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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

u38cg Re:Not surprised (99 comments)

>> Take one set of data and produce two diametrically opposed answers and have them both correct?

You missed the point of the lesson. The point was that you didn't have enough data to demonstrate that your model was valid. That's all.

6 hours ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

u38cg Re:As a statisticians (99 comments)

Get real. Anyone doing "statistics" who doesn't understand the concept of a prior is just pretending to do statistics. That is a problem.

6 hours ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

u38cg Re: Sigh (311 comments)

What if congress banned owning metal cylinders attached to a breech and trigger device?

9 hours ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

The alternative is that Scotland keeps the pound on a dollarisation-style basis and England is left carrying the can in a crisis anyway (because letting an RBS go to the wall is not credible).

4 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

It's an often unremarked fact that nations tend to be a bit more amenable to living in peace with nations who have the capacity to lay waste to your country. Concentrates the mind wonderfully.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:No. It would not. (375 comments)

Don't want to contradict one who knows, but as anyone who lives on the Gareloch can tell you, subs sail right into Faslane submerged. You rarely see them on the surface and generally they only do it for a specific reason, ie someone wants to look at them. If the light was right and the tide low, it was generally pretty obvious, though as the Gareloch isn't all that deep.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:Nope (375 comments)

No, that's 520 civilians employed on-base at Faslane. There are a lot of MOD personnel who live and retire locally and a huge number of people employed by the knock-on effects of having a major facility. I could walk the streets of Garelochhead and find you 500 people whose employment depends on the base in some way by lunchtime. Thousands is a lot closer to the truth.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:U.S. Trident missile. (375 comments)

Typicaly yanks, choosing inferior technology just because you had to be different.

At least you didn't use SECAM. That really does justify a nuke.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re: the VAST majority of Scots... (375 comments)

Yeah, this shithead grew up within a stone's throw - literally - of Faslane. I also know how to Google. So again. Citation. Please?

5 days ago
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What's After Big Data?

u38cg I read it as bullshit (87 comments)

RStudio is an IDE for the R language. When an author conflates that with whatever those other things are, you can be fairly sure whatever he's saying is likely to be up there on the bullshit scale.

5 days ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

u38cg Re:idgi (231 comments)

Yes, but that's a slightly different issue.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:U.S. Trident missile. (375 comments)

Wrong. In fact, UK submarines can launch unilaterally; they don't even need authorisation from London, although the system cannot be armed and activated by one person. US missiles are PAL-locked; the UK chose not to install the option when it was made available.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:the VAST majority of Scots... (375 comments)

>> were deemed "too close to population centres" [citation needed]

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

On currency, there's a lot of pre-vote posturing. The most likely scenario is that we keep the pound and major financial institutions continue to be regulated by the Bank of England. No-one is in the slightest bit keen on the groat or the mark.

5 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

u38cg Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

The point of nukes is to have them at sea. Multiplying depots doesn;t really add any military advantage but multiplies costs and attendant risks (and Faslane is reasonably well protected naturally).

5 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

u38cg Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

Tolerance. If you are within that zone then more often than not you can get off by challenging the equipment used. Bumping the limits wouldn't change that.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

u38cg Re:But is it really plankton? (116 comments)

Well, when you hit a wall at several hundred miles an hour the damage is mechanical. At plankton scale it's effectively just chemistry.

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

u38cg Re:idgi (231 comments)

Well, it depends on the jurisdiction. In the UK, the Queen presses charges, via the Crown Prosecution Service. In other places, the individual raises the initial charge, which is then prosecuted by the state.

about a week ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

u38cg Re:What constitutes sexism? (734 comments)

Princess. Love it.

Do show me where it was that women as a class asked for those things.

about a week ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

u38cg Re:What constitutes sexism? (734 comments)

>>What constitutes sexism?

A starting point might be thousands of years of repression, yah.

about a week ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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