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Comment: Re:Field dependent requirement (Score 5, Insightful) 1086

by bannable (#40934765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

I haven't seen any clear way to calculate say an integral using something like c++ or c#.

Calculus is a study of continuous mathematics. C, C++, and every (?) other programming language work on principles of discrete mathematics, which is why you can read all about strange calculations with floating point variables. So, what you've seen is only natural.

My understanding of it is that most colleges/universities do not even consider offering discrete mathematic courses until at least Calculus 2 is completed, and in some places not for a year after even that.


+ - Google Develops Cat-liking AI->

Submitted by bannable
bannable (1605677) writes "Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain.

Andrew Y. Ng, a Stanford computer scientist, is cautiously optimistic about neural networks.
There Google scientists created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own.

Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats."

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Comment: Re:Why show everybody you use facebook? (Score 3, Informative) 346

by bannable (#40451361) Attached to: Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

Seriously A facebook email address says one thing about you , you use facebook. So when your boss see's it and sticks in a friend request how do you tactfully say never in a million years.

Personally, I would do it by declining the request. It isn't hard. If that isn't option because he's a scumbag, accept and add him to a group with the same privileges as non-friends.


+ - Neverwinter Night Forums Hacked

Submitted by bannable
bannable (1605677) writes "Tonight, BioWare sent out an email to account holders on their NWN forums:
"We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security.""

Comment: Re:big loss (Score 1) 1251

by bannable (#35533174) Attached to: Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia
The availability of methodology does not change whether or not a thing can or can not be falsified. Your implication is that if technology progresses, we may discover a means to disprove one of the theories you mentioned, which further implies that you recognize the inherent falsifiability of the theories.

Creationism, however, has nothing to do with theory. It is a belief that a god created the universe and is completely and utterly uninterested in the mechanics by which this occured. THIS is the distinction between science and belief: belief is why a thing happened and science is how a thing happened.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen