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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

tgv Re:Browser performance (173 comments)

Ok, one thing broken. But I thought the dev tools were decent. The profiler seemed unreliable, but the rest was Chrome like.

2 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

tgv Re:Browser performance (173 comments)

You might want to think again. I tested the current IE (11) and its JS performance is already better than Chrome's and on par with Safari 8, and the HTML implementation seems pretty standard compliant. I didn't care much for the clumsy dialogs that showed up in some places, but in all, it's a much better browser than IE9 and anything before that.

3 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

tgv Re:Math (209 comments)

This, indeed. Literacy is about being able to distill complex information from written sources that do not dwell too much on detail. Coding is about writing instructions for a machine that is too stupid to know that a cow is an animal unless someone tells it precisely how to do that. These two activities are pretty much opposites.

Coding does have a lot in common with math, and is also meant for problem solving. It does not share its universality, though. A more apt comparison would be: coding is the new welding.

3 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

tgv Re:His ties to the KKK? (418 comments)

I'm from continental Europe, and even I know who Duke is.

about a week ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

tgv Re:Who gives a fuck (104 comments)

I agree. Using the f-word does not make someone racist. Emoji are a bad solution to a insignificant problem. The fact that people use that solution anyway doesn't change that.

about three weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

tgv Re:Self-defeating name (161 comments)

Regular expressions are named after Kleene's description of regular expressions as an "algebra of regular sets". The only way to make the strings in the language accepted by an RE longer is by use of "*", which is as regular as it can be.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

tgv Re:Indication of trolling (578 comments)

Precisely. I don't think anyone is really deeply attached to AC, and there are still good reasons to use it. It can also not be compared to the QWERTY keyboard: changing a keyboard can be as cheap as $2.50 (Amazon.com, Genuine Dell QuietKey USB Keyboard, or just a software change and a set of keyboard stickers) per seat, while changing power lines will cost somewhere between $2k and $10k per house. On a larger scale, where DC is better, it will slowly replace AC.

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

tgv Indication of trolling (578 comments)

The phrase "We retain ... AC current for similar reasons." makes me believe the author doesn't know what (s)he is speaking about.

about a month ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

tgv Re:Great... (137 comments)

You've got your statistics all wrong: you misrepresent significance testing, and overlook that t-tests are only suitable for a small range of problems. Plus it doesn't bear on the discussion of causality. You should have been downmodded into oblivion.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

tgv Re: I'm sick of this thread and sick of all of yo (330 comments)

It gets worse. I've seen this coming since 2008, but gene sequencing, preferably in combination with fMRI, is getting bigger. Not that it means anything: we don't know how a lump of neurons that consume more oxygen relate to behavior, and we don't know how genes affect lumps of neurons at any subtle level, let alone that we can conclude something from gene sequencing, but since it is very sexy and has new images to enhance psychological studies, there will be more and more of it, until you read one day: Reactions to Disgusting Images Determined by Genes.

about 3 months ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

tgv Matlab? Ugh! (205 comments)

I've worked in Matlab (doing DSP), but it's one butt ugly language. It's like FORTRAN with braces, and "global" only works sort of half. And its symbolic manipulation feels like an afterthought. Even Javascript is a better language. And for statistics, why not use R?

Pro tip: if you want to try your hand at Matlab: it's horribly expensive, but there are free clones available: Octave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Octave) and Scilab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scilab). I prefer the latter, but be sure to check the list of differences with Matlab.

about 3 months ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

tgv Re:Article doesn't make sense (350 comments)

Article is bad and doesn't give any conclusive physical reason why cold fusion is impossible. It only says that one possibility is unlikely, and the rest is hand waving and guilt by association. What a bad link.

about 3 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

tgv Re:wtf is up with that summary (282 comments)

I think you can trust them a bit. They're not constantly lying to you about everything. At least, not the higher quality outlets. You do have to consider that often only partial information is available, and that they want to sell ads, so it's almost never the final word. But with that restriction, there are quite a few reliable news outlets available. Perhaps the best idea is to read everything two weeks later, so you can compare it to recent reports...

about 4 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

tgv Re:wtf is up with that summary (282 comments)

It's dubbed "astroturfing": a form of propaganda whose techniques usually consist of a few people attempting to give the impression that mass numbers of enthusiasts advocate some specific cause. They are also completely ignoring the fact that nobody else wants it to be legalized. That /. publishes it, is the result of a lousy, commercialized editorial policy, and another illustration that you cannot trust sources that offer you new for free.

about 4 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

tgv Re:Getting tired of this shit (282 comments)

You are completely right. I came here to say something to similar effect. The "share economy" is just shifting the employer's risk from employer to employee, almost returning labor to hour or piece wages. It's not sharing, it's another way of getting profit. So if Uber wants to sell taxi rides, they can get a license like everybody else.

about 4 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

tgv Now have they? (942 comments)

Did England land a man on the moon? I had no idea. Typical of them not to boast about it. Jolly good, carry on.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

tgv Re:Oh no! hipster outrage (610 comments)

Remind me to put a copy of <insert horrible title> on your book shelves next time you leave the door open. It's not a crime, but it is annoying.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

tgv Re:Google Play Music anyone? (610 comments)

I expect a bit better from Apple. After all, you pay a ton of cash for their hardware. It just shows that the corporate culture at Apple is moving further and further away from computing and more towards low cost media sales and commission on payments. Too bad, cause I really like OSX.

about 4 months ago

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tgv tgv writes  |  more than 8 years ago

tgv writes "Does anyone know where I can order Viagra on-line? I've been looking everywhere, and I just can't find it."

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Hussein condemned to death

tgv tgv writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Condeming a person to death does not strike me as particular ethical, but ok, he was a bad guy. Had I been the judge, he would have stayed in jail the rest of his life. And out of humanitarian reasons, I would have allowed him a suicide pill.

But .. the sentence itself is nothing to be proud of. It marks the failure of international law and the sad state of the world today, and I know of at least one world leader that really should acknowledge that.

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Euro

tgv tgv writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The EU ministers of Finance have decided that all countries that want to adopt the Euro, have to call it "Euro". That's so smart. Aparently, in Slovenia, they call it "Evro", I guess because Europe is spelt "Evropa" in Serbo-Croatian, and because the sound of the "u" is inappropriate here. But no, they will have to write "Euro" if they want to participate. What's the next brilliant move of our leaders? To force the Greeks to give up their alphabet and start using the Latin one?

I think I would make a very good minister of finance.

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