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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

cellocgw Re:Web Searches For These Suck (121 comments)

Yeah, I generally google for "CRAN R" or "bioconductor R" to narrow down the field a bit.

Or you could just skim StackOverflow for the "R" tag.

yesterday
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

cellocgw Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (199 comments)

Oh, great: the infamous "up to X times..." . So what's the mean and standard deviation of the relative break strength?

2 days ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

cellocgw Re:ssh / scp / https maybe? (148 comments)

Out of the hundreds of millions of votes cast over that past 14 years they've found less than 30 cases if in-person voting fraud which is a fraud rate of less than 0.00001%. Voter ID is just a solution looking for a problem.

If only that last sentence were true. VoterID is a solution to a major problem: getting rid of people who don't vote Republican. If you think the whole megillah was set up with actual fraud-protection in mind, you're seriously naive.

about two weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

cellocgw warning: nanny-state comment (134 comments)

Seems to me that kids who want to learn to hack around with a computer can quite well do so on their own, thank you. No need for some set of lessons, be they gov't-approved or not.

I mean, really: at the very worst, 10 minutes with a search engine, the term " introduction and tutorial for $LANGUAGE" or Stackoverflow should get anyone capable of comprehending what programming is in the first place off and running.

about two weeks ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

cellocgw Try to be error-resistant (170 comments)

This story is exactly why I've encapsulated my self-notes and comments in c-code-style markings: /*this is a note to myself */

It's trivial to skim a document for the existence of such markups. Yeah, it takes a little-self-discipline while writing, but it sure pays off.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

cellocgw Re:Are we ready for a universe without aliens? (242 comments)

I can't help but wonder if people will be put off by the idea of a universe where the only sentient beings are humans, from earth.

Obvious rejoinder:

Wait, sentient beings from Earth? That's major Sci-Fi right there!

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

cellocgw Re:Gotta watch those promises (264 comments)

Old World Problems.
Also known as the "Make me a ham sandwich" epitaph.

Hey,it works fine if you preface it with "Sudo..."

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

cellocgw Re:makes snese to me (sic) (574 comments)

"Pearl" developer == can take an irritating grain of sand and polish it until is has a shiny luster.

Well, that's a far more useful skill than what most managers spend their time polishing.
(someone had to say it)

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

cellocgw Re:Misleading Title (249 comments)

Yeah, but, ... if the clocks have to be up in space to be fully accurate, etc., What is the meaning of the word "today" in the sentence "You will not go to space today" ?
[joke, dammit!!!]

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

cellocgw Re:Old saying (249 comments)

You need a four dimensional fix.

Mr. B. Banzai would like a little word with you.

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

cellocgw Re:Old saying (249 comments)

Hey, I have a dozen watches (you insensitive clod) -- and I know how to calculate mean, median, and standard deviations!

So there.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

cellocgw Re:Way to jump the gun (or do I mean shark?) (150 comments)

I am terrified by the fact that new services almost always get really stupid things wrong like Newsweek saying that Earhart ran out of jet fuel!

Well, you do have to admit that Earhart had zero reserve margin of jet fuel. Of course, she also had sufficient jet fuel supplies onboard to support a flight around the world 100 times...

about three weeks ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

cellocgw Re:You know what else that stuff can be used for (260 comments)

You don't really strike me as the type that knows nothing about improvised explosives.

The fact that you apparently know your way around circuit boards is icing on the cake.

And the fact that you write crappy logic like that indicates that you're both a troll and one of those people who thinks anyone who's heard of The Anarchist's Cookbook should be in jail.
sheesh

about three weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

cellocgw dupe.. no, trip..., no... (299 comments)

This opinion gets written up at least once a year. Nothing's new this time around.

Except..

Now we have a viable alternative to Hypercard: the Brainfuck programming language.

You can thank me later.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cellocgw Re: Haleluja ... (669 comments)

Like I said, No True Scotsman.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

cellocgw Re: Haleluja ... (669 comments)

Because Catholics do not believe that everything a pope says is to be considered infallible.

That prompts two responses.
First, your sentence is a variant of "no true Scotsman." What's the point of having a pope if every Catholic gets to interpret matters religious on their own?

Second: on the bright side, unlike a certain other religion popular the world around, you can say something against the pope and not get assassinated by religious leaders for doing so.

about a month ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

cellocgw Re:Honestly. (235 comments)

If they want to scare her they wake her up in the middle of the night with 4 people in her bedroom

That sort of thing leads to amusing (or tragic) tangles with armed professional law enforcement, and the toy soldiers do not cope well with such situations.

and here I thought it was the lead-in to a video about a woman and four pizza-delivery boys...

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

cellocgw Re:By yourself you know others (583 comments)

This strikes me as arguing over whether or not Batman could beat Superman in a fight.

