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by Newt
Mon May 22, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any machine learning folks on this forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 2173

Re: Any machine learning folks on this forum?

From an industry perspective, I wouldn't invest much time looking into SVMs; neural networks have largely displaced it in most application areas. Tree-based methods are popular for general business problems (e.g., https://www.kaggle.com/c/otto-group-product-classification-challenge); linear models g...
by Newt
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Goahead52's Math Posts
Replies: 148
Views: 14022

Re: Goahead52's Math Posts

It might be time to follow the corollary to 'don't feed the troll', 'don't turn the crank'.
by Newt
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 20517

Re: Pokemon Go

Does anyone like, let alone prefer, the battle system in Pokemon go? I'm a little baffled that they scrapped the time tested turn based system from the core games, especially since it seems like it would have been easier to implement.
by Newt
Fri May 20, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5926
Views: 819039

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Wasn't considered theft by who? Color me more than a little skeptical that it was a widespread practice millennia ago to let random strangers take stuff from your stores/fields, and not just some limited example of almsgiving by the proportion of the population affluent enough to have their doings e...
by Newt
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 864127

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Qaanol wrote:Let’s remember that Bernie Sanders is highly intelligent and has an extremely sturdy grasp of economics. For example, here is Bernie schooling Alan Greenspan in 2003.


I guess,if by 'sturdy understanding' you mean 'modal understanding of college sophomore majoring in poli sci'.
by Newt
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 864127

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm skeptical that our universities won't become even more bloated if the people actually receiving the service are further abstracted away from the cost of actually providing that service. Since college graduates provide the most substantial tax base, it'll effectively just be an income transfer fr...
by Newt
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58124

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Well, the original owners as of the start of recorded history there.
by Newt
Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14450
Views: 2105632

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I find the idea that police overreacted to a bomb threat a little strange. I mean, its a bomb threat , not the kind of think to ever take lightly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_University_of_Pittsburgh_bomb_threats It's really easy to make bomb threats, and something you could probably do inde...
by Newt
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 23255

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

99% of global murderous terrorism originating from a single source. You only arrive at this statistic because 99% of non-Muslim terrorists are instead branded as "mentally ill individuals" Do you really view people like Seung-Hui Cho/James Holmes as equivalent to people generally called t...
by Newt
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 23255

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

Can we please avoid the ludicrous false equivocations between Christianity vs Islam with regards to terrorism Thanks Leady for this raising this point. Of course in discussion like this it can help to keep perspective. Next to the centuries of aggressive wars, invasions, colonisation, forced transp...
by Newt
Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 864127

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote: Hint, it was making a profit, but by scummy means like denying sick people access.


You mean they were a company providing insurance, not a company that you pay 200 dollars a month to pay for thousands in medical bills once you're already sick?
by Newt
Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 864127

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Clear and present danger, perhaps?
by Newt
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 52
Views: 12797

Re: Mad Max: Fury Road

Flamethrower guitarist clearly had the best job in the army; he even had a safety harness.
by Newt
Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 36761

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

Of course there's a comparison.

"Settlers on new planets will have a harder time than settlers on new continents."
by Newt
Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What do you think about CLEP and AP tests?
Replies: 4
Views: 5572

Re: What do you think about CLEP and AP tests?

There are a lot of subfields of biology that use minimal mathematics (although I expect that they all should should require at least some understanding of single variable calculus). Mathematical maturity in general transfers well across a variety of fields, so investing some time into calc would pro...
by Newt
Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249895

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I'm not sure how effective an image captcha like that will be for very long; image recognition algorithms already have human or better performance for many tasks, although I think they're mostly supervised.
by Newt
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Meeting College Students/Alumni
Replies: 3
Views: 6083

Re: Meeting College Students/Alumni

I wouldn't worry about bothering people over Facebook; lots of people are quite happy to talk about themselves, and the remainder aren't losing any sleep over an unsolicted request for information.
by Newt
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 31475

Re: Scottish Independence

Anyway: The polls are open. An unprecedented 97% of eligible voters registered to vote. That alone is a major victory for democracy. That kind of turnout (registration is not turnout of course, but turnout will certainly be very high) is awesome. And it's anybody's guess what the result will be. Th...
by Newt
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249895

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

IBM put out a new chip, only this one is a bit strange... https://www.google.com.my/search?q=neuromorphic+microchip#q=neuromorphic+microchip&tbm=nws It's the new SyNAPSE chip! So, what do we have here? A chip that simulates 1 million neurons with 256 million synapses? Power consumption of only ...
by Newt
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thinking about going back to school
Replies: 2
Views: 6302

Re: Thinking about going back to school

like solving problems and making things. I've written a few programs I use, like one that takes all of my RSS feeds and sends them through text to speech so I can listen to the news or blogs or whatever while I drive, kind of like books on tape That's pretty cool. And, I suppose, my biggest fear, t...
by Newt
Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Question for pursuing a PHD in physics
Replies: 8
Views: 7955

Re: Question for pursuing a PHD in physics

I'm going to second LaserGuy's suggestion; many people who think they want to do grad school discover it didn't suit them as well as they thought it would. I'm a Phd dropout myself, although not in Physics; I do, however, have many former physicist colleagues who either left their Phd or academic pu...
by Newt
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440840

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh wow. That's ridiculous. Seems like the BLM did the only sensible thing. Also, "armed militia members"? Is that seriously a thing? The only times I ever hear about militia are in countries either undergoing a revolution/civil war/insurgency. Having militia in the US is crazy. I don't un...
by Newt
Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 73784

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Since so few spoke out on his behalf, and so many spoke out against him, it seems like maybe he wasn't the best person to lead volunteers for a non-profit foundation. It seems like Prop 8 notwithstanding, maybe he was just a bad boss. I'm not sure that's entirely reasonable; even if you believed hi...
by Newt
Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 178979

Re: Citizen's Wage

The system we have now is not sustainable. We have had recession after recession, and the people are the worse off for it. Our society relies on constant economic growth, or millions of people will lose their jobs. However, if you look at income, the people at the bottom see next to no growth, and ...
by Newt
Fri May 31, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 178979

Re: Citizen's Wage

A primary reason that welfare is often given in a less-fungible manner(e.g. food stamps) rather than just as a lump sum is because there exists a concern that many of the people who need welfare will not spend it in a way that achieves the presumable reasons we give out welfare (e.g., at least every...
by Newt
Wed May 29, 2013 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrested Development
Replies: 65
Views: 30032

Re: Arrested Development

It picks up steam as the season goes along, right until it abruptly stops. It's like they were suddenly canceled! Unlike some of the reviews I've seen, I thought it very much felt like a fourth season of the show-a little bit of a dip in quality, but that's not uncommon for comedies as they age....
by Newt
Sat May 25, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Best setup for a pure barter market
Replies: 40
Views: 13893

Re: Best setup for a pure barter market

Last year's Nobel Prize in Economics was actually for work on matching(i.e., no monetary exchange) markets; part of that was modifications to the algorithm used to match medical students starting their residencies to hospitals (the "NRMP" algorithm). An overview of the algorithm can be fou...
by Newt
Fri May 10, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled
Replies: 61
Views: 8514

Re: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled

Just because a mutation would be advantageous doesn't mean that it will ever occur.
by Newt
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hugo Chavez dead
Replies: 50
Views: 5947

Re: Hugo Chavez dead

He's getting the Lenin cadaver display treatment; let's just hope there isn't an upcoming Stalin to his Lenin.
by Newt
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: PhD salary
Replies: 14
Views: 10877

Re: PhD salary

It was 16000 in my U.S. department. The highest I've heard of in my field was 30000 or so in NYC.
by Newt
Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The economies of games
Replies: 20
Views: 3443

Re: The economies of games

I'm jealous of the guy who got the economist job at valve.
by Newt
Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her job.
Replies: 109
Views: 13935

Re: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her j

That's a little harsh on a 68 year old woman, don't you think? I guess at that age she might be having some spinal issues, though.
by Newt
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Economics and online gaming
Replies: 4
Views: 1519

Re: Economics and online gaming

I wish data sets would seek me out.


Who do I need to stab to get WoW data?
by Newt
Sun May 20, 2012 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy:Frankfurt cleared by police
Replies: 78
Views: 8557

Re: Occupy:Frankfurt cleared by police

But I think the biggest reason people are blaming the banks and the rest of the 1% is that, unlike pretty much every recession in history, most of the wealthy (and corporations in general) turned a profit off of it. Any citation for that? I have trouble believing that most corporations and wealthy ...
by Newt
Sat May 05, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 44888

Re: Why is sexism universal?

Jplus wrote:
Also, since most cultures are patriarchic, do you believe that in most cultures men are more 'useful'? What do you mean by that?


The pretty clear criteria for 'usefulness' from his examples was impact on the group's food intake.
by Newt
Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lets Talk About... National Anarchism!
Replies: 27
Views: 5803

Re: Lets Talk About... National Anarchism!

Communities should become more tight knit, more local and more self sufficient - The essential unit of organisation should go from the Nation State to Tribes based on shared ideology and kinship, and theres an element of bioregionalism too. Other problems aside, it's not like most of the world wasn...
by Newt
Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Use of targeted advertising capabilities
Replies: 33
Views: 4452

Re: Use of targeted advertising capabilities

Why not? The advertiser obviously prefers not to spend money(or lower their click-through numbers) targeting people highly unlikely to use their product or service, and those people presumably don't care about not being notified about something they almost certainly aren't interested in.
by Newt
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 118400

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

But they sure love showing up at schools and indoctrinating all the kids into thinking police officers are their first, last, and only line of defense against Strangers. I was bothered by all of the 911 calls where the callers state that they're not going outside to see what's going on. I understan...
by Newt
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 23051

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

arnoblalam wrote:Isn't this more like battle of the sexes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_ ... ame_theory)


Yes, but the alt text is still funny.
by Newt
Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Colbert likely running for Pres of the U.S of S Carolina
Replies: 42
Views: 7228

Re: Colbert likely running for Pres of the U.S of S Carolina

Didn't he already do this gimmick a couple years ago?

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