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Comment: Re:MIT (Score 1) 197

by bidule (#46443355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

Well of course Real Time programming is a special beast, but I don't think it is representative of whatever programming the OP is trying to learn. Basing your whole critique on optimization needs is off-base.

OOP is a good tool to encapsulate UI, it has brought Angular, DOM and javascript prototype-based system.

For heavy work, functional programming simplifies parallel processes. Scheme can handle this and offers a very different syntax to learn. If you can wrap your head around both the ((parenthesis)) and the {imperative;} syntax, you can understand any new language.

I say that with 10y in C++ and 10y in Scheme with a dabble of other languages. Which is why I can say Scheme is a much better learning tool than OOP imperative languages, although its blessings carry the Lisp curse. {Using Scheme for is almost cheating, its numerical tower makes them a breeze.}

Comment: Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (Score 3, Insightful) 148

by bidule (#46441067) Attached to: 3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

Who is right?

Those who use the almost 30 years of studies on Chernobyl instead of counter-pulling sensationalized numbers. Anyone coming up with numbers larger than those studies have their arm so deep in bullshit that their shoulder smells.

Despite the accident being much worse and the fallout being over land, the numbers affected are counted in thousands, dixit: "for a total of 9000 Chernobyl-associated fatal cancers". You could reasonably claim that Fukushima should affect one tenth that number and use 1000 as the death cap.

Back of the envelope calculations, but at least it doesn't smell.

Comment: Re:Troll (Score 1) 794

by bidule (#46373409) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Everybody with an IQ above room temperature knows that homeopathy is complete and utter bullshit.

Well, if some NewAge customer wants you to sell them homepopathic remedies it's good business to serve them. Much better than letting them find a competitor. Should libraries stop selling religious books because it's all crock?

Comment: Re:Non-story (Score 1) 268

This guy pissed off some folks who are making claims in bad faith,

I am not sure it's that black and white.

I watched the 16 minutes first part. There are maybe 2 minutes of original video at the start and 2 more minutes of a Foo Fighter music video, leaving about 10 minutes of House of Number material.

He really did a convincing work on the montage and the voice-over, but NPOV must agree the majority of the video came from the deniers. Now I don't know how far fair use goes, but maybe they really have a case there. How did MST3K handle that?

Comment: Re:That's impossible! (Score 1) 396

But you see, rebuilding a down tower or two is a quick task. These things happen regularly and as long as the power station is fine, it should be back up in less than a week. Blasting bridges or overpasses would be a bigger pain to fix. And neither of those are sexy enough for our terrorist friends: not enough bang for the bucks.

A guided tour would offer more than what google satellite maps does, I don't know how critical that extra information could be and maybe the "security reasons" is just because they're too lazy to find out. Security through obscurity.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.