The Final Piece of the Third Edition of Machinery
Whatever I feel like talking about.
The title is "How a Math Genius Hacked OK Cupid to Find True Love." There is no evidence in the story that the protagonist is a math genius, merely a doctoral candidate in math at UCLA. But it does describe, in reasonable detail, how he first data mined OK Cupid, a large dating site, and then used statistical techniques to analyze the data in order to figure out how to construct a profile that would attract women he was likely to find of interest—and do it without lying.
... which brings us to the reason why the D'Souza persecution theory will stick: to its believers, it doesn't matter whether he did it or not.
(Story about conservative responses to the indictment of Dinesh D'Souza for violating campaign finance rules)
at this point, Suskind should no longer be treated as a "controversial" journalist as much as a disreputable one. His fellow journalists no longer trust him. Readers shouldn't either..
"What we do know is the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago."
(Obama in 2012 press conference)The actual data, courtesy of the NOAA
What is sweeter than honey?
"My father was so mad yesterday," said little Morris, "that five separate times he wanted to give me a frosk."
"How do you know it was exactly five time?"
"Because I counted."
"What did you count?"
"The number of times he hit me."
"I thought you said he wanted to hit you."
"I did. Would he have hit me if he hadn't wanted to?"
The King is not above the law. Nonetheless, I will not promise never to violate bounds or law myself, nor will I promise to instruct my servants never to do so. Law-breaking is a bad thing, whether by the King's servants or anyone else, but there are worse things, some of which it is my responsibility to deal with. I will promise not to violate bounds or law save in the most extreme circumstances, and to do my best to see that my servants will not, so that incidents such as the two you have described do not occur again. If my people are charged, as Fieras was, I will do my best to see that they get an honest trial.