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Comment: Re:what is Arimaa? (Score 1) 58

by kcwhitta (#49507737) Attached to: Computer Beats Humans At Arimaa

It was the first link in the submission. :)

There you see it
Sitting there across the way
It don’t got a lot to say
But there’s something about it
And you don’t know why
But you’re dying to try
You wanna click the link

You’ve got to click the link
Why don’t you click the link
You gotta click the link
Go on and click the link

Comment: Re: Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

In this context, "Kids are being graduated from HS without knowing how to read and write." is grammatically correct. Admittedly, it may be more difficult than necessary to parse correctly; however, it is the teachers that are graduating the students from high school. So, kids are being graduated from high school [by their teachers] without knowing how to read and write. The use of the passive voice in this case puts extra emphasis that they were not deserving to receive a diploma.

Source: I was awarded my high school English award.

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

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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