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Comment I went into programming with this mindset... (Score 0) 616

I hated math in high school. I took a couple of coding classes when I got to college, and soon thereafter got a few jobs programming. I didn't really enjoy what I was doing, so I went back to school.

Programming taught me how to think rigorously. With a mind geared towards precise thinking, I found math to be a breeze. Now... I'm a mathematician who spends all her time programming -- I can tackle problems that old pencil & paper mathematicians balk at.

You don't have to be good at programming to do math. You'll just suck.

Also, math is not just arithmetic and calculus, you incompetent fools.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

You can say that they don't agree on a good way forward 'til you're blue in the face, but that doesn't address the fact at hand: 10 of 10 climate scientists agree that defunding climate science to silence the alarm bells is not the most pragmatic solution. And that's what we've been getting from the Republicans.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1, Insightful) 686

Republicans have railed against the "liberal bias" of science. Because, for example, they view climate change as a political issue, and climate scientists overwhelming agree that anthropogenic climate change is real. This is not smart. And it appears that facts, themselves, have liberal bias: an informed voter is a Democratic voter. Smart!

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067

Mathematicians don't know which rule has precedence for 0/0,

Ouch. +5, Informative indeed. <sigh>

Mathematicians can argue for any value at all, not just zero or one. This means that neither of your "rules" could take precedence.

Annnnd, on to your rules. Any number multiplied by zero is zero. Any nonzero number divided by itself is one. Of course, mathematicians are wont to generalize "number" to "field element". Go crack out on wikipedia:

Comment Re:Dependencies (Score 1) 119

Sure, better technology exists than topological sort ! Thanks for pointing out a better approach. OP's point, and mine, is that a few minutes of thought can be used to replace a horrible, unmaintainable cludge a graceful, robust approach. In fine Unix tradition, epoch wants to keep ritual animal sacrifice as a neccessary part of system administration. Good for the goat industry, bad for your coldroom floor.

Comment Re:Dependencies (Score 1) 119

Sounds like you don't know what a topological sort is. Look it up. True, it's designed for a single processor, but the parallel approach is essentially the same: if you have a thread free, take the first thing in the list whose deps are all satisfied. It'll finish faster than a priority system, it's more robust, and much easier to configure.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.