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Comment: Re:The Secret of Nim (Score -1, Troll) 520

by Thomas Miconi (#49060297) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

If I were to create a new language I would get rid of the antiquated tradition of zero-counting (starting arrays at zero).

That would prevent annoying bug traps, like remembering that e.g. "sum(array, 1)" actually sums the array along the second dimension, not the first (yes, Python/NumPy really does that).

Zero-counting was fine for pointer arithmetic. Any language that doesn't use it should move back to 1-counting, as Matlab did.


Comment: Re:FTFA (Score 1) 611

by Thomas Miconi (#48605803) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour.

>4 miles
>Sunny LA



Biking in a densely urbanized portion of Southern California: suicide never felt so hip!

(Disclaimer: Admittedly the UCLA campus area is surprisingly human-friendly. But not over a four-mile radius.)

Comment: Re:Great news (Score 5, Insightful) 269

by Thomas Miconi (#47882541) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

There is no maybe, every study that has ever looked into this since the dawn of science has confirmed this.

Indeed. For example, even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew perfectly well that these uncouth blue-eyed barbarians from the North were obviously dumber than the glorious Mediterranean master race.

Wait, what?

Hell you don't even have to ask science, every average Joe on the street knows this already from life experience.

Ask "average Joe on the street" what he thinks about evolution.

Comment: Re:Peer review (Score 3, Informative) 154

by Thomas Miconi (#46996483) Attached to: Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned

I don't know what's more ridiculous - the fact that this contrarian tripe gets regurgitated every time the subject of Galileo comes up, or the fact that it keeps getting modded up.

Meanwhile, back in the real world... Papal condemnation of Galileo:

We say, pronounce, sentence, and declare that you, the said Galileo, by reason of the matters adduced in trial, and by you confessed as above, have rendered yourself in the judgment of this Holy Office vehemently suspected of heresy, namely, of having believed and held the doctrine—which is false and contrary to the sacred and divine Scriptures—that the Sun is the center of the world and does not move from east to west and that the Earth moves and is not the center of the world; and that an opinion may be held and defended as probably after it has been declared and defined to be contrary to the Holy Scripture; and that consequently you have incurred all the censures and penalties imposed and promulgated in the sacred canons and other constitutions, general and particular, against such delinquents. From which we are content that you be absolved, provided that, first, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, you abjure, curse, and detest before use the aforesaid errors and heresies and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church in the form to be prescribed by us for you.

Comment: Archimedes says "No". (Score 1) 157

by Thomas Miconi (#46752447) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

When the material sciences are to the point where a lightweight container can sustain Earth atmospheric pressure from crushing down on it, we'll have a practical way to take off vertically without prompting your neighbours to invest in surface to air missiles when you crank the engine on one of these in the morning on your daily commute.

Except that the density of air is ~ 1.2kg/m^3, so to produce 100 kg of lift (average weight of an adult male American: 90kg) you'd need a balloon with a volume of 100/1.2 = 83.333.. m^3.

If your balloon is a sphere, the diameter should be 2 * (83.333 / (4*pi/3))^(1/3) = 5.42 meters. Google tells me that's about 18 feet.

I suppose it would be feasible for recreational activities. Commuting into a city? Don't think so.

Comment: Re:Only in America... (Score 1) 311

Don't worry. In the confusion, Quebec was suddenly taken over by mysterious groups of men armed with baguettes and wearing berets over their balaclavas.

The French foreign minister denied any knowledge of these incidents, though the interview was cut short when journalists asked about the provenance of the bits of poutine that were still hanging from his chin.

Comment: Re:Problem with Kickstarter (Score 1) 535

by Thomas Miconi (#46579057) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Kickstarter has always been very clear that your money didn't bring you any equity in the business. There is a very good reason for that: by the time Kickstarter was launched, soliciting investment from the general public for specific ventures was quite simply illegal. Crowd-funded investment was only made legal by the 2012 JOBS act.

If you really want to get equity from the businesses you sponsor, you can go to WeFunder or other sites. Kickstarter is not and has never been, and has been pretty explicit about it from day one.

Comment: Re:oh well (Score 1) 385

We recently had an issue with HP servers showing temperatures of 255C on motherboard sensors...
They said this was a firmware issue and told us to flash the bios to fix this. We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.

"Big help" - Why are you complaining? This is great! Think of the electricity savings! Not only can you stop cooling these servers, you can actually use them to cool your other hardware!

You're not thinking outside the box, that's the problem with you young people.

"HP Software Cooling Systems [tm] - unleash the power of unsigned char!"

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