Depends: does Batman have access to some Green Kryptonite? Does the fight take place on a planet orbiting a red star?
Does Batman say (quite out of context), " You can't win, Darth^H^H^H^H Superman. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

cellocgw He's avoiding the point (424 comments)

Quote: "'They're going after people who are really not criminals,' said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor "

Ummm, hey Mr. Lawer Dude: why should they be allowed to impound ANY non-criminal item from ANYONE? It's one thing to remove, say, guns and illegal drugs when arriving with a warrant. It's another to say "hey, I bet that cash and those guns are illegal so let's take them " (and the car they're in -- the car is often taken as well) It's been pretty well established that local police depts use the forfeiture laws as a moneymaking operation. How about we take property the old-fashioned (joke) way: after conviction, or at the very least, grand-jury indictment?

about a month ago

Submissions

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robocalls with a bucketfull of numbers

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  1 year,2 days

cellocgw (617879) writes "Over the last few months, I've got multiple calls (on each of the numbers listed below), all with identical pitches selling the same home security system. These calls come thru despite my being on the "national do not call" list. I took a look at the FTC complaint page, but so far as I can tell it'd take me 4 pages' worth of form to report each number. What to do?
206.225.6674
206.397.1819
215.383.3414
240.318.1485
240.318.1522
248.996.6219
253.236.2409
267.888.2494
307.316.7479
314.336.8509
314.666.8293
314.666.8369
336.937.7107
347.774.2743
360.633.9455
404.793.8108
417.800.2478
424.220.6074
458.201.2160
480.999.5637
541.981.4121
614.516.2800
630.701.3442
701.248.1334
702.576.4480
720.315.7922
773.897.5660
805.957.2052
913.279.5360
914.219.9800
951.200.2916"
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How about a new unit for data size?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year ago

cellocgw (617879) writes "The explosion in file and memory capacity has led to a plethora of prefixes used for byte size: giga, pata, exa, and so on. Perhaps it's just time to add a "base unit" to the current bit, byte, and word appellations. Perhaps we could define a "Book" (abbreviation: Bk) as one gigabyte, and thus greatly simplify memory-naming requirements."
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How the Republicans maintained control of the House

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 2 years ago

cellocgw writes "A statistician over at Fellows Statistics did some analysis to see what factors were most strongly correlated with disparities between popular vote (per state) and the ratio of Democrats/Republicans elected to the House of Representatives. No surprise that the party in control of redistricting ends up on top; or that in recent times, computer-aided Gerrymandering has helped the Republicans maximize the disparity between popular vote and elected seats."
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Proposed: replace comment score with arachnid graphs

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 2 years ago

cellocgw writes "Everyone with a slashdot number under 10^8 knows that the "Score: 3(Funny)" probably has a dozen "informative" and "Troll" and "redundant" moderations that aren't visible. How about we plot an arachnid chart, displaying the current number of every possible rating category? That would provide an awful lot more info in a reasonable space, and there would not need to be a max score limit."
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Holy Softbook Destruction, Batman!

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cellocgw writes "This morning I went to a few of the many websites which feature the Quran (Koran). I loaded a bunch of webpages and downloaded a pdf copy of the book, then deleted the pdf as well as my browser cache. Does this count as destruction of a holy book? If not, where is the line drawn, seeing as destruction of mass-produced paperbacks apparently is a bad thing to do?"
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Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cellocgw writes "My company is in the process of implementing a version of "9/80," a work schedule which squeezes 80 hours' labor time into 9 business days and provides every other Friday off. I was wondering how this has been implemented in other companies, and how it's worked out for other Slashdot readers. Is your system flexible? Do you find time to get personal stuff done during the week? Is Friday good for anything other than catching up on lost sleep? And perhaps most important, do your managers respect the off-Fridays or pull people in on a regular basis to handle "crises"?"
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How to teach friends not to forward hoax email

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "I recently received the "your cell phone number is being given to telemarketers" hoax email from a not-very-technosavvy friend. I fear I reacted rather strongly, sending a reply that was a solid mix of Steve Ballmer and Richard Dawkins to all email addresses on the forwarding chain. While I did suggest they try fact-checking, and listed a bunch of sites like snopes and urbanlegend, I certainly wasn't very diplomatic. So: can you recommend a calm, respectful way to get these folks to learn not to pass along garbage stories?"
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Sports injuries caused by breaking rules

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "Well, duhhh: a new study quoted in Science Daily says a large portion of sports-related injuries happen when a rule is broken. Even more amazing (not) is that the percentage of such injuries is far higher in soccer than volleyball. Who would have thought that contact sports were riskier than non-contact sports?"
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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cellocgw writes "We don't even have to know the picture is there. If there's erotica, we go for it. A recent study found it works for male and females, both hetero and homosexual."

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re Brad and rhf comment

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Thanks to Lost Race for calling me an old-timer :-).
I feel better already.

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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So anybody know who purplewalrus(457070) is, or how to contact him/her? PW showed up in my Freaks list and I've never heard of this fella.

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