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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

danlip Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

GP is not saying that such things aren't bad, they're saying that when you lump those things in the same category as rape and just give a statistic for the overall category that it is not very meaningful.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

danlip Re:Dupe? (91 comments)

Followup, not dupe. The post you referenced is also referenced in the summary.

about three weeks ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

danlip Re:Is this news? (78 comments)

Solar flares are associated with coronal mass ejections, and CMEs cause geomagnetic storms if they hit the earth. Travel time is about 3-4 days days, but can be as little as 18 hours (as was the case in the 1859 Carrington event).

about three weeks ago
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Study: Why the Moon's Far Side Looks So Different

danlip Re:"Very Long Time?" (79 comments)

I think the mystery being referenced here is "why are they different?" not "what does the other side look like?". In which case we only have known they are different for 55 years and therefore can't have been wondering about it for longer.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

I think the Perl solution is fine (not that I'm a fan of Perl syntax in general). The Java solution is fine (as you point out errors get detected at compile time). The Python solution is not: having to call "str(i)" everything I want to put an int into a string is too verbose (which makes it harder to read) and very error prone (especially when you are used to other languages, but I imagine even if Python is your only language it still is). And the fact that you don't detect the error until you hit the statement it's in (which might be rare if it is in some error handling block) is what really makes it suck. Dynamically-typed languages in general suck - try to be quick-and-dirty in upfront development time and you'll pay for it later.

As far as ternary operator reading like an English sentence: making things read like English always goes badly in programming languages, e.g. COBOL. And I find the Python example particularly vexing when trying to understand a chunk of code, because it is inverted to the logical flow; logically you execute the test first, then decide which branch to take based on the results of the test. That's the real problem, it's not the English, it's the order.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Pascal (415 comments)

The nice thing about Pascal as a learning language was you knew it was a toy language that you wouldn't use in the real world. I fear the programmers who learn Python in school and then try to apply it to major projects in the real world. I learned lots of other academic languages in school too, there is no problem with the fact that I never used them outside that class; it taught me to pick up new languages quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

danlip Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

The whitespace sensitivity is not the thing I hate most about Python (although I hate that too). I hate that I can't build a string by doing "Foo" + i (where i is an integer) and I can't catch the error at compile time (because it's interpreted, but more because variables aren't declared to be a type); it's a "worst of both worlds" combination of weakly and strongly typed language. Also the ternary operator is a huge WTF: a if test else b . Why the hell would you put the test in the middle of the 2 possible results! And why not do it like C, Java, and just about every other popular language.

about three weeks ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

danlip 1989 (freshman in college) (204 comments)

Undergrad CS lab had SGI and HP machines, and another lab had some Suns. Also 3 button mice and a scroll wheel that was a separate unit from the mouse.

The fun of making things pop-up on other people's screens on the lab. Nothing was locked down by default so unless you changed the permissions anyone could launch a process to display on your screen.

Neko was fun too.

about a month and a half ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

danlip Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

While I think Gore should have won in 2000 I think it is a bit much to call it a sham and completely ridiculous to compare it to Iraq under Hussein. The levels of corruption were quite small, and it only mattered because the election was really close. The real blame falls on the electoral college structure and the plurality-takes-all method of deciding elections, both of which need to be changed in my opinion.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

danlip Re:Lerner gave up that argument, you can too. IRS (465 comments)

I don't recall the EXACT numbers offhand ...

i.e. I couldn't find a reliable source for those numbers to save my life, so I'll just parrot what I think I remember Rush Limbaugh said.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

danlip Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

It's like Ben Ghazi, ...

Ben who?

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

danlip Re:Oh I get it... (474 comments)

Well, he wasn't just late, he never showed up.

about 1 month ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

danlip Re:Oh I get it... (474 comments)

Just to give one example of many: they gave me an 8 hour window for their installer to show up - Comcast will at least narrow it down to 4 hours the day before, but Qwest won't. So I wait at home the whole day, and they never show up. They don't call to apologize or tell me they are running behind and when I call them they aren't even sure where the guy is. It turns out they just massively overbooked they guy. The tone of the phone flunky just made it sound like this was business as usual. The service, once they finally managed to hook it up, was unreliable and slow.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

danlip Re:Oh I get it... (474 comments)

No, in my neighborhood the alternative is Century Link, a.k.a. Qwest. And as much as I despise Comcast they don't come anywhere near the level of awful of Century Link.

about 2 months ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

danlip Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

And since when has 30% been the threshold? I always thought it was 50% (+/- whatever the margin of error is for your experiment, which is hopefully less than 20%)

about 2 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

danlip Re:If people would fight their tickets... (286 comments)

Got a speeding ticket in Denver, went to court, I was offered a plea: they had me plead guilty to a broken tail light instead - it carried the same fine (plus court costs) but no points on my license. That's right, they routinely have people (dozens each day) plead guilty to an offense they didn't commit. I took the plea, mostly because to actually fight it in court I would have to come back another day; you don't get to argue your case on your originally scheduled court date.

about 2 months ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

danlip Re: far enough (129 comments)

I hate to respond to a troll, but even if I shared your racism I would realize that the Middle East is not "half the planet" by a long shot, and anything that got the ME would also get Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia, i.e. most of the people on the planet. It's right in the middle of it, that's why it's called "middle" east. At the right angle it might miss one of those continents, but at least 2 out of 3 would be toast.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

danlip Re:I'd rather not use (521 comments)

Perhaps you've heard of a thing called a power outage.

Perhaps you've heard of a thing called a UPS?

about 2 months ago

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Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about 7 months ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

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