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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

jonathan_ingram Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

As you have only been introduced to elementary math(s), you may not be aware that median is also an average. Half of programmers *are* below average using one of the three usual rivals for 'average'. It would be hard to use mean, as it's not clear that you could find a rating system for which using mean would make sense.

Of course, it's not clear that there is any sensible numeric rating scale for programmers, and it would be interesting to argue about what the modal average would be, but it's just a throwaway comment which doesn't need to be analysed in such depth. The meaning and sense of the comment is clear.

If you are going to play the role of overly pedantic nerd, at least do it correctly so you don't get laughed at.

about a month ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

jonathan_ingram Re:Exotic minerals from space rocks (278 comments)

No, it should be 'median', not 'mean'... but see the comment by cusco also.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Contemplating Five Week Release Cycle

jonathan_ingram Re:Best version of Firefox is 3.6 (495 comments)

Or he could just stay with 3.6, like I have, which works perfectly NOW.

about 3 years ago
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CyanogenMod Shows Off Android On the HP TouchPad

jonathan_ingram Re:Wow.. should buy one! (117 comments)

Choose between a thousand words or so for each word, and you have a password you can actually remember, with just as much entropy as the standard 8-digit random nonsense. Something like "original horse tuesday" or "memorable yacht Tasmania" is also much easier to remember than "r3!xp20.".

If you want more strength, then increase the number of words. Four words aren't much harder to remember than three.

more than 3 years ago
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What Google's Chromium OS Is Reaching For

jonathan_ingram Re:How presumptuous (216 comments)

The moon is made of biscuit, therefore 1+1=2.

If the premise is false, then the conclusion *may* be false. Or true. Or neither.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

jonathan_ingram Re:1E3*1E5=1E9? (773 comments)

Thousand and million have always been the same in the US and UK, and the British billion has just about died about in the UK, sadly -- 'billion' means 'thousand million' to us these days, just like it does for you.

It's a pity, as I did like the name 'milliard' for a thousand million (a billion used to be a million million), but I suppose the gain in consistency is worth it.

How about you start using metric measurements in return? :)

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Patents "Enforceable" Ad Viewing On Devices

jonathan_ingram Re:Citizenship (439 comments)

No, the movie was much better than the book, which was Heinlein's standard unreadable tripe. The movie on the other hand, while limited, had some interesting aspects, including the vision of a fascist-style world state. I've never been able to work out why people hate the movie so much.

more than 4 years ago
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The Future of Digital Books

jonathan_ingram Re:Scanned Books? No one is interested! (256 comments)

Sounds interesting. Have you contributing the text to Project Gutenberg? Anything printed before 1923 is public domain in the US, so you're not even breaking any laws :). For their records they need you to submit scans of the front and back of the title page (they require this for all books, so they won't get sued by people who claim they're using modern editions).

I've contributed a lot of books to PG, so I know the system fairly well. Let me know if you're interested.

more than 8 years ago

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