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Is Ruby Dying?

Tchaik Re:Short answer: no (400 comments)

Nice graph. You'll have better luck with 'javascript' than 'java script' though.

about 10 months ago
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Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

Tchaik Nice "helpful" count (432 comments)

I find it revealing that the "was this review helpful" counter is near 700, when the other reviews have a count below 10... I, for one, clicked on it, in a futile attempt to teach that hotel about the Streisand effect and how not to treat customers. The hotel didn't even bother to reply to the review...

about a year ago
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Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form WebPlatform.org

Tchaik Re:I really don't get the anti-w3schools.com snobs (138 comments)

I seriously question the web expertise of anyone who snubs w3schools as a "terrible", "painful" resource for web development. However, there isn't a resource that is more user-friendly than w3schools on many of the web topics.

I seriously question the web expertise of anyone who snubs w3schools snobs. I'll note that experts don't need user-friendly, they need accuracy, both as a reference level and as a guide for best practices. Check http://w3fools.com/ again...

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Tchaik Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

"If you ditch the need for helmets, more people would start cycling"

I simply don't believe this.

It is clear that mandatory helmets makes bikesharing much less popular. Check what happened in Melbourne. Other places are looking into changing laws for this reason in particular, e.g. http://www.ibiketo.ca/blog/helmets-may-protect-your-head-mandatory-helmet-laws-will-likely-make-cyclists-less-safe If you've never seen the impact of bikesharing on a city, you should visit Paris or here in Montreal; the number of bikes you see in downtown is quite impressive.

about 2 years ago
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Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

Tchaik Re:An example of the whole calss cheating. (437 comments)

That's insane. How about the students in the second and third classes that didn't cheat? And about the students in the first class that didn't distribute the tests, what were they supposed to do?

more than 3 years ago
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Which Language To Learn?

Tchaik Re:Snobs don't get jobs (897 comments)

You need to drop the Microsoft hate if you actually want to be employable.

[citation needed]
Seriously... I am sure I am not the only one with a career in development (20+ years) without any experience on anything Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago
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Balancing Performance and Convention

Tchaik Re:That's rich! (171 comments)

He's suggesting using the Java virtual machine, not programming in Java. Ruby's current implementation is notoriously slow, although this is resolved with the latest version of ruby (with the production version just around the corner)

more than 5 years ago
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Computer Beats Pro At US Go Congress

Tchaik Re:Endgame Databases (496 comments)

Actually you can do better than that. At the very end of a game of go, many areas are completely disconnected from the others. It is then possible to assign a mathematical value to them using game theory; see Berlekamp's work

more than 6 years ago

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