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Comment: Re:Is this necessary? (Score 2, Interesting) 321

by Ztream (#29391985) Attached to: Creating a Quantum Superposition of Living Things

Uh, forgive me for not understanding QM, but how exactly would we *know* that the cat is in a superposition of states? As soon as we check, they would collapse, no?

Unless of course we can cause the probability wave of the cat state to interfere with itself in some way not classically explainable, but I have a hard time thinking of a way to do that.

Comment: Re:No mention of ClearCase? (Score 3, Insightful) 268

by Ztream (#29197235) Attached to: Making Sense of Revision-Control Systems

I use Subversion on a daily basis, and I believe everything positive you said about ClearCase holds true for Subversion, except point 9. There are some philosophical objections to 9 (you should test the resulting code before committing it anyway), but I don't know if it's a design decision or a missing feature.

That's not to say that Subversion doesn't have problems of its own though, but using CVS as a representation of the state of version control systems is like judging proprietary software on the basis of Windows 95.

Comment: Re:German results (Score 1) 674

by Ztream (#28247625) Attached to: Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat

I think that's quite common; Sweden itself has a limit of 4%. Which in my view may be good as it kept some xenophobic parties out of parliament (unlike in many other European countries this election, I'm sad to say). It also makes things like debates and campaign funding easier to manage, otherwise we would have hundreds of parties which would all have to be treated equal.

Comment: Re:Great for financial data (Score 1) 216

by Ztream (#27727339) Attached to: A Look At the Wolfram Alpha "Search Engine"

Finally someone who understands the role of chaos/complexity in finance - it seems to me that even economists in general have never viewed it that way (though some are working on it).

I don't think you can come up with the tool you are suggesting, though, because the tool would alter the game and would thus have to take *itself* into account in the model, and it can only do this through the simplifications you want to avoid.

To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.