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Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

Daishiman Denialist Trolls (249 comments)

Holy crap since when did /. get overrun by denialist trolls that just don't read articles, and obviously fail to even read the IPCC reports?

about 9 months ago

Upper Limit On Emissions Likely To Be Exceeded Within Decades

Daishiman Re:High Certainty. (324 comments)

This is retarded, there are no other places where those temperature graphs appear, and you want to turn a 5-year local trend into a failing for the large predictive models, which are successfull. You know, the very same Guardian newspaper which she links to admits that she exaggerates ( ( the level of uncertainty. In essence, what you say is totally irrelevant to the larger trend.

about a year ago

Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

Daishiman Re:I still like ubuntu (374 comments)

"Does some QA" and "distributing" have been the most innovative contributions from Canonical to the FOSS world and one of the reasons why Linux is reaching the consumer mainstream.

Maintaining support channels, distribution, testing, QA, and infrastructure are very costly and time-consuming things, but they're the sort of stuff that separate enthusiast products from turnkey and consumer products. This distinction is not at all trivial, and I fill is underestimated by most FOSS enthusiasts since, well, they've never been on the other side of the supply chain.

Basically, commercialization, distribution, integration and support are the most costly parts in most products, more costly than actual development. But it's boring tedious, and standardized, so not deemed to be of interest.

more than 3 years ago

Feds To Adopt 'Cloud First' IT Policy

Daishiman Re:We had that setup in the 1960s and the 1970s. (142 comments)

In the 1960s and 70s there were no minicomputers that could do scientific computing effectively. Centralized systems today are far cheaper than having your own setup. Times change.

more than 3 years ago

The Problem With the Top500 Supercomputer List

Daishiman Re:Quelle surprise! (175 comments)

Agreed. It seems like the issue is "big enough" only now that other people are catching up.

more than 3 years ago

Argentine Government Orders Major ISP To Close

Daishiman Re:So what? (152 comments)

You think anyone in Europe or the US can just start throwing fiber without submitting to regulatory practices to be an ISP? ISPs are held to many legal standards in data retention and privacy and whatnot.

more than 4 years ago

Dutch Agency Admits Mistakes In UN Climate Report

Daishiman Re:The greater problem (447 comments)

But the things is, predictive models, while imperfect, have had a signifcant enough degree of precision to merit warning.
You know, I'm surprised that laymen have no ability to distinguish between significant errors, insignificant errors, and acceptable margins of error. For AGW, being in the proper ballpark of the order of magnitude is a significant enough datum for systems which may have exponential behavior (or much worse, like the realities of the difficulty modeling climate). Considering how hard it is to make these models, and considering that the impact is still absolutely massive, it is intellectually dishonest to disregard these results.

In construction, materials are made to withstand their recommended pressures and load values 30% above what the expected usage will be. It doesn't matter for all practical purposes wether it will stand 30% more or 200% more; what matters is that it goes above 20%. Most constructions could stand double the load they have. Well, in AGW, even 10% of the estimated damage is so great that it merits taking care of it.

Engineers frequently make estimation errors in the order of magnitude, using incredibly precise measuremente tools, and nobody complains. Let's not be fools about this either.

more than 4 years ago

Dutch Agency Admits Mistakes In UN Climate Report

Daishiman Re:Before people scream consistency... (447 comments)

It is a small error in the grand scheme of things. Some measurements need only be precise to the order of magnitude to be significant. In this case, the fact that such a large amount of land can be underwater is still relevant even if they're off by a factor of 10.

more than 4 years ago

Thoughts On the State of Web Development

Daishiman Re:People who do not learn from history.... (253 comments)

The professional grade alternative is that you drop the half the superfluous bullshit J2EE seems to support and build and honest-to-God web architecture like God intended: shared-nothing workers on the web server and scale out on the database, use job queues that go to a compute farm if you need that. A decent web framework has transactions built-in so I don't even have to think about the problem, SSO is handled with a cookie and a generic backend that plugs to whatever you want, you don't need special clustering techniques because there are no hard dependencies between nodes.

Sorry, but J2EE has absolutely nothing a modern Perl/Python/Ruby framework doesn't have today, except mechanism for managing the inherent complexity of a crappy language with a shitty object model that needs overly complex architecture to make up for its fundamental lack of programming constructs.

You're not going to find equivalents to @Stateless beans, Message-driven beans or any of that bullshit because decent frameworks make managing state something absolutely trivial, not an exercise in frustration that requires configuring 5 XML files and implementing two interfaces just to save an object to a database. Nobody cares about RMI or "messages" because you can make a restful web service with 2 regular expressions and a 15-line Ruby file. Nobody cares about monstrous ORMs that can barely handle programmatic queries when SQLAlchemy does that and with a 20-minute tutorial you're already up and running.

Oh, and just for the record, most people dn't even need to check for memory leaks because they use a language VM that consumes at most 20% of your runtime's resources and does the hard work with C plugins.

