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Comment: Re:Navigation (Score 1) 124

by kcwhitta (#49264377) Attached to: Valve's SteamVR: Solves Big Problems, Raises Bigger Questions

Nope, I've always lived in North America. However, I have moved a lot, and it might be that I'm subconsciously relating which way I'm going to where I think the water is. It's west on the west coast, north when in Ottawa and south when in Toronto. Hard to say. It would be so much easier if my brain could just use the sun. :)

Comment: Absurd thesis (Score 1) 411

by kcwhitta (#49031919) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

The original paper is here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.0141... What they effectively do is create a set of all the tokens and punctuation in a method and then compress that set to include only those tokens that are "useful". They then compare the length of this set with the original method. I don't see how this is any more useful than compiling the method, looking at its bytes, and stating this method is mostly chaff since it can be reduced into a single 0 and 1, i.e. its BINSET is {0, 1}.

An example threshed set they provide for java bubblesort is: int, length, =, array, ., for, (, 1, 0, , ;, if, ++, ), {, [, j, 1, ., |, ], temp, }. If you're a programmer, you can probably see how silly this is just from looking at that set.

Comment: Ah, Google being evil again (Score 2) 213

by kcwhitta (#46052269) Attached to: Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

I'm sure this has already been said, but Google's positive index on the evil scale seems to be higher (or lower). Once again, they seem to be bordering on true neutral from a D&D sense; I guess that's not too bad considering they are a huge public corporation (that I don't think I'll work for any time soon). ~ Keenan

Comment: Re:Number one reason I dislike Microsoft... (Score 1) 146

And Google is *not* trying to "help" their customer? Google screws with search results all the time: it used to be much more geek-friendly than it is today. It thinks it knows what I want to search better than I do: thinking I make typos when I don't, and it includes search terms I don't want to include. Many of the geek customizations for advanced users that used to work are no longer available.

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