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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

adonoman Re:Intelligence isn't that important (154 comments)

That's just a couple of anecdotes though. You might have just had a particularly inept fish. I propose trying it with say 1000 goldfish, to gauge consistency.

about a week ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

adonoman Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (237 comments)

Assuming of course that all land is equally suitable for farming... If you believe that, I have some tundra to sell you.

about a week ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

adonoman Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (238 comments)

If you are doing any floating point calculations and assuming exact results, you're going to get yourself in trouble. The issue is that FSIN is less accurate than advertised, not that it's not 100% accurate.

Anyone who deals with floating point math very quickly learns about error accumulation and how to deal with it.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

adonoman Re:Costs (315 comments)

We'd obviously have to situate it off-world and use some sort of electromagnetic beam to send the generated energy to earth. Heck, given the amount of extra power generated, we could just send off the energy everywhere and there'd still be enough hitting the earth. We could then use devices here to convert that energy into electricity.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

adonoman Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

Which is exactly why powershell is great - you never have to parse things. Anytime I have to drop into sed/awk in Linux, it always feels like I'm fighting the system.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

adonoman Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

Since property is the first parameter to sort-object, you can just do:

ls | sort Length/code

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

adonoman Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

It helps that by default it won't run any script files. Once you enable that, it still won't run any remote code unless you enable that. And even then you can restrict it to only run signed code.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

adonoman Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

Yes, you can. Except instead of getting back text, which you then have to parse if you want to do anything with, you get back a stream of .NET objects which will be formatted into a text table if you do nothing with them, but also let you do things like this:

ls | where { $_.Length -gt 5000 }

about three weeks ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

adonoman Re:Traditional crimes (140 comments)

See Watson vs. United States for an example of the letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law. This likely would have ended up completely differently in Canada.

about a month and a half ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

adonoman Re:Still... (193 comments)

I don't know if it was officially accepted, but I believe they added ' as a digit-group separator: 0b0010'1101'0011'0111'0101'1100

about 2 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

adonoman Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (190 comments)

The explanation I've heard for useless showy features (a la peacock) is that the ability to put resources into giant shiny feathers show that you have the ability to gather enough food to live, and have leftover energy to devote to impressing the ladies. It's not so much the particulars of what the feature is, but rather having resources (or money) to burn indicates that you're successful enough to be a good mate.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

adonoman Re:Why use it? (435 comments)

Resource handling. Lower-level languages require you to manually release any resource you acquire. Every piece of heap allocated memory needs to be freed. Every file you open needs to be manually closed. Every network connection, mutex, or handle needs to be released. It's feasible to do, since you don't have to worry about exceptions. But it does require an incredible fastidiousness to make sure that you always clean up after yourself.

When you get to the higher level languages, you get garbage collection which means never having to manually release memory again. But everything else is stuck being released manually. You can't do it reliably in regular code, since exceptions get in the way, so they introduce things like finally or using. But again, you're relying on the people using the class to remember to clean up every single time they use it.

In C++ you can rely on stack-unwinding to clean up after you. I haven't checked in a "delete" in over 10 years of C++ coding. Every C resource we use gets a wrapper class that automatically releases it when the object is destroyed. It's really the biggest thing I miss when working in other languages.

about 6 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

adonoman Re:Units! (216 comments)

Maybe our gadgets need to come with cat cradles.

Professor Norton Nimnul has already beaten you to it.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

adonoman Re:Generalized Master Equation... (530 comments)

Out of genuine curiosity, can you point me to evidence showing the universe is non-deterministic? I'm not sure how one would go about making that kind of observation.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

adonoman Re:So... Parmenides was right after all? (530 comments)

Fair enough, and judging by some of the other responses, you were justified in your interpretation. I guess I overestimate /.'s rationalism. To be clear, I don't attribute Parmenides with any great insight into the quantum nature of the universe, anymore than I think that Democritus had any clue about what we've come to call "atoms". That being said, the line of reasoning on "what is" vs. "what is not" does have some interesting things to think about if time is indeed an emergent phenomenon.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

adonoman Re:So... Parmenides was right after all? (530 comments)

He obviously wasn't "right" in the sense of having anything useful to say about the world in any scientific sense - I would have thought that goes without saying. I just found the parallel amusing. You're reading a bit too much into an off-hand comment.

about a year ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

adonoman So... Parmenides was right after all? (530 comments)

This sounds a lot like what he was saying 2500 years ago.

From Wikipedia:

In "the way of truth" (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as "what-is") is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In "the way of opinion," he explains the world of appearances, in which one's sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful.

about a year ago
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What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

adonoman Re:the most basic data structures (598 comments)

I've interviewed for a company that required you to write out a stack implementation in C++ from scratch during the interview. It's a great problem, since it's quite easy to define, nearly everyone knows what is required, but it's complicated enough that when coding by hand on paper, every entry-level programmer is going to make a mistake, and you can see how they think when you tell them there's a mistake. Even when they get it right, you get a lot of insight into their problem-solving style by listening to them defend the design.

1 year,14 days
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

adonoman Re: What's next Cass? (530 comments)

The paper is real, but its value as currency is only due to a collective agreement to value it as such.

about a year ago
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China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

adonoman Re:I'll go ahead and say it (200 comments)

If a right can be forfeit, then it's no longer a right - it's a privilege. In a democracy, the ability to vote has to be one of THE fundamental rights that can never be taken away. Otherwise, you end up with the situation the US currently sees where large chunks of people are disenfranchised, and the government loses its claim to be representative of its citizens.

Whether you firearm ownership is a fundamental right, a secondary right that must yield to other more fundamental rights in a conflict, or a privilege that the government has the ability to revoke, makes a big difference as to whether you feel that any level of gun control is acceptable.

about a year ago

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Pirate Party's North American Debut

adonoman adonoman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

adonoman (624929) writes "A 25-year-old Winnipeg businessman is the first Pirate Party of Canada candidate to run for federal election. Running on a limited budget, he tested out Canada's fair use laws by remixing existing signage. At the same time, the US and UK pirate parties have put out an open letter to Anonymous requesting that they cease Operation Payback's DDOS attacks and focus on taking a legal route to fix intellectual property law."
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Canadian Government brands copyright bill opponent

adonoman adonoman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adonoman (624929) writes "The Canadian heritage minister is now comparing everyone opposed to Canada's upcoming DMCA law to terrorists. James Moore says, "the only people who are opposed to this legislation are really two groups of radical extremists." In a comment clearly directed at copyright expert Michael Geist he wants to "make sure that those voices who try to find technical, non-sensical, fear-mongering reasons to oppose copyright reform are confronted every step of the way and they are defeated.""
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Paul Graham releases Arc

adonoman adonoman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

adonoman (624929) writes "After years of teasing us with tidbits of his hundred year language, Paul Graham has finally released a preview of Arc. It's still in a very early stage, but it's at least something to fiddle around with, and see where he's trying to take this project.

It's not for everyone. In fact, Arc embodies just about every form of political incorrectness possible in a programming language. It doesn't have strong typing, or even type declarations; it uses overlays on hash tables instead of conventional objects; its macros are unhygienic; it doesn't distinguish between falsity and the empty list, or between form and content in web pages; it doesn't have modules or any predefined form of encapsulation except closures; it doesn't support any character sets except ascii. Such things may have their uses, but there's also a place for a language that skips them, just as there is a place in architecture for markers as well as laser printers.
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