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Why We Should Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

johanatan Re:Moral objection (393 comments)

Oh, come on. Surely we will make an exact replica (aka backup) of the portions we destroy *before* we do any experiments, no? I mean, if we can achieve a machine of N nodes, just wait 18 months and we can have one with N*2 nodes!

about a year ago
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Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

johanatan Re:MS is not even in the game... yet (417 comments)

.NET was released in 2002. How did you get 16 years experience in it?

about a year ago
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OS Upgrades Powered By Git

johanatan Re:arg (92 comments)

So, why not put the source code in git and let the OS download, compile, and install the updates from source [automagically]? Or maybe even have the entire operating system be an interpreter (a la BASIC, erlang, smalltalk or LISP machines).

about 2 years ago
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TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript

johanatan Re:And this suprises you? (488 comments)

It has nothing to do with whether the direct licensee is interested or disinterested in their freedom. The argument for GPL being 'more free' is that it forces the direct licensee to be at least as free as it has been to him.

about 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

johanatan Re:Wrong (745 comments)

I believe you misunderstood the phrase 'Paul people'. The delegates your parent referred to are Paul supporters who stayed around long enough to get elected as delegates.

more than 2 years ago
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A Boost For Quantum Reality

johanatan Re:Heh (241 comments)

Not if it's running on the 'cloud'. Come on man, get with the times.

more than 2 years ago
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A Boost For Quantum Reality

johanatan Re:Heh (241 comments)

That's only true if the machine running the simulation is not powerful enough. Given a local high-order maximum which exceeds the average 'reality' surrounding it would be enough computing power.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?

johanatan Re:Python (530 comments)

That would be true if C# and C++ (as multi-paradigm languages) didn't have quite good support for functional features.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

johanatan Re:amazing use of resources (381 comments)

And, of course, the design goals are appropriate for this particular instrument.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

johanatan Re:amazing use of resources (381 comments)

I didn't make any comment on the quality of the design. However, it is my personal belief that it is in fact a good design given the design goals.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

johanatan Re:amazing use of resources (381 comments)

The fees are quite low (on the order of a fraction of a percent [as opposed to 3-4% for VISA/MC or higher for Western Union). You can choose to submit transactions with no fees but depending on the load on the network and the amount of miners, difficulty of mining, etc, it can take quite a long time for them to clear. For instance, my zero-fee transaction from 2 weeks ago took a week to complete.

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

johanatan Re:amazing use of resources (381 comments)

The limitation is not a shortage of problems to solve. It is a design feature.
In fact, problems will continue to be solved (i.e., transactions verified by mining) long after the last coin is 'mined' but then the solvers will be rewarded by fees and not mined coins.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

johanatan Re:What About Machine Language and Assembly? (316 comments)

Well yea, but in my view a vocabulary also includes a dictionary with meanings of such.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

johanatan Re:What About Machine Language and Assembly? (316 comments)

Also, the 'rest of what makes a language' for natural languages is vocabulary but there really isn't much of a vocabulary to be spoken of for formal languages (merely the character sets).

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

johanatan Re:What About Machine Language and Assembly? (316 comments)

Formally, a language can be defined as the strings generated by a formal grammar. I do not believe the courts have ruled on whether the output of a program (in this case the BNF specification + string generator) can be copyrighted but I have used open source libraries that claim just that. For example:

http://www.cs.fsu.edu/~engelen/soap.html

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

johanatan Re:What About Machine Language and Assembly? (316 comments)

There is no way to write down a programming language, or to perform it. ... But there is no way you can write down the language just in the same way you cannot write down an idea, but only a description of an idea (or the implementation of it, if it is an implementable idea).

Not true. There are standard notations for computer languages so you can 'write them down.' A language expressed in these forms is obviously an 'expression of an idea' (and could be considered a mere program [or implementation if you will] written in meta-language):

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backus%E2%80%93Naur_Form

more than 2 years ago

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