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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 89

by flargleblarg (#47539369) Attached to: How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

Anyone who knows anything about compression knows that universal lossless compression is impossible to always do, because if such an algorithm existed, you could run it repeatedly on a data source until you were down to a single bit. And uncompresing a single bit that could be literally anything is problematic.

Actually, anyone who knows anything about compression knows that universal lossless compression is always possible to do. Sometimes you get good compression, sometimes you get shitty compression, and sometimes you get 0% compression. Note that 0% compression is still compression — it's just a degenerate case.

You are right, of course, that you can't repeatedly compress something down to a single bit — there is always a point of diminishing returns. But just because you can't compress something down to a single bit doesn't mean that no universal lossless compression algorithm exists. For example, f(x) = x is a universal lossless compression algorithm. It's a shitty algorithm, but it is lossless and it does compress.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 285

by flargleblarg (#47428917) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

it's worth being skeptical whenever someone's argument involves their not being able to comprehend the magnificence of their own creation (it's a form of argument from ignorance).

Not really. Not if they're using a genetic hillclimbing approach with neural networks, mutation, and evolution. Chances are, you'll never have any hope of understanding what evolves in that case. That's normal, and nothing to be skeptical about. And that would be a great way to win Core Wars.

Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 247

by flargleblarg (#47385173) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

You can fill your car in 5 minutes and go another 600KM. You can battery swap a Model S in 90 seconds and go another 500KM. Or you can wait 20 minutes and get a supercharge that will get you 250KM for zero cost.

Seems like the electric car not only meets your expectations, but rather exceeds them.

In theory. I mean, there are more than 100,000 gas stations in the United States, compared to how many Tesla supercharging/swapping stations?
Don't get me wrong; I think electric is here to stay and will win out in the long run... but to say it meets or exceeds expectations of convenience is not right.

Comment: Re:It's too slow. (Score 1) 254

by flargleblarg (#47287009) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

One thing has to be said for C#, as much as I am a subscriber to the "If C is Play-Doh, and C++ is Lego - C# is Duplo" philosophy, it does allow to get results fast without having to use a ton of libraries that in the end weigh you down more than C# would.

So in other words, C# gets results fast without having to weigh you down more than itself would?

Comment: Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (Score 1) 466

by flargleblarg (#47270007) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Wow, so it's trying to use [2] as an array index inside @$spi . . .

Is it converting [2] into "REF(ARRAY)" or somesuch, and then converting that to an integer and using that as the index?

My Perl interpreter (5.12) chokes on that code...

$ perl -e 'my $s = [5,6]; my $i = [2]; $s->[$i] = 7'
Modification of non-creatable array value attempted, subscript -1283427544 at -e line 1.

...but it gives an interesting hit with the negative giant subscript index.

What version of Perl are you using that chews up 30 seconds of CPU time?

Comment: Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (Score 1) 466

by flargleblarg (#47267551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Pop quiz. What do you think perl does with "5" + "information". The answer may surprise you. Here's a hint, it actually casts "information" to a number because the first three letters match a defined numerical value.

I did not know that. And I think I just threw up a little in my mouth now.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (Score 1) 466

by flargleblarg (#47267517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

a==b, b==c, would never presume a==c. It's never true in real-world business, so I'd never want it to be true in business programming.

It's a tautology in mathematics (known as the transitive property of equality) and it should be a tautology in any programming language. If a language gets this wrong, that's a major flaw in the language's design. (Which is not to say that the language isn't still useful. It's just confusing as hell is all.)

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