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New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

SilentBob0727 Re:Other bases? (509 comments)

Erm, "0b" is a common prefix for binary numbers in many programming languages. GP was not saying "b1" as in "base 1".

more than 5 years ago
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Want a Science Degree In Creationism?

SilentBob0727 Re:Science? (848 comments)

I think it's great. I never knew how to pronounce it before. Skiffy?

more than 4 years ago
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The Chinese (Web Servers) Are Coming

SilentBob0727 In other news, (231 comments)

served by QZHTTP. This web server is used by QQ to serve millions of Qzone sites beneath the qq.com domain

A quorum of queasy, quitting queens, quaffing questionable quaaludes, quietly quote quips of quality quite exquisitely.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Argue That Open Source Software Is Secure?

SilentBob0727 Your code is showing (674 comments)

Anyone can see the machine code on your closed-source software and hack you with ease.

Security through obscurity is worthless. These are blatant, obvious lies.

more than 5 years ago
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Remembering NASA Disasters With an Eye Toward the Future

SilentBob0727 Re:Simple solution (273 comments)

Then, when both inevitably explode on some mission, we start sending four. One of THOSE is definitely bound to make it.

more than 5 years ago
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Linus Switches From KDE To Gnome

SilentBob0727 Meh. (869 comments)

Use XFCE. It has the versatility of GTK without the bloat and overhead of GNOME.

more than 5 years ago
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Black Holes From the LHC Could Last For Minutes

SilentBob0727 Screw mini-black holes. (672 comments)

It's the ice-9 strangelets that have me worried.

more than 5 years ago
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Treating ADHD With Games

SilentBob0727 Re:Just get them a WoW account (124 comments)

Ugh. That should read:

Oh, totally. But when my boss needs someone to spend 6 months of nothing but writing automated regression tests, shit, forget it.

more than 5 years ago
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Treating ADHD With Games

SilentBob0727 Re:Just get them a WoW account (124 comments)

When you need 5k lines of code intimately tied to the internals of the C library and you have under a month to do it, I'm useful.

Oh, totally. But when my boss needs someone to write 6 months of nothing but writing automated regression tests, shit, forget it.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

SilentBob0727 Re:Evolution (453 comments)

...and instead of "clearly optimal", I should have said "a likely improvement" because no heuristic is guaranteed to provide an improvement in performance 100% of the time.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

SilentBob0727 Re:Evolution (453 comments)

It requires nothing of the sort. It just requires that you sometimes try going up instead of down.

Depending on the terrain, however, "sometimes going down" could almost always result in worse performance.

One solution is more randomness in the culling heuristics, as well as bigger populations and occasional bigger mutations.

Of course, this applies to whole populations, not individuals. Simply saying "follow the gradient and occasionally don't" is more likely to result in degraded average performance. Actually knowing when going against the gradient is helpful and not harmful, and knowing which direction to take against the gradient, OR having a good heuristic for guessing when it's a good idea, on the other hand, is clearly optimal.

Randomly doing something counterintuitive may reveal clues toward a more optimal solution, but in itself it is no guarantee of improvement.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

SilentBob0727 Re:Recanted (453 comments)

Vista is a very good example of what happens when you take tough theoretical problems and throw entry-level programmers at them who haven't spent enough time converting C code to assembly on 4-bit microcontrollers with 64 bits of onboard RAM to appreciate the inherent value in code optimization and algorithm design, and there's enough processor speed and memory available that nobody notices or cares about the inefficiencies until it hits shelves and millions of end-users are forced to hit "Allow" 300 times a day.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

SilentBob0727 Re:Evolution (453 comments)

Except following the gradient is just an example of using a suboptimal solution that works in the majority of cases, and is significantly less difficult to implement than the "next step up," which requires, at the very least, an internal model of the surrounding terrain. If it is actually known that going down will help you get higher, it's not actually a dumb decision despite how it may appear to agents without the "internal model" algorithm.

In fact, the gradient follower in that case is actually the dumber process, because it takes only one factor into account. But if the gradient follower is able to observe the internal modeler performing counterintuitive steps and achieving greater results, it may attempt to modify its own behavior without understanding the justification behind it, or the full ramifications thereof. This is where IT Managers come from.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

SilentBob0727 Re:Philosophy 2.0 (453 comments)

Dammit, infinite regress only works when you don't acknowledge it!

You've doomed us all. I hope you're happy.

more than 5 years ago
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Hardware Is Cheap, Programmers Are Expensive

SilentBob0727 Yeah, this makes sense. (465 comments)

"Given the rapid advance of Moore's Law, when does it make sense to throw hardware at a programming problem? As a general rule, I'd say almost always.

even the most rudimentary math will tell you that it'd take a massive hardware outlay to equal the yearly costs of even a modest five person programming team

All the hardware in the world isn't going to fix an insidious segmentation fault, or ensure that your database queries properly handle all inputs, or rework a poorly designed algorithm that runs in O(n^n) time. "Throwing hardware at a programming problem" is like trying to fix a flat tire by putting more gas in your car.

about 6 years ago
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Earliest LHC Restart Slated For Late Summer 2009

SilentBob0727 You know what this means? (229 comments)

It's so obvious now.

The Higgs Boson was a front. The LHC is a prototype of the hardware intended to run Duke Nukem Forever.

about 6 years ago
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San Fran Hunts For Mystery Device On City Network

SilentBob0727 Simple: (821 comments)

Power cycle it with a city-wide EMP.

more than 6 years ago
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How To Show Code Samples?

SilentBob0727 Re:If you don't write software at home... (485 comments)

That's great if you want programmers with absolutely zero insight into the code they're asked to write. So many managers complain that they ask their developers to do a "simple task" and it doesn't get done because the developers get "uppity". Get a clue. We wouldn't be "uppity" if the task you were asking us to perform truly were simple. Usually what you are asking us to do is impossible, impractical, will probably break something you previously asked us to do, or is vague and we need more information. But you don't want to be bothered with pesky details. No, developers that hate their jobs so much that they'll churn out shitty code without a word are a stronger asset than developers that will alert you to potential problems with their "emotional/philosophical bullshit".

Look, programming simply isn't assembly-line work, and managers like you just don't get that. It takes insight, wisdom, planning, years of experience, and a love of the craft to code well. It's NOT a nose-to-the-grindstone, clock-in-clock-out, don't-disturb-the-water skill, or they'd have built robots to do it already.

more than 6 years ago

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