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Comment Re:Alt summary? (Score 2) 15 15

Is there an alternative summary available where I might know what any of the nouns mean? In particular, why is it assumed that anyone knows who these companies or people are? I just about got "MLB" = "Major League Baseball".

In response to complaints about all these mysterious acronyms, EdX will host a second MOOC to explain MLB to those who have a background in R and SQL but not MLB. Topics covered include ERA, RBI, OBP, IP, and BB. See this page for a full list of course topics.

Comment Re:It's not worth it any more (Score 1) 84 84

Maybe you and the GP are both right. It looks like they think spending money on architecture will yield more bang-for-the-buck of performance at the moment than yet another geometry shrink. You'd think they would have played all the architectural games possible by now. Bu now that everybody already has more cores than they can use, maybe more can be done at the architecture level to make better use of the same number of cores. (Just a guess.)

Comment Re:Perl is better than you think (Score 1) 133 133

As long as good code is well documented, there is no harm.

Funny that you should mention that. Many years ago, before I discovered Python, I used Perl as my primary scripting language. I eventually discovered that I found it hard to read even my own code in Perl. So I applied the same solution I already used to the only other language I knew where I had the same problem: assembly.

I had learned over the years that in order to make assembly readable, you need to comment (nearly) every line. I started doing that with Perl, and voila!, problem solved.

Then I discovered Python. I soon transliterated all of my favorite Perl scripts into Python. Fortunately, the two languages are fairly similar at a semantic level, just not at a syntactic level. So transliteration was pretty easy. I was amazed to discover that even though Perl was famous for being compact (though perhaps not the way I wrote it - no one-liners allowed), my Python scripts ended up having both fewer lines and fewer bytes than their Perl equivalents. Just getting rid of braces does a lot to reduce line count - which seems obvious in retrospect.

Oh, and I also removed nearly all of the comments. That significantly reduced the byte count. And I could read my own code again!

Comment Re:Your moderate christianity is a gateway (Score 1) 202 202

It is possible to convert to Judaism, difficult, but possible.

It was so difficult for me that I decided to convert to dentistry instead. Which reminds me: what do you call a doctor who flunks out of medical school? - A dentist.

Comment Re:Use it. (Score 1) 108 108

Likewise, if he isn't really committed enough to the domain to do all that then he doesn't much need it anyway - except for sentimental reasons and/or bragging rights. Personally, if I had a domain that was of so little use to me as his, which was attracting a lot of interest, I'd just sell it to the highest bidder and be done with all the headaches.

I actually have the converse case: I have multiple domains which aren't extremely short (7 letters or more), but were bought over 10 years ago, so they're shorter than any uncommitted meaningful domains that you could buy today. Three have a lot of content and the others just have a little content. I've never been approached by anyone to buy or take any of them.

However, I did receive an offer the other day for someone to sell me one that's somewhat similar to my most valuable domain. He says he's had it for 10 years, and it's still a parked domain. There isn't any reason for me to buy it because a relatively long domain name only has value when it's associated with a website which provides useful content. Just imagine how valuable "google.com" would be if had never been anything but a parked domain. An empty 6-letter domain would be worth something at this point, but not much.

Comment Re:Refill (Score 4, Informative) 189 189

You can extend the useful life of the Brother cartridges by resetting its "flag gear" as shown here.. Resetting flag gears is an essential skill for anyone who buys a Brother laser printer with the hope that the per-page printing cost will be low. Like many printer makers, the thing starts refusing to print when the cartridge has a long way to go. Luckily, the folks at Brother have engineered a way around that problem for us.

Unfortunately, the teaser cartridges that come with the printer are missing some small parts that are required for reset. Those can be bought as part of a toner refill kit, though I ended up buying new cartridges before I knew that.

Comment Re:Not surprising and probably not a problem (Score 1) 133 133

Good points. I tried your examples for fun and found that the ones such as "what is the national animal of Scotland" that resulted in a simple factual answer did not contain any ads. I've also done a number of searches in the past that resulted in an informative blurb that was extracted by Wikipedia, which didn't provide any ads, IIRC. I don't know if that's true in every such case, but it might be well be. If so, such results serve the user but don't produce any revenue for Google, except indirectly via continued customer satisfaction. Unless one deems such results to be some form of predatory pricing (the preceding link is itself another such example), it's hard to argue that they're anti-competitive.

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