't go and see for themselves. In fact, they won't read to the end to even see that. They will see "Earth has always been subject to impacts", and "led to the extinction of the dinosaurs", and fucking freak out.

Granted, my response would probably be something like "No, that's a stupid question, you're a fucking idiot, and you should kill yourself anyway", but if the goal is to save retards from themselves, perhaps NASA ought to write a FAQ for idiots and post it on

more than 4 years ago

History In Video Games — a Closer Look

GradiusCVK Ask a faggy question, get a bunch of faggy answers (139 comments)

I disagree with some of what you said above, and I agree with some of it. I'm not going to bother highlighting either as that would require that I re-read it and quote it, which might cause my ass to bleed from the self-importance and grandiosity of your post. Allows me to summarize for others who might wish to debate:

1: History is open to interpretation.
2: Entertainment is historically inaccurate.
3: History is about concepts, not facts.

Not a whole lot there for all the bullshit you just spewed onto the Internet. FYI, this thread explains in greater detail why you suck. Personally, my debating skills go right out the window when I have to deal with some fucktard with access to a thesaurus who thinks that style is more important than substance.

more than 3 years ago

Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

GradiusCVK Re:Jesus Christ (576 comments)

Careful... Patrick Stewart went to UCLA (Berkeley's younger brother) and trained as a boxer in his younger years. If he's an Emacs fan you might be in trouble.

more than 4 years ago

Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

GradiusCVK Jesus Christ (576 comments)

/. is indeed a geeky, US-centric site. Yes, US geeks are more likely to use metric than the general US population. No, that does not mean the majority of /.ers use Metric. Logic is your friend.

Given that we're mostly geeks here, shouldn't we be able to perform a basic conversion into whatever system we prefer without undue emotional distress?

Given these two issues, plus a completely unsupported assumption that most people reading this actually DO use Imperial, I'd argue that metric is not the correct unit of measure.

But seriously... Who the fuck cares? I'm getting tired of seeing this over and over on here. I like metric myself, but just use what you like and convert what you don't like into what you do like. Takes less effort than bitching about it on /.

more than 4 years ago

VASIMR Ion Engine Could Cut Mars Trip To 39 Days

GradiusCVK Re:Tag as SLASHVERTISEMENT (356 comments)

Interesting point; 39 days is around the limit of how long an average healthy human can go without food before they begin to starve - it's tough to be exact because it is heavily dependent on the person (i.e. fat stores), but it's almost definitely surviveable if they send healthy people who've been prepped with a little bit of chub. On the other hand, six months is quite a different matter... almost definitely not survivable.

Of course, running short of water or oxygen, or any number of other disasters (exploding and what have you), are still a danger - but any improvement in the odds of survivability is welcome.

more than 4 years ago

Arrested IBM Exec Goes MIA On the Web

GradiusCVK Hmmmm... (185 comments)

Any sufficiently successful executive is indistinguishable from a psychopath?

more than 4 years ago

Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

GradiusCVK Ummm... loved ones? Anybody? (606 comments)

Agreed. I've gotta say: while it can be frustrating sometimes having to explain things that seem fundamental to me ("You've been using a computer for years and you don't even know about Ctrl+C Ctrl+V ? How long does it take you to do your Excel reports for work?!?!"), my friends and family don't appear to be retarded... once I explain how to do something and they try it themselves a few times they prove pretty capable. I really don't mind helping out because they're my family and friends... you know, people you're supposed to care about and love? Yeah, helping out with a few computer problems here and there when they need it really isn't that much of a hassle in the grand scheme of things. How big and important are some of you people that you can't afford to "waste your time" helping your family out?!

In fact, I actively ask my grandparents how their computer is running whenever I call them now... a little over a year ago I discovered that their computer (an OLDIE with Windows 3.1 if you can believe it) had been messed up for over a month and wouldn't run their casino games anymore, and their web browser had slowed to a crawl (that is, even slower than could be assumed)... they didn't want to bother me so they never asked me to fix it ("oh, but you're so busy with work all the time, don't worry about it")! I actually found out by chance when I was visiting and asked to use their computer to send an email. Honestly, if a couple hours and a few bucks to fix their shit and upgrade their system is all it takes so they can have something fun to do in their free time, I find it hard to imagine the kind of person who would actively avoid helping out.

more than 4 years ago

Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

GradiusCVK Re:Awesome! (154 comments)

Haha, thanks but ultimately it's futile - too many fanbois around here.

more than 4 years ago

Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

GradiusCVK Awesome! (154 comments)

I think this is cool as it will enable people skilled in Flash to stick to their tool of choice

As a person who doesn't own an iPhone, I think this is so completely wonderful that I'm near tears. I can't wait until the skilled Flash developers who made this possible start pumping out iPhone apps. It accomplishes two important goals:
1: Destroy the iPhone (you people are so smug! I'm happy with my BlackBerry, thanks)
2: Reduce the amount of time people spend developing Flash for the internet

Am I being unrealistic in hoping that it somehow puts Adobe out of business as well? I mean, maybe some kinda legal battle with Apple or something? Come on, it could happen!

more than 4 years ago

Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles Become Reality

GradiusCVK Re:Sweet, but needs a lot of work still (150 comments)

if this could be scaled up to larger animals, perhaps the power would cease to be an issue

I say we strap a diesel generator and a surveillance suite on an elephant. It's my understanding that even if somebody notices him in the room, they'll still act like they don't.

more than 4 years ago


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