Re: Pi day
Probably showing my age, but I always knew Pi Day to be the 22nd of July.
It certainly worked for Mel Croucher, anyway...
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"All the truthful tweets are written by someone other than Trump. So not detecting true/false so much as Trump/NotTrump"
Surprisingly, this doesn't seem to be something the boffins have considered, but is (IMO) quite likely.
It's certainly safe to say that a lot of his tweets are written by others - usually the more official/diplomatic ones, such as the recent tweet regarding the discovery of that lost Argentine submarine.
Even with just a brief skim through Trump's twitter feed (and I seriously wouldn't recommend spending more than 5-10 minutes there), you will find his followers attempting to identify tweets written by others. This is genrally based on a combination of spelling, puctuation (e.g. excessive use of "!"s), word use and tone. When they were tweeted can also be a factor, e.g. his early-morning burst of tweets while watching "FOX and Friends" is a regular source of hysteria and misinformation...
"That said, I have a problem with the dataset. Only 30% were factually incorrect ? Really ?"
You have to remember that, as POTUS, a lot of Trump's tweets are purely "administrative", e.g. today's "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!" tweet.
In that context, around 30% proven factually incorrect sounds reasonable. Also given the sheer scale of his tweeting (16 tweets in the last 24 hours), that still represents a LOT of lies...
"travelers will also be asked questions by a computer animated "border guard" that is localized to the traveler's language and ethnicity"
Well, they say that, but I can't help wondering just how localized they will be in practise.
One example from within the EU that springs to mind is Bulgaria, where even basic reactions like nodding your head don't always mean what you'd normally assume they mean...
"...will be practising talking into a camera without blinking."
Sir Michael Caine discussed doing this in his famous masterclasses on movie acting.
Interestingly - given the context - his reasons for doing it were that it held the viewer's attention and made you look strong and authoritative. Blinking on camera makes your character look weak...
The problem with "RTFM" is that it makes inherent assumptions regarding the quality of the manual and the ease by which the reader can correctly interpret it. The "polite" meaning of RTFM that I was always taught was "Read The Fine Manual", and I like this because it puts some of the onus back on the manual writer - i.e. if the manual contains material that's wrong or open to misinterpretation, it's not "Fine", and therefore you can't really blame the reader for any resulting fallout.
As someone who's currently having to rewrite someone-else's manual because an error in it caused an engineer to waste several days trying to work out why the hell his installation didn't work, this is a bit of a sore point at the moment - and I'm sure many here have had similar experiences...
"The insistence by political leaders and prosecutors that there is a way to both have a backdoor and not have a backdoor has been put forward so frequently that experts have even come up with a term to summarize it: magical thinking."
Isn't there already a term for it? "Cognitive dissonance".
Just wait for those grapes to turn sour...
As a teenager I used to repair broken digital clocks for pocket money, and I imagine others here have had similar experiences, so no.
As has already been pointed out, it was only a clock. If there had been any signs of a "business end", or any indication that he was trying to obtain explosive materials, then that would be a different matter.
Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, but the the Flash Player update that has just been forced on Windows 8.1 and 10 running IE 10 and 11 is the debug version of 18.104.22.168.
The Adobe help forums are already full of puzzled users wondering why they're suddenly being deluged with alert boxes. Expect a Windows update to follow soon...
"So he's sat in the British Library, but trying to access a book on the MIT website, he didn't think about getting off his arse and fetching a real dead tree copy of the book off their shelves"
Others have already said, but the British Library doesn't work like that. Like other research libraries, you have to order a book and it's delivered to you in the reading room. The trend nowadays is to encourage the use of digital copies, as the physical books in collections such as the BL or Bodleian are often so valuable. After all, if you asked for Hamlet in the BL they would probably assume you wanted to see their First Folio, or other rare copies...
“I read something similar, only it was set in the ICU of a hospital and what they unplugged was the ventilator ...”
Yup - famous Urban Legend. The hospital setting dates back to a South African newspaper "story" in 1996, but the UL itself goes back much further.
It's a bit of a "chicken and egg" thing. To be eligible for the Oscars, a film has to be released in the preceding calendar year, i.e. January to December. That shouldn't really be all that surprising or controversial. However, what it means in practise is that (allowing for a decent nominations period) the Oscars come after the big Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year period, when the studios, unsurprisingly, generally release their biggest films so as to earn the most from the holiday market.
Having said that: studios often deliberately delay the release of films they think might have a chance at the Oscars until later in the year, regardless of the holiday period. The reasoning is that if they're released too early, the Academy members will have forgotten about them by the time it comes for voting. A film released in Easter, for example, is unlikely to make the following year's awards shortlist, regardless of how good it is.
So: yes, the Oscars follow the main Winter film season, but they also help create it...
The Telegraph report on this doesn't entirely clear things up, but it does shed a little more light on the matter.
It's not clear why the police were searching his home in the first place, but in addition to the books, they found 'an "extreme" pornographic DVD'. I' m guessing that DVD was the main reason for prosecuting, however Mr Neal was cleared of that particular charge "on the trial judge's direction".
The trial still continued on the book allegations, though, but the appeal judge has said:
"Against this background, it is a matter of surprise that charges were brought against this individual in respect of the pictures. It is legitimate to wonder if such charges would have been brought against him but for his prosecution in relation to the DVD".
As has been mentioned elsewhere, the children were not asked to research the Tree Octopus. They were just asked to review the Zapato website, without being told it was a hoax.
There was therefore no need to nobble Wiki or anywhere-else, for the simple reason that the children were not expected to look at any other site.
"When the evidence says something that goes against their dogma they act like the most ignorant creationist and claim it doesn't count."
I find it ironic to see Climate Change advocates likened to Creationists, because all the Creationists I know - and I actually know quite a lot - are very strong Climate Change skeptics*.
This is partly because both Evolution and Climate Change ring "Distrust of Science" bells with these people, but it has to be said that it's also because a lot of CC research goes back over hundreds of thousands of years - and obviously Creationists don't believe the Earth is that old (I've always suspected this was at least one factor in George W Bush's unwillingness/inability to accept CC...)
* Obviously the reverse doesn't follow...
"It stil highlights the fact that the infrastructure for more than a very small percentage of the population to drive e-cars simply doesn't exist and is unlikely to do so"
Quite so: and the reason that infrastructure isn't likely to improve soon is because one of the things the BBC reports highlighted most successfully was that a demand for even the current poor infrastructure simply doesn't exist at the moment.
One of the most telling comments in the BBC reports was that when they pulled up at a charging station, a small crowd would frequently gather. This was because the BBC car was the first e-customer they'd ever seen there...
but the US's record isn't quite as good as you (or they) might think.
Reporters Sans Frontieres rated the States as 20th on its Press Freedom Index for 2010 - well ahead of France and Italy (who have big problems at the moment), but behind Estonla (9th) and Lithuania (11th), and barely ahead of Namibia (21st).
For the record: the UK came in at 19, and Sweden was joint top...
The thing is: the voluntary ID Greater Manchester scheme that Ms Epstein and others signed up for was a PILOT scheme. They were therefore fully aware when they handed over their £30 that the scheme might be pulled at some point before being rolled-out nationwide.
If they thought it was a good idea to actually pay full whack for the privilege of helping the government trial this piece of nonsense, more fool them...
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