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Perl Data Language 2.4.10 released

spud603 Re:first post? (94 comments)

So true. Also R is great for vector-based data as well, and does some stuff quite a bit better (and some stuff quite a bit worse) than scipy/matplotlib.

more than 2 years ago

Huge Freshwater Bulge In Arctic Ocean

spud603 Re:Don't panic. (382 comments)

Thank you. Regardless of the origin of the changes to the climate, they are real and potentially devastating. If they are largely caused by our behavior, then maybe we can help mitigate by changing our behavior asap. But that doesn't change the fact that we'll all want to figure out something to do about the changes as they're already being realized.

more than 2 years ago

Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

spud603 Re:Should X be paid for by taxes? (861 comments)

Ok, a thought experiment:
Let's say the city of Chicago throws its bureaucratic hands in the air and cancels any city-supported trash collection. A whole bunch of new and existing companies jump on this hugely expanded market, and households/buildings start paying individually for their trash collection. (We'll ignore for now the huge inefficiency of having multiple companies sending trucks down a single alley each emptying a small subset of the bins).
But what happens in the poorer neighborhoods, where a number of households will likely find it more efficient to just dump their trash in the vacant lot or unused portion of the alley than to pay to have it picked up? There might be fewer companies willing to service these areas, and prices for collection may be higher. Before long the underprivileged communities are loaded with garbage, rats and disease. Impromptu mismanaged landfills, blocked alleys, decomposing and non-decomposable waste everywhere. All of a sudden trash collection looks a lot like a civil liberties issue. Or even if you take an individualist well-that's-their-problem-they-shouldn't-be-so-poor stance, this would affect the whole city in terms of public health, sewer water management, ER visits, etc.

Despite the appeal of the libertarian ideal of everybody taking responsibility for just themselves, it simply doesn't work in the real world. We're all in it together and, no matter how frustrating it is, our actions unavoidably affect one another.

more than 2 years ago

Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

spud603 Re:Should X be paid for by taxes? (861 comments)

I'm genuinely curious what goes into that much waste.
And as a secondary question: how much of that is recyclable or compostable?

more than 2 years ago

Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

spud603 Re:A real important thing to note... (967 comments)

Actually Obama has done a hell of a lot stop prosecution of marijuana. The reason that marijuana is becoming so normalized in places like California and Colorado is Obama's executive order to not enforce federal law in the states that have decriminalized the drug. However it's not law, so that policy could be immediately reversed by the next administration.

more than 2 years ago

Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

spud603 Re:Did it "confirm" it was caused by man? (967 comments)

Well freaking stated.
Excellent breakdown of the roles played by evidence and models in scientific methodology.
And an excellent summarization of the holes in the whole "if we didn't cause it, then stay the course" argument.

more than 2 years ago

Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database

spud603 Re:Astrolabe, Inc. v. Olson et al (433 comments)

Please do it!
If you managed to create a database with every real number between 1 and n, for any value of n, (not just a program that can generate arbitrarily precise real numbers from that range) you would deserve a lot more than a copyright.

more than 2 years ago

New Mac OS X Trojan Hides Inside PDFs

spud603 Re:Nothing to see.. (194 comments)

what is iMail?

more than 2 years ago

Ballmer Hints At 'Metro-ization' of Office

spud603 Re:Boy did I misread that title (302 comments)

so: "metro-ization" > "metrosexual" > "homosexual" > queer eye
I get it now, but that's quite a few leaps :)

more than 2 years ago

App Enables Surfing Over SMS/MMS Through T-Mobile

spud603 Re:Privacy? (149 comments)

I'm not an expert, but i don't see why public-key encryption wouldn't work here. The browser (which supports the SSL) is still just a browser. It's just that your encrypted data gets sent via SMS rather than TCP/IP.
Unless I'm missing something...

more than 2 years ago

App Enables Surfing Over SMS/MMS Through T-Mobile

spud603 Re:Wouldnt that be... (149 comments)

it's probably ok on bandwidth, but dog-slow on latency

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

spud603 Re:Node (329 comments)

main page

more than 2 years ago

Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

spud603 Re:Really? (314 comments)

The netflix clients are phenomenal? How does a 'phenomenal' client max out my 2.8GHz processor to display a *paused* video? That and it routinely takes over a minute for the Silverlight-based client to even load itself, let alone start loading the content.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

spud603 Re:Awful (951 comments)

In my experience OSX developers stick to the UI design standards more than their MS counterparts. My guess is that there's a higher premium on macs for programs that have the right 'look and feel' so it's really the users of the programs that enforce the UI standards. That is, there are more mac users that care whether their program feels like a mac program than there are windows users that care whether their program feels like a windows program.

about 2 years ago

NASA Sends Lego Figures to Jupiter

spud603 Re:cue confused aliens in 3..2.. (164 comments)

hehe. The Great Shriving Civilization of Jupiter. They died out through excessive penance.

more than 2 years ago

3D Nausea Solved By Eye-Tracking

spud603 Re:Or... (116 comments)

mod this AC up. These cameras could do exactly what ggp was asking, though there's a lot of hard-/software that would need to go into it.

about 3 years ago

There Oughta Be a Standard: Laptop Power Supplies

spud603 Re:Mod summary up! (482 comments)

I hate to stereotype

Then you should probably try not doing so. As a certified nerd you ought to know that anecdotal evidence isn't enough to make a strong conclusion, and that holds double for topics underpinned by strong and persistent cultural biases.

more than 3 years ago


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