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Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by Pseudonym (#48772241) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

First of all the attack on the Pakistani schools would not count since the victims were muslim.

I'm floored. Something like 90% of victims of Islamist terrorism are Muslim. Attacking non-Muslims is the relatively rare case. What you're saying is that criticising the vast majority of heinous acts by Muslim extremists doesn't count as criticising Muslim extremists. That makes no sense at all.

But since you asked, there's plenty of criticism going around about this crime. Do you want links, or can you use Google?

I'm talking about the local papers explaining that some attack was wrong and counter to islam, that extremist justifications and teachings are counter to islam; I'm talking about the local imams preaching these things in the local mosques; etc.

What research did you do to verify that this isn't happening? Did you read some local papers, attend Friday prayers in some of these local mosques?

Having said that, do remember that groups like ISIS and the Taliban are something akin to organised crime or an occupying force in places where they control. Much of the resistance is underground because it has to be.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by Pseudonym (#48763643) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

You can't protect or refuse to criticize muslim extremists merely because they share your faith. When non-muslims have legitimate grievances against muslim extremists then moderate muslims need to side with the non-muslims.

But they do! Everywhere except, apparently, in stories reported by the mainstream media. Gotta keep fear alive.

Comment: Re:STL (Score 1) 80

by Pseudonym (#48742101) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question

Related question: C++ was originally conceived as "C + Simula", but something that is interesting about the STL is how non-object-oriented it is, in particular using no inheritance.

If we were designing a new "better C" today, one that you'd be happy to implement a STL-like system in, knowing what we know now, would we bother with Simula-style objects at all?

Comment: Re:Mirrors (Score 1) 294

And you define critical thinking as different from logic?

Uhm... yes.

Logic is a framework for constructing individual theories which can then be used to model real-world situations. Critical thinking is a system and methodology for understanding and analysing arguments made by others, and to ensure that your own thoughts are clear and reasoned. These are obviously distinct areas, though they are not disjoint. And they are both "philosophy".

The critical thinking subject which I did didn't touch on linear logic (for example) at all. Plus, a lot of it was analysing the semantics and pragmatics of language.

Well now, I guess Trig must not be math either.. because you know.. it's "trig" right?

Trigonometry isn't calculus, even though there are plenty of places where they touch. But they are both "mathematics".

Comment: Re:Mirrors (Score 1) 294

Blindly claiming "Dunning Kruger" when a person has at least 7 years of University knowledge is telling.

I had some high-profile examples in mind as I was writing that. Richard Dawkins is probably the clearest example of someone who is an undoubted world expert in one field (biology, and evolutionary biology specifically), who vastly overrates his competence in pretty much any other field.

Philosophy is in essence logic [...]

I'm going to say "no". Philosophy is, in essence, critical and systematic thinking. Its boundaries are fuzzy, but it is the primordial soup from which new fields of human endeavour form. These fields eventually graduate to be new faculties and departments of their own. Logic is one such field, but it's not the only one.

So let me be more clear on this.

I would not turn my nose up at anyone with a PhD in philosophy from a non-fake institution of higher learning. That person is very likely to be highly valuable. However, the context is hiring an engineer to implement and maintain industrial control systems. I don't know specifically what the job was, but do remember that SCADA systems are often the second line of defence against an industrial accident. I've been engineering for 20 years, and I consider myself unqualified to work on safety-critical systems.

If all you knew about someone was that they had a PhD in philosophy and described themselves as a "self-taught Java guru", what are the chances that they have the appropriate knowledge and methodology (whether formally acquired or not) for this specific job?

Does this guy have what it takes to learn the requisite knowledge? That seems likely; in fact, he probably has more aptitude for working in this area than most software engineering graduates. Has he acquired the knowledge during his "self-taught Java guru" training? That seems unlikely.

Comment: Re:Exactly this. (Score 1) 294

Are you one of those idiots who thinks programming is harder than philosophy?

I am not the OP, and I don't think this, but someone with a high qualification in one field may, thanks to the Dunning-Kruger effect, overestimate their aptitude for a different field. Plus, "self-taught java guru" is a red flag by any measure.

Yeah, I'd consider them if they had a relevant referee or a portfolio, like a github repository that I could inspect. A smart person is a smart person and formal qualifications aren't everything. Besides, their PhD might have been in logic.

Comment: Re:Yikes ! (Score 1) 226

by Pseudonym (#48728033) Attached to: Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

This is MPI code, not IEE754 code.

As I understood it, the issue is that glibc's libm occasionally falls back to a multi-precision version of some transcendental functions if the "pure IEEE-754" version isn't good enough on some inputs.

I did look at the code, and the implementation of exp() on 64-bit floats does indeed fall back to a slow path on extreme inputs. I can't remember if it's the MP code or not.

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