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Google To Shut Down 411 Service

david_bandel They got what they needed (156 comments)

GOOG-411 was an effort to collect voice information for their vocal parsing (speech recognition) algorithm. They've got enough samples now to do quite a bit better than most automated voice-controlled phone services. Why continue to operate at a huge loss when you've squeezed all the benefit you possibly can out of the service? Google is a data mining effort. All of us are simply test data for refining their ultimate neural network.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

david_bandel Commercials in Theatres (434 comments)

I don't think it will be particularly long before there are "intermissions" in movie theatres. This will provide a perfect point at which to bombard the audience with yet more advertising, under the guise of intermission convenience of course. How kind of our need to visit the bathroom or refill our popcorn to be sponsored by Coca Cola. Meanwhile, pirating marches on unabashed and unlittered with ads.

more than 4 years ago
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Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You?

david_bandel Re:Since when are rights deserved? (379 comments)

Oh well it's already over then. So let's continue using the term.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

david_bandel Another reimagining? (409 comments)

Let me guess. In this one the rebels will shoot first.

more than 3 years ago
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Elo Chess Rating System Topped By Proposed Replacements

david_bandel Misleading (102 comments)

These results aren't as significant as you might think. In fact, the small gain over ELO lies inside the margin of error for the small sample set of games being used. No matter what the sample size, there will be some algorithm, specifically tailored to that sample that will achieve better results than any other algorithm, especially if the other algorithm satisfies the criteria of being the most statistically valid across all possible sample sets on average. ELO is a pure logistic norming of rating-difference vs. expected-result. Mathematically/statistically it's not possible to improve on ELO as a general predictor of success in general. Only in specific sub-samples. Given enough games in a large enough pool of players, ELO should be a perfect predictor. Just like the sum of an infinite amount of continuous uniformly distributed random variables would result in a normal distribution. It's like having the best overall car. There will be other cars that beat you in the short race, some that beat you in the long race, even some that beat you in the medium race, some that beat you for mph, mpg, etc. Or picture a chaotic curve with lots of randomness that has an overall trend from 0,0 to x,y. y=x is the best model of the whole curve you can get. But if you zoom in on some subsection of the curve and make all the randomness disappear, you can tweak your straight line to fit the data slightly better. But if you extrapolated the tweaked line over the whole spectrum, you'd get a pretty poor predictor that wouldn't even stay in the domain or range.

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

david_bandel Re:Fucktards (1141 comments)

Judging from your attitude you're just as dumb as the people you describe.

more than 4 years ago
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T-Mobile Facing Lawsuit Over Text Message Censorship

david_bandel Re:Well they aren't spam (181 comments)

Why bother? Slashdot is so informative and unbiased. There's no need to go beyond this comments page ever.

more than 4 years ago
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Review: Halo: Reach

david_bandel Re:The more important question (191 comments)

Why would you want different games to run on multiple consoles? What did you pay for when you bought your PS3, dumbass?

more than 4 years ago
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Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan

david_bandel Re:Stop Sleepwalking! (278 comments)

I almost forgot how popular socialism was in the UK.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Opens Inquiry Into Google Search Rankings

david_bandel It's only natural.. (178 comments)

It's a very simple, easy to obfuscate (cover up) search results manipulation that could quite easily make a multi-hundred millions dollar difference for the company. Why on Earth would Google, if it could (and it can) NOT do something like this? Just look at their support of Chinese communism and ask yourself if the company is above doing anything for a buck.

more than 4 years ago
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What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

david_bandel Re:Teach them how to communicate (462 comments)

I haven't yet found an algorithm or human process capable of decoding facebook comments written by teenagers.

I think what you're looking for is something that would make comments on Facebook possible to decode. For it could be made many orders of magnitude easier than it currently is and still be indecipherable.

more than 4 years ago
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What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

david_bandel Re:backups are important. (462 comments)

You are an absolute embarrassment to humanity.

more than 4 years ago
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Sit Longer, Die Sooner

david_bandel Re:Yes, the cat got my tongue... (341 comments)

It's the preponderance of missing words (bad grammar) that inhibit your ability to have a good discussion. Not people's willingness to mock people who can't employ simple English.

more than 4 years ago
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How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

david_bandel Who cares? (495 comments)

Star Trek has always been the thinking man's version of Star Wars. Star Wars practically created the low-IQ yet nerdy genre. Star Trek grappled with real scientific (even sometimes modern physics) concepts. Star Wars was just a bunch of explosions with no science whatsoever. Explosions in space made just as much noise in Star Wars as they did in Star Trek, but at least Star Trek explained why people were walking upright in ships. There's really no contest. If you have a brain Star Trek is the better experience. If you don't, Star Wars is much better. So Star Wars wins. I'm sure Star Wars is far more popular among Slashdot readers since most of you fall into this loq-IQ-yet-nerdy category.

more than 4 years ago
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Sit Longer, Die Sooner

david_bandel Wow (341 comments)

"the researchers found that women who sit more than 6 hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die than those who sit less than 3 hours; for men, long-sitters were 17 percent more likely to die. People who exercise regularly had a lower risk, but still significant, risk of dying" So we're talking about a finite probability of immortality if I never sit? I'll never sit again!

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA President Says Copyright Law "Isn't Working"

david_bandel Information age (473 comments)

This is the information age. In the next age, information won't be property and our more enlightened descendants will laugh at us for considering it so. We can't truly advance as a species until we start treating the universe as an information entropy increasing machine and accept our roles within it as DNA-based information processing machines.

more than 4 years ago
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National Park Service Says Tech Is Enabling Stupidity

david_bandel Slashdot fails at titling its articles yet again. (635 comments)

It's not stupidity. It's ability. Technology is enabling people to do things that weren't safe before. Stupidity would be doing those things before said technology.

more than 4 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

david_bandel Re:10 years?! (830 comments)

Honey, what are you smoking? It wasn't even three minutes on our wedding night when you promised it would be extra special.

more than 4 years ago
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Town Gets Patent On Being the Center of Europe

david_bandel slashdot fails again (169 comments)

So they didn't get a patent.. and have only been lying and saying they did. They filed and failed. Someone made a speech where they lied about having a patent on it. Why have the standards for slashdot articles deteriorated so much? Is it the readers standards going down or the submitters getting more retarded? Or the people who approve articles getting more lax.

more than 4 years ago

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