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Comment: Re: No mention on capacity though (Score 0) 395

I do not follow your comment. I do not know what it means to charge different portions of a battery at the same time in parallel. Either they are connected cells into a single battery, or they aren't. If they are connected, then there is only one battery and your comment doesn't make sense to me. I think gp is correct that we are talking higher current.

Comment: Re: Make SATs optional (Score 1) 389

by mattwarden (#48072853) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Because they last 200k miles with minimal maintenance? I own a 2004 3-series with 160k miles on it, and it is the cheapest car when converted to $/yr I have ever owned. I have learned that the crap you are spewing is all manufactured perception, and likely the new iteration of "buy American" (which is really "buy union", since "foreign cars" are just built in the southern U.S. by nonunion factories).

Comment: Re:9 Days Relative To What? (Score 1) 35

by mattwarden (#47643189) Attached to: Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

that's all great, but accepts the premise that it detected anything. i could have a program that emails myself every day reporting an ebola outbreak and eventually i would have completely destroyed both the WHO's announcement speed and these clowns. of course, that is absurd, because the number of false positives is huge. and this is absurd for the same reason. there is zero information about false positive rates, and without that this "news" is saying absolutely nothing. the journalists, as usual, are complete fucking idiots who can't process basic logic, and as a result it seems like they are pretty much reprinting the press release from the group that developed the system (who should, and probably does, know better).

Comment: Conspiracy theories (Score 1) 134

by mattwarden (#47615093) Attached to: Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

No conspiracy required. A bill that very few people know about and far fewer would actually have affect their vote pattern or donations has very little chance of going anywhere. Every bill is an opportunity for riders and house-senate conference shenanigans, so I am pretty sure things are working correctly when this goes nowhere.

Comment: Re: Bubbles (Score 1) 130

by mattwarden (#47607499) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Social media... You mean having friends with a similar worldview? Are we sure social media even makes this worse and not better? Most people interact in real life with very few people because it is expensive to do otherwise. Social media might actually reduce the problem by making it cheaper to interact with more people. Theoretically it could be just more of the same viewpoint, but as n increases, the chance that everyone agrees on everything is much less.

Comment: Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (Score 1) 240

by mattwarden (#47596647) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

pretty simple, and i think i and others have stated it multiple times now. you said:

> Every IDE places everything you edit ultimately into files, text files to be precise.
> The idea that something only runs in the IDE and otherwise no one knows how it works is just nonsense

This is wrong. You would have never said this if you were not coming from a point of view of (admitted) ignorance in a number of technologies. You then assumed it was just ignorance due to your avoidance of Microsoft technologies. Sorry, but that is not the case. Many 4th gen languages will have this problem. Other languages that have a "visual" component for GUI editing or the like will likely have this problem.

Bottom line: you made a blanket assertion as if you knew the universe of the topic, and it turns out you know only a subset of that universe that happens to support your assertion. It's a bit like living in America and assuming every other country is like America, since that is what you know and have experienced. I don't fault you for not having experienced it; but I do fault you for being too confident that you have already seen the world.

Comment: Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (Score 1) 240

by mattwarden (#47596613) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

Version control is not a problem. But I suspect you are referring to merging code, which is a problem. SSIS 2012 made this a bit better, but in most cases you have to fall back to a manual merge using the IDE. Alternatively, one person works on a particular SSIS package (unit of code) at a time. The latter is not as crazy as it sounds, so long as you follow ETL best practices that lead to very simple, small, modular packages.

There are plenty of resources on the interwebs that can explain the value of 4th gen ETL solutions.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.