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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Samantha Wright Re:Not a ranking of what is the best language (197 comments)

...is that really a property of Javascript, though, or just your computer? Do the ECMA standards prescribe memory or reference size limits?

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Samantha Wright Re: Yeah, right. (361 comments)

I believe you'll find it's spelled "navel vassal."

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Samantha Wright Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

My mistake; the original text merely said "thousands." See ctheme's comment.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Samantha Wright Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

That's the one! I would've posted the source but I'd only seen it as an image and didn't remember what to search for. Thanks.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Samantha Wright Yeah, right. (361 comments)

There's this story about an off-duty bridge officer aboard a large US military ship who, groggy after having to get up rather early, called the bridge and requested that the vehicle, some quarter of a million tons of steel, personnel and equipment, be rotated 15 degrees, all so he didn't have to move an inch to get the sun out of his eyes while he drank his coffee.

Maybe whoever wrote that list merely wants to read the Linux Journal forums. Surely we're not pretending as if SELinux doesn't exist and that the NSA hasn't historically contributed to Linux. That would be a foolish thing to do. Of foolishness.

about three weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Samantha Wright Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Figure skating just hasn't developed far enough yet—throw in a few mocap suits and compare the recorded data to an ideal performance. Root mean standard deviation == your score. Simple!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Samantha Wright Re:Great deal! (365 comments)

It's more brilliant than you think—now the Microsoft employees who came up with this idea can get MacBooks without getting their boss's signature! In theory, anyway.

about a month ago
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The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

Samantha Wright Re:No winners economically (268 comments)

Well... there's the beachfront property market.

about a month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Samantha Wright Re:Slashdot (197 comments)

See also: Slashdot and unicode support.

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Samantha Wright Re:Yeah, right (231 comments)

Hey, definitely. I'm all for this sort of interest piece; I've done some truly worthless statistical analyses purely for the geek value. But it shouldn't be mislabeled, much less sitting on Arxiv. I guess maybe this happened because the lead author is a physicist? Assume a spherical cow, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Samantha Wright Re:Yeah, right (231 comments)

Exactly. The results of this study could not be more bullshit. It's the kind of "why would you even bother doing that" study that should make people double over laughing.

about 1 month ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Samantha Wright Re:Russia (417 comments)

develop nuclear weapons.

As another commenter said already, Canada went through nuclear disarmament in 1984. (The US wasn't pleased.) "Develop" is definitely the wrong word.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

Samantha Wright Re:Do you give up higher cerebral function (211 comments)

Alas, they also noted differences in brain activation when the subjects were shorn pornographic imagery, so that joke doesn't quite work, unless they were secretly controlling their muscles for the elbow and wrist in the MRI tube. But we can pretend it does!

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

Samantha Wright Re:Do you give up higher cerebral function (211 comments)

The study asserts that there is; alcoholism and other drug addictions are already associated with striatum differences.

about 2 months ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

Samantha Wright Re: Hmmm (84 comments)

That's unfortunately quite a tall order for the Slashdot community. Now, if you'd wish they'd ramble tiresomely about tiny mosquito-decapitating robot overlords running out of control, you might not go home quite so disappointed.

about 2 months ago

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Biology Help Desk: Volume 2^3

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  about 9 months ago

The drill! You may know it from my last journals. Ask questions and I'll be happy to help. Feel free to answer any questions you have ideas about yourself, too.

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Biology Help Desk: Volume Seven

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hey, remember these? I do. Vaguely. But vaguely isn't good enough, so here's another one. Since I've discovered that the secret to understanding machine learning problems well enough to implement them is mostly a matter of strategically procrastinating, it seems only fair that I should run one of these. So before cross-entropy actually starts making sense to me, what would you like to know?

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Biology Help Desk: Volume 6

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  more than 2 years ago

It's probably a bad idea to run one of these while I'm slogging through the project bulge of my last semester of undergrad, but let's take a stab at it anyway. Have at it! Clever trolls welcome!

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Biology Help Desk: Volume 2n+1, n=2

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've gotten a couple of requests now for another one of these, so here one is. Please, bring to me your curiosities and questions about the strange and mysterious biological sciences. I can probably answer (or research answers to) most questions. (Also, if you keep missing these, I've decided I'm going to vaguely hint at them in mysterious ways on Twitter (@rhet0rica) from now on. I guess even Twitter has to have some utility.)

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Biology Help Desk: Volume 4

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bring me your curiosity! As before, if this expires and you want to ask a question, just slip me a comment (or an e-mail) and I'll put up another one of these. No question is too trivial; no thinly-veiled troll too transparent! (I'm going to regret saying that, I'm sure.)

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Biology Help Desk: Volume 3

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've received another request for one of these, so I figured that I would put it up. Since they only last about two weeks, please feel free to track me down and ask for a new one if you ever have a question!

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Biology Help Desk Again

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I'm really not sure how long these last as comment-on-able, so here's another one. I'll try to be a little more vigilant in making sure there's always a journal open for asking questions.

A little more elucidation: I'm in the fourth year of a combined bioinformatics/medical informatics degree. Most of my semester is from the CS curriculum, but I have gotten through biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and organic chemistry courses. (Mostly in the presence of pre-med students.) I've also taken genomics-specific courses and worked in a molecular biology lab studying C. elegans, and a medical lab studying Autism.

So ask away!

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Biology Help Desk

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright writes  |  about 2 years ago

Thanks to the power of my silly sig, I've been getting a lot of biology questions lately. Most of these are fun to answer, but occasionally they pop up in totally inappropriate threads just out of the blue. Since Slashdot supports commenting on journal posts, it seemed like the best thing to do would be to make one and encourage people to ask here instead. So do that!

And I really will phrase things as car and computer analogies when possible. Although computer analogies are way more common.

For clarification, I've taken physiology and genetics courses, and can answer most geeky things about the human body and fundamental biology. I don't know much about pharmacology or ecology (because it is very, very, dry), and I am not a doctor. But I'll try to answer those questions, too.

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