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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

gumbi west Re:R wont run on linux soon (97 comments)

That's pretty good evidence that there is some relationship, you are right.

However, R is developed by a team out of the University of Wisconsin Statistics Department, lead by Doug Bates. I believe that the team at UW, not GNU, makes decisions about the direction for R's future development.

Nevertheless, your original point stands and I agree with you that I don't see that team moving from linux any time soon.

16 minutes ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

gumbi west Re:R wont run on linux soon (97 comments)

What makes you think GNU has anything to do with R (other than writing its license)?

12 hours ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

gumbi west Re:Why oh Why (97 comments)

This is about R. That would be difficult to do with a list of contributors this long not impossible, well, yeah, probably impossible.
http://www.r-project.org/contr...

12 hours ago
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Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

gumbi west Re: BTC Insured? (77 comments)

The thing is that you are guessing about how it might work, not actually knowing how it does work.

If your account gets hacked and the money is transferred within the country, it can simply be recovered by transferring the money back because all the accounts fall under the same 'governance', even internationally there are some agreements for returning stolen money.

On the startup podcast, one of their investors accidentally wired the money to the wrong account and they only got most (about 2/3) of their money back because the other side had withdrawn another portion. The bank and police offered no assistance in getting back the rest.

yesterday
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

gumbi west Re:where did Amazon service suffer as a result? (155 comments)

You know they are a crap tech company because the "amazon" app on the kindle is harder to use than the browser, pointed at the amazon.com website.

about three weeks ago
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App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

gumbi west Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (131 comments)

Why can't I make it "try again" on a book that it thinks I have that is in the 80k books you have some rights / discounts on?

about a month ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

gumbi west Re:It was CmdrTaco's blog (190 comments)

This, however, is clearly a post about business models and the economy, or I assume it is, tl;dr The business side of technology is irrelevant to my interests, business is just a bad reality TV show.

I am an economist and this drivel is more like, "what I think I recall based on having taken econ classes a long time ago" than it is about economics or business. I would never endorse any of the above logic attributed to economists, with the possible exception of the first day Apple pricing which I would talk about simply in a college class even though actual economists know full well why a company might use that pricing model.

News flash: what's taught in college economics is known to not be correct, it's just part of a liberal arts education.

about a month ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

gumbi west Re:In order to complete this post... (134 comments)

please enable your microphone

Not necessary on an Andriod phone where FB already has access to use the microphone without telling you--and you can't disable this without root.

about a month and a half ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

gumbi west Re:Call a spade a spade (148 comments)

just not the kind of control that the majority of Americans desire

I'm not so sure. I think the President (who ever that is) typically wants to keep the country safe and the NSA wants to do the same and they think that they are doing it correctly. I think people want the to be safe and it's tough as the person who is actually President to cut off the means employed by the NSA and hope that you are correct and the ends will still be there knowing that if there were an attack it could easily be your decision that allowed it and all it's nasty side effects.

All that said, I'd personally like more court involvement. In particular, I see no reason the judicial process couldn't happen in a classified arena. If the lawyers had security clearances and all judges already do, then I see no reason they couldn't just have closed proceedings without juries, but at least have some oversight from an outside body.

Another viable option for checks would be an Inspector General, covered by the Inspector General act and so truly independent from the agency itself, who could issue reports to the President and Congress.

about 2 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

gumbi west Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (269 comments)

Perhaps, but it was just a news letter. Anyways, the least expensive house in bounds for the school would be about $400,000 (and that would be a 1 BR condo that is boarded up and has a high association fee).

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gumbi west Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

There is still a unique identifier for the customer, otherwise there would be no way to report the transaction to the bank and actually get the money.

uh, except the unique transaction number?

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gumbi west Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

I knew someone who worked for a marketing firm and he said, "we either track your purchases through your loyalty card or your CC number, it's your choice if you save the money or not." Perhaps they store a hash of the CC number, but it's a unique key for you, rest assured.

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gumbi west Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

Any system that relies on a number that you cannot hide remaining private is doomed to failure. But that's exactly what we have.

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gumbi west Re: Not a chance (631 comments)

Try Discover or AmEx. They both own their own networks and so the website is current almost instantly. Visa is owned by no bank, so everybody has to wait to get the info. This also lets Discover and AmEx find fraudulent charges much faster and alert you to them right away.

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gumbi west Re: Not a chance (631 comments)

I switched when I had a friend get their debit card stolen. She said the cops pointed out to her that if you only use CC, then while you're in the dispute process you have all your money whereas if you use a debit card, somebody else has your money while your in the dispute process. It's a big fucking deal when it's time to pay your rent/mortgage.

about 3 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

gumbi west Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (269 comments)

I felt that way until my child's teacher decided FB was the right way to disseminate information about classroom activities.

about 3 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

gumbi west Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

I walk my children to school past a "When Children Are Present" sing. I've never seen a single driver obey the lower speed limit. So if that's appropriate action, then yes, I'll bet it can do that. I'd take just obeying the posted normal limit.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

gumbi west Re:Politics (384 comments)

Cold, I don't consider part c plans (your first link) to be fraudulent but I'm amazed to see a Republican back plans that have these characteristics:

* Part C plans cost 15% more than Medicare
* There is no evidence that Part C plans are better than Medicare

Part C could have been interesting if the first line was different. What if they cost 10% less and there wasn't evidence that medicare was better? Hmm, maybe? But the Republicans didn't set them up that way. They set them up to cost more. The best thing that can be said about them is that they offered free health club memberships. But then we'd have a Republican claiming that the government should be spending $1,500 / year to get seniors health club memberships. Are you seriously going to say that?

The fraud prevention has to do with Medicare fraud being rampant. The law was setup, by congress, so that providers had a right to participate in the programs. So Medicare would shutdown a fraudulent biller and they could apply to be covered the next day. Then, by law, Medicare would have to accept them into the program (it was a right). Now, Medicare has more power to prevent this type of fraud. This is a good thing. Don't you agree?

I'm unaware of the right abandoning Obamacare. It's a great idea. It used to be that if you wanted to start a business or continue to run a small business, you would have to go find health insurance on a market that would discriminate harshly against you. Now, you go to one big market and get good rates. So small businesses are easier to open and more affordable to open. It's really just trying to prevent a Democrat from getting credit for something good that is making the right hate Obamacare, not the policy, which is great.

about 3 months ago

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wall street predicts merge of OS X, iOS

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gumbi west (610122) writes "One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because the iOS devices receive a substantial CPU boost from the quad core A6 which can power MBA and smaller devices while following 64-bit ARM processors can bring the remainder of the Apple lineup back to ARM under a single architecture."
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Note for those I marked friends

gumbi west gumbi west writes  |  more than 11 years ago Since Slashdot's moderation is broken, I have decided to take maters into my own hands.

I have started looking for people who make consistently good remarks and then making them friends and giving friends +6 moderation points... This system is taking more effort than I had thought it would... I need more friends. But the results, if sparse, are encouraging. If I find a friend or friend of a friend comment it is about 98% likely that I enjoyed reading in. Compare that to about 20% for a comment that is rated a 4 or a 5 and I'm doing pretty good.

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