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Julia Language Seeks To Be the C For Numerical Computing

Phoe6 Julia Language ~ JULIAN ASSANGE (204 comments)

I do not know how I read Julia Language as Julian Assange and thought why he was assiciated with C for numerical computing. I had to read the title again. Doh!

more than 2 years ago
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Can AI Games Create Super-Intelligent Humans?

Phoe6 Obligatory quote (312 comments)

The question of whether a AI program can make people intelligent is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can teach swimming...

- /me

more than 3 years ago
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PlanetLab Creates a More Advanced Sudo

Phoe6 cheese burger? (153 comments)

What? You have a cheese burger now? Fine, Thank you. I am happy with my sandwich. (I see sudo wagging it's tail)

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

Phoe6 Re:Could it be... (413 comments)

I bet that was the case.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian State Govt. To Fund iPads For Doctors

Phoe6 Kavka's toxin puzzle (97 comments)

Reminds me of Kavka's toxin puzzle. ...the Political Manifesto. Before an election, a political party will release a written document outlining their policies and plans should they win office. Many of these promises may be difficult or impossible to implement in practice. Having won, the party is not obligated to follow the manifesto even if they would have lost without it.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things

Phoe6 Re:You can view it with Google Docs (72 comments)

It says


The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

more than 3 years ago
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Father of Java, James Gosling Unloads

Phoe6 His thoughts on Java and Open Source Contributions (337 comments)

If you read a bit into the interview, you will be starled by what he says about Java language development and Open Source contributions to Java. He tends to focus on "engineering the Java language" as a product is more difficult than developing the language, which constitutes only 2 or 3 percent. Also goes on to say that Open Source Contributions have not really been effective.

Well, I can understand where he is coming from, but is James missing out the picture of where it actually works? - Python, Apache, Linux kernel.. Are these less used software pieces than Java? Here is the portion that I am talking about.

So long as they do that. The development of Java is not an inexpensive thing. It takes a fair amount of funding. It's not just about writing code. Learning the code is two or three percent of the expense. You're shipping fifteen million copies a week, just the bandwith is horrible. The QA when you have to worry about something that has thirty issues. When you've got everything, every stock exchange, every phone company on the planet. Their security depends on Java. So it's not a causual piece of testing.

You know, when it comes to open source contributions, our history with contributions over the years have been kinda snarky. We'd get lost of people sending code and fixes. But on average, we'd get a submission that fixed the bug but it caused three or four more. And it probably didn't fix the bug for everybody. It probably only fixed the bug for their one case. And trying to get people in the community to actually think about the whole code base and not just their particular issue today. Doing one line of change means an immense amount of testing.

Most open source projects are way too casual for that. Sometimes when you get bugs that are potential security issues, you have to move fast, you have to put immense resources on getting it done. Maybe it's just one engineer fixing one character in one line, but then testing it and making sure you didn't introduce a bug. The harder stuff is if you have a bug, there are probably people out there who have worked around that bug, so how many of the workarounds are you going to break. And when you've got nine or ten million in the developer community you have enormous applications, trivial fixes are not trivial. And open source projects, the way the average open source projects are constituted. IT's easy to get people to do the fun stuff. It's hard to get people to do the hard stuff.

Like QAing the math libraries. Like doing QA on sine and cosine, you absolutely have to have a PHd in Mathematics. Sine and cosine: it sounds really simple, but there is unbelievable amount of depths of subtlety in there. There are extraordinarily few people on the planet qualified to QA that type of stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Android's growing pains

Phoe6 No, not really. (2 comments)

Google does not have keep it's foot of the accelerator, but it should design the upgrade process simple enough so that even grandmas should be able upgrade.

about 4 years ago
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Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex

Phoe6 Re:Sorry, Researchers (397 comments)

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free - Linus

Linus torvalds was a visionary in this regard and Android OS right adopted Linux on that basis.

more than 4 years ago
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Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

Phoe6 Re:Why (226 comments)

What is that analogy?

more than 4 years ago
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Israel attacks international humanitarian convoy

Phoe6 Re:The summary is short, but further reading is he (23 comments)

You have a good summary of the situation. I wonder when the people in power (US, UN and Rest of World) will take action on this issue. Israel's action on flotiila is to harass the peace activists trying to help Gaza.
The Gaza strip blockade seems in-humanitarian.

more than 4 years ago
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Duke To Shut Down Usenet Server

Phoe6 Re:Google wrecked Usenet (273 comments)

This is quite true. I wonder why Google wanted to meddle with usenet. But I think, they still are in position that, if they want to rewamp it for good, they can do it. After they will get money through advertisements which will be aplenty in usenet.

more than 4 years ago
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Indian Copyright Bill Declares Private, Personal Copying "Fair Dealing"

Phoe6 Practically Speaking... (192 comments)

Practically Speaking, I would like to see the implications of this change of law in society. With respective of creative arts, many are not aware of what is legal and what is illegal. Seriously.
Many think, pirated DVDs are of poor quality and if you get high quality pirated DVDsit is worth their money to buy it. Legalese does not come into picture at all.

