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The Curious Mind of Ada Lovelace

blancolioni Re:Inspiration just to women??? (110 comments)

Are you feeling bad because your gender was ignored? That's ... adorable.

about a year ago
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A Geek Funeral

blancolioni Re:Geek funeral? (479 comments)

Technically you're correct, but of course, these companies are actually doing something useful

more than 4 years ago
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The Magicians

blancolioni Re:Gritty realism? (122 comments)

Who reads fantasy for 'gritty realism'?

Me. Indeed, it's one of my favourite genres. See Hugh Cook's novels for a great example of this sort of thing.

about 5 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

blancolioni Re:Shield against cosmic rays ?? (756 comments)

Cosmic rays include many kinds of charged particles -- protons, electrons, alpha particles etc -- streaming out from the sun (and arriving from other places). Electromagnetic radiation is also known as sunlight, and is, as you said, not deflected by magnetic fields.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

blancolioni Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (1251 comments)

You have five weeks of vacation "built up." Here in Socialist Europe, we get five weeks of vacation every year. Yes, you're doing it wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later

blancolioni Re:Switching away from c++ is difficult. (501 comments)

haskell failed in supporting for-loops (MapM_ is not exactly the same thing)


for lo hi action = mapM_ action [lo .. hi]

for 1 4 print
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I don't see how this relates to correctness though. The nice thing about for in most languages is its termination guarantee; you don't get that in the C++ version.

more than 5 years ago
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Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later

blancolioni Re:And nothing of value was lost (501 comments)

anything which continually scans the entire heap when you're out of RAM is a showstopping problem and makes GC useless for real applications.

Luckily, GC has advanced since the 1960s.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:"paradigm shift". You PHB you. (106 comments)

My understanding is that Aryabhata also used epicycles to model planetary movement (and by the way, even if they're not literally there, they can be incredibly accurate, which only adds to my annoyance at the way they get ridiculed). I've heard about the ellipse thing, but never seen any evidence (which, naturally, doesn't mean it's not true!)

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:"paradigm shift". You PHB you. (106 comments)

Remember "epicycles?"

This is another of those "dumb science" metaphors that are flung around with no regard for history. The heliocentric model of the solar system did nothing to solve the problem of epicycles, and given what was known at the time, would you have come up with ellipses?

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:"paradigm shift". You PHB you. (106 comments)

In fact, paradigm shift was a useful expression long before it was hijacked by business consultants. I suppose this is the destiny of any phrase that describes, shall we say, a great leap forward -- to be misused and misapplied until people end up forgetting what it once actually meant.

How would you prefer the search for a unification theory to proceed? And why are you so angry? It's not for you to decide how people who are smarter than either of us should spend their time.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni What do you have against aether? (106 comments)

The idea of a luminiferous aether followed naturally from the observation that light acted like a wave, and one of the fundamental things about waves is that they travelled in a medium.

This lead to experiments designed to detect the medium of light (like the famous Michelson-Morley one), to the Lorentz transformations and the Theory of Relativity. The aether conjecture is science at its best: hypothesis, experiment, falsification, paradigm shift. Why it's used as a metaphor for stupidity has always been a mystery to me.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:It could be worse... (106 comments)

The lack of specificity in your invitation to a dick-swinging contest is ... illuminating.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:It's a silly thing to measure. (106 comments)

Of course being a couch-scientist (worse than amateur scientist), I might be hugely wrong, but somehow, I don't think I am (surprisingly).

Unfortunately, you are wrong, and I guess it's not that surprising, considering your ... interesting take on cosmology. Einstein's work was intimately concerned with the nature of spacetime, so saying that "he looked soley[sic] at matter" is flat-out wrong.

Space and matter are the same? Then either space has a gravitational effect, or they're the "same" in a way that doesn't include a fundamental property of matter, which is to say that they're not the same at all (you'll recognise the quote "in exactly the same way that bricks don't" -- it speaks to nature of classification rather elegantly I think).

So why hasn't the gravitational effect of space been detected? Oh, wait, because the scientists missed something. Silly scientists!

more than 5 years ago
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Breaking Into Games Writing?

blancolioni Re:Bioware (254 comments)

As opposed to doing what exactly with your intellectual property?

more than 5 years ago
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NASA and DoE Team On Dark Energy Research

blancolioni Re:It could be worse... (106 comments)

Ha ha! It's funny because you have no idea what you're talking about. While you're sitting on your couch throwing spitballs, people with something to say are trying to understand the nature of the universe.

Doesn't the idea of discovering something utterly new have any attraction for you at all? When the first extra-solar planet was reported, what did you do? Whine because there weren't any pictures?

more than 5 years ago

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blancolioni blancolioni writes  |  about 8 years ago

blancolioni (147353) writes "From The Guardian: an Austrian woman, kidnapped and held in a basement since she was ten, recently escaped and has been the subject of intense media interest ever since. According to the article: 'the kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, a communications technician, appeared to have relied exclusively on a Commodore 64. Major General Gerhard Lang of the Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau ... said it would be difficult to transmit the data from Priklopil's machine to a modern computer "without loss".'

C64 retro people, form an orderly queue."

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