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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

ralphbecket Re:It produces performance like C++ (217 comments)

"After all, the chief advantages of C# isn't really C#, but the .NET libraries."

You can't be serious! C is *substantially* lower-level than C#; you should only use C as a portable assembly language. I've spent decades writing assembly, C, and higher level languages and I'd pick C# over C in an eyeblink for anything that doesn't require access to the bare metal (well, personally I'd pick a functional language, but these days I work in industry...)

about 4 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

ralphbecket Re:Change (742 comments)

own some MS stock there, shill-boy?

Oooh, clever! Go on, call him a denialist, too -- you know you want to.

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

ralphbecket Re:Nice to have the choice (255 comments)

I think I've broken the Slashdot code! 'Insightful' must mean, 'agrees with my prejudices'.

about 6 months ago
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Bursting the Filter Bubble

ralphbecket Re:its more than just political sensitivity (136 comments)

Erm, if you're only exposed to "concensus" views and around the edges you get sympathetic nutcases like Lewandowsky claiming anyone who disagrees is a fantasist with a mental problem (oh, the sweet irony), aren't you in exactly the position you are concerned about?

about 9 months ago
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Weak Statistical Standards Implicated In Scientific Irreproducibility

ralphbecket Re: Impossible! (182 comments)

Climate models are currently, at best, when treated as an ensemble (if you buy that as legitimate), skirting along the p 0.05 level of significance in the validation period.

Pointing this out is considered trolling -- it probably offends some religious sensibilities.

Tightening the threshold as the article suggests would mean the model results are not "significant" (i.e., not reasonably distinguishable from natural variation -- note that I am not a "denier" and that I do accept that CO2 is a greenhouse gas etc. etc.; I am however hugely skeptical of most climate and environmental science that I have investigated).

about 10 months ago
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Weak Statistical Standards Implicated In Scientific Irreproducibility

ralphbecket Impossible! (182 comments)

Is the author mad? p < 0.05 would completely invalidate climate models! That simply can't be true, ergo p >= 0.05 is absolutely necessary in (post-normal) science.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

ralphbecket Re:Shipito (206 comments)

Seconded: I've used Shipito several times and their service has been first class.

about 10 months ago
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What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

ralphbecket Re:You would trust insurance companies on this? (385 comments)

Your post can only have been modded down by people who "know the truth" without being in posession of the facts: http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/normalized-us-hurricane-damage-1900.html

about a year ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

ralphbecket Re:the difference (473 comments)

Let me precis this argument:

(1) The moderation scheme here essentially filters out postings that disagree with the "group-think."

(2) Commenters here are "unusually intelligent" and they define the group-think.

(3) Therefore if you disagree with the group-think, you are probably not "unusually intelligent" (and hence your opinion is probably not worthy of consideration; you belong with the trolls and drunkards).

The problem is step (2), which is a lot of self-serving bollocks. I think the suggestion that Slashdot moderation fosters group-think is on the money.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code

ralphbecket Re: Wrong objective. (115 comments)

I have to disagree. Before I go to a heap of effort reproducing your experiment, I want to check that the analysis you ran was the one you described in your paper. After I've convinced myself that you haven't made a mistake here, I may then go and try your experiment on new data, hopefully thereby confirming or invalidating your claims. Indeed, by giving me access to your code you can't then claim that I have misunderstood you if I do obtain an invalidating result.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

ralphbecket Re:Entrenched positions (530 comments)

Voted up, then down, then down again? Ha, must have touched a nerve.

1 year,4 days
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

ralphbecket Re:Entrenched positions (530 comments)

Er, you mean shoot the people who adopt position number 4?

1 year,5 days
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

ralphbecket Entrenched positions (530 comments)

This is the kind of suggestion that can only appeal to those with an entrenched position.

In reality, there are at least the following explanations:

1. Those who disagree on action find the argument wanting.

2. Those who disagree on action find the evidence wanting.

3. Those who disagree on action find the remedial policy wanting.

4. Those who disagree on action have some psychological problem.

If you are pro-action and adopt position number 4 then you're essentially acknowledging that your argument isn't compelling (which is also when people stoop to nonsense appeals to consensus, appeals to authority, and so forth). To quote Thomas Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken."

1 year,5 days
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

ralphbecket Re:How did they calculate near certainty? (510 comments)

Thought as much. I wonder if there are *any* classically trained scientists in the IPCC who balk at this sort of nonsense?

1 year,12 days
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

ralphbecket How did they calculate near certainty? (510 comments)

Can someone point me to the sums? I'd hate this to be another case of wobbly old expert opinion being touted as something more concrete.

1 year,12 days
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

ralphbecket Re: Excellent (341 comments)

Settings > Change PC Settings > General > Touch Keyboard > "Make the Standard Keyboard Layout Available"

1 year,28 days
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Google's Science Fellows Challenge the Company's Fund-Raising For Senator Inhofe

ralphbecket Re:good grief, give it a rest (140 comments)

Exactly, which is why anybody touting consensus as having anything to do with science should leave the discussion.

[I do believe this is the first time I've ever agreed with tapecutter.]

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Start Dumping Surface RT To Schools For $199

ralphbecket Re:I've actually used an RT (251 comments)

Oh, NOW you're concerned about feelings? Gosh, do you read any of the bile you spout here? Look, I would take you seriously, but you haven't provided your credit card details, last three places of residence, favourite colour, and finger prints.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Start Dumping Surface RT To Schools For $199

ralphbecket Re:I've actually used an RT (251 comments)

Do you humiliate yourself like this often? I have a horrible feeling I'm mocking one of the afflicted now.

about a year ago

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