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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Espressor Re:Philosophical Question (1486 comments)

1) Let's assume we're dreaming. Are you saying science is not useful now?

2) Science does work within the "dream". See 1)

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Espressor Re:Philosophical Question (1486 comments)

If my senses actually reflect some underlying reality then the scientific method will help me learn something about that reality. However if my senses do not reflect an underlying reality then the scientific method is useless.

p. p. I disagree. In either case, science helps you understand and make use of what your senses tell you. It's useful in its applications in either case, whether what you perceive is "real" or not. Even in the latter case, 1) you will never know that your senses are lying to you anyway, so it makes no difference and 2) science as a method of knowledge will remain consistent with itself within that illusion. It will be useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Espressor Re:Understanding should increase astonishment (1486 comments)

Agreed. But no need to go to human engineering to experience such amazement. Scientific study of nature is enough. Case in point: I had the same reaction as you after reading The Selfish Gene.

I think grandparent alluded to people taking for granted the technological miracles that are their iPhone, their TV, etc. In that sense people are jaded, but I agree with you: it's because they do not grasp the beautiful, incredible complexity of those systems, and the decades, centuries of brilliant scientific and engineering work that made them possible.

more than 3 years ago
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SABAM Wants Truckers To Pay For Listening To Radio

Espressor Re:I'd be fine with this, as long as... (337 comments)

Wow. You don't use their product and the onus is on YOU to prove you don't? This is so morally disgusting, I'm going to get sick.

more than 3 years ago
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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

Espressor Re:Realities and Incentives (732 comments)

By 3) you mean abandon engineering and work on the business side of finance i.e. a trader, correct? Because AFAIK for the majority of software engineers working in banks, the situation is more akin to 2) i.e. work for a big corporation (granted, with better perks than most other industries, but not insane wages).

more than 3 years ago
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Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming

Espressor Re:Alternatives (375 comments)

When you move to Europe you'll be able to use Spotify. You'll very much enjoy being in Europe.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming

Espressor Re:people are broke.. (375 comments)

Thanks so much for this...A trip down memory lane with my Amiga...

more than 3 years ago
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Google Brings Design-By-Contract To Java

Espressor Re:Another one? (134 comments)

Still, what's new here? What value has Google added to that existing OSS project - other than marketing power and visibility? Looking at the Google project's FAQ:

Is this framework related to 'ModernJass' from Sourceforge.net?

Yes, Cofoja is a significant rewrite of ModernJass. We worked closely with the original author of ModernJass (Johannes Rieken) on this.

OK...then why not contributing to the OSS project instead of phagocyting it and re-branding it into another Google product? I guess I'm answering my own question here...

Has anyone found more details? For instance, Modern Jass does not support JML. Is Google going to support it? If not, why didn't they create their own work to implement it?

I'm just saying, until proof to the contrary, this really feels like Google is trying to make geeks' headlines while bringing nothing new or groundbreaking to the table.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Brings Design-By-Contract To Java

Espressor Re:DEC did a good one (134 comments)

The hacks that try to do design by contract at run time tend to avoid expressions which examine big data structures, since they have to run them over the whole data structure every time. Real verifiers prove or disprove such things at compile time. It turns out, though, that a few standard cases for collections cover many of the usual things you want to say.

Very good point, and the irony is that the Google blog uses collections in one of their examples.

The Google project is based on a library called Modern Jass. I'm not familiar with it since the last time I did research on DbC was in 1999/2000 when the only DbC tool for Java that existed might have been Reto Kramer's iContract. Yet, to call it a hack...is it purely because of this absence of static analysis you mention? BTW what kind of static analysis is implemented in Eiffel?

As for concurrency, I agree this would need to be addressed as well. There was an interesting article about a decade ago in JavaWorld about how preconditions would sometimes need to be turned into guard conditions. Anyway, I don't know if any of the many DbC tools for Java address this, but after so long I would hope at least one does.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Espressor Re:Irony. It's in the game. (573 comments)

BRILLIANT! Mod parent up please!

I love one of the appreciative comments:

I hope you get 1000 blowjobs this year ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Espressor Re:the best. (553 comments)

You're referring to the "static initialization fiasco" and other joys? Yes, a bit of a shame for C++ really.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Espressor Re:The problem with C++ (553 comments)

1) is more labor-intensive (programmers are lazy) than 2) (it's risky to catch an exception and not let it fly unless you know exactly what you must do to recover correctly). So, in practice, 1) will generate more bugs. Not because it a worse engineering practice, but simply because it's more error-prone.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Espressor Re:It's None of Those Things (553 comments)

Are you TFS? No? Then maybe it'd best to let him/her answer in your stead so he can explain his opinion, don't you think? :-)

Anyway, thanks for the informative tidbit.

But working so close to Unix is no reason to favor it on one's "portable computer" like TFS calls it. There are plenty of reasons to prefer Windows on a laptop (driver support, applications available, etc.). It's unfortunate of course, but what can you do...

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Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Espressor Re:the best. (553 comments)

You've never seen C++ programs with memory leaks? Unfortunately, not every C++ coder is knowledgeable or disciplined enough to localize pointer memory deallocation in destructors only.

But when it's "done right" like you said, correct C++-style coding in C++ makes for absolute control over resource (de)allocation - and this is applicable not only for memory but other types of shared, limited resources as well. Very elegant, and very useful at times. I regret that in Java there are no destructors, but then again in Java you have no control over destruction of objects. This is convenient but limited. C++ provides control.

. I think in most cases though, it's best to avoid the risk of programmers forgetting to apply the idiom as they should. Of course, it's still way safer and more elegant than attempting the same thing in C. The Java approach of using a garbage collector doesn't shock me. Sure, it's not applicable to all application types, but it works well in most enterprise computing cases and it makes for increased productivity.

anyway why do I reply to a post I mostly agree with?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

Espressor Re:Uh (725 comments)

If only I had mod points to mod you and GP up.

more than 3 years ago
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Technological Genius Is Timeliness, Not Inspiration

Espressor Re:And yet... (255 comments)

This actually is the author's point:

We're also helping creators and their heirs hold legal monopolies on innovations for much longer, extending individual copyrights to the life of the author plus 70 years, for instance. Would we lose so many great ideas if the monopoly lasted only until 15 years after the inventor's death?

[...]

You need intellectual-property rules that ensure space for new ideas and uses. You need a tax code that encourages research and development spending. You need, in other words, to furnish people with an environment in which innovation can take place.

more than 3 years ago
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Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

Espressor Re:Ed is the standard text editor. (391 comments)

Thanks. I laughed so hard reading the joke in reference, it's justified the time spent reading what otherwise amounts to a pretty useless Slashdot discussion.

Ed, the greatest WYGIWYG editor of all.

WYGIWYG, not WYSIWYG! Brilliant. :-)

more than 3 years ago

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