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Comment: Re:Benefits ? What benefits (Score 1) 194

by Aighearach (#47575637) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

So I clicked it, and clicked a semi-random example, cron. And it turns out, it has an ACM link in the external links, but it does NOT cite an ACM article, properly or otherwise. And is the link related to cron? I'm going with no, because it doesn't sound related, doesn't claim to be related, and isn't publicly available.

Here it is:

ACM Digital library – Franta, Maly, "An efficient data structure for the simulation event set" (requires ACM pubs subscription)

It seems that rather than all those wiki pages citing ACM publications, somebody from ACM has spammed all those articles with unrelated links.

Comment: Re:They don't even know what they're offering (Score 1) 194

by Aighearach (#47575577) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

The ACM is pretty good about open access. Every author can use their 'author-izer' service to create links that check the referrer but give free access to the papers, so if you can't get free access to an ACM-published paper from the author's web site, then complain to them, not to the ACM.

You're describing being awful at "open access," not "pretty good" or even close.

Comment: Re:Complexity (Score 1) 194

by Aighearach (#47575515) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

SOoooo...shouldn't the first link in the regular search be a link to the results from Google Scholar?

If the information itself was valuable from the perspective of teaching the techniques, then yes. But if their utility is entirely based on their use inside academia, then no.

If I want to learn a programming technique I'd rather learn it from code on github than try to parse out the tiny bit of signal in an academic paper. But then, I'm allergic to fluff.

Comment: Re:"For Computer Programmers" (Score 1) 194

by Aighearach (#47575463) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

You might want to learn the difference between its and it's before commenting about crumbling ivory towers. Oh, and "staunchy" isn't a word.

You might want to learn some basic facts about the English language before attempting to get pedantic.

English isn't a controlled language. Words are not words because they appear in a list. Words are words if they are used. There are lots unused words that are perfectly valid words even without ever having been seen before. For example you can take any base word, and attach various prefixes and suffixes. As long as they don't contradict each other, no problem. And -y has been a suffix since Shakespeare!

So please, shut up and learn English, OK?

PS: Ivory towers won't be held together by misplaced apostrophes. I'll leave it up to you to find an engineer or Doctor of Education to explain why.

Comment: Re:It Costs Money (Score 1) 194

by Aighearach (#47575361) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Every resume needs a good publication hat.

But never admit to groping snippets, even if you learned something in due course.

Nerds don't wear contacts, they wear real glasses.

All published research is done by professionals, not just the paywalled kind. I'm not convinced CS has useful research, though. Useful engineering, certainly. The problem with paywalled engineering is that if you learn how it works, now you're never allowed to do things that way because of copyright and patents. If you only use freely available sources, then you're much better able to reuse that information without getting sued.

The most telling part of your comment is that the snippets you'd have to get from the internet if not for the amazing ACM are in VB!

I hope you're not attempting to email all the researchers in English. If so, no wonder they claim to have such difficult and time-consuming jobs.

Comment: Re:Weakest Russia ever (Score 1) 571

by Aighearach (#47559509) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Assume I didn't miss the point, okay? Don't be an ass and assume anybody who thinks differently than you "missed" the point. You're not going to be right about everything, so when you say something like that, you can be sure that there is a chance you're full of shit. You can disagree without going there, and thereby reduce the total amount of BS that you spew; without changing your views or opinions or anything. ;)

If he crashes the economy his country is no longer a threat to the world. That they just had a good decade economically is why they're integrated with Europe enough to make countries like Italy nervous about imposing sanctions; they have to hurt themselves to hurt Russia right now.

And that economic success has been largely based on the high price of oil and gas. His popularity is widely credited as resulting from the economic success. If the economy crashes, and he cracks down internally at the same time, that is going to turn a lot against him. Starting a war in Georgia won't help with any of that. And there are no cheap wars available. Why would people in Moscow be cowed by a war in Georgia? Such a war would be popular with a strong economy and chances of battlefield success. But just invading Georgia would cause further problems in Europe.

So I don't see any "point" there, except that the things you mentioned support my statement. Everything Putin is likely to do is short-term tactics, and many of the available tactics have negative strategic effects that will weaken both his leadership, and the Russian state. Strength comes from money, money comes from trade. Wars that increase trade would increase his power. But this war is threatening trade, and all the actions you describe would interfere with trade and scare trade partners.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 571

by Aighearach (#47559425) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Trust that I'm a native speaker with 99th percentile reading comprehension. I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

If your assumption is that somebody with different ideas than your own must not understand the language, in addition to perpetuating your ignorance you'll also be stuck in a bubble.

And self defense is not "in anger." It is simply not. There is nothing angry about self defense. Anger is a real word, it has real meaning. Self defense is a real phrase, it has a real meaning. You can simply look up the terms and find out that the guy above was just spewing Anti-Americanism without thought.That is what led him the complete idiocy of claiming that "the term [in anger] has nothing to do with anyone's emotional state." That is complete hogwash. Talk about not being a native speaker! lololol

Comment: Re:obviously a NATO plot (Score 0) 571

by Aighearach (#47547161) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

You can't watch a rocket be fired and see that it was supplied by Iran. Especially when the rockets from Gaza are homemade.

Not only that, I'll bet you couldn't even see your own propaganda if it was right in front of you.

Iran supplies the rockets that Hezbollah uses to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression. Those are different people, and different rockets, than the ones that Gaza attacks Israel with to protest having their civilian economy blockaded.

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