Let the scourge of J2EE and "entrerprise" frameworks burn in the underworld.

more than 4 years ago

Thoughts On the State of Web Development

Daishiman Re:getters setter :) (253 comments)

The fact that you even NEED an add() or increment() method shows the idiocy of the programming language.

more than 4 years ago

Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down

Daishiman Re:Except when markets fail (445 comments)

Well, which un-regulated, unsubsidized utility that uses public space ever succeeded? You simply can't have phones, internet, or wireless without regulation. The space for putting land lines is public and the government must regulate to allow its use. Same thing with wireless spectrum.

more than 4 years ago

Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

Daishiman Re:You damn well should (605 comments)

Because knowing OS theory doesn't make you an OS specialist dedicated to implementing good practices on production systems. Even a kernel dev might not know how to install and deploy a production system and implement all backup, user, and processing policies.

more than 4 years ago

The Limits To Skepticism

Daishiman Re:PhD required? (1093 comments)

Apparently those brilliant people who understand statistics can't be bothered to refute AGW. Might it be perhaps because some of them HAVE looked at the process, consider it sound, and don't find it worthy of their time to add an "I agree" to the endless posting of much more valid scientific work?

more than 4 years ago

Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

Daishiman Re:A huge pain (531 comments)

You're confusing a variety of unrelated things here. Javascript works fine in every browser that implements standards accordingly (that is, every browser with the exception of IE 6, 7 and 8). The language is not only consistent across browser, it's actually implementing some really interesting features such as list comprehension, generators, and block scoping.

And I don't know where you get the idea that debugging Javascript is any more difficult than any other scripting language. You can't claim to be a professional JS dev and not have heard of some tools.

Oh, and as a scripting language, it is one of the fastest dynamically typed languages available, in the same league as SmallTalk and Lua. The fact that Palm developers obviously used the wrong tool for the wrong job does not in any way detract from the qualities of the language.

Methinks there's a lot of people that talk crap about Javascript but have never bothered to get the proper documentation and tools. Newsflash for everyone: anyone who does professional Python and Ruby development uses debuggers and text editors specifically for that job. Just because JS runs on the browser doesn't mean it doesn't need the same level of attention.

more than 4 years ago

Trying To Bust JavaScript Out of the Browser

Daishiman Re:Clueless (531 comments)

What are you talking about? Javascript's only similarity with Java and C comes in the form of its syntax, made to appease Java a C++ programmers. NOTHING else in the language is even remotely similar, and its developers have made that clear from day one.

Does Java have support for closures and first-class functions?

Does Javascript have support for namespaces?

Does Java support prototypical object orientation

Can Java use hashtables as objects?

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Create Artificial Meat

Daishiman Re:I am scared. I am intrigued. (820 comments)

Dude, if you're putting anything else in your meat that's not salt, you're doing it wrong.

High quality meat doesn't require any additives aside from salt and should have a soft texture on its own.

more than 4 years ago

Modeling the Economy As a Physics Problem

Daishiman Re:Gee wizz.. (452 comments)

No, I would say it's because economics is nowhere close to being a hard science, and the work of the most important economists in this decade has been shown to be completely fraudulent in their incapacity to foresee the financial crises that we face today.

Late 1990s: everyone was all rah-rah about the economic upturn of the dot-coms. A few people in the industry do note that it won't last forever since nothing of value was actually being created and companies were being made with no business plan. The economist's response? ignore the criticsa dn talk about how the Dow will go on better than ever.

Early 2000s: housing prices begin to rise beyond what is easily within the reach of the average consumer. A few people note that a housing market can't be sustained on purchases considered "investements" with no intention of being used a living spaces. Mainstream economists disregard this little fact until we have a housing bubble.

more than 4 years ago

Dumbing Down Programming?

Daishiman Re:A Natural Progression Yet So Many Caveats (578 comments)

It doesn't really matter in the web as 90% of the time is spent hitting the database.
Youtube runs pretty much 100% on Python, Facebook runs on Erlang and PHP. Erlang has the benefit of being highly scalable, yet it is relatively slow.
Speen in the web doesn'trelly matter much. What's important is scalability, and today's shared-nothing approach pretty mucha guarantees that at the language level.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

Daishiman GIMP devs taking a hint? (900 comments)

This may be an indirect hint from Canonical to the GIMP devs that their package needs a lot of work still.
It just might work.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Daishiman Re:My experience (1231 comments)

Guess you've never had a Windows install crap out of the blue or become noxiously saturated with garbage at book. I admit that the quality of releases in Ubuntu hasn't been as good as Windows during the timeframe I've used it. Nontheless, I've always been able to fix stuff in Linux, while I've had to reinstall Windows from scratch many more times.

more than 4 years ago



Daishiman Daishiman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Daishiman writes "The new Linux kernel has been released, with a host of notable features. Linus Torvalds writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List:

"If the goal for 2.6.20 was to be a stable release (and it was), the goal for 2.6.21 is to have just survived the big timer-related changes and some of the other surprises (just as an example: we were apparently unlucky enough to hit what looks like a previously unknown hardware errata in one of the ethernet drivers that got updated etc)."

Other notable feature is the new scheduler."


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