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Comment: Re:It's 1930s retro! (Score 1) 166

by serviscope_minor (#49804499) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

It is sad.

Sourceforge used to be a pillar of the community. It seemed something more than what github is now. I'm not sure precisely what caused the demise, but I remember it going downhill since before github was really, really big.

Apparently they decided GIMP-Win was "abandoned". It was after a fashion---the distributor decided to stop using sourceforce and instead goes through the main GIMP site. Naturally the thing to do here is for sourceforge to take over the reigns and start putting the latest GIMP releases in it's place for the 6 or 7 remaining people who still use sourceforge. That in itself is not terrible, but it's the way they hijacked the installer which stinks.

But it's all OK since the account owner never knew^Wobjected.

Here's the delightful corporate weasel wording:

But it's not "obnoxious shitware" it's "easy to decline third party offers". Right.

Now Dice: grow a spine and let this article on the front page. You fucked up, everyone knows you fucked up now own it.

Comment: Re:It's a terrible method, but the best we know... (Score 1) 216

by serviscope_minor (#49800135) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

Yes, so GREs are necessary to get into a PHD program since they are the first cut. And again with the prelims, they're better, but a PhD is not exams, it's research, and exam at that point exams are just testing completely the wrong thing.

Anyway the American PhD system has more wrong with it than just exams.

Comment: (Score 1) 102

Military grade thermal imaging of the sort on fighter jets or heat seeking missiles is not really the same as the consumer level junk you'd find on e-bay that people use to look for Sasquatch or find people in burning buildings.

How is it different apart from the usual mil spec things of being robust? The only experience I've got is with industrial thermal imagers. They're super sensitive (you could recover which keys had been pressedon a keyboard for example). One of the main things was it had some funky internal optics and a calibrated temperature source. Every few seconds, it would go ker-thunk and point the imager at the calibrated source (with a pause in the video) and then flip back. This seemed to ensure that the measurements were actually accurate (modulo emissivity of course).

Oh and it came in a funky metal case and streamed over a 100 mbit/s ethernet port using RTSP, uncompressed 16 bit thermal data, 0--655.36K or a nice false colour image complete with a colour bar.

And and the internal CPU ran WinCE and responded to telnet.

And of course if cost $LOTS, but not $MILITARY_LOTS.

Comment: Re:It's a terrible method, but the best we know... (Score 1) 216

by serviscope_minor (#49798289) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

The SAT/GRE/etc. are terrible ways of selecting students; they can be specifically prepped for, students can cheat, they exclude otherwise-worthy students who don't "test" well, etc. But for better or worse, they are about the best available.

The GRE is the graduate one. It's about the worse method in existence for selecting PhD students, and certainly not the best available. I'm not claiming it's perfect, but the system we use in the UK which is somewhat more ad-hoc is very substantially better.

Then again, we have some grade obsession in that the EPSRC (who by the way are literally clowns: office uniform includes red nosesand floppy shoes, I'm led to believe) won't fund a PhD for someone with less than a 2:1. While there's a weak correlation with grades, some of the smartest people I've known didn't get a 2:1.

Comment: Re:I kind of agree (Score 2) 292

You could substitute literally any reasonably broad subject into your post and it would mean precisely the same.

In other words, it's perfectly possible to leave a large, broad subject out of general education. Most of the skills will be somewhat glanced upon in other subjects. Those that love it will probably find it anyway. But so what?

You could use exactly the same arguments to not teach science, or maths, or foreign languages, or English or art or "making things" (DT in the UK), or geography, or history. The fact that it's possible to leave out a subject and not infinitely bad to do so is not an argument against leaving it out.

You'll also note I specified any reasonably broad subject. A fairly good bu very rough guide is if universities usually have a whole faculty dedicated to it, it's reasonably broad.

So yes, computing should be taught in schools, for much the same reason the other major subjects are taught. It's a part of the modern world and knowing a bit about it is now useful to being a reasonably well rounded human. It also teaches certain skills naturally---breaking down a problem into its smallest elements---which seems to be somewhat lacking in education at the moment. That is a generally useful skill which is also necessary to write any program.

So get off your high horse. Computing SHOULD be taught at school precisely because there's nothing particularly special about it to distinguish it from all the other major subjects.

Comment: Re:Detecting Drones (Score 2) 223

by serviscope_minor (#49797029) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

And then what do you do when you find it's a drone?

If the answer is "shoot it down" there are severe unintended consequences. A teenager pointed out to me that people would fly drones in there and post the best "drone gets shot down" videos on youtube. I think his explantion used the phrases "cool" and "really cool" several times.

Comment: Re:The things pump out plenty of RF. (Score 1) 223

by serviscope_minor (#49797009) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

Use a plain old radio direction finder?

You mean to find the 2.4GHz signals the transmitter is emitting along with every wifi AP, bluetooth device, microwave, wireless keyboard and mouse, fitmess monitor and ect...?

This is in urban areas. Basic radio direction finding won't work. You'd have to have a hugeass SDR and decode every signal in each direction to figure which might be the one of interest.

Comment: Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 620

by serviscope_minor (#49796967) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Actually go back and read the comment carefully and read specifically the bit I quoted and was responding to.

I was disputing that multiple primary partners (which implies a polyamorous relationships because that's the only place "primary partner" has useful meaning) was more common than homosexuality.

So like I said, you've yet again grabbed the wrong end of the stick incredibly hard and are doggedly determined not to let go. No matter how much I show you have spent the entire thread trying very hard to answer an question I never asked, you will keep on justifying why your wrong-end-of-stickgrabbing is so very right. A clue: it isn't.

The point I then raised is that multiple partners is fearsomely difficuly because of things like inheritance.

You then told me that Canada deals with it. By not dealing with it! lol! Smug!

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.