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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: 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.


Scientists Develop Brain-Microchip Bridge 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the man-and-machine dept.
dreampod writes "Canadian scientists have developed a microchip capable of monitoring the electrical and chemical communication channels between individual neurons. This is the first time scientists have been able to monitor the interaction between brain cells on such a precise and subtle level. In addition to providing the ability to see more easily the impact of drugs on various mental disorders during testing, this provides one of the first fundamental steps towards real mind-machine interface."

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux