* Posts by Ruli Manurung

23 posts • joined 1 Dec 2008

Google found a way to go after 400 MEEELLION new users this week

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Yes, I'm aware of that. But that post doesn't contain the word 'voice' even once :-)

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"Google this week added Hindi to the languages spoken by its Voice Assistant".

Err, source?

Google sets the date for first sniff at Android 7.1

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Re: Pretty sure

Yup, and IMHO it doesn't really make sense for Google to keep the Assistant confined to the Pixel phones. Presumably increased adoption of the Assistant would be a good thing for them.

I can see them thinking that the camera optimizations (image processing algorithms, etc.) are a USP of the Pixels though. It's arguable whether they could easily be ported over to phones by other manufacturers, though. Sounds like the hardware-software integration runs pretty deep.

Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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"Pixel will contain new Android features first – and sometimes exclusively"

Just curious... what features from Pixel have been announced as being exclusive to Pixel?

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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There is an analysis error in the article

Let's compare and contrast two paragraphs from early on in the article:


"Despite having been at the receiving end of years of criticism for its overwhelmingly white male workforce, the social media giant's latest figures show that only 4 per cent of its workers are Hispanic and just 2 per cent African-American. The percentage of women at the company crept up a single percentage point to 33 per cent."


"But fear not! Change is coming, and Facebook noted that of the new senior leadership hires in the past 12 months, 9 per cent are black, five per cent are Hispanic, and 29 per cent are women. Which apart from the small increase in black hires – from 2 to 9 per cent – is a rounding error improvement in Hispanic and actually worse figures for women."

We can see the author is comparing the two sets of numbers, e.g. "small increase in black hires", "a rounding error improvement in Hispanic", "worse figures for women".

But whereas the first paragraph described the percentages of the entire workforce, the latter describes "senior leadership hires".

UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Re: Interesting omission

Not that strange actually, considering that HE WASN'T.

Now why on earth would you think that he was, eh?

Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Re: Another minimalist here

Agreed... the reason I switched to Arch was also due to the fantastic resources available on the wiki and forums.

I finally realized my dream of an ultra minimalistic setup with Arch, i3, and nowt else :-)

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While I'm always happy to see exposure to lightweight solutions for Linux GUIs, I found this article rather confusing as it mixes and matches window managers (OpenBox) with distros (Crunchbang++, SparkyLinux), strategies (DIY Debian/Arch), and a bonafide desktop environment (LXDE). I'm not sure if the decision to present these 5 different beasts as a list is a helpful one, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the difference between a window manager, desktop environment, and distro.

Other than that, agreed with most of the points!

Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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"It's not just trendy techno-luddism either"

...I'm still waiting for the point in the article where this assertion is explained.

Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Bloody hell!

Mark, might I suggest you read the article again?

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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"ThinkPad version"?

Does it say ThinkPad anywhere on the model name?

Thought so.

Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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"Desktop client"

"Desktop client"? Bah, when I were a wee lad, these things didn't run in bleedin' browsers. Misleading article :-(

LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Re: 400mAh

What typo?

The importance of complexity

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Re: The importance of complexity

I would say that the vast majority of programmers never encounter NP-hard problems. In terms of algorithmic problems, most probably sorting and searching problems form the bread and butter cases.

Most CS graduates in my neck of the woods end up doing enterprise information systems, which is where all the jobs are, and I would argue that knowledge of NP-hard problems is almost irrelevant (with the possible exception of those working in operations research).

Don't get me wrong, I'm firmly on the side of advocating the teaching of CS as a scientific field, but the truth is that once they enter the real world, most of that stuff quickly becomes a distant memory.

However, perhaps all this talk of the next wave of Big Data(TM) and Data Science(TM) and Predictive Analytics(TM) and whatnot will change the landscape somewhat in the near future...

Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

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Best. News. Ever!

Opera Mail is now available as a standalone product! Yay! I can now have the world's best desktop email client without the browser-shaped cruft.

Betting on Box in a SkyDrive and Google Drive world

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"After all, legitimate users of Megaupload probably thought it was OK until the day the Feds closed it down."

Anyone who saw the garish design, the banner ads, the constant upsell to the premium account, etc. and *still* thought Megaupload was 'probably OK' for cloud storage deserved to lose their data IMHO. Call it some sort of 'digital Darwinism' at work.

Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

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Can I have John G.'s and Jonathan Hogg's babies?

Their comments echo many readers' comments on the 'nerd tourism' post, i.e. that teaching computer science properly is less about dipping your toe into learning syntax of a particular language (JavaScript, C, and...dare I say it...HTML??), and more about teaching a systematic and rigorous approach to problem solving.

If the proposed initiative will be more like those horrible "learn to code in a day" tutorials, then yes, I agree it could be very harmful. But surely the solution should be to campaign for compulsory programming that focuses on the aforementioned problem solving? This is what LOGO was designed for all those years ago. Is there something more up-to-date and friendly for this day and age?

Also, hats off to Andrew for quoting a response that included the line "I'm incredibly disappointed in your article" -- I was, too.

Win8: A beginner's guide to FondleWindows

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logarithmic leaps?

umm, i'm pretty sure they meant something more along the lines of "exponential escalation" instead??

Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense

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Standards compliance is the key

I'm with commenters Adam Azarchs and skelband and others on this... I don't think there's anything wrong with "native HTML5 support". <b>As long as Microsoft faithfully comply to the HTML5 standard</b>, they're free to remove whatever layers they want between HTML code and x86 instructions...

Just as there are many implementations of Java Virtual Machines -- as long as they comply faithfully to the Java language spec, more power to them, and more power to us!

Of course, we all know the real dangers: differing implementations/interpretations of the HTML standards by different browser makers. But this is true whether they're "native" or not.

Yahoo! buys! obscure! Indonesian! geo! location! site!

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Indonesia... is that near Bali?

"It’s not entirely clear why the web search has-been would consider Indonesia’s market to be of any particular significance."

Indeed, what a mystery! It's not like Indonesia is a big market or anything:


IBM pits Watson super against humanity

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*NOT* Eliza redux

@Paul Slater:

"shouldn't take a great deal of processing to map the lexical items and grammatical structures from the given info in order to arrive at a possible answer or at least a range of good guesses."

This is exactly the type of comment Adam Azarchs above was predicting.

Yes, yes, lexical items and grammatical structures are all well and good when dealing with lab-controlled sentences. Try dealing with the sort of ill-formed linguistic mess us humans produce everyday...

Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers

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Paris Hilton

@Duncan Hothersall

"and another article whose conclusion was determined long before copy was written."

Umm, I don't know about you, but I prefer to read articles by people who actually have a clear conclusion and message they'd like to convey before they start writing the article!!

Paris, because she knows a thing or two about conclusions. Or is that happy endings?


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