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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

rm999 Re:Huge Gap (674 comments)

I'm no expert on this stuff, but I've found there's tons of choice in the price:quality spectrum.

I like the low end of the brands that actually care about quality. SVSound, Axiom, Ascend, etc - they all make great speakers in the 200-300 USD/pair range. Tack on a barebones 150-300 USD receiver and you can have a decent setup for under 400 dollars.

The nice thing is a lot of these brands are internet direct with a lot of reviews/discussion online.

more than 2 years ago
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Graphing Internet Interaction To Spot Spammers

rm999 Re:That's because it's not required yet. (53 comments)

I work in preventing fraud, and I completely agree with your point. In any kind of maliciousness detection, there will be patterns you can find that will immediately stop a large % of the bad guys. But the bad guys won't retire, they will run to another corner, and you will have to chase them.

That isn't to say it's not worth trying to stop them. Quite the opposite: the more you chase them around, the more robust your system becomes, and the harder it will be for casual bad guys to attack your system.

more than 2 years ago
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Why People Watch StarCraft, Instead of Playing

rm999 Re:Thinking way too hard (122 comments)

"Outside of Korea I imagine people for the most part watch this stuff because itâ(TM)s awe-inspiring to see someone playing who has literally dedicated a huge chunk of his life to the game and as a result is mind blowing skilled at it."

But there must be more to it than that. How many people watch World of Warcraft? Or Command & Conquer, or Team Fortress 2? Far fewer than Starcraft.

There is something about Starcraft that makes it more fun to watch. IMO it's one of the rare games with both lots of strategy and action - the perfect "sport". The asymmetry argument is a bit odd, but i agree that does make it more fun to watch.

more than 2 years ago
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Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?

rm999 Re:Insufficient information. (143 comments)

The article has a histogram that shows how sure the algorithm was of its predictions for both sexes. Males on the left of 0 were misclassified, and vice versa for females.

Now, the only confusing this is if that plot is for the test set of the train set. If it is for the test set then it answers your question. If it is for the train set it tells us a lot less. Pretty sloppy of them to title a graph with both :(

about 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

rm999 Re:Quasi-audiophile here (450 comments)

Yeah of course it makes sense in production to use high quality files, but isn't 24/96 already fairly standard? As far as the music we purchase and listen to on our stereos, as you say 16-bit is enough to sound perfect to human ears. I don't see the need to sell 24-bit files to consumers.

But it's Apple; they are experts at creating markets that barely existed before.

more than 3 years ago
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Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets

rm999 Re:Coolest part of the article (374 comments)

I'd guess he would rather expend his energy contributing to society rather than cheating a lottery. It's the difference between creating money and creating wealth. The people who concentrate on the latter tend to be more successful in the long run.

more than 3 years ago
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eBooks Nearly Outsell Print Books At Amazon

rm999 Re:Keep in mind (154 comments)

Not to mention that they are the primary source for Kindle books. My mom gave my dad a kindle last year, so he started using Amazon to buy all his e-books instead of getting print books from the local Barnes & Noble.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Authors Made Key Errors

rm999 Re:conspiracy 101 (228 comments)

Yes, Israel WANTS the world to know what happened, and they want the world to know they were involved. This is why Mossad has been gleefully and publicly showing off that Iran's nuclear weapon development has been pushed back years.

It is odd that a mission that was 100% successful (something even Iran won't deny) is being criticized for not being good enough. Maybe some researchers just wanted their names in the newspaper?

more than 3 years ago
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Wireless GeForce Graphics Card Announced

rm999 Re:Wrong market - Wrong target audience (202 comments)

That's taking a sledge hammer to a nail. The electronics to receive, process, and decode wireless video would be far more powerful and expensive than the 10 Mhz processor required to display text. The processor in the ipad costs ~20 dollars to put it into perspective.

more than 3 years ago
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The Guardian's Complicated Relationship With Julian Assange

rm999 Re:Aww poor Assange has to deal with leakers. (237 comments)

Leaks happen all the time. Wikileaks has lasted for four years and most people hadn't heard of it until a few months ago. Yeah, this leak was big, but we have no proof the leak wouldn't have happened without Assange. Given that the leaker was showing off to a stranger (and hence basically turned himself in) lends evidence that it *would* have happened without Assange. Either way, we're working with a sample size of 1 here.

more than 3 years ago
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The Guardian's Complicated Relationship With Julian Assange

rm999 Re:Aww poor Assange has to deal with leakers. (237 comments)

Yeah, Assange is the only person in the World that can do that :/

Also, why do you even need a single person in that role? Surely there must be a way for people to leak documents to the entire internet anonymously?

