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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

Paradigma11 Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (79 comments)

I am using IE for the first time now because i got a 4K screen and IE does a much better job at font rendering than chrome at that resolution.

Most likely firefox would be similar since it also uses Direct2d and DirectWrite but IE is ok for now.

about 2 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Paradigma11 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Your Streisand effect theory works for widespeard bricking, or say a large protestors at a large protest. But it doesn't work on the small scale. Imagine if some poor schumck recorded video on his smartphone of that cop in Ferguson shooting that kid. They'd brick the phone immediately, eliminating the video, and only leaving the schumck's word that he had the video.

And then the guy would take out the SD Card with the video and give it to the next interested passerby. Or visit a McDonalds and uploads it through WIFI. Or...

about 2 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Paradigma11 Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Your sarcasm aside, turn the idea around and convince me there is any situation short of an emergency where the big evil government would use this power even if they had it? Bricking phones would Streisand effect whatever situation they were trying to clamp down on. And, it doesn't necessarily prevent data from being exported off the flash drives. I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way. Sure you could probably imagine one scenario where they use something like this to stop a story getting out -- but it wouldn't always work, and they would never get to use it again.... This isn't an illegal search of someone's phone, there is no point in abusing the power to brick someone's phone.

Conversely there is very real and tangible benefit to crime reduction.

So, yes, why such paranoia?

Someone leaks sensitive information to the media. Government tracks phone. Government dispatches goon. Government bricks phone to prevent victim from alerting the medial, recording the incident, calling for help, etc. Victim is disappeared.

Yes, this would work if the leaker was alone in the Woods and didn't buy an additional phone due to acting against the government. I guess it's plausible that such a thing could happen, every 100 to 200 years.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Paradigma11 Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

Take the absolute lowest Intel and AMD quads, the Atom and Jaguar respectively, and put it against the most expensive top 'o the line ARM quad and what happens? the ARM gets a curbstomping

Wrong, you can see the Atom chips getting smashed by the Exynos 5 chip.

And here in monte carlo and FFT benchmarks.

And here in h.264 encoding, zip compression and PHP compilation benchmarks.

Also here it's more of a mixed bag but the Atom gets thoroughly beaten and the Tegra4 and Jaguar trade the lead.

I understand running a business that depends on PCs is where your obvious bias comes from but the facts don't lie, this isn't to say that ARM is better than x86 but in some cases it is and it most certainly isn't the "curbstomping" you claim it to be.

But your analysis is only correct if you live in the past. With baytrail Intel is again stomping ARM and this is only getting worse now that Intel has set ist sights on this market segment.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Paradigma11 Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

I'm not saying Israel should level the playing field. I'm saying people like you should not blame Hamas for doing what they have to do when they have no other choice.

Ofcourse they have other choices:
      How about not shooting thousands of rockets into israel.
      How about not stashing rockets in schools or building command bunkers under hospitals.
It's not like they are winning anyway.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Paradigma11 Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Will Israel promise that if Hamas puts all its rocket launchers, military command and control, and military supplies neatly organised in easily identifiable military bases, Israel won't simply send a missile to figuratively cook all those eggs being put in one basket? Will Israel remove the embargo being imposed of Gaza so that Hamas can buy better weapons that they can use to precisely target Israel military installations rather than have to make do with using cheap mortar and rockets that is just as likely to hit civillian targets as Israeli military installations? If Israel is not willing to do the above, then don't complain when Hamas have to improvise just to have a fighting chance of defending themselves.

I never knew that having a fighting chance is a prerequisite to adhere to the rules of war or that it is the responsibility of the stronger force to level the playing field. Well they are levelling the playing field but only one side.

about 3 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Paradigma11 Re:Specifically... (282 comments)

Oh, you mean where companies have been illegally classifying permanent employees as temporary? That bit?

Sounds like it's time to outlaw rehire time delays like this, since the scumbags found a loophole.

Or perhaps the solution is to simply outlaw temporary hiring for any company over a certain size, say 200 employees or so.

How is it a loophole for doing something if it just forbids doing exactly that?

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Paradigma11 Re:Somewhat on topic, 64bit only or still no balls (346 comments)

Subject says it really. Win7 shouldn't have shipped with a 32bit version, Windows 8 definitely should not have shipped with a 32bit version and for goodness sakes, Windows 9 most god damned definitely should not be shipping with a 32bit version.

Can we finally get a single unified build here? It's time to let it go.

