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Perl Is Undead

madprof Re: "Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

Nice idea. However I am working with code that can't escape the office network. And anyway we also have Crucible if we want to do proper code review.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

madprof Re: IF.. (561 comments)

Yes, but vanity seems to overcome this. The whole simplistic notion of a single score to describe a mental ability that is as broad as "intelligence" is lacking in scientific rigour. But apparently clever people are too clever to need rigour.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

madprof Re: "Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

Emailing python is unusual. I tend to er, commit to Git and let people pull my changes.
Emailing Perl can be hard too because so few people know how to write decent Perl that you end up reading rubbish.

about a month ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

madprof Re: I wonder where Watterson would go today (119 comments)

Obviously he wouldn't enjoy it so he doesn't do it. The reason the strip was great was because the quality threshold was so high. Reading through the books gives constant laughs. If it carried on without much love then it would be a very differeny matter.
I am glad he stopped.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

madprof Re: If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonis (119 comments)

Wow, I never knew there was an anti-Calvin and Hobbes troll possible but you have found it!

Genuinely, I am impressed. You should use this one in other places.

about 2 months ago
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Duo Sneak an Oculus Rift Onto Roller Coaster For a Wild Ride

madprof Staged (81 comments)

Ah yes. I forgot how easy it was to sneak a laptop and a VR headset onto a rollercoaster. This is almost certainly planned by a PR agency. It probably happened but quite deliberately to get us to pay attention to their VR tech.

about 3 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

They are not in a perpetual state of religious fervour though. So there must be some element of conscious decision involved.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Sorry, you have drastically over-simplified this, and you're wrong. There is still choice.

It is much more helpful for you to say that they have made a decision to choose this religion and not to go looking for others. Of course you can also point out that some people feel coerced into it, but I wasn't referring to people for whom that was the case. I was only referring to people I know who I am pretty damn certain can go exploring whatever religions they feel like.

It's a different discussion to talk about the general choices of religion throughout the world.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

madprof Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

I know too many smart highly-educated Christians to think that religion is merely some lack of applied thought.
It's a choice they made, knowingly and subjectively, to have religious faith.
I don't happen to agree with them, but that is their decision.

about 4 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

madprof Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

My team wanted to use bookmarks instead of HG branches. Sadly our version of Rhodecode did not support them. So we've moved the team to Git and it's actually turning out OK. Yes, different and I miss the simplicity of HG and the lovely logical nature of it. Git feels more inconsistent. But it's doing the job.

about 4 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

madprof Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

Maybe you want HG instead of Git?

about 4 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

madprof Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

As someone who moved from SVN to HG and now from HG to Git for the same codebase, it's quite a natural step.
The HG to Git move was because of branching behaviour, which we preferred in Git, plus the ability to use Stash.
Git has its quirks but I'm having zero problems moving.
I'd always always go with HG over SVN, any day of the week and twice on a Sunday.

about 4 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

madprof Re: This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

It was the insinuation of who burned them down that I was referring to. Tinfoil hats sell well in your area?

about 5 months ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

madprof Re: 90 day budget (185 comments)

There is not much commercial imperative to do some interesting science though.

about 5 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

madprof Re: This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

Ah yes, the old "burning down cottages" myth. Apparently they faked the moon landings too.

about 5 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

madprof Re:Another type that is interesting... (717 comments)

If you know you will get emergencies you should have an agreed plan of who to contact and who will take overall responsibility when one occurs.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

madprof Re: And in other news... (625 comments)

You think young Americans have early exposure to chaos theory and non-linear systems...

YES, I am sure of that. Some of the concepts of chaos theory and fractals, especially those concepts that can be vividly presented in graphics, are as well understood by today's grade schoolers as atomic theory and rocket engineering were understood by grade schoolers in the 1960s.

Can you name any grade school syllabuses which have chaos theory on them? Fractals?

Which is not to say that today's average youngster (a kid less than 40 years old) have any real grasp of these subjects. It is just that some of these concepts have influenced their world views as those views were being formed (and not as bolt-on additions, which is all that us older guys have to work with). E.g., for those under 30, that some things are fractal (self-similar at every level of scaling) has as much impact on their world view as Newton's third law. So the ancient astrology expression "as above, so below" carries more truthiness for them than it does for us older ones who grew up in a cause and effect (and nothing else) universe.

That "ancient astrology expression" is hardly well-known and obviously has zero to do with fractals. Or sanity. You are joining very far-away dots to draw this picture and it seems rather contrived. One might almost say it's totally made up.
Also please explain the phrase "cause and effect (and nothing else) universe". Quantum theory allows for a non-deterministic universe but somehow I don't think you're thinking of this.

which makes them more likely to believe in astrology?

NO! I would not go that far. HOWEVER, youngsters are much less likely to dismiss astrology out of hand, since they are aware that there are other things affecting their world than just cause and effect chains. I think they are much more likely to accept that there are other forms of science (of self-consistent bodies of knowledge) than the cause and effect sciences that are all that classical western thought allows.

Astrology is not self-consistent. It's self-contradictory, provably imprecise and has no evidence to back it up. The "science"-iness of it comes from marketing by astrologers, who are either frauds or braindead morons.

So to correct you, the reason youngsters are less likely to dismiss astrology out of hand is because they're been conned by the name (it ends with "-ology") and by an industry based on people's gullibility.

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

madprof Re: And in other news... (625 comments)

You think young Americans have early exposure to chaos theory and non-linear systems which makes them more likely to believe in astrology?

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

madprof Re: And in other news... (625 comments)

Taxes. The best bit about this is the tax the public pay for that health care ends up less than the money the public pay for the insurance.

about 6 months ago

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