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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

dmbasso Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

Meta-discussions have to happen somewhere... where do you suggest?

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

dmbasso Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

For extra nerdiness, 0x853204FA81 is prime.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

dmbasso Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

Uh oh, somebody got his contradictions/hypocrisies rubbed the wrong way. :)

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

dmbasso Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

Thanks. Btw, did you try to factor it? :)

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

dmbasso Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

Yes, let's just starve everybody to death! That's what Jesus would do! [I hope I don't need to explain why I'm conflating things.]

about three weeks ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

dmbasso Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

Because you said that thousands of years ago specific genes were transplanted

No, I didn't say that. The example I gave was only to elucidate that a single gene (or even a bunch of them) doesn't define a population. I read my post again and the message still seems clear. But ok, I'll make it fucking transparent: suppose I write a book and copy an entire paragraph of Shakespeare's Hamlet, then proceed to burn every single copy of the aforementioned play. It doesn't matter that a paragraph continues to exist in another book, Hamlet went extinct.

about a month ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

dmbasso Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

I haven't said Denisovans were a different species... you are aware that the word "extinction" is not limited to species right? If all Caucasians | Africans | Mongolians died, their population would be extinct. Their genes would still survive in other humans, and that doesn't make any difference to the fact they would be extinct.

And how the fuck did you read religious connotations in my post? I'm an atheist.

about a month ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

dmbasso Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

The explanation of the evolution is terrible. If the gene was inherited from a "Denisovans" then that Denisovan didn't go extinct. His descendents are still among us. The gene did not spread through the population; the people who had the gene survived and people without the gene disappeared leaving more space for those survivors.

Yes, the "people with the gene" were called Denisovans, they "disappeared", therefore they did go extinct. It seems you don't follow the logic of your own statements.

And just to make it even more clear: suppose I make dog with the tomato gene for photosynthesis (a solar powered dog, how cool is that), then kill every single tomato plant in the world with some Monsanto shit. It doesn't matter that my glorious green power efficient dog would carry the tomato gene... tomatos would still have gone extinct.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

dmbasso Re:sure you want to go with 'undead' ? (283 comments)

[...] code [...] in sigs and comments. [...] Now it's, apparently, the worst thing [...]

They tried understanding their own sigs after some time.

about a month ago
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

dmbasso Re:what? (80 comments)

I would assume the FPGA part of the CPU would be programmed in VHDL.

Yes, that's the obvious reasoning. And that's certainly interesting enough on its own. But the summary said

[...]for critical functions without translating the majority of their code[...]

Somebody has to do the translation, agree?

about a month and a half ago
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

dmbasso Re:what? (80 comments)

I agree it is a good thing. IIRC, Altera even made a tool for synthesis from OpenCL (great for me, as I don't know VHDL and Verilog).

I'm in particular interested in that Parallella board (http://www.parallella.org/), but they're out of stock, and I've been the queue for months without a response.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

dmbasso what? (80 comments)

By using FPGAs to accelerate certain specific types of workloads, Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU.

What? This doesn't make sense. Unless Intel invented a way to automatically generate parallel code (in which case it could also be used in GPUs), somebody would have to rewrite the relevant parts of the program in VHDL, Verilog, OpenCL, or whatever.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

dmbasso Re:simulator? (167 comments)

According to Wikipedia and vocabulary.com:

Simulation
Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.

Emulation
In computing, emulation is the technique used so one machine gets the same results as another.

So I stand by everything I've said, including that you're wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

dmbasso Re:simulator? (167 comments)

You have it exactly back asswards.
A simulator simulates how and emulator emulates what.
If I develop an exact description of the hardware down to the individual registers and control paths, that is called a simulator.

Ah, I see, when I control a virtual airplane the program is behind the scenes calculating all the mechanical, electrical, and {aero,hydro}dynamical forces, from the engine, from the control cables, from the landing gear, from everything, all the time, so we can call it a flight simulator. Oh wait, it doesn't! It just makes a rough estimate of the aerodynamical forces, to what you would expect it to behave. Then according to your (wrong) definition, we should call it a flight emulator.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

dmbasso Re:simulator? (167 comments)

Did you read the article? He defines simulator as a layer between the application and the OS.

I didn't RTFA, but let me point out that his definition is one way to implement a simulator. Let me summarize it for you:
Simulator: functionality, what it does.
Emulator: function, how it does.

A simulator mimics the real thing but isn't.

Both do it, only the objectives are different.

about a month and a half ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

dmbasso Re:the Putin stage (294 comments)

It is one more piece on the 1984 puzzle. It actually made me remember the movie What About Bob?: baby steps to total information awareness / citizen extortion state, baby steps to police state, baby steps to fucking irrecoverable totalitarian oligarchy... hey, is that Winston Smith?

about 2 months ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

dmbasso Re:Good Sign (176 comments)

Nanananananananana ROBIN!!!! Sorry, I've been bribed.

about 2 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

dmbasso Re:Can't use it (185 comments)

Like... hmm... C?

about 2 months ago

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