The Quantum Pontiff

Netflix Prize Awarded

The Netflix prize for movie rankings has been awarded with the winner being BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos. This is very cool, but since it’s Monday I think we need a good dose of reality. So here is the first comment on the New York Times Bit blog:

This sounds like an interesting project, but they ought to emphasize acquiring more movies for their online streaming than telling people what to watch. – kt

Good work, BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos, but could you work on that tube that delivers my potato chips without me having to get up to go to the kitchen?


  1. #1 John
    September 21, 2009

    Seriously. And will you please stop working on quantum computers? I want a flying car already!

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    September 22, 2009

    Don’t you know? Quantum computers ARE flying cars. Flying cars in superposition (so as to avoid traffic accidents, of course.)

  3. #3 Dolly Parton
    September 23, 2009

    To be fair to the commenter, I read about BellKor’s result with interest, but it didn’t convince me to subscribe to Netflix. Having the content I want available via streaming would convince me. Netflix might be better off offering a $1 million prize to a brilliant team of attorneys. However, solving the legal issues of their copyright problems is a more difficult problem than predicting movie preferences.

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