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The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
by Nate Silver
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Statistics Made Entertaining (How is that even possible?) well it is., 15 Dec. 2012
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This is a fascinating exploration into statistical modelling. Okay that may not be the most enticing reason to read a book you have ever been given but here's the deal. The author takes an approachable, narrative and witty approach to examining the successes and more often failures of predictions based on the sort of statistics that get bandied about on the news channels 24-7. He offers insight into the causes of the financial crisis and shows why we sleepwalked into an avoidable catastrophe. He explains how far you can trust a weather forecast (about five days) and what to take into consideration when using it. He analyses subjects as diverse as baseball scouting, pandemic scares, earthquake prediction and why Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess. More importantly he presents the subject with a minimum of maths, with all you need to know explained in simple terms. You wont walk away from this book with the ability to do stats, but you'll be better equipped to know how to treat them.


Eddingtons Orange Squeezer
Eddingtons Orange Squeezer
Offered by produXa UK
Price: £8.97

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh O-J: No Muss, No Fuss, 12 Sept. 2012
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Don't be put off by the picture, this is not a cheap plastic juicer, but a solid piece of kit. Made of enamelled metal it quick and easy to use and dead easy to clean. Easy to use, just cut your fruit in half and put it cut face down (and I think this is where the previous user went wrong) into the cup and squeeze over a glass or jug. Having wasted vast tracts of my life chasing fragments of citrus flesh out of the grooves of my previous juicers, I love the fact that I can pretty much rinse this under the hot tap and wipe it clean with a sponge. The smaller version of this "mexican elbow" designed for lemons and limes is essential kit for any enthusiastic chef or mixologist.


Blush Professional 6 Colour Contour / Blush Palette
Blush Professional 6 Colour Contour / Blush Palette
Offered by Blush Cosmetics
Price: £14.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, 14 Aug. 2012
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The first thing that struck me when I received the item was the size. Before I get into that though, it comes extremely well packaged. The product comes in a cardboard outer with a bubblewrap envelope inside. The item is about the same size as an A5 book, which means there is plenty of product which, given it cost a tenner, is definitely good value. The pigmentation is very good, in the past I have found some contouring and blush products to be a bit weak but this is just the ticket. I would definitely recommend this item.


Beautify Professional Elegant Small Black Aluminium Beauty Cosmetics & Make Up Case
Beautify Professional Elegant Small Black Aluminium Beauty Cosmetics & Make Up Case
Offered by Domu Marketplace
Price: £59.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Buy, 14 Aug. 2012
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Item a arrived very quickly. It is solid construction, ignore previous reviewer's comment about being plastic, it is definitely coated aluminium as described. It seems pretty solid, which given my ability to reduce almost anything to it's contituent parts just by walking past it is a good thing. The inside trays are not attached to the lid and have to be separated by hand but seem pretty solid made of pretty thick plastic. My only gripe is that if the top compartments were about a quarter of an inch wider I could get my lippy in. I suspect I will upgrade to the larger version as this box isn't quite big enough to accomodate the A5 size eye-shadow & contouring palettes from the likes of Blush. But for the price you can hardly complaint. I've seem similar products on the high street for upwards of forty quid.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Addition to any home bar, 31 Oct. 2011
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Being that I take really take soda as a mixer means I rarely get to the end of a bottle before it goes flat. This is a brilliant alternative, really easy to charge and use. Soda keeps its fizz for about a fortnight. The only caveat is that as a fan of the Marx Brothers I find it hard to avoid the temptation to indulge in a little impromptu slapstick!


TeckNet® Kindle Keyboard Premium Folio Case / Cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 - Black
TeckNet® Kindle Keyboard Premium Folio Case / Cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy Cover, well worth the outlay, 1 Mar. 2011
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I was very impressed by this item. It is extremely sturdy and the anchor points both unobtrusive and deceptively secure. It scores over the "official" cover in two respects: First it is slightly cheaper, and secondly it has the words "Don't Panic", oh wait, wrong review. Seriously it is cheaper and the page turners on both sides remain usable.


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