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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

PlusFiveTroll Re:Wow ... (338 comments)

If you printed your own card and put a number for an issuer that you controlled I don't see what the difference is.

yesterday
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:Ok Cupid.... (156 comments)

>The particularly stupid part was messing with their match algorithm.

You are making a false assumption because you are dealing with a biological system.

If you made a screen to sift sand, that screen will reliably sift sand of a certain size because they sand has no choice in the matter and does not evolve.

On the other hand if you make an antibiotic that kills bacteria X you will quickly find out that in just a few generations almost all of bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic.

Culture evolves, religious views change, human relationship standards evolve. 50 years ago it was probably a bad idea to pair a black guy and white woman, not so much so these days (in most places). Saying that a sorting process is going to stand up to that change, when that sorting process itself feeds back in to the system is pretty unrealistic.

yesterday
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:what? (156 comments)

>lying about compatibility on a dating site.

Here's the gist of it, they already were lying about compatibility, or at least what you think of as compatibility. Different cultures have distinctly different criteria for selecting mates and it evolves over time. There is no golden rule, no algorithm, no magic. They throw a bunch of different shit at the wall and see what sticks. Why they look so good at finding matches is not actually finding matches but weeding the unmatchable out. Take them out, and most other people can date a pretty wide range of other people with just a few points of similarity.

The fact you don't think that their matching changes over time boggles my mind. Culture evolves and changes, technology evolves and changes, communication evolves and changes, to think some kind of static algorithm could possibly work at matching people under those influence is insanity.

yesterday
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:Enough already! (156 comments)

You must not have been online during those times, as SYSOP I trolled the living shit out of people I didn't like.

yesterday
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

PlusFiveTroll Re:A/B Testing (156 comments)

>OKCupid flipped bad matches to good matches

To be fair on this point is there any objective measure on what a good or bad match is? The entire system on OKCupid is made and defined by OKCupid, there is no objectivity. Therefore a good match == bad match == imaginary purple dinosaur. There are plenty of writeups online about just this subject. Human happiness in relationships is not as formulaic as OKC would like you to believe.

The FB thing is definitely more objectively definable. As in many bits of information was posted, only bits of information that fell under content X were shown to other users.

yesterday
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

PlusFiveTroll Re: Red Bull (485 comments)

Bottled water is many times from city sources, it has been filtered again, but is many times still fluoridated.

If you don't want chlorine, put your water in a non-sealed picture in the fridge. The chlorine will evaporate out.

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

PlusFiveTroll Re:Red Bull (485 comments)

>You could also live in a country where you could grow and roast your own coffee beans. There is always a price vs convenience tradeoff.

Growing your own will cost far more. Think economies of scale.

>Which is great reason to kick the caffeine addiction habit in the first place.

Mormons up in the house, I see.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

PlusFiveTroll Re:Surprise, surprise... (705 comments)

I don't 'like' lima beans, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. In this case your lima beans have been switched out with castor beans and you're dying. Pretty big difference.

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

PlusFiveTroll Re:Thanks (393 comments)

Netflix uses http and https, mostly off of Amazon cloud services.

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

PlusFiveTroll Re:Thanks (393 comments)

>And they can't fake delivering the page more quickly, can they?

Well, possibly.

On non-SSL sites they can proxy content, which in general is a good thing. Trouble comes if they start gaming the system and not showing the freshest content to give a perceived gain in speed.

2 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

PlusFiveTroll Re:fundementally impossible (86 comments)

If the universe is isotropic, you don't have to check it all. A sufficiently large sample will show you all the universe has to hold.

There is also another saying.

"In the universe there can only be 0, 1, or an infinite number of something" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_one_infinity_rule)

2 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

PlusFiveTroll Re:Beh (86 comments)

>What does the format have anything to do with the content?

The part of not being able to view the content possibly?

>It's like saying "fuck classic movies because they're not 3D".

More like, shit I can't watch this because it's all on BetaMax.

2 days ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

PlusFiveTroll Re:Hedging bets (119 comments)

I support the H1-b program, because I work place can not find qualifed c or c++ or c# and java developers (at the low ass rate we want to pay).

You trolls always forget that last part.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

PlusFiveTroll Re:Weird premise (276 comments)

>"well the hard drive is full so we have to buy a new computer because this one is slow

You should know that is actually possible, I am disappointed here.

On a spinning drive, once it gets close to full you start running out of contiguous space to write files, which of course means fragmentation occurs. Multiple seeks greatly increase filesystem latency. The end result of that latency is the system feeling slow.

Of course hard drives don't directly correlate to flash memory, but they have their own host of issues. Cells where out and write amplification occurs. Just read about how SSDs and flash slow down as they fill up.

2 days ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

PlusFiveTroll Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

> - it's that there's no means of discovering it without reading the hundreds of not-yet-ready-for-publication books that no-one wants to read without being paid for it.

That's strange, there's so many sites like metacritic, reddit, and even slashdot that allow people to rate the content they view/read. Too bad this can't be applied to books.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

PlusFiveTroll Re:Why? (753 comments)

NK can do that because they have no economy. You could try the same in the U.S. (which similar thing have been done with gold and silver) but it would be equivalent to committing electronic suicide to our economy. This is how you get your armed populace to rise up against you.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

PlusFiveTroll Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (753 comments)

In theory electronic cash, such as bitcoins, could still allow anonymous transactions.

about two weeks ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

PlusFiveTroll Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I've used a few Intels with good luck, but I've had both excellent reliability and performance with the Samsung 830s and 840s.

about a month and a half ago

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