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Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 2, Insightful) 389

by bdwlangm (#31239164) Attached to: IOC Orders Blogger To Take Down Video
They played video of him dying repeatedly on CTV here in Canada, I'm sure the American networks had it too. They linked video from their webpage. Is the IOC doing anything about that? I tend to think they should all stop showing it out of respect, but really the IOC aren't doing the right thing, they're just protecting the value of official Olympic coverage.

Comment: Re:I'm Interested in the Opposite View (Score 1) 396

by bdwlangm (#31200510) Attached to: What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

1) in the real world 40% is not a pass

Not at my school either, typically 50% is a pass, and you need an average of 65+ in required courses to stay in the program.

2) why don't many school even mention source code control?

Because it's unnecessary for the small projects you do in school and is orthogonal to the concepts they're teaching you typically. Also, it's very easy to pick up on your own.

3) error handling is not an exercise left to the reader, it needs to be structured, organised, and it really helps if you know what you are trying to achieve with the error handling.

+1 Insightful

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 941

by bdwlangm (#31191010) Attached to: PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams
And how are the IT workers not responsible? They would have known best the technical potential of the system. I have no sympathy for them. Aiding the administration in violating the rights of the students (see 4th amend.) is a serious offence. I'm usually willing to give people a break for not quitting jobs when they're asked to do questionable things, but monitoring students at home is way beyond questionable.

Comment: Re:When do people get this (Score 1) 613

by bdwlangm (#31184308) Attached to: 86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

The disk cache is part of the OS, not the application. If an application loads some images from your HDD it's the OS that decides to cache them in memory, independent of anything your app does with them. Because disk caching is transparent to the app, the OS can free cache whenever it wants to.

Of course, historically IE would be a special case, as it was so tightly tied to the OS that the normal rules of transparent OS services didn't apply. Anyone know if this is still true?

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 3, Insightful) 505

by bdwlangm (#31075930) Attached to: Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

just wait until some amateur gets a hold of the code, runs it, and claims that all global warming data is questionable because this model has a bug or produces weird output

The onus is on the researcher to demonstrate/argue that for the inputs given the code produces meaningful results. If you don't like that then stop doing research with computations? Idiots can always misrepresent you, no matter how you publish. Most of us understand that simulations are limited.

Second, it will waste the researchers time releasing the code and then responding to questions when people are like "lolz this code blows"

What makes you think that there will be more people trying out that code and not understanding it, than currently there are people reading the paper and not understanding it? Personally I'm not going to waste my spare time downloading complex simulations that I know nothing about and try to invalidate them.

That being said, it should definitely be available as a part of the peer review process if something is really called into question.

So make it available and reference it in your paper. No one's asking you to tell everyone on the planet about it.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 2, Insightful) 505

by bdwlangm (#31075680) Attached to: Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

If I find code that will cause heap corruption in your code (e.g. you wrote past the end of an array in C), then there is a bug in that code whether you do fluid simulations, or make 3D games. I worked as an undergraduate RA under some guys doing ocean modelling, and found several small bugs before I had the foggiest idea what most of the code was meant to do. Yes there will be many problems someone without your background can't find in your model, but that is not an argument for closed source science.

A more important concern is that someone else who does have your background should have access to your code. That would be part of "peer review". Otherwise they're taking your computations on faith, with no way to reproduce.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.

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