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Autism Traits Prove Valuable for Software Testing

Permutation Citizen Re:Properly traine software testers (180 comments)

Software testing is not boring. Most people ignore or don't understand what is software testing. They just think it's just about using a software following a given written scenario (the test case). That's only a small part of the job, and when it's repetitive you have to automate it.

more than 2 years ago

Will Quantum Computing Make It Out of the Lab?

Permutation Citizen Re:I suspect it will work (129 comments)

Yes, and the quantum theory being wrong so you can't possibly make a quantum computer is unlikely. I don't say current physic theories are complete and faultless (they aren't) but any better theory would have to explain experiments already done, including most of quantum non-intuitive stuff used in quantum computing.

People often understand (because they are told so) that quantum physics applies only at small scale, and not at bigger one. Actually quantum physics works at all scales, and theory of decoherence explains why it seems to get back to classic behavior at bigger scale and higher temperature. There is an article in Scientific American a few month ago about how quantum effect are also seen at larger scale is many cases.

Any hope that quantum theory is replaced by something more intuitively understandable seems extremely very unlikely to me. As observed outcome of experiment is weird, theory to explain them must be weird also. Actually, the more we understand physic, the more weird it gets, not the other way around.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

Permutation Citizen Re:CS is part of IT (520 comments)

Coding and developing is a really creative and cool process ?

Yes, but less than 5% of your time (and I'm generous).

You usually spend much of your effort on dull things that are considered super-important by someone above you. At least if you can understand how it could be important for end user, it can relieve you a bit, but that's not always the case.

Sometime you get to design and implement a non-trivial algorithm, and that's fun, but that's very rare.

more than 2 years ago

Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

Permutation Citizen Re:Fundementally flawed (601 comments)

The issue you point is a critical one.

How Bitcoin was designed, it gave a huge reward to most early adopters. If Bitcoin is successful, early adopters will be very rich. That's a great idea to get the project launch and find early adopters.

But to have success, it now needs late adopters, and they have no incentive to come. First, they need to pay the early adopter their huge reward. Then the system itself is still expensive to run, even if you don't mine and just do no transactions it takes lots of processing power and network bandwidth. And anyway, there is no network effect, even with all these early adopter you can't buy anything real with Bitcoin.

about 3 years ago

Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

Permutation Citizen All of them (359 comments)

I would rather like on the ISS !

about 3 years ago

Google Adds Games To Google+

Permutation Citizen Re:Google+ (161 comments)

Well, if they add games to Google+, but avoid the annoying thing that Facebook does, it's a great move.

With Facebook, game request permission to post on your wall, and all your contact knows which games you play, when and how often. It's annoying for them and for you.

more than 3 years ago

Right-Wing German Extremists Tricked By Trojan Shirts

Permutation Citizen Re:That is awesome (457 comments)

"Overall, the standard of living is higher today than it was 30 years ago (unenlightened answer: disagree)"

You can't reply to this question with inflation adjusted income. On many points our standard of living have progressed a lot.

Consider quality/price ratio of a recent car compared to one 30 years ago. Consider price of traveling. Consider price of telecommunications. Health has gotten more expensive, but quality has much improved.
About music, well, 30 years ago it was the 80s...

Of course on other important points, we have a regression.

more than 3 years ago

Red Wine Counters Some Negative Health Effects of Microgravity

Permutation Citizen Re:It's a good thing too. (78 comments)

I'm quite sure Jesus has a great sense of humor. What's pity is so many people don't understand his jokes and still believe his hoax.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Six-Front War

Permutation Citizen Re:More Fronts (249 comments)

Two others major segments this article ignore are advertisement serving (doubleclick) and video distribution (youtube).

This is not a "six-front war", all these services are related to each other.

more than 3 years ago

2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released

Permutation Citizen Re:Confused by the title (167 comments)

Yes, the "hard way" doesn't mean it's advanced, it just means you have to type again and again boring things because it's supposed to be a good learning method.

Just go through the python tutorial, it will be more effective on every aspect.

more than 3 years ago

EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations

Permutation Citizen Endorsing bitcoin (391 comments)

When accepting bitcoin, EFF gave credibility to this money and as any fiat money credibility is what it needs. Now EFF doesn't accept anymore, they take back this credibility.

I think in both case, this was on purpose by EFF. They did the first move because they though bitcoin was an interesting experiment. They do the second move because bitcoin is now an ugly mess.

more than 3 years ago

Trojan Goes After Bitcoins

Permutation Citizen Botnet bitcoin mining (344 comments)

Article estimates that botnet bitcoin mining is not lucrative, comparing with renting rate for DDOS attack.

1 - If botnet contains a good proportion of computer with GPU, it could mine in GPU and be much more efficient.
2 - I doubt botnet are rented 24/24

more than 2 years ago

Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

Permutation Citizen When will bitcoin be used for real transactions ? (768 comments)

So far, in the bitcoin community, you see miners, speculators and marketplaces. The system is well designed to attract greedy people, but not to perform useful transaction.

In money history, metal coins are successful for trade when there metal value is weak. If they contains too much gold or silver, people tend to keep them. It's the same for bitcoin: the built-in deflation encourage actors to accumulate bitcoins, not trade them.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Permutation Citizen Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

Eating natural veggies, that what has killed three people in Germany. We can't rely on anything nowadays.

more than 3 years ago

Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

Permutation Citizen Re:device or camera? (248 comments)

Difference is thin now. Some movies are filmed with Canon 7D camera, that was primarily designed as a picture camera.

more than 3 years ago

Leaked Doc May Have Forced US To Speed Up Bin Laden Raid

Permutation Citizen Re:sorry ... what?! (632 comments)

Wikileak published these leaked document because they think what is done in Guantanamo is wrong.

Ok, intelligence gathered there has allowed to kill Bin Laden. "The ends justify the means" as we often say. Except that when the means include torture, this still a disgrace for a democracy.

more than 3 years ago

The Internet's New Alternate Reality

Permutation Citizen Re:kind of like the police (869 comments)

When you receive a mail from Nigeria, explaining you will receive several million dollars if you reply and follow instructions, you are totally certain this is a scam.

With religion this is the same. They are plenty of them, why this one should be true and every other false ? Their claims are extraordinary. They promise immense benefits. At some point, they want a share of your money. It's enough for me to be totally certain religions are scams.

more than 3 years ago

If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It

Permutation Citizen Re:Won't Happen (245 comments)

You trash your old code on sourceforge and you hope someone will be interested, will work on it and build a community. This is extremely unlikely.

This is a very good way to kill a project, sure.

more than 3 years ago

If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It

Permutation Citizen Re:Won't Happen (245 comments)

Number 7: Without an active community dedicated to keep an open source project alive and evolving, it is useless.

more than 3 years ago


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