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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gnupun Re: FP? (789 comments)

...copied from java.

8 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gnupun Re:FP? (789 comments)

A tall person is over 6 foot. that has a nice ring to it. 1.8 metres is not human friendly. A foot is about the size of an adult foot, it makes sense.

1.8 Metres is just as user friendly as foot when you're brought up in it.

How about we create a metric friendly unit for human measurement called fut.
1 fut = 30 cm
1 fut = 10 dinches
1 dinch = 3 cm

So, instead of a height of imperial 5"8' or a non-intuitive 172cm, we get a more intuitive 5.7 futs.

9 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

gnupun Re:FP? (789 comments)

When Australia converted to metric, the building industry very intelligently decided that mm is to be used exclusively and cm are not allowed.

So, the specs would say the height of a 5-story building is 18,000 mm instead of 180m ?

11 hours ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

gnupun Re:This is test equipment not a robot (102 comments)

Can't they simply hire some thai cuisine experts to taste and certify that a restaurant is up to standards (something like "XYZ restaurant is certified by the govt. of thailand taste testers") instead of building a (pie-in-the-sky) machine? Other countries could should probably do the same.

yesterday
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

gnupun Re:Intention? (96 comments)

Exactly, so if we changed the school curriculum to teach business courses (including sales and marketing) at an early age, there would be competition to companies like microsoft. This would lead to more businesses being created. With more businesses around, there would be intense competition for qualified or even average workers and employee wages would have to rise.

Right now, business is taught at a very late age to students -- near or above the age of 20 and is often prohibitively expensive. In other words, most people are taught to be employees. People with an aptitude for business should be taught early in the same way math is taught at an early age.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

gnupun Re:Obj-C (314 comments)

And you keep that low-level control by calling objc from Swift on rare occasions. But for normal apps, objc is quite tedious. Why do you think Apple invented Swift if objc was already good enough? Hint: it wasn't.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

gnupun Re:Obj-C (314 comments)

I ask in ignorance, why would I design the GUI in obj-C when I have X-tools/interface builder to do all that for me? I just connect the dots, right?

Interface Builder generates a bunch of boilerplate obj-c code for you. But anytime you need to add your own references etc or do anything other than simple stuff, you have modify that code. It's not as easy to use as C#, VB or Delphi because it exposes all the plumbing of the GUI.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

gnupun Re:Obj-C (314 comments)

Have you actually used objc? It involves writing tons of boilerplate code for the GUI (compared to MS .net GUI code or even Java). Even the smallest mistake in your manual reference counting code means strange errors/crashes down the line. It is also very low level like C which means a lot of time wasted in low level details which is great for systems programming but not your quickie $.99 iOS app.

There's no reason to use a language more difficult than Java/Python unless you really need the performance.

5 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

gnupun Re:huh? (269 comments)

What about the inside of an employee's cube? Do you still think it's okay to violate someone's privacy just because someone uses your equipment/space?

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

gnupun Re:My Compact Flurorscents die (595 comments)

Do you switch them on/off frequently? If yes, that will probably shorten their life.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

gnupun Re:Fine! (363 comments)

In retaliation, we the people should demand that the government ditch all Microsoft products and go open source!

And how does that solve the problem? Since open source does not pay its developers (in most cases), developers don't get paid whether MS outsources or if open source products are used.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

gnupun Re:And? (165 comments)

So it's telling us just what we already knew? Interesting.

Really? I didn't know until now that Ruby was slightly faster than Java or that Python is only slightly slower than C#. This is referring to the graph in the "Which programming languages have the best runtime performance?" Crap study.

about a week ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

gnupun Re:The luxury of money (154 comments)

This is at least a $100m loss, likely closer to $200m-$250m

I was so wrong thinking a game like this requires only 50 developers. Here's what they spent/used for WoW:

Austin GDC 2009: Frank Pearce explains what it takes to craft 7,650 quests, 70,000 spells, 40,000 NPCs, 1.5 million assets, and 5.5 million lines of code; some 4,000 employees, 13,250 server blades, and 75,000 CPU cores keep MMORPG running.

http://www.gamespot.com/articl...

about a week ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

gnupun Re:The luxury of money (154 comments)

Can they really afford to write off the couple-million-and-change Titan undoubtedly cost to make?

It's probably near the $20-40 million range for seven years rather than $2 million. But that's okay since they make well over $100 million per year just from world of warcraft.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

gnupun Re:Know who to sue (167 comments)

According to a post in this thread, some negative comments were deleted by pubpeer mods. The image evidence does seem pretty damning, even to someone who knows nothing about cancer research.

I'm also not sure how research papers are actually authored, especially so many by one person. Couldn't it be someone else did the actual research, perhaps grad or PhD students and he just mentored them, gave them advice and edited a few things which gave him the right to put his name on the papers? In which case, I guess claiming credit for others' work bit him in the ass.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

gnupun Re:Know who to sue (167 comments)

Eh I guess you can sue anyone for anything in 'merica

Is losing a $350,000 job offer something you consider trivial? The scientist and his lawyer suspect foul play by anonymous person(s) who allegedly defamed him by posting ad hominem attacks in their pubpeer comments and then distributed those comment pages to both universities associated with him.

Any criticism of his work should be valid and fact based and that should be enforced by the site's moderators. Still, anonymity is important when criticizing someone and they should not use this as an excuse to force critics to reveal their identities.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

gnupun Re:Kickstarter isn't about financial reward (203 comments)

Not sure why parent is modded down. In many cases, the company making the product using Kickstarter gets a zero-risk, zero-interest loan without selling part of its company to VCs or banks. That's a huge deal, because if the company used VCs for funding, a portion of their profits would go to the VCs. So if they made $1 million profit, perhaps $400,000 would go to VCs. With crowdsourcing, once the company has delivered the product to the backers, they get to keep all $1 million of those profits for themselves for any future batch of products sold.

Also, Kickstarter makes a nice commission by being a middleman for backers and creators. So yes, it's all about the money.

about two weeks ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

gnupun Re:Speak for yourself, Mr. Emanuel (478 comments)

You lost me when you assigned an arbitrary number as your cutoff rather than defining the cutoff on reasonably definable measures of physical and mental health.

It's not arbitrary if you think about it. It's the age when people are least productive since they have been retired for 5-7 years and their health care costs are starting to rise, by a huge margin, statistically speaking. Mr. Bio-ethicist does not want to waste public healthcare funds to care for these people -- he wishes they were dead instead, or worse, no longer covered by state healthcare plans.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

gnupun Re:Risk aversion (203 comments)

Venture capitalists have legal contracts and the all important lawyers for when the two sides disagree on whether the requirements for a phase have been met.

Right now it's completely a black box how backer money is spent. Maybe the creators should list itemized bills in their Kickstarter project page so backers can see if their money is being spent reasonably. Don't VCs also monitor how their money is spent? I'm not sure.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

gnupun Re:Risk aversion (203 comments)

Wouldn't limiting the transfer of funds, via signed contracts or something, limit the risks of such a thing happening?

That's how venture capital is distributed to entrepreneurs, in chunks -- series A, series B and so on. So after completing phase 1, they get $X, after phase 2, they get $Y and so on. This is how Kickstarter should distribute funds to the creators. Otherwise, there is a chance the creators will simply take the money, stop working and give bogus status updates.

When the creators create their sales pitch web page on Kickstarter, they should show how much they want to get paid for each phase. If there are 5 phases and the creators can only deliver 2, the backers will be refunded payment for the 3 unfinished phases.

about two weeks ago

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