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C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests

Durandal64 Re:... and? (670 comments)

C? Compiled with clang? Or maybe more than one algorithm?

more than 3 years ago

C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests

Durandal64 ... and? (670 comments)

Wow, they compared a whole four languages: C++, Java, Go and Scala, of which, C++ is the fastest. Is this seriously a surprise to anyone?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Sued Over Use of iCloud Name

Durandal64 Re:iAnything (394 comments)

iRiver -- The MP3 player that predated the iPod...

The iMac was the start of the 'i' trend, not the iPod.

more than 3 years ago

NVIDIA Gets Away With Bait-and-Switch

Durandal64 Re:Tell Me About It.... (336 comments)

Asus EEE T101MT-EU37-BK

Holy shit, that's a real model name? Jesus Christ.

more than 3 years ago

Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

Durandal64 Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

You can represent the same number with different glyphs. It's better said that 1 and 0.999... represent the same number. Just like how 1/3 and 0.333... are different representations of the same number. Or how 1000 and 8 are different representations of the same number.

Numbers are abstract concepts. We represent them with a standardized system, sure. But at the end of the day, we can represent them however we want. It just happens that the most useful representation is a standardized one.

more than 3 years ago

Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

Durandal64 Re:It just works. (483 comments)

I'm a software engineer, and even I'm not interested in any of that crap. I have a life outside of tweaking shit on my phone.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

Durandal64 Re:Bizarre choice (345 comments)

Yes, because the "static" keyword hasn't been overloaded at all.

more than 3 years ago

Europe Simulates Total Cyber War

Durandal64 Re:cyber attacks are launched from botnets, ergo.. (80 comments)

No, we need OS that don't give every app access to the full system. Why is there no OS today that allows you to run an application in an isolated sandbox?

It's called iOS. Also, Mac OS X has sandbox-exec(1).

more than 3 years ago

Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

Durandal64 Re:declining oil production (710 comments)

Except for the fact that Israel is accountable to the free world.

The United States has never threatened to yank the Israeli Defense Fund, and if it did so, it would be an empty threat. They enjoy an accountability-free existence. Sure, Europe pisses and moans, but the United States' veto power on the UN Security Council virtually guarantees that there will never be any UN sanctions on Israel.

Oh, and interesting factoid. No Israeli soldier has ever been prosecuted for the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Ever.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Changes Its Rules, ACLU Lawsuit Dropped

Durandal64 Re:Only planes? (285 comments)

As a society, we are more afraid of flying on planes than we are of riding the subway. So we've exchanged our freedoms for what we perceive as security.

more than 4 years ago

What Computer Science Can Teach Economics

Durandal64 Re:The problem is not an efficient algorithm (421 comments)

Even science has some untestable working assumptions.
1) There is no old guy with a beard in the sky who arbitrarily changes the rules.

Before science came along, most people actually did assume that there was an Old Man in the Sky changing the rules around. That's why they developed rituals to please the Old Man in the Sky, based on patterns they thought they observed. Whenever the patterns were disrupted, they assumed that the Old Man in the Sky had changed his mood and tried something else.

How far did that model get us for the thousands of years it prevailed? How far has science gotten us in the past hundred?

2) Humans have enough intelligence and sensory input to build a consistent model of the world.

Actually, it's fundamental to modern science that humans don't have enough sensory input to model the universe. That's why we have things like electron microscopes. As to the intelligence angle, I'll refer you to Einstein's quote regarding infinite stupidity and an infinite universe.

more than 4 years ago

An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

Durandal64 Re:One flaw (316 comments)

Yes, and there's a manager at your bank who has the power to open your safe deposit box. Does that mean anyone storing stuff in a safe deposit box is exposing his stuff to the bank on a regular basis?

more than 4 years ago

Psystar's Rebel EFI Hackintosh Tool Reviewed, Found Wanting

Durandal64 Re:Virtualization (328 comments)

... but since there is no Apple-approved way to virtualize OS X...


more than 4 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

Durandal64 Re:Experience from academia (1259 comments)

It's even worse than that. They factor in how much your parents made the year before, which is the available tax data. I wound up being denied for a FAFSA loan in 2003 because my dad was employed in 2002 but lost his job after that. So because my parents had a large combined income the year before, I had to get a loan from ShittyBank and pay it back at a variable interest rate. But I put a bunch of money toward it per month and paid the sucker off within 2 1/2 years after graduating. And then, six months after I'd settled my debt, my tax dollars went to ShittyBank to bail them out of bankruptcy caused by their own sheer recklessness.

more than 4 years ago

Choosing Better-Quality JPEG Images With Software?

Durandal64 File size or density? (291 comments)

Have you tried just comparing the files' sizes with respect to the images' dimensions? It'll vary from encoder to encoder, but higher-quality JPEGs will be larger than lower-quality ones. You could just use the number of pixels in the picture and the file size to obtain a rough approximation of "quality per pixel" and choose the image with the higher value. It won't be perfect, but it's a lot easier than trying to pick out JPEG artifacts.

Also, the number of artifacts doesn't tell the full story. One image may have more artifacts, but those artifacts may all exist in the background parts of the image, while the foreground is less blocky. It's a choice each encoder makes.

more than 5 years ago

New Elliptic Curve Cryptography Record

Durandal64 Re:Translation please (43 comments)

Basically (if I understood correctly), an ellipse is a structure that is very easy to invert to form some random structure, but it's very difficult to take that random structure and re-constitute the ellipse from it given no other information.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's Obsession With Secrecy Grows Stronger

Durandal64 Re:Deliberately dishonest? (305 comments)

Actually, they do. Apple's strategic plans and trade secrets are covered by the First Amendment. They are free to say as much or as little about their strategies as they want. (By the way, there's no law against lying. There are laws about lying to the cops and federal officers (when investigating crimes), and under oath. There's no law saying that you are entitled to accurate information about a private company's strategic plans.)

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

Durandal64 Re:Because they are a con (844 comments)

Funny, but it's worth noting that double-bagging drastically decreases the condoms' effectiveness. Latex rubbing against latex will tear easily.

more than 5 years ago

Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

Durandal64 Distraction? Tell that to the people in Iran (600 comments)

That "distraction" is being used to loosely coordinate a revolution. Not to mention that, in the first days after Iran's election, the Giant Distraction was the only way we could get information about what was happening in Iran, since the mainstream media either didn't care enough to cover it, or the reporters there were under lockdown and not allowed to report on anything.

Great author, but sorry, he's being an idiot.

more than 5 years ago


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