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Comment Re:Ok, the real question - Why is it better than.. (Score 1) 160

R has been around longer than Java, and is based on S which is older than C++. There's a huge body of existing code and libraries to leverage. But from what I gather, the real reason to use R is because the only other option you're being offered is SAS, and you don't want to deal with that mess! Or so I hear.

Bottom line, if you're not being threatened with SAS, there may be little reason to learn R. But if you are, or if you think there's any danger you might be, R is probably something you want to learn ASAP! :)

Comment Re:Cue the SJW claptrap in.... (Score 0) 291

Cue the SJW claptrap in 3.... 2.... 1...

You may be right, but it'll be hard to hear over all the SIWs screaming about how horrible and misleading this study must be, because some person somewhere once overstated a completely unrelated fact about gender/sex bias on some obscure Internet forum, which proves (PROVES, do you hear me?) that all women and men who support them are always and everywhere wrong!!!!1!

Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 1, Insightful) 291

By "feel it necessary to point out their gender", do you mean going back in time and forcing their parents to give them a gender-neutral name like "Chris" instead of an obviously gendered name like "Maria"? Because I don't quite know how to tell you this, but time travel hasn't actually been invented yet... :D

Comment Re:Sue the government! (Score 1) 104

Ignoring sovereign immunity (and the all-too-typical American response of "let's sue!"), I can only imagine the results:

You: I'm suing the IRS for telling me my SSN was compromised!
IRS: Yes, when we discovered his SSN had been compromised, we notified him of the fact. Of course, we are in no way responsible for the compromise, so we have no idea why this idiot is suing us.
Judge: He is an idiot, isn't he? Case dismissed.

But on the bright side, you would have caused a federal lawyer and a judge to spend time reading your suit, and, in the former case, writing a response, or, in the latter case, reading the response and writing a judgment. With that sort of practice at wasting taxpayer money, you might end up qualified to run for office! :D

Comment Re:Has the systemd problem been addressed? (Score 1, Informative) 147

If systemd "doesn't even have usable logs", then neither does sysvinit. Because systemd can log to exactly the same places sysvinit does, in exactly the same way! And on my system it does. Systemd also has other options, which I may explore later at my leisure. But for now, nothing about my logs has changed with systemd!

Of course, I'm using Debian, and this whole thing is reminding me very much of the glibc transition, back in the day. Lots of people were screaming about how glibc was breaking everything, because certain vendors (no names will be mentioned...rdht) rushed the transition out the door. Debian took their time and did it right, and Debian users barely even noticed the transition.

Comment Re:Forth (Score 1) 414

Forth is actually a lot more common than many people realize. In addition to its use in embedded programming (the "toasters" you referred to), it was also used to bootstrap Sun Sparc boxes. Which means that every one of them was another instance of Forth in the wild. I once picked up a free Sparcstation from someone, which I was going to use to help work on Sparc Linux, but it had such crappy network hardware that I ended up spending more time playing around with the Forth it came with, writing things like Conway's Life.

(Plus, it was a 32-bit Sparc, and shortly after I got it, various Linux vendors started announcing that they were going to be dropping support for 32-bit Sparc in the near future, and only supporting 64-bit. There were reasons it was free.) :)

I believe (though I never bothered to confirm it) that Macs also used to use the same Forth for *their* bootstrap.

I like to keep a copy of GNU Forth on my phone, though I haven't done much with it yet.

Comment Re:Correct me if I am wrong (Score 1) 60

In addition to all the version control software that supports "ssh:" protocols (from CVS up through git), there's those servers at work that lots of us connect to, without knowing who may have installed what on them.

Of course, if your work has rogue admins who are installing trojan ssh servers (or are simply so bad at their jobs that they allow outsiders to install trojan ssh servers), then you've definitely got bigger problems. But fixing the leak on your side and updating your keys will at least cover your ass.

Comment Re:Honorable mention: circular reasoning, or beggi (Score 1) 311

Actually, "begs the question" is more likely to mean "this question should be asked", rather than merely "this raises the question".

People who are upset about the supposed "misuse" of the phrase are too busy screaming and pouting to notice nuance, though.

Ironically (and yes, this is actually irony), the original phrase they're so defensive of is actually a blind-idiot mistranslation of the Latin phrase "Petitio principii", which more-or-less means "assume the beginning" or, even more roughly, "assume the premise."

The fact is that the current standard usage follows from the actual words being used, while the oh-so-precious older meaning makes no sense whatsoever, and deserves to be put to rest. There's a strong element of the colloquial "he's begging for it" in the modern meaning.

Comment Not yet??? (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Wow, I think that may be one of the worst headlines I've seen on Slashdot, and that's saying something. "Not yet" does not mean "we're not sure yet." And "turns out not to have a planet" does not mean "we don't know if it does, but our earlier assumption turns out to be wrong."

From the headline, I assumed that they'd managed to establish that Alpha C. actually did not have a planet, but did have coalescing clouds that would soon (in astronomical terms) become one. That would be an extremely cool discovery! Unfortunately, neither of those things appears to be true (or if it is, we haven't established it).

How about "Reports of Alpha Centauri's Planet Proven to be Premature"? It's even got some nice alliterism to it. And, possibly more importantly, it's got some relationship to the facts (at least as presented in TFS).

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