And what about the baytrail tablets and laptops that only support 32bit?

about 3 months ago
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Lepton Universality In Question, a Standard Model Assumption

Paradigma11 1% change they are incorrect (62 comments)

Is there really a 1% probability that they are incorrect or is there a 1% to get such data if they were wrong?

about 5 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Paradigma11 nonsensical summary (117 comments)

"According to Titanfall developer Jon Shirling, the new Microsoft API isn't needed to improve the game's performance, and updates coming down the pipe should improve Xbox One play in the near future. This confirms what many expected since DX12 was announced — the API may offer performance improvements in certain scenarios, but DX12 isn't a panacea for the Xbox One's lackluster performance compared to the PS4." How is the ability of devs to improve their product through convential optimizations a CONFIRMATION that DX12 is no panacea?

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft To Allow Code Contributions To F#

Paradigma11 Re:Wow ... just why? (100 comments)

In my experience 90% of the code is defined by ADT (Discriminated Unions), Records and Pattern Matching in a static type system. The rest is nice but not essential.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Paradigma11 Re:Snowden = Traitor (335 comments)

Russia has a SOF agreement with Ukraine as a part of the Sevastapol lease agreement - good well past a 2017 renewal. It allows for 35,000 Russian Troops in Crimea. The Russians are legally in Crimea under the same kind of frameworks that legally allow US troops in Bhagram, Afghanistan.

The Crimean referendum is being conducted under the precedent most recently, of Kosovo and South Sudan.

Good for the goose? Good for the gander.

But Putin already told us that those 20.000 troops with russian military hardware that man road blocks and besiege ucrainian barracks are in fact not russian soldiers. Also are you certain that those recreational activities are covered in the lease agreement?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

Paradigma11 Re:Why .Net? (247 comments)

It is a more advanced language than the alternative languages, e.g. with its "async" language support.

So... it's just caught up to a subset of Erlang (circa 1985), then?

Cool, Erlang used Monads in 1985. Didn't know that. I have always thought that Erlang uses Agents.

about 7 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

Paradigma11 Yes. (149 comments)

Reactive Programming (RP) is just flow based programming (FBP) which has been used successfully for 40+ years. Modern RP adds some nice syntactic sugar that makes it more feasable. I have been using RX https://rx.codeplex.com/ some time ago and am pretty happy with it. It combines very well with f# and functional programming. Always try to isolate small autonomous components and test them seperately with http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rxteam... and http://visualrx.codeplex.com/ . Here is a free book about FBP http://www.jpaulmorrison.com/f... You get comparable easy message based concurrency but you have to take care to stay synchron as much as possible because it can get complex pretty easily.

about 8 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

Paradigma11 Re:Misconceptions (124 comments)

Yes. "A p-value is the probability that accepting your statistical hypothesis (rejecting the null hypothesis) would be an error." = P(H0|significant) but what the p-value in frequentist statistics gives you is P(significant|H0).

about 8 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

Paradigma11 Re:Q values (124 comments)

At least in bioiniformatics, the correction of p-values for multiple comparisons ("q-values") has been standard practice for quite a while now.

But then your beta-error goes through the roof and you wont find anything. wouldnt it be far more efficient to repeat the significant experiments.

about 8 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

Paradigma11 Re:To quote one of my professors... (124 comments)

"A p-value of 0.05 means there's a 5% chance that your paper is wrong. In other words, 1 in 20 papers is bullshit."

This is complete bullshit. If you study something where the h1 is true then there is a 0% possibility to be wrong if you report significant findings.

about 8 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

Paradigma11 Re:Misconceptions (124 comments)

No, you are wrong, the op is correct. Especially: "A p-value is the probability that accepting your statistical hypothesis (rejecting the null hypothesis) would be an error." is wrong and "A p-value is the probability of finding new data as or more extreme as data you observed assuming a null hypothesis is true." is correct.

about 8 months ago
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Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

Paradigma11 Re:It sounds cooler than it is... (463 comments)

To me, the battle doesn't even look cool. The ships are all mashed on top of one another, pointing in random directions, and it's almost impossible for an observer to see what's actually going on.

As beings raised in a mostly 2 dimensional plane, it's natural for a truly 3-dimensional no-gravity-bias large-scale interaction to bewilder us. I think this might be one of the things EVE got right.

But space is an incredible boring tactical 3d environment.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Researchers Slash Skype Fraud By 68%

Paradigma11 Re:BAD MATH! (114 comments)

I do not think that you are using CI correctly. The paper does not make any use of it either. CI and false positive rates are not connected. You could have a 95% CI for false positives, for example: CI(P(positive|false)))= 0.1 - 0.2. That means that 95% of all parameters, centered around the observed value, that can create the observed sample are within that interval. Also if you are using a 95% or 99% CI is an a priori decision not dependent on sample size or model accuracy.

about 8 months ago

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