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The Neuroscience of Happiness

Macchendra Re:"Neuroscience" (136 comments)

Among psychology, all theories are technology. Dismiss it if you must, but it is all technology. In the '70s so much was discovered, but it is not provable...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

Macchendra Could one of us Slashdotters please (167 comments)

write a script (not even worth real code) to replace MBAs once and for all?

about a year ago
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Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

Macchendra So... (149 comments)

Be all Wickersham Brothers about it, why don't you. The guy's a decent writer.

about a year ago
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Qualcomm to Build Neuro-Inspired Chips

Macchendra Re:A little thin on tech detail (43 comments)

I hope it isn't branchy either, because that would imply that I was completely ignorant of all modern neural algorithms. How'd you get modded up to three?

about a year ago
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Qualcomm to Build Neuro-Inspired Chips

Macchendra Re:A little thin on tech detail (43 comments)

A the math for a neural network accelerator chip is indistinguishable from the math for graphics. It's all the same multiplying vectors and matrices. And most of the work is done up front in training the neural network, the results of which can be distributed to computers with processors of lesser power. If qualcomm is going to get a couple of teraflops on a single core then power to them.

about a year ago
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Qualcomm to Build Neuro-Inspired Chips

Macchendra Re:A little thin on tech detail (43 comments)

Not a helpful answer. There is no information anywhere on the web on whether these are continuous or discrete neural networks. As far as putting it on the chip, if it is a discrete neural network, then there is no advantage over a cuda enabled neural network running on an nvidia tesla. It is just Malibu Stacy with a new hat.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

Macchendra Re:HAhahHahahaha (318 comments)

Yes, prison spreads HIV, Hep B&C, Tuberculosis, etc. And it causes non-violent offenders to be subjected to sexual violence. Thanks for pointing that out.

about a year ago
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Another Science Facility Bites the Dust, Temporarily

Macchendra Re:I remember working at the VLA (193 comments)

Hey fellow Socorroan. Literally across the street at TERA (now EMRTC) they were having happier times poisoning the town with their depleted uranium research.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

Macchendra Harrison Bergeron (237 comments)

Harrison Bergeron should be the name of this new chip version. Can they introduce periodic crashes, too?

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code

Macchendra Re:Wrong objective. (115 comments)

Making bugs visible does affect whether the code actually works. So does making the components testable.

1 year,6 days
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Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code

Macchendra Re:Wrong objective. (115 comments)

It is easier to find bugs in code where all of the objects, variables, methods, etc. are named according to their actual purpose. It is easier for other researchers to integrate their own ideas if the code is self documenting. It is easier to integrate with other software if the interfaces are cleanly defined. It is easier to verify the results of intermediate steps if there is proper encapsulation. Also, proper encapsulation reduces the chances of unintended side-effects when data is modified outside of scope.

1 year,6 days
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Naps Nurture Growing Brains

Macchendra My brothers used to drug me... (39 comments)

My brothers (aged 6 and 8 while I was 3) used to drug me with a NyQuil laced ice cream shake they'd call a "Shamrock Shake" so they could go out to play. Worked wonders, but I won't leave a drink unattended til this day.

1 year,6 days
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Russian Government Takes Over Country's 289-year Old Scientific Academy

Macchendra Re:Stupid is as stupid does... (192 comments)

Yeah in Star Trek we were waste deep in a post WWIII shithole right now. God reality sucks.

Working on it, please be patient...

1 year,11 days
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Macchendra Re:America is a genetics experiment on a grand sca (1293 comments)

The very founders, maybe. Many of us are descendants of dreamers who dreamed of a better life, gamblers who took the risk of leaving their homeland, and maybe a smidgen of serial killers who fled before they were caught.

1 year,11 days
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One Man's Battle With Patent Trolls

Macchendra Except Marshall, TX (159 comments)

We should draw up versions of all the popular software licenses, (MIT, BSD, GPL, etc.) that specifically exclude the patent troll town of Marshall, TX or even Harrison county, where many of the patent trolls file because of their "plaintiff friendly" juries. The town has benefited from all of the trolling, and they've set themselves up a little local industry for it. Let them do it without software. Maybe name it the Yee-Haw(R) license.

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Macchendra Yes (356 comments)

Low end developers will not get their head around the whole codebase. They will add to it in ways that increase complexity unnecessarily. Eventually they will have diminishing returns. High end developers will create paradigm shifts on a routine basis that create simplicity out of complexity and thus create increasing returns. But these rules apply: Inscrutable code != rockstar: If the code is not self-documenting, or if it doesn't follow the established naming conventions, it is crap. Ego != rockstar: the motivation of other developers is also a factor of productivity and one of the best things you can optimize. Gold plating != rockstar: And not just feature gold plating, there is abstraction gold plating and design gold plating, which many alleged rockstars suffer from. But given the choice, I'd wade through 10,000 resumes to find a rockstar.

1 year,20 days

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