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Comment: Re:Useless for budget scientific computing (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by godrik (#49280771) Attached to: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN X Becomes First 12GB Consumer Graphics Card

I was at the keynote at GTC this morning and it really depends on what you are doing. If you want to do numerical simulation, it is not very useful because double precision performance is terrible. But if you do data mining, you mostly care about bandwidth and single precision performance. And then 12GB isn't too much. Actually I find it still a bit on the low side. Intel Xeon Phi are featuring 16GB this days. And in the realm of data analysis fitting the data on the accelerator is what make the difference ebetween the accelerator is great and the accelerator is useless.

Comment: Re:While publish or perish has problems... (Score 2) 112

by godrik (#49262985) Attached to: Scientific Study Finds There Are Too Many Scientific Studies

Of course we are publishing more. We are pushed to publish, so obviously paper get forgotten. But it is not clear to me that it is a bad thing. What pulish or perish accomplished is that we are communicating more. So clearly we are communicating smaller ideas, smaller experiements, smaller contributions but we are also communicating earlier in the process.

It is frequent nowadays that one idea is spinned into 3 papers, one preliminary workshop, one conference and one journal. Clearly once the journal is published, the workshop and conference version will not receive much citation. But does that mean that they were not useful? The citation they got mean that some people read these papers and that the knowdledge/insight contained in them was spread. This might not be a bad thing.

Now, if you were using number of publication/citation as a metric of how good people have, the metric is probably ruined now. But that was a terrible metric to being with.

Comment: Re:Sure (Score 1) 44

by godrik (#49233613) Attached to: edX Welcomes 'The University of Microsoft' Into Its Fold

I am a university professor and I do not think it is going to worsen it.

Those that don't have other access to higher education will certainly learn from it.
Those who have access to higher education now have a new type of resources that they can use to learn.

Those that will skip classes and say "I'll watch the video the week before the exam" or "I don't need to learn it, there is a video about it" will certainly suffer from MOOCs. But clearly they weren't ready to put the effort necessary in learning the material, so they were not going to learn.

Comment: Re:Weren't deep convolutional nets debunked? (Score 1) 142

by godrik (#49077723) Attached to: Breakthrough In Face Recognition Software

I don't see the practical relevance of this? You can not walk through an airport with a scrambled face. So the images the camera will get are "regular" imaegs. Sure you can generate ridiculous images that triggers false positive. But these images will probably not be fed to an actual system.

Comment: Re:So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

by godrik (#48781621) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

This has nothing to do with the topic of conversation.

Your signature say "Repel the 17th amendment today". I assume you are talking about the amendment to the US constitution which gives 2 senators to each state.

What is the rationale for repeling it? Is it to get a representation proportional to the population instead of a flattening per state?

I was under the impression that the house of representative was elected proportional to the population and that the senate was elected proportional to the states. And that gives a balance of power between population and states.

Any insight?

Comment: Re:Freedom of expression (Score 5, Insightful) 1350

by godrik (#48757349) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

I am not offended by their murder, I am outraged by it. I used to read Charlie Hebdo when I was living in France. The death of these journalists, artists, policemen sadens me. The people responsible need to be found and jailed for life as is the penalty for first degree murder under french law, after proper judicial process.

But let's be realistic. Terrorism of pretty much anykind is only a minor nuisance in the western world (not sure about the rest of the world). But we talk a lot about it because it appears random and it appeals to our deepest fear: the collapse of society.

But we need to make the difference between the terrorist and the group they claim to make their act for. When the IRA was very active in the 90s, I did not blame the Irish people. When the FLNC was active, I did not blame the people of Corsica. When the "army of god" bombed the abortion clinics in the 90's, I did not blame the Christians.

Fanatics are a problem. They must be stopped. Islam, like all religions, is defined by the belief of those that follow it.

Comment: Re:Warmth (Score 1) 234

by godrik (#48711891) Attached to: Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

I don't know in the UK, But most heating systems I saw in the US are terrible. Typically based on air conditionning with a single thermostat placed right over the main air arrival. Which means that if you set it to 70F, you get 70F at the center of the house and a gradient of temperature toward the walls and windows. And when it is 20F outside, you feel your pain. Also the thermostat is often ancient which means that the accuracy of the things has certainly decrease significantly over the years...

My mother in law still has not understood that and insist her house to be set at 65F. except that by the window, it is closer to 50F.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 4, Interesting) 150

by godrik (#48606021) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

except the nearest bus station is not the world.

I am actually not sure how TFA comes to the conclusion that spanish would be a good second language. The question should be "assuming I already speak English, which second language should I speak." If 95% (pulled out of a hat) of spanish speakers also speak english, then learning spanish might not actually allow you to reach much more people.

Comment: Re:$1tr question--Why is all this Internet-facing? (Score 3) 528

by godrik (#48528265) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Well, it is probably linked to the fact most of these companies are international companies with employees all over the world needing some form of interaction with the data.

If you really want to get an internal network that is disconnected from the internet, it means that you will need an army of monkey copying data using memory sticks to feed the data bank and bringing reports back to the employee that needs it. And that induces super high latency in the system.

The problem seems difficult to me. Completely isolated networks might have an unreasonnable operational cost. (Though a massive data breach might just be as bad.)

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