Majority of Indian's being aware of copyright laws one of one of best things to happen to country.

This change is definitely a fine piece of work.

more than 4 years ago
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Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking

Phoe6 Serious Single Tasking? (257 comments)

Have you ever tried to seriously concentrate on a single task at hand.

* A Single vim/emacs session with a code or text. No Windows, No buffers.
* Or a single webpage open and you are concentrating on that one only.

You will switch only after one is over

Compare this with the multiple buffers open with multiple tabs and multiple applications open, which you constantly switch back and forth. It may not take a genius to figure that the first one is 'more efficient'. This research substantiates that.

I personally favor single tasking with a longer task switching.

more than 4 years ago
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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

Phoe6 Re:What I would ask Google is.. (501 comments)

This makes sense. Yeah, be whatever the motive, the FSF might thank them as it still gets aligned to what they (FSF) wanted.

more than 4 years ago
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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

Phoe6 What I would ask Google is.. (501 comments)

Was this decision taken after the urge of FSF or they had it in their plans? I think the lobbying and urging by FSF to a corporate like Google seems somewhat undignified, at least to me. This act seems of higher quality and nature, be whatever its motivations are.

But yeah, I would be curious to know from the Google Insiders as how much of FSF urging help?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Claims Google Chrome Steals Your Privacy

Phoe6 Sad for Pete LePage. (522 comments)

He wont get a job at Google, when he tries to apply there few years down.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Curiosity Be Programmed?

Phoe6 Re:curiosity 0.1 (269 comments)

The previous guy must have been a kernel hacker, thats why.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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FSF suggests that Google Frees Gmail Javascript

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Phoe6 writes "Apparently, FSF is calling it a "JavaScript Trap" and wants 'useful websites' such as Gmail and others such as twitter, facebook to release their Javascript code under Free Software License so that users can trust their service."
Link to Original Source
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Scientific Holidays in 2009

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phoe6 writes "I and my friends were having a dinner table discussion as which days we would look forward to in the year 2009. Pi day (3/14 in MM/DD format and 22/7 in DD/MM format), then Mole day(6/23) struck in my mind. There is Towel's Day, worthy of note and then Newtonmas which we had just celebrated. What are other secular and scientific holidays that you would look for? Starting of the LHC again?"
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Guido and Bruce Eckel discuss Python 3000

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  about 7 years ago

Phoe6 writes "Leading author and programmer, Bruce Eckel, posted some of his concerns on Python 3000 stating that python community is missing to address some of the important issues with this major, backward incompatible release. Problems he mentions are concurrency support on multi-core cpus, easy deployment support, a standardized user interface amongst others. He expresses his dissatisfaction at the post titled "Python 3K or Python 2.9?. Guido van Rossum, in a very pragmatic way addresses the concerns with his response to Bruce Eckel and calling out more for developers to contribute to Python to improve it further. Bruce Eckel concludes with his thoughts that he wants his favorite language to be better with his reply to Guido's reply."
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Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phoe6 writes "Second Life has decided to release its client source code to the community. As posted in the SecondLife Blog, phoenixlinden says "Stepping up the development of the Second Life Grid to everyone interested, I am proud to announce the availability of the Second Life client source code for you to download, inspect, compile, modify, and use within the guidelines of the GNU GPL version 2.""

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Spamrealtedinfo

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 9 years ago
Just checking with what this Honeypot is about. Munging Email ids is being talked about as a common way to combat spam. my ors myrealbox com is already spammed. need to take effective steps. ( you know what, the in the above adderess @ is actually & # 64 ;l and . is & # 46 ; and the sites say spambots current can't recognize this. This is a good finding. checking with such kind of simple things will make the project effective)

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Spam Combat Related Info:

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've suggested my sister to do a good spam filter as her final year Project.
It will perhaps give a good understanding of various concepts and it will be good project as SPAM is a current world problem which many companies are trying to fight in more than imagninable ways and they have been fightint it so long.
I dont know if there will be an end,but both spam and ant-spam concepts have grown enormously in the very recent times.
Its a high time to understand them properly.
I think, it was my interest also, so I suggested it my sister. Hope she finds it interesting.
Have completed the uthcode version 0.9 and I wish to write a small ed like editor to get started with some projects.
Should also be keeping up my sis's project so that I would be able to guide her properly.

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What should a Slashdot Journal be?

Phoe6 Phoe6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I already have a blog at http://usr.blogspot.com
and I am using it regulary.
Its all about Love and Machines.
But for some time now, I have been practising Linux Operating System Programming and Administration.
Getting to C Programming and Mutt,vim and other stuffs. Perhaps I can log my daily study details herein.
~Senthil

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