links for 2010-10-27

  • Stop checking shoes, taking out laptops etc
  • In the comments: "A last example: there are a couple dozen movies that accounted for a massive amount of error on the Netflix Prize (~15% of the remaining IIRC). Although it was termed the Napoleon Dynamite problem, the #1 movie for aggregate error in that data set was What Women Want. When the goal is the best customer experience, you could remove those items, stop recommending them to new users or just warn customers."
  • National Public Radio’s flagship news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, featuring news and commentary alongside in-depth reports and stories that can stretch over twenty minutes—are the second- and third-most-popular radio programs in the country, each drawing about 13 million unique listeners in the course of the week. These NPR shows have far larger audiences than the news on cable television; indeed, all four television broadcast networks combined only draw twice as large an audience for their evening newscasts.
  • really cool, also lets you know how incapable your brain is of processing the size of things

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