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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

flargleblarg Re: where's the money?! (193 comments)

> Now it (worldwide population) is growing by millions a day.

400k/day. But gettin there..

No. Not even close. At that rate, we would be adding a billion people every 6.8 years.

Actual numbers (2011 data): Adding 360k per day, subtracting 151.6k per day, for a net increase of 208.4k per day.

yesterday
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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

flargleblarg Re:Meh (89 comments)

Anyone who knows anything about compression knows that universal lossless compression is impossible to always do, because if such an algorithm existed, you could run it repeatedly on a data source until you were down to a single bit. And uncompresing a single bit that could be literally anything is problematic.

Actually, anyone who knows anything about compression knows that universal lossless compression is always possible to do. Sometimes you get good compression, sometimes you get shitty compression, and sometimes you get 0% compression. Note that 0% compression is still compression — it's just a degenerate case.

You are right, of course, that you can't repeatedly compress something down to a single bit — there is always a point of diminishing returns. But just because you can't compress something down to a single bit doesn't mean that no universal lossless compression algorithm exists. For example, f(x) = x is a universal lossless compression algorithm. It's a shitty algorithm, but it is lossless and it does compress.

5 days ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

flargleblarg Re:Well... (285 comments)

it's worth being skeptical whenever someone's argument involves their not being able to comprehend the magnificence of their own creation (it's a form of argument from ignorance).

Not really. Not if they're using a genetic hillclimbing approach with neural networks, mutation, and evolution. Chances are, you'll never have any hope of understanding what evolves in that case. That's normal, and nothing to be skeptical about. And that would be a great way to win Core Wars.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

flargleblarg Re:Now thats incentive (564 comments)

That was awesome to read. Thank you for writing and posting that.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

flargleblarg Re:Now thats incentive (564 comments)

(which you can solve by running away to living in outer space,)

Oh, sure. Because nothing can kill you in outer space.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

flargleblarg Re:R... (143 comments)

C-x M-c M-butterfly.

The best way to program for sure.

Madame butterfly?

about a month ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

flargleblarg Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

You can fill your car in 5 minutes and go another 600KM. You can battery swap a Model S in 90 seconds and go another 500KM. Or you can wait 20 minutes and get a supercharge that will get you 250KM for zero cost.

Seems like the electric car not only meets your expectations, but rather exceeds them.

In theory. I mean, there are more than 100,000 gas stations in the United States, compared to how many Tesla supercharging/swapping stations?
Don't get me wrong; I think electric is here to stay and will win out in the long run... but to say it meets or exceeds expectations of convenience is not right.

about a month ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

flargleblarg Re:Planck trumps Moore (183 comments)

What is this, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock Plank Fractal-Universe Heisenberg?

about a month ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

flargleblarg Re:woot! (98 comments)

Well at least Chewbacca NEVER EVER stepped on poo.

If he did, he would find the person who left it there and pull their arms out of their sockets.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

flargleblarg Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

One thing has to be said for C#, as much as I am a subscriber to the "If C is Play-Doh, and C++ is Lego - C# is Duplo" philosophy, it does allow to get results fast without having to use a ton of libraries that in the end weigh you down more than C# would.

So in other words, C# gets results fast without having to weigh you down more than itself would?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

flargleblarg Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

It would be hard to make a programming language slower than Java, even if you tried.

1996 called and wants its Java insult book back.

about a month and a half ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

flargleblarg Re:No (218 comments)

A couple of questions come to mind. "How does one backup?", and "If I need to make a U-Turn, how can I?"

You can't backup. Backup is a noun. Back up is a verb. The question is: "How does one back up?"

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

flargleblarg Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Wow, so it's trying to use [2] as an array index inside @$spi . . .

Is it converting [2] into "REF(ARRAY)" or somesuch, and then converting that to an integer and using that as the index?

My Perl interpreter (5.12) chokes on that code...

$ perl -e 'my $s = [5,6]; my $i = [2]; $s->[$i] = 7'
Modification of non-creatable array value attempted, subscript -1283427544 at -e line 1.

...but it gives an interesting hit with the negative giant subscript index.

What version of Perl are you using that chews up 30 seconds of CPU time?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

flargleblarg Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Pop quiz. What do you think perl does with "5" + "information". The answer may surprise you. Here's a hint, it actually casts "information" to a number because the first three letters match a defined numerical value.

I did not know that. And I think I just threw up a little in my mouth now.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

flargleblarg Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

a==b, b==c, would never presume a==c. It's never true in real-world business, so I'd never want it to be true in business programming.

It's a tautology in mathematics (known as the transitive property of equality) and it should be a tautology in any programming language. If a language gets this wrong, that's a major flaw in the language's design. (Which is not to say that the language isn't still useful. It's just confusing as hell is all.)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

flargleblarg Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Stop reading random documentation. ...

It's not random documentation. It's one of several bookmarks I keep around that I pull out whenever anyone tries to say that JavaScript is simple.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Security Without Obscurity

flargleblarg Re:First Rule of secure coding. (51 comments)

This wasn't a bad idea at the time, because most people wouldn't try going thew the back door that they don't know about, ...

It was still a bad idea then. It's just that there were a lot fewer script kiddies and bots looking for back doors and exploits back then than there are now.

about a month and a half ago

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