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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

fph il quozientatore Re:Chess (273 comments)

It is correct that duplicate and tournament play eliminates most of it, but bridge still has some second-order luck component. The most classical example is the two-way finesse.

5 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

fph il quozientatore Bridge (273 comments)

I started playing bridge during my PhD, at 25. it's a very interesting strategy game, once you get over the "game for old people" stereotype. If you can find a few friends to learn and practice with, I definitely recommend it.

There is also a very nice web-based community (so you can play it even without friends and without leaving your mom's basement); most active players play online on bridgebase.com, including the pros -- on that website you can easily find world champions playing a hand or two just to chill out. It's free (as in beer), unlike the face-to-face tournament which are sorta expensive.

5 days ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

To be more fair, I am not bashing the original paper here -- that one reports the full confusion matrix (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2463244).

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

Yeah, that's why we have better error measures than "70% accuracy", and competent people should use them.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

fph il quozientatore Re:Useless (177 comments)

This should be +10 insightful.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

fph il quozientatore Re:Space Junk Chain Reaction (150 comments)

FTFA: "The term brings to mind dystopian visions of fighters patrolling near space, but will actually revolve around protecting satellites from space debris orbiting the Earth."

Planetes anyone?

about two weeks ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

fph il quozientatore Better version of TFA (131 comments)

Article in original content format, without ads: here

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

fph il quozientatore What are these from? (701 comments)

Someone with more nerd points than me could please post a list of the sources?

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

fph il quozientatore Triple E (56 comments)

So, R is being Embraced. I wander what's coming next...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

fph il quozientatore Not sure what they mean... (250 comments)

I am not sure what this "globally assigned" means, but I imagine it means that they had a pile of IP addresses allocated to them decades ago and that they weren't using, and now they started using them. Doesn't sound like a bad thing if it is so...

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome

fph il quozientatore Re:Thumbs up so far... (100 comments)

a) you can't log into gmail from a different computer unless you brought your keys with you, because they don't have them; if you lose your keys, you're hosed.

Can have secure encryption at all without the "if you lose your keys, you're hosed" part? I have never seen a solution to this fundamental problem.

about 3 months ago
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OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

fph il quozientatore Re:Business model (90 comments)

Thanks for the informative answer. I am looking forward to reading the new data privacy policy, to back up your claims.

about 3 months ago
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OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

fph il quozientatore Business model (90 comments)

Wait, how will they make money then?

Oh, right. The usual answer. Selling our data.

about 3 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

fph il quozientatore Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

what is so illegal about changing a registry key or value, or creating a registry key?

What is so illegal about changing 0 to 1 and 1 to 0?

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

fph il quozientatore Re:Insurance (389 comments)

Heavier penalties, or more frequent controls. Both methods work to reduce the expected value of fare dodging, and the latter has a better educational value: if controls are rare, when one gets caught they think "Wow, how unlucky", not "I shouldn't do that anymore".

about 3 months ago
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Discrete Logarithm Problem Partly Solved -- Time To Drop Some Crypto Methods?

fph il quozientatore Re:It's still NP. (114 comments)

What WoOS writes seems ok to me. He's not rearranging the components, he's pointing out that the correct formula is a different one. There's a constant involved in the most common definition of the big-O notation --- look at line 3 of the wikipedia page that you linked to.

about 3 months ago
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Can Google Influence Elections?

fph il quozientatore Re:Bigger problem (138 comments)

"blame" - like it wasn't in their interest to be the ones who take the real decisions...

about 3 months ago

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The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "The Italian ministry for university and research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos. Her press release (Google machine translation) mentions that Italy funded the construction of a "tunnel between the CERN [in Geneva] and Gran Sasso [the labs in Central Italy]". Google maps reports the distance between the two labs as over 900km — but of course once the tunnel is open to traffic the trip will be much faster."
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State "certified e-mail" introduced in Italy

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Starting from today, the Italian government is offering a free 500MB certified e-mail box for every citizen. This e-mail — PEC is its Italian acronym — is based on its own new dedicated protocol (RFCs? Ha! Those are for kiddies) that should handle server-signed sender identification and return receipts. The whole system is meant to allow certified e-mail communication with the Italian public administration, though it is not clear how many offices are going to support it. Every citizen is entitled to a free state-provided mailbox, though there is a list of private providers offering "premium services" for a surcharge.
The whole system has already raised some eyebrows, and an open-source mail server supporting this protocol has already been developed. Only time will tell us if this is going to work. At the moment of writing, the official state "certified e-mail" server is refusing connections — and that's even before being slashdotted."
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Berlusconi will "regulate the internet" wi

fph il quozientatore fph il quozientatore writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fph il quozientatore (971015) writes "Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's evil overlord, recently declared (automatic translation by Google) that he is going to propose 'a regulamentation of the internet' during the next G8 meeting, chaired by himself. He did not go into further detail, but added that the proposal is going to have 'an international perspective' and that Italy 'is going to be at the forefront'. How do you say 'good luck with that' in Italian?"
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