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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

spyke252 wat (729 comments)

I'm surprised no one has posted wat yet. Even though it's a video, I really found it interesting and funny.

about 5 months ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

spyke252 Re:Who Needs an Article to Tell Me This? (140 comments)

Frankly, I think net neutrality will win out in the marketplace because of the things some companies, e.g., Google, are doing to let their users know that the ISP's are throttling them.

I'm not so concerned for Google or Netflix as I am concerned about startups who would otherwise be able to compete with the content provided by ISPs. What would've happened had Verizon and Comcast slowed down traffic to Netflix when it was first created? What about if it were possible when Facebook, or Google, were born?

I think it sets a dangerous precedent when one or two companies literally get to decide what new services are good ideas and then create their own, shitty version of it that competes only on the basis of not being fucked with by the ISP.

The ISP's can't prevent them from doing this and ISP's customers can choose another ISP that doesn't do it, or at least offers better performance.

When 37% of Americans have only two wired broadband providers, 28% have just one, and 2% have no wired broadband ISPs at all, I don't think this is really as much an option.

about 6 months ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

spyke252 Amazon must be jumping with joy (199 comments)

So, this is a win for Amazon. They get free publicity for the holiday season from the announcement to use drones, and they don't have to deliver (pun not intentional) because of the mean old geezers of the FAA.
I have to wonder: was that their plan all along?

about 7 months ago

NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

spyke252 Re:Some background facts (221 comments)

This isn't quite correct- factoring isn't known to be NP-Hard (and so proving it's in P wouldn't necessarily prove P=NP). Neither is the discrete logarithm problem, which is the basis for ECC.
However, I think this actually helps your argument.

1 year,27 days

A Link Between Wormholes and Quantum Entanglement

spyke252 Wow. (186 comments)

The insight could help physicists reconcile quantum mechanics and Einstein's general theory of relativity

What? QM is COMPLETELY in line with relativity. If you had FTL communication, it wouldn't, but that doesn't exist- quantum teleportation requires a classical channel to relay information (namely, which state Bob's particle collapsed into). I admit I haven't read the linked articles yet, but I doubt the authors made any such claim (and that was input by the submitter/editor)

Source: I am a PhD student in Quantum Computer Science.

about a year ago

J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

spyke252 Re:Talent only gives you a chance (128 comments)

I just read the article, and I didn't reach that conclusion until I read your post. Thanks for your insight!

about a year and a half ago

Citing Snowden Leaks, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet

spyke252 Re:UN is not the governmemt, its the planet. (275 comments)

As an American, I can verify that we do.

And it's still pretty creepy, at least for the first few years...

about a year and a half ago

A Look At Quantum Computer Manufacturer D-Wave and Its Founder

spyke252 Re:quantum computing (96 comments)

The research into quantum computing is using done with the goal of a universal quantum Turing machine, which would, by proof, run classical algorithms in addition to quantum ones.

Not the D-Wave. There's two branches in current quantum computation: General quantum computation, which is still stuck at the implementation stage (of which languages like QCL derive) and D-Wave's computation (which, admittedly, is geared toward quantum annealing and no other quantum procedures, and is therefore not a general quantum computer).

If I were to think a few years down the road, the path D-Wave is taking would culminate in chips that do specific things, such as perform quantum communication protocols, but only those things that were hardwired into the chip. It's hard to think of how a quantum operating system or a quantum programming language would operate under such a model. The general quantum computing path, for which four major quantum programming languages have been written already (QCL, LANQ, CQPL, and QML), if possible, would allow for Turing-Complete machines.

about a year and a half ago

Xbox One: Cloud Will Quadruple the Power, Says Microsoft

spyke252 Re:Sounds great (400 comments)

See, when this happens, the game should go into the public domain. Seems like a really simple idea.

about a year and a half ago

Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

spyke252 Can this be construed... (716 comments)

as an anticompetitive practice? Google gets market share for android phones with a better Youtube app, and refusing to allow other people APIs for that app seems like the definition of using market share from one product to affect another.

about a year and a half ago

Google and NASA Snap Up D-Wave Quantum Computer

spyke252 Re:What language do you write code in? (108 comments)

Python, actually. The quantum part is treated like an oracle.

Just when my mod points expire- this is correct.

about a year and a half ago

Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website

spyke252 Implications (135 comments)

Is it okay if I post copyrighted material if I go through a 3rd party to do so?

about a year and a half ago

Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

spyke252 Re:O'rly? (339 comments)

Did you know that this is what the GA was working on? It seems this problem could have been solved just as easily with more communication than more programming ability.

about a year and a half ago

Why Is Science Behind a Paywall?

spyke252 The way I see it... (210 comments)

Researchers should sell journals a "License" that allows the journal to print the researchers IP, but the researcher still owns the IP and can sell other people the license as well.

about a year and a half ago

From 'Quantified Self' To 'Quantified Car'

spyke252 Re:Why would I want a "Nanny" app? (173 comments)

Bad driving isn't simply "speeding over 70mph" (aren't some highways over that speed limit anyway?), it's an amalgamation of not paying attention, not planning ahead, and not conforming to how everyone else is driving (to an extent). The problem you pose isn't solved in any way by this technology, and it gives more "bad driver" false positives than correct predictions.

about 2 years ago

Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

spyke252 Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (394 comments)

It's a shame that some people get caught up so much in "being right" that they stop considering another's position, but don't leave because of it- there are several people willing to discuss and change opinions still here. That said, I think we'd agree that certain DRM is simply unacceptable, even if on things we rent. I feel like the renting/owning distinction isn't relevant in terms of DRM, though- IANAL, and so obviously my interpretation of law or what it should be is incorrect, but when I rent something, I feel like I have any capabilities that I would when owning it except I have to return it in its original condition at the end of the contract term. I wouldn't want my landlord checking in on me every minute to make sure I haven't done anything bad with my apartment, certainly. That said, there's plenty of other middle grounds to escape to. If I want to pay a local artist based on how often I listen to his music, I could write a simple script that calculated how much I owe him every month and display that info to me- and if I went over some limit that I personally chose, would halt reading the file and tell me so. That, IMO, constitutes DRM, but is a bit different in that I have absolute power in how much I'm paying and to who, I'm free to disable it if I wish, it's incredibly noninvasive, and it has zero legal enforcement. If we're willing to agree that this is DRM (which we may not!), then obviously the optimal amount of DRM- something that could, in theory, balance the wants of both the consumer and the producer of the content- lies somewhere within this spectrum.

about 2 years ago

Judge Slams Apple-Motorola Suit As 'Business Strategy'

spyke252 And? (140 comments)

Until we see punishment for such business practices, they'll continue to be profitable. As long as they're profitable, companies will continue to use such business practices. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that judges are also seeing the idiocy that certain policies seem to lead to, but given how these companies sometimes even blatantly disregard the courts... They'll just find a different patent and sue in a different court system until they get their money back.

about 2 years ago


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