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- Last year Adam Sadilek, a University of Rochester researcher, and John Krumm, an engineer at Microsoft’s research lab, showed they could predict a person’s approximate location up to 80 weeks into the future, at an accuracy of more than 80%. To get there, the pair mined what they described as a “massive data set” collecting 32,000 days of GPS readings taken from 307 people and 396 vehicles.
- this is stupid
Justify yourself? If the energy reduction of enough volume, it will lower costs, which will then be pounced upon by everyone else. Plenty of businesses currently invest extra costs to reduce their energy consumption. If gas was cheap, they wouldn't have to do that...
- The gamer gear is the gamer gear and shall be the gamer gear forever and ever amen
While it might still hold true for accessories, I rather disagree with this sentiment in the context of PC hardware. Long long ago, I built my own computer. It was "pretty good" for the time. It could run games, pretty good games. It also costed well upwards of a thousand dollars.
It has lasted many years, but nowadays, if I was wanted to buy something similar, it would cost me half the price. And that's not even taking into account the explosion of games in the horizontal direction of graphics. It's much less common that one requires "high end" to play any game on the market. Those toys are now targeted towards those with benchmarking fetishes (and, I suppose, professional digital artists).
I agree with you complete, one of the few bits of the article that bugged me. And it's not just the salary for hospital officials making up the price of health care. It's the equipment supplies. It's the complete lack of transparency in pricing. It's incredible legal costs associated with malpractice. It's an aging system completed resistant to change in technologies and new players.
- But movies don't work like that any more, at least, not at that scale. So while they were out hammering on the screenplay set designers and storyboardists and character designers and this whole army of people started working on Oblivion even though they didn't quite know what it was about yet. One of them was a buddy of mine, who told me "man, what we've seen so far ain't so good." Lo and behold, shortly before Christmas two years ago Disney told everyone to go home because the script was terrible and they were putting the whole project on hold.
I'm really confused by Hollywood screenplay writing. Why do so many movies have shit scripts? Why couldn't they have paid a writer with a good track history? The writer's cost is a tiny fraction of the overall budget, yet it makes up a massive proportion of the impression on the viewer.
Hell, aren't there enough starving writers in Hollywood that they could throw out a pitch and hire the best screenplay put forward among multiple independent writers?
My close friend moved back down to LA this year to pursue a career of writing and directing movies. The impression I got from discussing it with him was that there are plenty of brilliant writers down there and it's a cut-throat world to make a living...yet I also feel that it's normally the shit that floats to the top.
Quick suggestion on this front: Associate tags by frequency of them being together on the same post, and drop the 2-tag max. Let a post be tagged #science, #biology, #biochemistry, #homelab, #pcr. Then, when tags appear to be used more often together, above some certain threshold, list them as associated on the #tag page, similar to the similar posts feature that was removed.
That way, if I think #writing and #writebetterdammit should be related, I can always just use the community tag for relevant posts myself. Additionally, you could have a suggested tags field to quickly add commonly associated tags, though this might bias the algorithm in the long run...
Only trouble would be that it could be abused, letting me associate #murderer and #yourmother if I'm feeling malicious...