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Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

philgross What about Sun's Fortress language (728 comments)

Sun's Fortress language allowed you to use real, LaTeX-formatted math as source code. They reasoned, correctly I think, that for the mathematically literate, this would make the programs far clearer. Google for Fortress Programming Language Tutorial.

more than 3 years ago
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The Final Release of Apache HTTP Server 1.3

philgross Re:Misleading Summary (104 comments)

I got 10 or 15 mod points a few times. I have no idea how or why. Since the last site update, I'm getting mod points much less frequently as well, although I think my karma is the same.

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

philgross summary is economically confused (292 comments)

The summary makes it sounds like the US is doing a favor and donating generously to the rest of the world by funding foreign PhDs. A more accurate description would be that we taking the extreme cream of the crop, educated at great expense in other countries, and then luring them to the United States, where they further strengthen our already best-in-the-world universities, and the great majority stay permanently. The article describes a slight moderation in this trend, with a few more scholars choosing to return (although also describing the obstacles they face when they do).

The overall benefits of this system continue to be overwhelmingly in the favor of the United States. Even those who do return to their home countries go back with a much deeper understanding of the US, not to mention greater English fluency.

The restrictions on foreign students in the aftermath of 9/11 stood out among the other security-theater policies for their active harmfulness.

more than 4 years ago
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What DARPA's Been Up To, At Length

philgross Re:The suckitude that was DARPA head Tony Tether (54 comments)

Long term, heavy-academic-contribution stuff was exactly what he choked off. He was bad for America's research base and bad for big-picture American security, IMHO. Apologies for the gratuitous Dubya swipe (as you say, mod-bait on /.), but I do feel that Tether and GWB shared a disdain for academia, which was no problem for the president, but had terrible consequences for what is supposed to be the blue-sky research arm of the DoD.

Also, you're aware that this not some hindsight Bush-bashing here, right? I mean, they actually had Senate hearings on the Tether/DARPA mess back in 2005.

more than 4 years ago
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What DARPA's Been Up To, At Length

philgross Re:The suckitude that was DARPA head Tony Tether (54 comments)

Read the TFA. There would have been unimaginably more cool stuff if Tether hadn't choked off academic funding for anything not directly usable in the current wars. DARPANet/ARPANet/the Internet definitely is not something that could have happened on his watch.

more than 4 years ago
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What DARPA's Been Up To, At Length

philgross The suckitude that was DARPA head Tony Tether (54 comments)

No mention of the disastrous Bush-era reign of Tony Tether at DARPA? With an incurious, aggressive president, we got an incurious, aggressive DARPA head, who cut long-term and academic research in favor of short-term corporate research. His dumping by Obama led to joy and celebrations (OK, cautious hope) across the land.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Claims They "Just Aren't That Big"

philgross Re:They're not big. (283 comments)

Google did maps, it was okay but not #1, they bought Keyhole(now google earth) and advanced their tech to become #1

They hired the guys who made the Google Maps precursor, but it was a separate acquisition (and technology) from Keyhole / Google Earth. They only recently got the two systems to use the same imagery data, I think.

more than 5 years ago
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Is China Creating the World's Largest Botnet Army?

philgross Re:Easily identifiable source = easy blocked traff (195 comments)

I was going to add the same comment. The point of a botnet is that the computers, being hijacked consumer/corporate pcs, are from all over the world and indistinguishable from random traffic IPs. If you're getting attacked by an all-China botnet, just cut off a well-defined set of addresses and the threat vanishes.

more than 5 years ago
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Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

philgross Re:A.I. (369 comments)

It goes further than that. Try Googling "how old is Britney Spears" and "what is the population of iceland" (without quotes). The answer appears at the top, separately from the search results.

more than 5 years ago
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Chrome On the Way For Mac and Linux

philgross Re:Why is it taking so long? (308 comments)

Nope. Win32 is emphatically not Unix. If anything, it's closer to the old DEC VAX VMS OS (Dave Cutler's earlier OS). While there are POSIX compatibility adapters, the native OS provides services that look pretty different from the classic UNIX ones (process creation, IPC, security, etc.).

I recommend Windows System Programming by Hart if you want to get a feeling for it. It's arguably a better (and certainly more modern) API than the classic UNIX set. I mean, fork() is a pretty weird way to create a new process, if you think about it.

This is _not_ an endorsement of the entire Windows OS, which has miles-deep layers of cruft and crap on top -- just talking about the kernel and core system services.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Introduces "MacBook Wheel"

philgross Re:phone next? (268 comments)

There are several. Search for "rotary dialer" in the iTunes App Store.

more than 5 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

philgross Drug use?! (1601 comments)

Are you referring to the drug use he had himself described in detail in his best-selling book? The drug use which, when the NYT investigated back in February, interviewing his peers of the time, he turned out to have probably exaggerated?

Oh, and when asked about his drug use back in October 2006 said "Of course I inhaled. That was the point". On video.

No, I have no idea why the media would not want to spend reporting resources and column inches covering this repeatedly.

And would you agree that Obama has been far more open about his illegal substance abuse than certain other presidents?

more than 5 years ago

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Computer Art for a CS Dept Office?

philgross philgross writes  |  more than 6 years ago

philgross writes "My university's Computer Science Department has just renovated its main office, and is looking for artwork for the walls. Do Slashdotters have any recommendations about their favorite posters or images that address the algorithms, the history, and/or the aesthetics of Computer Science?"
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philgross philgross writes  |  more than 7 years ago

philgross writes "Dump that Google search in the garbage and leave that Live! All Slashdotters will be thrilled to know that they can now Search With Kevin!!!! Yes, that's right, K-Fed himself! OMG!!

You probably thought that no search company could humiliate itself beyond Microsoft Live's direct bribes to companies that promote it. Well, take a bow Yahoo!, who continue their streak of picking only the very best celebrity mascots."

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