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FCC Boss Backs Metering the Internet

caramelcarrot Re:Consumers getting it deep once again with this. (515 comments)

I pushed for usage based charging in my university as an alternate to the previous scheme of free bandwidth except for fining the top 20 users at £2/gig. They now charge by the amount charged per gig by the UK academic network (JANET) of ~15p (23c) and I think that's perfectly reasonable. Usage based charging is not a bad idea. In fact, it's pretty great for the majority of consumers. Why shouldn't people pay for what they use? Where it's bad is where there isn't appropriate competition to drive the price to the correct network cost, but monopolies are a problem for fixed rate plans, too.

more than 2 years ago

Algorithm Predicts New Superhard Materials

caramelcarrot Odd story (85 comments)

So, I work in this field (computational condensed matter physics). I was going to do a PhD with one of his competitors in the random-structure field but eventually chose another. Weirdly, like, earlier today before I saw this announced, Prof. Oganov added me on Facbeook. So, questions: a) Why did he add me? b) Did he know I've got vague connections to his field? Curiouser and curiouser.

more than 2 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

caramelcarrot Re:Well, that explains things. (1268 comments)

The thing is every time someone talks about new ways of teaching math to fix problems in understanding like the one in the article, such as one way I saw of encouraging children to realize that e.g. '4', '2+2', '3+1', '1+3' are all the same thing, they're derided as some sort of wacko modern maths that makes no sense. Make your mind up, children aren't in general stupid, but their teaching certainly can be.

about 4 years ago

Crowdsourcing the Department of Public Works

caramelcarrot Re:How is this news? Oh, its on the web!!! (143 comments)

It sounds very like by the wonderful mySociety which has been running in the UK for a while now, and working quite well, all for free. It's effective because it streamlines the often awful web reporting mechanism that city councils have into a single system that handles the reporting and the public presence of the report that other people can see (to see how effective the council is).

more than 4 years ago

The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

caramelcarrot Re:You never discard the data (190 comments)

As other people have pointed out - sometimes the data is just crap due to the difficulty of making measurements. Sometimes you've measured something other than what you actually need to compare to theory, sometimes there's too much noise. The skill of a great experimentalist is being able to take good enough data that you can't justify ignoring it if it comes out different to what you expected.

more than 4 years ago

Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Starting To Die Off

caramelcarrot Re:If we evolved to have them... (260 comments)

Whether or not we "need" them can only be judged retrospectively, and not after a fairly sudden (in evolutionary terms) change in environment before the consequences have worked out - us having evolved to have them would probably indicate that they give some sort of advantage to not having them.

more than 4 years ago

G-WAN, Another Free Web Server

caramelcarrot Re:Big Plus! (217 comments)

He even fucking linked to those two languages. This has to be a troll.

more than 3 years ago

Secret UK Plan To Appoint "Pirate Finder General"

caramelcarrot Re:New internet (332 comments)

The Conservatives will be all for this, I don't expect a change in govt will affect this plan at all, unless widespread opposition can be made.

more than 4 years ago

"Mandelbulb," a 3D Mandlebrot Construct, Discovered

caramelcarrot Re:Actually, the Mandelbrot set is already 4D (255 comments)

Also, trying to extend the Mandelbrot set to 3D is ill-defined as there is no good 3D algebra equivalent to the complex numbers (two, 1 and i) or quarternions (four, 1 and i, j, k) - hence you can't express the iteration formula in 3D.

more than 4 years ago

The Informant Is Back At Work

caramelcarrot Re:Spoilers (155 comments)

I've never heard this guy's story before (being from the UK) and was actually looking forward to seeing this film. Now slashdot has managed to give the entire thing away. Thanks.

more than 4 years ago

"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere

caramelcarrot Re:Sprites (168 comments)

You posted that you thought EU was a viable theory, which it isn't, I responded.

Your points on issues of scienctific acceptance of new paradigms might be true, but that has no baring on whether or not any particular theory like EU is actually suffering from this unfair rejection (hint: it isn't).

Don't try to mark me as misunderstanding what you said, you made an assertion regarding scientific progress, then tried to tie it into an unrelated point about EU (which was factually incorrect).

It's a wonderful tactic if you want to feel persecuted.

about 5 years ago

"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere

caramelcarrot Re:Sprites (168 comments)

What's your point? That science is a process of constant discovery? That science requires proper evidence for something to be accepted?

What element of solar winds isn't accurately modelled by current theory? The solar wind is a lot more complex a charge flow than charge flow in a wire - you get magnetohydrodynamic effects, the particle flows are also partially ballistic, all sorts. EU is an over simplistic model in itself and current models can accurately explain all the observations, while EU cannot.

about 5 years ago

Three Indicted In Huge Identity/Data Breach

caramelcarrot Re:Faith is gone. We need a better way! (101 comments)

In the UK, my bank has given me a card signing device - whenever I set up a standing order, I put my card in, enter the amount, and then give my PIN. It spits back a response code, which I then type in. I believe it's possible to use a method like this on some websites that require credit cards, but not all processing systems support it; and that's a fundamental problem with any security improvements in credit card processing, that it'd require a replacement of effectively all current code.

about 5 years ago

Amazon Confirms EC2/S3 Not PCI Level 1 Compliant

caramelcarrot Re:Amazon payments (157 comments)

Isn't that what the posters are talking about? APIs like Paypal and Google Checkout do redirect you to a payment site hosted by the API provider.

about 5 years ago

AMD's OpenCL Allows GPU Code To Run On X86 CPUs

caramelcarrot Re:Overhyped (176 comments)

Yeah, CUDA does this already as far as I know. Kernels you write in their version of restricted C can be transparently called as CPU code if you don't have an available physical CUDA device.

about 5 years ago

Sandia Studies Botnets In 1M OS Digital Petri Dish

caramelcarrot Re:I've got an easier way (161 comments)

Simple rules can give rise to complex behaviour. Who knows what the botnet might do? It could have harmonic resonances, it could have phase changes at critical infection rates, it could do all sorts of interesting and complex behaviour. Looking at the source code won't tell you any of this.

more than 5 years ago

Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later

caramelcarrot Re:Well (501 comments)

Also some of the features they've been aiming for are pretty complex and don't have a proper implementation yet (like Concepts - good an idea as it is) - hence they're trying to standardize from thin air.

more than 5 years ago

Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?

caramelcarrot Pastebin? (302 comments)

One of the pastebin-type sites may well fit your criteria - some of them include revisions or even test-running code.

more than 5 years ago


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