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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

zunger ...vt100 (654 comments)

For all the fancy GUIs we design, the program I use the most is still vim.

about 2 years ago
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In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...

zunger Indefinitely (328 comments)

I found that the combination of a large hamster wheel and a good supply of interns keeps the power running quite steadily. Or at least, as long as the food pellets hold out.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

zunger Obvious Missing - HEROIN (868 comments)

Which appreciates much more quickly and reliably than gold, and whose price the US government is clearly willing to dedicate considerable resources to maintaining.

more than 3 years ago
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There is no...

zunger Dana. (314 comments)

(Only Zuul)

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Publish an "Indie" Research Paper?

zunger Publish in a journal (279 comments)

"Indie" status doesn't actually matter that much in the publishing pipeline; you can submit your paper to a journal in the same way that anybody else does, and it will get the same consideration. (The place where organization status matters a bit more is at the reverse end -- if one of the authors is particularly well-known, that tends to make the review process easier)

If your project has practical applications and you wish to patent, make sure to file that first. In that case, consult with a patent attorney on the right things to do next.

Otherwise, pick the appropriate journal and submit following the guidelines on their web page. You'll definitely want to format your paper in LaTeX, since pretty much everyone requires that; some journals have standard LaTeX style packages they want you to use, but these are easy to plug in. (e.g., the Physical Review uses revtex.sty, and many other journals now use it too)

As far as which journal you want, it depends on the particular field, but I'm guessing that Science isn't it -- that's a very high-profile journal which is intended to be things of interest to the scientific community at large, but in practice it has a fairly strong bio/chemistry/some physics focus. Someone else on this thread may have particular journal suggestions, or you may want to search on-line for similar (recent) papers and see where they were published. ACM transactions are often good "default" places in CS. Also, CS tends to prefer conference talks to straight-up journal publications; you may consider submitting your algorithm as a talk to some appropriate CS conference, in which case the article is published as part of the proceedings. Again, the conference depends on your particular subject.

Don't worry about your lack of organizational affiliation. That's rarely a big issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

zunger Re:Nothing to see here.... (252 comments)

Speaking as someone who writes performance-critical very-large-scale applications, the idea sounds just as nuts in that world. A 20% speedup in malloc is worth, at the most, a 2% speedup in the overall process. (If you're spending more than 10% of time in malloc, perhaps you should be using a freelist, arena, *anything* else?) Wasting an entire core for a 2% speedup doesn't seem horribly efficient to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

zunger Re:Nothing to see here.... (252 comments)

Also, I can't help noticing that most of their argument for speed starts from the hypothesis that an uncontended mutex lock takes about as long as a single-threaded malloc. That makes me wonder what the hell kind of locking implementation they're using for their design, and whether their time wouldn't be better spent improving *that*.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Computing Power Refines Translation

zunger Re:Similar languages (142 comments)

Are you sure that the error messages are even meaningful in Korean?

more than 4 years ago
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I usually fly...

zunger Re:Pilot's seat (549 comments)

Really, I would say that flapping one's wings and/or being hurled from a catapult or similar device would count as well.

more than 4 years ago
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My keyboard has X-many keys; X=

zunger Re:Explanations (430 comments)

>140: The special EMACS model, with five extra modifiers key, twelve pedals, and a steam release valve.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

zunger Re:Why? (540 comments)

And I should say, I'm certainly not saying that nobody should run their own DNS server. Just that for most people, it's not worth the effort.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

zunger Re:Why? (540 comments)

The enormous amount of extra work is in maintaining a Linux server in the first place. (And in learning enough about it for "just editing a config file" to be a small matter, etc)

Slashdot norms to the contrary, most people don't do this. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

zunger Re:Why? (540 comments)

That depends on whether you're running a Linux box at home in a "reliable enough" way to be functioning as a server. And in the example you give, as your primary machine as well. While I realize that many /. users do this, I would certainly say that most people don't.

I actually stopped doing it several years ago. I concluded that I have to maintain enough complex systems at work; I don't see any need to be a sysadmin for a complex system that requires nonstop patching and understanding of 30-year-old system internals at home, too. Plus the desktop environment was frankly primitive compared to modern machines. So I ditched it and started running OS X. (And I should say that I'm an experienced Linux sysadmin and engineer professionally, so this was not the "I don't know how to use it and it appears to have been designed by badgers" issue)

It's definitely true that, if you're already doing all of the work to run your own system at home, adding a DNS server isn't a big deal. But that's really a hobbyist thing to do. If your home system is primarily for the purpose of getting things done, rather than for playing with systems, it's an enormous amount of extra work. Yet having faster DNS lookups is still a win.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Launches Public DNS Resolver

zunger Re:Why? (540 comments)

Because setting up and maintaining your own recursive DNS server is a pain in the ass? (Especially compared to the workload of "here, just change this one setting and it will go faster")

more than 4 years ago
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At My Computer Desk, I Use...

zunger Re:two computers, three displays (628 comments)

If you're bothered by the UAC prompts, you're doing it wrong.

Definitely. For one thing, they're a symptom that you're using Vista.

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

zunger Re:V: The Thought Experiment. (708 comments)

You calculated that by yourself? In your spare time? You creep the shit out of me

You'd be less creeped out if this were calculated on the job?

more than 4 years ago
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Your browser's home page is...

zunger Re:I owe my sole to the Company Store (496 comments)

I think you're reading too much into it. This entire headline sounds fishy, to me... the sort of pun someone might inject just for the halibut.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

zunger Pen, paper, TeX. (823 comments)

I had this issue for years. Ultimately I never found anything within a factor of 5 for speed of simple pen and paper. The next best thing was LaTeX; with practice you can type that remarkably fast. (Especially if you pre-define macros relevant to whatever you're doing) The GUI-based solutions uniformly stank.

I've never found any system for digitizing handwritten equations; for a long time, my hope was that such software (preferably with LaTeX output) and a tablet would be a good solution. But the market for such things is small, and a few minutes of design work convinced me that implementing it was a lot more trouble than it would ever be worth.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Breakthrough Is Most Likely?

zunger Re:World Peace? (903 comments)

I do not know by whom World War III will be fought, but World War IV will undoubtedly be fought by cockroaches.

I don't think nukes alone would be thorough enough to really get us to the trivial world-peace equilibrium. We might need something big enough to detonate the planet itself.

more than 4 years ago
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How Heavy Is a Petabyte?

zunger Re:About 2 Kilos (495 comments)

Not only that, but in case of zombie attack, they make a tasty (and healthful!) snack.

more than 5 years ago

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Help wanted to solve a murder

zunger zunger writes  |  more than 3 years ago

zunger writes "After several years of no progress, the FBI has put out a general call for assistance in decrypting two mysterious notes found in the pockets of a man murdered in 1999 and dumped in a field. It looks like it may be a fun challenge for some slashdotters with a bit of time who want to help solve a cold case..."
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