I agree with GP, Assange has too much power in his role, and his politics and methods are at odds with what people assume his mission is. Many people believe wikileaks' mission is about openness and disclosure, but sometimes it feels like the opposite.

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Legally Considered a TV Station In Italy

rm999 This is what happens... (254 comments)

This is what happens when the leader of a country also controls the largest media conglomerate of that country. Control the media, and you control the people. Control the people, and you *keep* control of the media.

more than 3 years ago
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A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

rm999 Re:Tail End Event (728 comments)

100 billion dollars of the cost had nothing to do with the response. That's a pretty devastating cost - more than ~1600 dollars per domestic passenger in 2001. Even if we spread that cost over 10 years, we are talking about 150 dollars added to every single plane ticket sold in the USA.

The fact is, 9/11 didn't devastate the airline industry because the Government stepped in and protected the airlines from lawsuits they surely would have lost. It seems reasonable for the US Government to do what it can to prevent further tail-end terrorist attacks. Sometimes, their actions are unreasonable, though.

more than 3 years ago
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A Nude Awakening — the TSA and Privacy

rm999 Tail End Event (728 comments)

"The risk of a terrorist attack is so infinitesimal and its impact so relatively insignificant"

9/11 was one of those tail-end events that proved this wrong. I totally agree with them that security has gone too far, but it's stupid to claim a risk and its associated costs are insignificant just ten years after we learned that they really aren't.

Some perspective: 9/11 cost at least 100 billion dollars in actual, immediate costs - this is over 10x the entire global airline industries' expected income this year. 100 billion dollars pales in comparison to the final price tag, which included massive loss of life, a fall in global markets, and the USA's misguided overreaction to the whole thing.

We are still paying the price, with higher security when we fly.

more than 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

rm999 Re:Fucking nanny-state moron. (1065 comments)

Stop putting words in peoples' mouths. He said they looked at them during the Distracted Driving Summit, he never said they considered them. It sounds like they are making themselves aware of all the options, which is a good thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon To Pay $25M For Years of 'Mystery Fees'

rm999 Re:An insult of a fine (215 comments)

"Let's also assume that everyone who was overcharged was overcharged the bogus fee of $1.99 per month. The period in which the bogus fees were charged was about 3 years."

Wrong assumption. I am one of the people who got charged the fee, but it only happened once or twice in a three year period. You only get the fee the months you accidentally pressed the button. The issue is that pressing the button loads a webpage, which uses up ~0.5 kb. Then, Verizon rounded that up to 1 MB, and charged a couple of bucks.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?

rm999 Kryder's Law (681 comments)

Kryder's Law is an analog to Moore's Law, and states that magnetic disk density doubles every year or so. As long as this law is roughly true, raw disk space per dollar will be cheaper in magnetic disks than flash. See http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=kryders-law for more information. With the explosion in information out there, I believe disk space per dollar is a critical criteria for many industries and applications.

That said, consumer computing will be dominated by flash memory (it's already half way there). Consumer demand for disk space does not increase exponentially like capacity, so even flash capacity will be overkill at some point. Instead, consumers will value random access speed and dependability (especially in portable computing).

more than 3 years ago
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Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords

rm999 Re:No, google admits to collecting wifi packet dat (157 comments)

It is true the fundamental problem lies in a lack of security. But Google shouldn't be recording it, especially because their cars so thoroughly scan the country.

And your example of photographing someone in their house is not a good one, because that most likely breaks well-established privacy laws. Yes, even if the person left their window open, they likely have an expectation of privacy because they are in their home.

more than 3 years ago
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Early Review of 11" Macbook Air

rm999 Re:Not a netbook? What? (348 comments)

This is basically a 12 inch laptop (I don't know why everyone is rounding 11.6 to 11). Netbooks started as 7 inch laptops, then creeped up to 9-10. Now we want to classify 11-12 inch laptops as netbooks?

At some point we should call it what it's always been called: a compact laptop

more than 3 years ago

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