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StackOverflow and Github Visualized As Cities

bourdux Nice first step for Visual Analytics (45 comments)

I like it very much. That's an appealing way to go beyond the classic 2D graph visualization. I am part of the StackOverflow community and this visualization really shows the sub-communities existing in the website. Sometimes you have a huge skyscraper surrounded by smaller buildings, like the Git related questions (search for user ID 6309). Then you have less specific communities such as the web development (CSS, PHP, Jquery, Javascript,...) one (search for my own ID: 806221) where there are less leaders but a lot of mid-level reputation contributors.

I think this visualization could be nicely completed by community labels. To go on with the city metaphor, you could have a road sign for each cluster of buildings. I can count 10 big community in the StackOverflow metropolitan area. A modularity algorithm would identify these clusters. Then you could get a list of most frequent tags in the users of the cluster to build the road sign.

about 7 months ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux Re:3515 ULLA (137 comments)

It's relative soberness. I went to the stage of "I think I'm being tipsy" to the "I swear I'm sober" one.

about 2 years ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux Re:Modems killed Internet (137 comments)

Geez, I meant "Modems killed minitels". Way to get too drunk.

about 2 years ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux Re:flag whole article flame bait (137 comments)

Am from Normandy too and would have modded you up if I didn't contribute to the topic myself. P'tet ben que les fermiers y zen avaient ren a fout des minitels.

about 2 years ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux Modems killed Internet (137 comments)

I was born in Western France and I remember that Minitels started to die when modems became more common in France. Many people bought modems to have access to fax functions, as buying a fax machine was damn expensive at that time. In France, modems usually came bundled with minitel emulators, inciting buyers to not buy extra monthly cost for minitel rent to France Telecom. I remember making my scholarship applications for university on the Minitel for a couple of years until they had a decent Internet website. Everybody gave up on the Minitel already but terminals were still available around campuses just for this purpose. Then they saw less and less students queuing for the few number of terminals and flocking to the computer room, at a time where personal Internet access was not common yet. Web browser usability beats minitels phone-like menus a hundred folds. They then discarded the minitels. RIP minitel, you were part of my life and I will never forget you.

about 2 years ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux Re:3515 ULLA (137 comments)

OK, I've sobered up. Just for information, I was born in the 80's in France and am now a researcher computer science researcher at the other end of the world, in Japan. Minitel is what drove me into computer science as I would dream of any career that would let me touch a keyboard at that tine. ind you, secretaries were still using typewriters in France at that time. 3515 ULLA was the equivalent of adultfriendfinder at that time and had paper ads all over countryside roads, usually on electrical installations such as transformers. Minitel might not have been the best of models, but it was in line with the current French policy at that time, which tried to be independent of USA at any cost. We had even our own Micro-computer models made by Thompon (a.k.a Technicolor). Even if unpractical overall, Minitel prepared the French population for the use of the Internet afterwards, making France one of the most active population on the Internet afterwards. So, R.I.P Minitel, we value what you brought to our nation. You will always have a place in our hearts.

about 2 years ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

bourdux 3515 ULLA (137 comments)

Nooooooooooo! What will happen of 3515 ULLA? Disclaimer: I'm drunk.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

bourdux Re:Stephen Hawking (573 comments)

I would pay to hear Stephen Hawking speaking with a Morgan Freeman voice though...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

bourdux Re:why not? (573 comments)

From: http://techland.time.com/2012/04/04/a-little-girl-finds-her-voice-thanks-to-threatened-new-ipad-app/#ixzz1xfwxflS6 Maya smiles and gives me a big hug as soon as I sit on the couch, or as big a hug as a tiny three-year-old girl can manage. Her mother, Dana Nieder, laughs and explains that because Maya has difficulty speaking, she often has to express herself in other ways. She is as smart and curious as any other girl her age; the problem is that the muscles that control her speech are weak and disorganized, making saying a single word incredibly difficult. Doctors have run multiple tests but all they can determine is that it is probably a genetic condition.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

bourdux Re:Still on the device (573 comments)

FTFA: While she already has the app on her iPad, she worries about the fact that Speak for Yourself can’t send out updates and that new iOS updates from Apple could interfere with how the app functions. It's not about wiping the app, it's about updates.

more than 2 years ago
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Journal Offers Flat Fee For 'All You Can Publish'

bourdux Re:How about ... free? (53 comments)

Well no papers in this one yet... That said, it's all the same with PeerJ

more than 2 years ago
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I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

bourdux Re:Japan: legally required to have an ID at all ti (380 comments)

Replied to the parent already but apparently, it's because of bicycle theft. My brand new bicycle was stolen a while ago. The worst is that it was parked in parking area of my apartment. Seriously, just reporting the theft case took me an afternoon as they wanted me to get precise times on the last time I saw it and wanted to confirm this info with my wife. At least I was lucky, because they kept a kid all afternoon after he reported a lost sock on the street. Too much spare time...

more than 2 years ago
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I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

bourdux Re:Japan: legally required to have an ID at all ti (380 comments)

I do live in Osaka but I spend a lot of time cycling at night. Apparently, there was a surge in bicycle theft recently so they tend to check every young people (not only foreigners) riding a bike at night. Since it's dark, they're usually surprised to see that I'm a foreigner and ask the ARC to check for visa too. Since I changed addresses and visa status quite a lot during these 5 years and that these amendments are handwritten, they usually call the Police Post to check I'm legit. I guess the cops in my area have just too much time to spare :)

more than 2 years ago
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2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

bourdux Switch to H1-Bv6 then (428 comments)

They should have seen this coming. How come the H1-Bv6 is not ready yet?

more than 2 years ago
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I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

bourdux Japan: legally required to have an ID at all time (380 comments)

As a foreigner in Japan, law forces me to carry my "Alien Registration Card" at all time. Policemen stop foreigners here once or twice a month to check for visa overstay. I also carry my French ID, in case of an earthquake or nuclear meltdown so I can get assistance from the Embassy. Most of the time I use my Japanese Driver's License though, as this carries less sensitive information. This is the de facto standard ID here to buy booze or cigarets as Japanese do not have ID cards and insurance cards do not have pictures. This plus my IC work card that I use to buy food at the University restaurant :)

more than 2 years ago
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Grilling For Geeks

bourdux Re:American thing? (169 comments)

Thank you for the answer. I guess it's the same in Japan in April when cherry trees blossom then :)

more than 2 years ago
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Grilling For Geeks

bourdux American thing? (169 comments)

Pardon my ignorance, bu why exactly should today be a grill day? Is it a US thing? I'm just asking because I never heard of a specific day for grilling. P.S. I live in Japan.

more than 2 years ago
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My PC use accounts for __% of my computing time

bourdux Web servers? (296 comments)

Depends of the definition of "my computing time". I'm a web developer, so if it means "time spent in front of my computer w.r.t to another computer" then it's almost 100%. If it's the CPU cycles, since I spend a lot of time on a SSH console, it would somewhere around 40%.

more than 2 years ago

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