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Comment: Re:Nash just got the Abel price! (Score 2) 171

by HuguesT (#49764931) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

This is a terrible irony. His death is most untimely indeed. Here is a high-level description of Nash's work on PDEs by C. Villani.

I personally have extreme admiration for Nash’s work on partial differential equations. He wrote just one paper on the subject, in 1958 (Continuity of solutions of parabolic and elliptic equations), but this one of the most astonishing works in the history of partial differential equations. His proof has been often described as complicated, but I find it extremely attractive, and I also like a lot the way the paper is written: with a lot of explanations about his intuition and the way he arrived at the result. The genesis of the paper is fascinating, as discussed in Nasar’s book. By the way, one of the ingredients in the proof is Boltzmann’s entropy functional.

Here is another description from the Abel Prize page.

The paper is here.

Comment: Myth (Score 1) 1082

by HuguesT (#49733973) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Remember Ernest Rutherford, the arrogant physicist who was saying that all of science is either physics or stamp collecting?. Here on Slashdot, because many of us are self or well-employed developers and computer scientists, we think that we can easily figure out even the most vexing problems relating to the economy. In particular minimum wages are of course for slackers, never mind that first summer job we got ages ago.

How about some interesting myth busters?.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 5, Insightful) 1082

by HuguesT (#49733835) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I am an employer and I actually like my employees a lot. They are smart, they work hard, coming to the office every day is basically a joy. I try to make their life as easy and as productive as possible, and I pay them as much as I can. They know this, and this works pretty well.

I believe that if every employer actually saw their employees as human beings who are doing the best they can, and treat them accordingly, the world would be a much better place.

Comment: Re:A.I.? (Score 1) 403

Strong words maybe.

My opinion is that AI and more generally CS research allows us to better define what "intelligence" is and isn't. Also, allows us to realize that whatever is between both our ears is still mysterious. The debate is still open on whether we will be one day able to replicate it, and if we should.

Comment: Re:See it before (Score 1) 276

by HuguesT (#49670811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Unless you were located in a major university or a place like CERN, network capacity was essentially nowhere in sight in the early 90s. Remember 14.4kbaud modems? In my first actual job in 1990, we didn't even have a storage server, a print server or anything like that, only separate PCs where a backup meant copying your code on a floppy disk. At uni we did have VMs, X11, thin clients and remote desktop, sure. The theoretical capacity was there but no one had ethernet in their home or sufficiently affordable computing resources to run them. Now everyone has multicore handheld computers and wifi. Deployment is the key, not reinvention.

Comment: Re:Tim Cook is a Pro Discrimination Faggot (Score 1) 1168

by HuguesT (#49377433) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

For me, the line is drawn where some group uses the state to force their lifestyle/belief on others

So, people in Texas who try to use the board of education to promote textbooks that have a negative stance on evolution? These people are from the left? I wasn't aware.

Comment: Theory of why rich people like exclusive items (Score 1) 193

by HuguesT (#49377419) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

I have this theory that rich people like having to waitlist for luxury items. This is not so much for the items themselves (although they to provide a nice status symbol), but to experience what it is not to be rich and having to actually lust, expect and wait for something. If you want, to experience a kind of elusive desire for something they don't have. Most of the common goods they can have immediately, this makes this common goods, irrespective of actual price, worthless to some degree.

We relatively poor people experience that all the time even for somewhat mundane items like a telephone or a car. How lucky we are. Truly poor people experience that for essential goods like food, and that sucks.

In other word, it is not possession per se that create happiness, it is the desire, expectation and sense of achievement that corresponds to this possession that matters. If one is into possessing things of course.

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