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That already exists. It's called SDRs, or Special Drawing Rights, and is a basket of currencies. SDRs are the reserve currency of the IMF.

I had a buddy that lived in a coffin apartment in Chinatown (Chicago) for <$200/mo. He was a struggling musician and I was impressed at his ability to make it work

And shots from the best Android phone cameras as well. An iPhone-only comparison is like saying "compare the writing scores of this 8-year-old child vs. when she was 7, 6 and 5 years old!"

> "compare the writing scores of this 8-year-old child vs. when she was 7, 6 and 5 years old!"

Which would be useful to see how the scores have improved or not improved, much like how this article is demonstrating the progress of the iPhone camera.

It's 100% valid and perfectly clear to not include "the best Android phone cameras" as that is not the goal.

Love the approach. Then they showed their results, and it was only 606 "tests" (showings) of 250 images? On average, just a little more than one same and one different pair-showing for each image. Doesn't strike me as a huge sample.

"Doesn't strike me as a huge sample"

Based on what criteria, exactly? 606 comparisons is more than enough to rule out large differences, especially considering that the testers were heavily primed to look for even the tiniest difference and making forced-choices about difference or no difference. Less than 1% difference suggests no real difference.

If it were 606 comparisons of one image I would agree. As it is, it's (on average) just ~2 comparisons of each image

CAN-SPAM does not actually require one-click unsubscribe, but many senders include it anyway.

From the primary source: "Give a return email address or another easy Internet-based way to allow people to communicate their choice [to opt-out] to you. You may create a menu to allow a recipient to opt out of certain types of messages, but you must include the option to stop all commercial messages from you. "


You're both kind of right. A one-click unsubscribe is not required, but if you do use a web link for unsubscribe, the form can't require the user to enter any information beyond their email address. (Unsubscribe forms that require you to login are probably violating this law.)

"Reply with the word REMOVE in the subject" is also a CAN-SPAM complaint unsubscribe method, though.

>If you do use a web link for unsubscribe, the form can't require the user to enter any information beyond their email address.

I don't get that from my reading of the actual law or FTC guidance. Can you explain how you came to your conclusion?

Full text of CAN-SPAM: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-108s877enr/pdf/BILLS-108s...

It's actually surprisingly difficult to find original, authoritative sources on what the law requires. You linked to the full text of the bill Congress passed, but that left all the implementation details up to the FTC. The rule I'm talking about was not in the original bill or in the original set of FTC rules, but was added later by the FTC in 2008.

From 16 CFR 316.5:

  > Neither a sender nor any person act-
  > ing on behalf of a sender may require 
  > that any recipient pay any fee, provide 
  > any information other than the recipi-
  > ent’s electronic mail address and opt- 
  > out preferences, or take any other 
  > steps except sending a reply electronic 
  > mail message or visiting a single Inter-
  > net Web page, in order to [...]
And you can view that from here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CFR-2011-title16-vol1/CFR-2...

(The FTC also mentions it in their guidance for businesses: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can... under bullet #6)

The tech is already on the roadmap for set top boxes and roku-type devices to scan the room for wifi and Bluetooth devices in order to determine how many many people (and who) are in the room, and tailor the ads accordingly.

>Brailsford believed that if it was possible to make a 1% improvement in a whole host of areas, the cumulative gains would end up being hugely significant.

If there are ten components that make up the total, and you make a 1% improvement in each of those components, the cumulative gains for the total is... 1%. Maybe I'm being pedantic; I realize the main point is probably something closer to what the parent comment articulated. As worded in the article is not accurate.


Consider if the components interact multiplicatively, not additively.


My grandmother is an avid player and has told the story of how she used to play with the inventor, back before the game was sold and mass-marketed! The rules were different back then, and I believe, better. Here is the variation we play with:

A common problem with scrabble is that, given a bad hand of tiles, boards get very "closed" very quickly with three- and four-letter words that offer little to no opportunity to play off of. The solution is to allow tile-swapping, on your turn, before you play a word. Many people do this with blanks - swap a valid letter in your hand for a blank on the board. We do it with ALL letters (on your turn, one letter at a time, as many swaps as you want before you lay your word).

The result is an exponentially increased field of possibilities, longer words and a more open board. And more fun for even novice players, once they get the hang of it. It's not uncommon for intermediate players to get three or more "bingos" in an average game this way.


I'm intrigued but do not quite understand exactly what you mean by tile-swapping. Do you mean that you can take, say, FATE on the board and swap out an L in your hand to make it LATE, taking the F for yourself? I assume you could then in the same turn, say, play an R off the LATE? Tile exchanges are not scored?

Do you have problems where the slightly better players find ways to endlessly re-use the high-scoring tiles, thus annoying the heck out of the other players? ("Oh, geez, there he goes making JINX on a triple-word score again.")



Yes, sometimes if you have six out of a seven-letter word and just need one, you might do several swaps to get that last letter you need for the bingo. Which is why, since the turns can be longer, it takes first-timers some getting used to.

I believe ultimately the game becomes more fun and playable. It also tends to smooth out the "luck" of drawing a Z or an X, since as you point out these letters get re-used by all players throughout the game.


I'll have to try it. My wife keeps wanting to play but we both end up having to play a metagame of not making moves that lock up the board, which is... well... a very different game. We do have a long-standing house rule where the list of all valid 2-letter words is kept open and public, which does help quite a bit.


>There's generally a shortage of tenure-track jobs relative to the number of qualified PhDs, so when companies poach faculty, it improves everyone's career options.

Good for the PhDs; bad for the schools, who must now find more funding to retain the same level of talent, thus making future academic research (e.g. the next gen of robots) more challenging to accomplish


Maybe they can divert money from their athletic departments to pay their PhDs $20k more per year?


This is not an argument that applies much to, say, the mighty Carnegie Mellon Tartans.


Even at schools with actual athletics programs and budgets, most PhD students are paid with grant money won by their advisors, or through government fellowships. Not by the university. (I'm a PhD student at CMU paid with NSF grant money.)

Also of note, CMU just introduced a new presidential fellowship to fund undergraduate and graduate students in all fields [1].

1: http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/september/pres...


You are assuming that there is a talent shortage and that universities know how to rank the talent. Not really true, considering how many PhD seats there are and how few faculty seats there are.


Arranged in a clock face perhaps?


Something like the radial keyboard used in Steam's big picture mode could be really useful here. It would reduce potential error surface by quite a bit.


Good idea, it would make a more memorable position for every letter.



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