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"Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?

Aviancer There is no language superiority (232 comments)

This is a myth. There is only suitability to solve a problem within a given context. At first, it's "how fast can I bring this to market", then "how does this scale" (in terms of execution efficiency). Finally, "can I hire people to do this?"

The starting point is inevitably what the initial implementer is most familiar with (or infatuated with) at the moment.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how asinine this technology argument is.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?

Aviancer Re:A good start (385 comments)

You're right! Which is why I downloaded a really cool Chrome extension which does neat things like locate numbers in text and provide reference points. To whit:

Most people don't have an immediate idea of what 5000km [~ typical distance covered by the winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans automobile endurance race] or .001 mm [~ also called one micron] mean. Giving them a point of reference gives them a way of wrapping their heads around it.

about a year ago

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

Aviancer Conclusion: meh (543 comments)

So the conclusion is "both work; each has some flakiness".

That's a long-winded way of saying "meh".

vi or emacs debates anyone?

about a year ago

Btrfs Is Getting There, But Not Quite Ready For Production

Aviancer Re:bad joke... (268 comments)

I have my lesson - don't touch anythings you do NOT know very well.

Because this is a fantastic way to get to be an expert on new stuff.

about a year ago

Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos Talks About Managing Remote Workers (Video)

Aviancer Re:Performance Metrics (100 comments)

Pfft. Everyone on any given team knows who is good and who is dead weight. Listen to people, and make appropriate decisions. Yes, metrics are good to show improvement over time, but a weak, immature and cowardly way to identify poor performers.

about a year and a half ago

Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

Aviancer Re:Why? (136 comments)

For that exact reason. It doesn't represent much license value to Adobe, so they figure they'll try to turn it into goodwill value.

about 2 years ago

Finding the Downside In San Francisco's Tech Boom

Aviancer O noes! (373 comments)

Rich people spending too much money results in inflation at a local level. Film at 11.

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

Aviancer Re:Caching? (292 comments)


A publisher could easily offer (as an example) a PKI based scheme to cache content for a specific period of time.

There are easy technical solutions to a variety of these kinds of issues.

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

Aviancer Re:Caching? (292 comments)

I was never very good at adhering to fashion fads. I suppose that's why I wasn't very popular at school.

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

Aviancer Caching? (292 comments)

I suppose that local caching of something as relatively static as a textbook is out of the question? My dead-tree edition books were often cached for 5-20 years. Really, how frequently does arithmetic change from year to year? Literature? Science and "Social Studies" I buy as being a little more dynamic, but still within a year?

more than 2 years ago

Stanford Classes Now Available on iTunes

Aviancer Re:MIT OpenCourseWare (274 comments)

Depends, if you have a masters (or even BS) from Stanford in EE or CS with a very good GPA then I bow down before your study skills.
But I note how you don't bow to technological ability, or ability to independantly grasp concepts. I have met MSCS in my time who can't code their way out of a paper bag. Persistance is not a suitable replacement for cognative ability.

more than 8 years ago



Aviancer Aviancer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Aviancer (645528) writes "Apparently NASA needed more urine to test their new toy. What better way (besides beer) to create urine than coffee? But who enjoys sipping coffee from recycled Caprisun packets? Not I, nor astronaut Don Pettit who invented a reasonable space-cup for drinking coffee (or other suitably similar liquids)."



George W. Bush determined to be a "Miserable Failure"

Aviancer Aviancer writes  |  more than 10 years ago Looks like Google's PageRank system is hard at work again. So many webpages exist with the keywords "miserable failure" in them which link to George W's Bio on that a Google search for Miserable Failure lists Georgie's Bio number one, even though those keywords don't exist on that page! This very well could be the first documented case of a "Distributed Easter Egg". Props to RoboProg for coining the phrase "Distributed Easter Egg".

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