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Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

bidule Re:MIT (197 comments)

Well of course Real Time programming is a special beast, but I don't think it is representative of whatever programming the OP is trying to learn. Basing your whole critique on optimization needs is off-base.

OOP is a good tool to encapsulate UI, it has brought Angular, DOM and javascript prototype-based system.

For heavy work, functional programming simplifies parallel processes. Scheme can handle this and offers a very different syntax to learn. If you can wrap your head around both the ((parenthesis)) and the {imperative;} syntax, you can understand any new language.

I say that with 10y in C++ and 10y in Scheme with a dabble of other languages. Which is why I can say Scheme is a much better learning tool than OOP imperative languages, although its blessings carry the Lisp curse. {Using Scheme for eulerproject.net is almost cheating, its numerical tower makes them a breeze.}

about a month ago

3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

bidule Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

Who is right?

Those who use the almost 30 years of studies on Chernobyl instead of counter-pulling sensationalized numbers. Anyone coming up with numbers larger than those studies have their arm so deep in bullshit that their shoulder smells.

Despite the accident being much worse and the fallout being over land, the numbers affected are counted in thousands, dixit: "for a total of 9000 Chernobyl-associated fatal cancers". You could reasonably claim that Fukushima should affect one tenth that number and use 1000 as the death cap.

Back of the envelope calculations, but at least it doesn't smell.

about a month ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bidule Re:Troll (794 comments)

Everybody with an IQ above room temperature knows that homeopathy is complete and utter bullshit.

Well, if some NewAge customer wants you to sell them homepopathic remedies it's good business to serve them. Much better than letting them find a competitor. Should libraries stop selling religious books because it's all crock?

about a month and a half ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bidule Re:Because... (794 comments)


We can shun M$, McD or any other other company we dislike. If we allow Monsanto to hide from consumers, we won't be able to treat them the same way. Would you pay more for Canadian bacon, or do you prefer God-blessed American one?

about a month and a half ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

bidule Re:Non-story (268 comments)

That makes it clear, thank you.

about a month ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

bidule Re:Non-story (268 comments)

This guy pissed off some folks who are making claims in bad faith,

I am not sure it's that black and white.

I watched the 16 minutes first part. There are maybe 2 minutes of original video at the start and 2 more minutes of a Foo Fighter music video, leaving about 10 minutes of House of Number material.

He really did a convincing work on the montage and the voice-over, but NPOV must agree the majority of the video came from the deniers. Now I don't know how far fair use goes, but maybe they really have a case there. How did MST3K handle that?

about 2 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

bidule Re:Golden handshake (177 comments)

they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I died and have no regrets.

That'd what I read...

about 2 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

bidule Re:Those who don't learn from History.. (770 comments)

Add to this that that era went from roughly 700 to 1400 with Leonardo da Vinci at the reverse point. Assuming western civilisation lasts just as long, we should be safe until 2100 or so. At least with tongue deeply in cheek.

about 3 months ago

I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

bidule Re:Spice Melange (265 comments)

Don't you mean jynnan tonnyx?

about 4 months ago

Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

bidule Re:That's impossible! (396 comments)

But you see, rebuilding a down tower or two is a quick task. These things happen regularly and as long as the power station is fine, it should be back up in less than a week. Blasting bridges or overpasses would be a bigger pain to fix. And neither of those are sexy enough for our terrorist friends: not enough bang for the bucks.

A guided tour would offer more than what google satellite maps does, I don't know how critical that extra information could be and maybe the "security reasons" is just because they're too lazy to find out. Security through obscurity.

about 4 months ago

Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

bidule Re:Not To Worry (396 comments)

I think you forgot to add your cynical tag.

about 4 months ago

Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

bidule Down to a single info (195 comments)

img source = "img/target/example.com/0xDEADBEEF.png"

Yes, target@example.com received our email.

We don't know where he was, what tool he used and anything more.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

bidule Re:BTRFS filesystem (321 comments)

The only way to truly prevent bitrot is by maintaining at least three complete copies of the data, and regularly compare between them.

Erm, no. Hamming(7,4) doesn't even need double the space, and that was 60 years ago.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

bidule Sock Puppets? (424 comments)

cartechboy reports for greencarreports.com, also mentioned in a forum post by ivan@ivanv.com. Could it be an orchestrated campaign? No, impossible!

about 5 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

bidule Re:OMG! Ponies! (1191 comments)

Can we go back to the pink ponies style, I think I liked that better.

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about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

bidule Re:A successfuk ERP conversion (163 comments)

Actually you are mixing 2 stories.

JazzScheme backend was redone in Gambit/C and Cairo about 5 years ago, that was the "hundreds of thousands of lines of C code were replaced by about 30,000 lines of Gambit." The project owner is Guillaume Cartier, but Marc Feeley and some of his students were involved.

The ERP project build using JazzScheme flopped some time ago for the usual reasons.

about 7 months ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

bidule Re:Safety design was fine (586 comments)

1/8 | 1/16 | 1/32. I'm a statistical god!

Any true american failsafe mechanism will work half the time. Anything more and it's a communist conspiracy!

about 7 months ago


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