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Comment Re:Vocab Nazi strikes again! (Score 2) 250

Please turn in your Vocab Nazi card at the nearest Nazi Card Collection Center.

Lanai is located east of the International Date Line, at 20.833333 N, -156.933333 W. The name "typhoon" is reserved for a tropical cyclone in the Northwest Pacific Ocean (i.e. west of the International Date Line). See for more details.

Comment Re:Great, now the terrorists are controlling natur (Score 2) 278

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't we have systems designed to monitor weather, flooding, seismic activity, volcanism and so on? If they're finding out about natural disasters from social networks, that's beyond pathetic.

True, but sensors can't tell you what impact a tornado is causing; for that, you need "ground truth" information. The National Weather Service still has a network of weather spotters to complement the information given by the sensors, and took storm reports over Twitter a couple of years ago to further augment that info (not sure if they are still doing that, though).

Comment Re:IPv6 Info, disable Javascript to read Wikipedia (Score 1) 463

I used NoScript to block the JS too, but only a few can use these workarounds. Some opt to use mirrors like thefreedictionary. For the masses though, they cannot use wikipedia for 24 hours, and they cannot work around it. It is a major disruption of operations, as far as they are concerned.

Instead of disabling Javascript, you can access the English Wikipedia via the mobile site. Head to and enjoy your reading...

Comment EE (Score 4, Insightful) 296

If you want to learn controls, it seems Electrical Engineering would be a better fit than Computer Science. While Mechanical Engineers have to learn a fair degree of controls theory, the EE guys live and breathe controls, so it would make you more proficient in that area, at least on paper.

Comment Re:Late-Breaking News from the Council: Onwards! (Score 2) 86

Heh, I was wondering what K'Breel was going to say about this. You seriously should put all of these in an eBook or something similar... if nothing else to ensure that all the gelsacs that have been sacrificed during the Blue Planet's invasion are memorialized properly.

Comment Re:So (Score 1) 709

Awesome post. Let me add one thing, though: If you like BASIC, you will love FORTRAN. It is procedural, so it is similar in concepts to BASIC; and it is extensible, so you can start with a Hello World program in Fortran with a PRINT *, "Hello World", similar to BASIC's PRINT "Hello World".

You can then gradually introduce concepts, such as loops and conditionals in the same way with BASIC; then, you can take on more complex ideas, such as variable typing and allocation (IMPLICIT NONE ftw!), pointers, modules/classes, and you can go all the way to object oriented fluff with the latest standards.

Moreover, FORTRAN is still being used in industry, and not just as a legacy language. There is extensive development of parallel code in Fortran, and the language still reigns king in High-Performance Computing. Thus, the language can grow and be anything from a crayon to a calligraphy quill as desired.

Comment Re:GPU = supercomputer? (Score 1) 135

The major problem with adoption is probably that most of the people running jobs on SC's are scientists not computer scientists. They use large piles of ancient, well tested libraries and only tweak small parts of the code that are specific to their problem. This means that most of those libraries will need to be ported to OpenCL and CUDA before adoption really picks up.

And we have a winner!

Most people do not want to write their eigensolvers, Poisson system solvers, matrix multiplication routines, and the like. They just want to use code that already does that, and that has been tested to do its job well. Code verification is important. So, the libraries that do so need to be ported before anyone in HPC switches to GPU architectures seriously. (Remember: this is the land where FORTRAN is still king...)

"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest." -- Eric Clapton