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Comment: It can work... (Score 2) 2219

by Jezral (#46187017) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I fiddled with Firebug on the Beta site, and made a few changes that amazingly improves the look'n'feel of it:

- Remove article images.
- Remove the CSS line-height property from both submission and comments.
- Distinguish where submitter intro ends and submission begins. "Quotes" are not enough - the old blockquote worked nicely.
- Make the submission text color black. It feels hazy as it is now.
- Let comments flow full-width. Having them constrained by the huge sidebar is awful.

In general, it seems like you're turning Slashdot from a community driven site to a more modern publisher/aggregator style site, which won't work. If the comments aren't the primary focus, Slashdot loses what makes it Slashdot.

I can get up to date news everywhere - I can't get quality commentary anywhere but Slashdot.

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

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mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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Comment: Re:Prepare for Debian (Score 4, Informative) 176

by Jezral (#44816943) Attached to: How To Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project

I'd love to do that, but getting a package into Debian is a nightmare that I have simply given up on. Even the simple guides are 50 pages long and a mass of not quite up-to-date information.

Ubuntu makes it trivial. Even if you can't or don't want to get into Ubuntu base, you can just make a PPA on Launchpad and get automatic building for all supported editions and archs of Ubuntu.

Comment: Re:Awesome post (Score 1) 117

by Jezral (#42357711) Attached to: Why Google Hired Ray Kurzweil

We have something like that at VISL, but with zero statistical or machine learning or AI aspects.

We instead write a few thousand rules by hand (largest language has 10000 rules) that look at the context - where context is the entire sentence, and possibly previous or next sentences - to figure out what meaning of a word is being used and what it attaches to.

Input: "They're looking at writing an AI which can in some sense understand what is being said."
Output: ,

This kind of system takes longer to develop and refine, but it also doesn't have any of the statistical problems. 95-99% "understanding" of text? Sure, we can do that. Statistics top out long before, and then have to add in rules to get the last 5-10%. And where statistics require giga- or terabytes of text, rule based systems only require a single example of a valid grammatical construct or word usage.

Comment: Re:It's about damn time (Score 1) 193

by Jezral (#40938119) Attached to: TextMate 2 Released As Open Source

jEdit's only flaw is that it is Java. Asides from that, it is a solid Unicode capable cross-platform editor that can work with files over SSH. Synchronizing your sessions, configuration, and plugins is as simple as copying over your .jedit folder, even between Windows and Linux.

I so far haven't found a single other editor with all those features. Do tell me if one exists...

Comment: Re:That's nice and all... (Score 1) 396

by Jezral (#39888281) Attached to: Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

The current version has no compact buddy list

Sure it does: View -> Compact View

requires a subscription for multiparty video

True, that sucks.

has giant ads on a useless "home" screen

It does? I've can't see any ads in Skype anywhere, but then I don't use the Home can turn that thing off.
I did enable it just now to see if there are ads, and there are not. It looks like a rather plain contact's status updates listing.

and wants me to issue facebook updates of some shit.

It does? Again, you can turn that off, or just ignore it.

But really, Compact View fixes most ills. It makes Skype look like it always has.

Comment: Re:Isn't that called Googling? (Score 1) 60

by Jezral (#38561698) Attached to: New Online Dictionaries Automate Away the Linguistic Middleman

Then maybe what you want is DeepDict. E.g., magic is used like - it is not free, though all words starting with 's' are currently open to viewing for anyone.

It yields info such as: black magic, Orlando magic, ceremonial magic ... magic kingdom, magic roundabout, magic flute ... practice magic, radiate magic ... magic of animation ... etc

(disclaimer: I work on the DeepDict project)

Comment: We're doing this now... (Score 1) 186

by Jezral (#36526084) Attached to: Kurzweil: Human-Level Machine Translation By 2029

At my job (plug: ), we're doing human level machine translation now, if by human you're talking about high school level of quality.

But in difference to Google or Microsoft or all the previous attempts, we're NOT doing Statistical Machine Translation; we make Rule-Based MT.

Google's way is to scan huge amounts of parallel texts for good translation candidates, which works to some degree, but it has an upper limit that no amount of parallel text will help them surpass.

Our way involves writing a huge amount of rules so that our software actually understands the input text, and then rules for how things should be translated. This takes a lot longer to develop as you might imagine, but the results are great and there is no limit to how good it gets...if something isn't quite right, add a rule for it.

However, because it takes so long to develop and that we're only 2 people working on it, we only have a few really good translation chains.

Comment: Re:IE8 is NOT the most pleasant/compatible/fast (Score 3, Informative) 111

by Jezral (#34876792) Attached to: How To Get Around the Holes In IE9 Beta's Implementation of Canvas

- since IE is the only browser to enforce XHR caching, every request needs a timestamp query parameter (something that no other browser does, and which is really stupid, altough easy to provide)

Or, you could use POST requests like you're supposed to. Any number of intermediary caches and load balancing tricks can play foul with GET requests, but POST is not allowed to be cached.

With jQuery this is as simple as using $.post() instead of $.get().

Comment: Re:This isn't dangerous in the way they claim (Score 1) 134

by Jezral (#32808180) Attached to: ATM Vendors Threaten, Stop Research Presentation

Seriously? You're paranoid about letting go of your card for the 3 seconds it takes to enter the PIN? The card remains right in front of you, no more than 4cm away from your hands...

Where do you live where stealing cards at the payment terminal in full public view is so frequent that you feel a need to be paranoid about it? I've never even heard of such a case of theft/assault.

No, the real problem with the chip system is that when you put the card in the holder, the security code is facing away from you, visible to the store clerk...

Comment: Re:Visual Studio (Score 1) 1055

by Jezral (#28115847) Attached to: What Free IDE Do You Use?

I have looked around. I've tried them all, pretty much, on both Windows and Linux. Only one I haven't tried is XCode on OS X, but I've heard good things about that. I've dearly wanted to find a single powerful IDE that I could use cross-platform, but none exists.

Of all the IDEs I've tried on various platforms, none come even close to VC++ Express. A huge amount of that rests in the debugger alone...gdb and IDEs that use gdb are hilariously underpowered compared to VC++'s integrated debugger.

So for all development and debugging, I use VC++. For profiling and sanity checking, I use gprof/gcov/valgrind. Best tools for their job.

You know that feeling when you're leaning back on a stool and it starts to tip over? Well, that's how I feel all the time. -- Steven Wright