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An Interview With F# Creator Don Syme

SparafucileMan Re:.NET Framework (267 comments)

That's great and all but .NET is a library, not a language. It sounds like the fact that you enjoyed IronPython after coming from a C# background really has nothing to do with Python as much as it does the fact that you already knew the .NET library.

If you don't know .NET? Well, thats another library to learn, and is no better or worse than anything else.

more than 4 years ago

Prions Evolve Despite Having No DNA

SparafucileMan Not New: Hypercycles (214 comments)

Not new. See

"In addition, Eigen's name is linked with the theory of the chemical hypercycle, the cyclic linkage of reaction cycles as an explanation for the self organization of prebiotic systems, which he described with Peter Schuster in 1979."

Evolution doesn't require DNA, and the theory is like 40 years old at least.

more than 4 years ago

Quantum Encryption Implementation Broken

SparafucileMan Re:I've heard this before (133 comments)

That's the dumbest explanation of communism I've ever heard. You must be an academic.

more than 4 years ago

Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity

SparafucileMan Great Article! (597 comments)

Oh, wait, it wasn't an article. It was a 2 paragraph blog post that someone crapped out with some random anecdote and zero facts, figures, or research.

I don't know why /. still surprises me with this.

more than 4 years ago

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

SparafucileMan Re:Only one sensor? (272 comments)

"and the putting green."

kind hard to hide a sensor there, dear, given how tightly shorn the grass is on the green.

more than 4 years ago

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

SparafucileMan First (272 comments)


130KG. 45 seconds.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

SparafucileMan Bandwidth (278 comments)

And, if my app requires significant bandwidth would normally be used by the user, I now have to source it all myself for every user?

That sucks.

more than 4 years ago

Haskell 2010 Announced

SparafucileMan Re:Is it just me ? (173 comments)

This is also known as the No Free Lunch Theorem and traces right back to Godel, Turing, and the foundations of all mathematics. You are right, it certainly isn't going anywhere.

more than 4 years ago

We Really Don't Know Jack About Maintenance

SparafucileMan Re:Grrr (260 comments)

Don't kid yourself, genius.

Efficient software maintenance is directly related to the Halting Problem. I'm sure you could figure out a thesis about it. Or at least a proof.

Besides, "business programming" involves many things, some of which includes problems (for example, my field, aerospace) that are ridiculously complex, certainly at least as much as a good 80% of any CS degree or thesis.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

SparafucileMan Re:Easy for users, hell for admins (225 comments)

I agree that users tend to find it useful and easy to handle. That's what it's really for, anyway---when you get into more complex situations the whole mass blogs down and we use other software. But it is not bad for what its used for, by and large. It's just a more friendly file share with calendars and lists and stuff. It's more descriptive and useful than a file share and it's no more complex than one.

That being said, as a programmer and IT person I hate it. I don't administer any but the documentation and webservices are absolutely atrocious. It's like pulling teeth to do the most basic thing.

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

SparafucileMan Ridiculous (863 comments)

I wonder how IBM arrived at the result of $2000. Because I'm pretty sure that out of the 150k people that I work with that 3/4 of them will take months to adjust to Linux and be completely pissed off the entire time. At an internal rate of $100-$150 per person per hour... uh... lol, right.

This is what most of the company uses: Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Project. File shares. Blackberry/Phone. Online web conferences. PDF. That's about it. Everything else is either a back-end system specific to the business or a program (i.e, drafting, manufacturing, etc) for the specific business at hand.

And don't give me crap about open office solutions. It took most of these people 10 or 20 years to just get by with Office, you really think they are going to want to essentially re-learn everything? $2000 is only relevant if the people are actually fairly computer savy, which pretty much everyone everywhere is not nor do they care to bother.

more than 4 years ago

Will Books Be Napsterized?

SparafucileMan Re:short answer: no (350 comments)

You should try out a Kindle for a month. I think there is a no-questions return policy anyway within 30 days.

I have always been a big physical book person and was worried about buying the Kindle but I have to say it was worth every cent.

The thing is that the screen used (via eInk) is completely different from any other screen you're used to. It has high contrast, the rough color of a page of paper, and, most importantly, low glare and eye strain. I've taken my kindle on the beach, full sun, and it was actually easier to read than your usual magazine. It was even nicer given that the wind was kicking up and i didn't have to screw around with trying to hold my pages down. You can read it for hours with no problem, the battery life is incredible, and you have the ability to just go on and download any kindle book in the store (provided you have mobile reception)... which was fantastic when I was about to board a flight recently and realized I didn't have anything to read.... in the time it took them to call boarding and give them my ticket (5 minutes) I had gone online, download a book, and was set for the 4 hour flight (with a book selection that is obviously > airport bookstores). Things like that are priceless.

Give it a try.

more than 4 years ago

Will Books Be Napsterized?

SparafucileMan Re:Not for a while (350 comments)

The reason there are no dirt-cheap readers out there is that the eInk screen is still pretty brand new. Eventually it will cost pennies, so relax (and, yes, it beats the shit out of your typical screen).

