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Comment Re:RStudio (Score 1) 105

OK then. I stand corrected. I really appreciate you taking the time. I was recalling from a conference/podcast from some years ago where an MS rep was speaking on how surprised all the Python folks were at a Python conference at the very idea of code-completion for Python. But it was unfair for me to talk of it as if it was an official pitch because I have seen no docs to that claims. That ticked me off then. Perhaps it was just one rep speaking off the cuff.

I will take a look at the tooling again. Back then, I was comparing it to PyDev and WingIDE (with much earlier and more basic use of code completion use dating back to PythonWin IDE and SPE). These days, I am on Spyder (for better IPython integration for interactive work, than for code-completion) and PyCharm. I haven't given a look at MS tools for Python in at least 5 years.

Comment RStudio (Score 1) 105

So why has no one mentioned RStudio yet? We just seem to be talking R. This is pretty much a clone of RStudio so far, with *slightly* better code-completion. MS tools for open languages rarely give anything I can't get elsewhere, just the same stuff over their own tooling. I remember them pitching Python tools as if they invented the first IDE with code-completion for Python while I had been using tools with equivalent functionality for 10 years prior.

Comment Re:What about Scientific Linux? (Score 1) 62

Well, he is not on ISS. Why does he need to care?

The work is exploratory, not mission critical. The needs of academia are almost the opposite of ISS or even an average business/web setup. An occasional crash is not a big deal in academia. Getting a new algorithm that someone recently published to work is. Many systems in academia are sloppily managed and that's fine. People aren't doing IT here. These are researchers doing science, not sys admins. IT is an after-thought. Its just-enough IT. People look to Ubuntu or Fedora because help is easy to find in a forum and packages are plenty. Of course, academia is not monolithic and there are various technical cultures within it.

Comment Why not just disconnect? (Score 2) 149

Seriously, how is this better than simply disconnecting or throttling down to say, 256 kbps (with perhaps intermittent redirects to pay-your-bill reminder pages) until the bill is paid? It shows more respect to customers. Is there a law in Canada that disallows this by classification as an essential service?

Comment Re:jesus thats all it takes? (Score 1) 106

I doubt that Julia is going to surpass R in a decade as you say. I use R because statisticians like it and contribute every obscure technique into it. Statisticians (for most part) don't seem to care about performance or elegance of the language from an engineering standpoint. R toolbox, for whatever reason, makes sense to them. For most people, R is used more as a statistical shell, rather than a programming language. Do I care whether BASH scripting is elegant or fast? No... just that everything is quickly available from it.

Julia will no doubt be valuable for a subset of statistical techniques where performance matters. I think Julia will become a good extension language for vectorized code. It will perhaps be the next NumPy/Cython, a general-purpose high-level, high-performance language/libraries that everyone can plug into, not just the Python community.

The one problem I had was that it still had a nasty startup time when I last evaluated it an year ago. Gadfly took way too long to import... something like a minute. Its not a problem for interactive use, but painful for scripts. It can be worked around of course. I hope the grant helps.

Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 1165

You kinda made OP's case.

> I suspect Finland has neither a melting pot of people that the US has

Are there any statistics to show that still-melting people or refusing-to-melt people are responsible for most of these shootings?

> and that it has a much better public health system for the poor and disadvantaged than the US does.
> The United States doesn't lock up its crazy people and doesn't provide a reasonable option for their mental health treatment.

US public health system may be an embarrassment compared to other OECD countries. But there are many third world countries that have much worse health care, poverty and undiagnosed mental health cases that don't have mass shootings, because they recognize the reality that their societies, don't have the maturity to handle guns safely. Australia decided to give up guns when it realized that. Unlike in US, gun-ownership isn't an entire ideology in Australia, so their hands were not tied.

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