Posting to undo a -1 Overrated mod that I fat fingered. Should have been +1 underrated. This post deserves more than a score of zero.
George RR Martin is not the only writer to select . . . unusual . . . writing tools.
I suspect that for a number of writers, the tools and the process has an influence on the flavor of the finished text.
Neal Stephenson wrote Cryptonomicon entirely in emacs. And he wrote the Baroque Cycle longhand with a fountain pen.
Use the tools that are appropriate to the task.
Damn. No mod points. Somebody mod the parent post up please. This is pertinent and informative.
Someone mod parent up please.
I recall there was a push to get Allan Turing pardoned a few years back and it got shot down in the House of Commons. I believe the prime minister said something along the lines of "He was convicted of breaking the law of the land at the time. Laws change but we don't roll back time and reverse earlier convictions. We adhere to the laws that are in force at any given time."
So when this came out from the Queen, it appeared to me that one part of the government (the monarchy) was circumventing another part of government (the democracy). I asked myself "is this an instance where democracy cannot summon the courage to do the moral thing and the aristocracy rises to the challenge? How remarkable."
But I do not know much about the relative roles of the monarchy and elected representatives with regards to the power of the pardon in the UK, so I was about to ask for more information. AC has answered my question before I could ask it.
There are a lot of good suggestions in this discussion so far.
I have a few points to add.
1) compiled language vs scripting language
In general, any compiled language is going to run faster than any scripting language. But you will probably spend more time coding and debugging to get your analysis running with a compiled language. It is useful to think about how important performance is to you relative to the value of your own time. Are you going to be doing these data mining runs repeatedly? Is it worth spending ten times as many hours getting this thing up and running if by doing so, you can get it to run really fast? If so, than chose a compiled language. You're already familiar with C so that would be a natural choice. If, after consideration, you value your development time more than processing time, stick with a scripting language. You'll probably be able to stand up a working program much faster & you can look for other ways to squeeze out extra performance
2) Parallelism. Your initial question explicitly said you want to use all 4 cores on a Xeon, but I've only seen 1 response so far that addresses this issue. To get good performance out of multiple cores you may need to re-work your algorithms to split the problem into pieces and crunch them down in parallel. Is your problem one that is easily amenable to parallelization? If yes, then you probably want to start thinking about multi-thread or multi-process programming. If your program will never run on something bigger than 1 server, than you will probably be OK sticking with with single multi-threaded process. I don't have experience in this myself, but I've heard that writing your program in a functional language like Haskell will make it intrinsically easy to parallelize. If you ever think your program is going to run on something bigger than that Xeon server - let's say you're thinking of ramping up to a cluster, than I would suggest building it on top of MPI from the beginning. I've had good results getting something up and running on MPI quickly using a combination of python, NumPy, SciPy and mpi4py.
I was going to mention this one, but you beat me to it. Someone mod parent up please.
#1 on this list of new programming jargon
Some of my other favorites in there: the Common Law Feature & Hooker Code.
I'll second this.
I was using Debian 6 (squeeze) with gnome 2 on the desktop. I didn't upgrade to Debian 7 (wheezy) because I didn't want to mess around with gnome 3. I thought I'd give Linux Mint Debian Edition a try. The LMDE with MATE gives me a new kernel, better performance, same desktop environment I was used to.
Updates are a bit rougher, but I've been able to handle that. Overall, so far, so good.
Link to Original Source
What do people think of this?
and this sort of thing:
I like your link to a page containig a picture of a hammer with a claw on both ends.
I raise you a link to a page describing a pentagonal room. PHP: a fractal of bad design.
I cant believe nobody has linked to that blog posting yet. It's a classic.
Damn, I wish I had mod points. That was good for a chuckle. Thanks.
Out of curiosity, if the Xbox One were exactly as it was announced except that the OS was open-source, would you be less concerned about the always on camera?