Also, I have no idea what your point is about dirt-cheap if your examples are a $300 iphone (with subscription costs), your $300-$500 netbook, your $1000-$2000 desktop, and your $200-$500 palm. The kindle is $300 and provides exactly the exactly the screen you are looking for so... you're an idiot.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Releases iPhone Kindle Software

SparafucileMan Re:iStrain? (232 comments)

first, give me an e-ink screen with a higher refresh rate than 0.5-1 second and color, and i'll get you your phone.

more than 5 years ago

Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

SparafucileMan Re:Not consistent? (823 comments)


It is also a stawman argument to state that because a bunch of people believe that something is true it obviously is.

And that's before we even get to the fact that just because x% thinks something that doesn't mean the truth or validity is proportional to x%. Not everything is linear you know.

more than 5 years ago

Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

SparafucileMan Re:Not consistent? (823 comments)

If you're so smart and the world's climatologists are so dumb, for the love of god stop yammering about it on Slashdot, publish, and collect your Nobel Prize.

I tried. I'm actually just shy of the Nobel Prize. Only problem is that every time I suggest in my grant proposal that I'm going to attempt to prove that the earth isn't warming due to mankind I never get the funding.

Funny how that works.

more than 5 years ago

Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

SparafucileMan Re:Not consistent? (823 comments)

Any one who is genuinely interested in learning about how and why complex systems change catastrophically should read "Limits to Growth" - the classic by the MIT team headed by Donella Meadows.

Yes, let's all jump on the 1970s Club of Rome fad and do exactly what they suggested---controlling the reproductive and development rights of third world countries while amassing all of their resources in the first world. Then we will all bask in the wonders of the United States empire while masturbating to Kissinger porn while the neutered africans can stick to their caves where they belong. All for the sake of Malthusian paradise, of course.

As far as your economics analogy, it is pretty poor. No one agrees that economic law is a natural science or that it's entirely accurate or even measurable. Do you not know follow the ten trillion debates that follow every data collection technique and every data series, nevermind the models upon which the data is based? Do you not wonder why companies spend hundreds of billions a year publishing and researching economics studies? You might have caught a bit of it if you, uh, ever read the newspaper in the past 100 years.

But to suggest that it is possible that the data collection techniques and models of such an exacting "science" such as climate change might be off? Why that's a Limbaugh conspiracy!

You people are funny---for some that always harp about complexity and exponential feed back loops you sure have a hard time thinking that it's remotely possible you've missed any exponential feedback loops in the opposite direction and the resulting massive change that would have on your predictions.

But what am I saying---I'm just a mathematician.

more than 5 years ago

Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine

SparafucileMan Re:Correlation is not causation (1056 comments)

People do have a right to their beliefs, even if they are paranoid delusions, they have a right to refuse to get their kids immunized.

No, they don't, because unimmunized kids are a health risk for the entire community.

You mean entire unimmunized community, right?

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Create Compound With a Single Element

SparafucileMan Re:Eh? (163 comments)

Up next: desu desu desium

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

SparafucileMan about taxes? (2369 comments)

I like how helping poor, sick bastards is now considered "redistribution". Last I checked that was just being a decent fucking person.

Oh, and btw, you can be working and not pay income tax. It's called being POOR AS SHIT.

Mr. Obama's plan also calls for giving a $500 tax break to Americans making $75,000 a year or less, and rebates to those who don't pay income tax. Mr. McCain's campaign calls that "welfare." But unlike welfare -- payments to people who aren't working -- Mr. Obama's rebate would go to people who are. It would essentially beef up the earned-income tax credit, a policy that originated with Republicans. And even those working Americans who don't earn enough to owe income taxes pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Mr. McCain himself has proposed a $2,500 health-insurance credit that would be available to individuals who don't pay income taxes.

Mr. Obama also has been accused by Mr. McCain of advocating a government takeover of the health-care system. It's true that five years ago, before he was a U.S. senator, Mr. Obama endorsed a government-run system. His current plan, however, would bolster the private employer-provided system of health insurance. It would require larger businesses to provide coverage or pay a fee to help finance a plan with the options available to federal employees and members of Congress. Small businesses would be exempt from the requirement, but would receive tax credits if they cover their employees. Existing government programs for low-income Americans would be expanded.

Mr. Obama's plan takes a similar approach to the one adopted in Massachusetts under former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. Somehow, Mr. Romney has escaped the socialist label.

This is an odd time for the Republican ticket to accuse Mr. Obama of socialism. Mr. McCain, along with Mr. Obama, backed the Bush administration's $700 billion bailout of the financial system -- the biggest government intervention in the economy in decades. Mr. McCain suspended his campaign to work for the plan's passage, and blasted Mr. Obama for not doing the same.

There's no question there are fundamental differences between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain on economic policy. Misleading labels are a poor substitute for an honest discussion of them.

more than 5 years ago


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