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Comment: Re:It depends (Score 0) 485

by meerling (#49337047) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
I'm not saying these guys didn't goof up in some way, or if they were right, it's just that sometimes the old paradigm of how everyone believes things work is just plain wrong.
I'll give one example from when I was in high school. As any programmers among the readers know, the slowest form of sort is the bubble sort. We figured out how to make it faster than all other types of sorts. We kind of freaked when our trick not only worked, but it made it the fastest. We then tested it and worked out an algorithm to keep it at it's fastest.
The old paradigm that bubble sorts are the slowest sorts got destroyed, so it's always going to be possible that old accepted assumptions about how things work can be overturned, even if it requires certain specific parameters. (Of course crap code will F anything, so that's not what we're talking about.)

Comment: Re:Ugh (Score 1) 166

by meerling (#49330005) Attached to: The X-Files To Return
I wouldn't mind a return of the series, either a reboot or an effective sequel. I just don't think it'll work with the old cast. Their stories were pretty much run into the ground about 2 decades ago. Have some new blood pick up the threads and what happens when they give them a tug.

Comment: Re:OMFG (Score 2) 292

by meerling (#49329917) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
So you are an advocate for reverting society to a non-technological subsistence living then?
Innovations in efficiency do cause issues for individuals on the short term scales, but do wonders for society over the long term.
After all, that's why we aren't just scattered tribes of hunters & gatherers and can now use increasing amounts of our capability for other endeavors. You know, like this internet thingie that allows us to communicate like this over vast differences in location and time. :P

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by meerling (#49329609) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
Or due to the lack of participation of women in programming any expectation of them to have an equal representation in projects by that field is just plain stupid.
The real issue is the lack of women that are programmers, not that they don't have an equal influence on the results despite only being a small percentage.
Face it, if one group is only 10% of the workforce, you can't expect them to have 50% of the credit.

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by meerling (#49329485) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
As have the socio-economic pressures to excel at sports, crime, or whatever, when other opportunities for self betterment are primarily excluded by cultural and economic restrictions. You grow up poor and black in the ghetto, you are a lot more likely to go into pro-sports than get an engineering degree at Harvard simply due to expenses you can't pay and education quality that wasn't available to you.

Do you know why historically the Jews were so into banking? It's because stupid discriminatory laws of many countries in Europe used to ban them from almost all other professions. You earn a living in whatever way society will let you.

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by meerling (#49329389) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
Discrimination is discrimination, though trying to apply that gender test to software is blatantly stupid.
As was pointed out, there tends to be a huge gender gap between the representation of the sexes in software programming.
Before you can start worrying about silly things like this, maybe people should concentrate on finding out why, and resolving the issues, as to why there are so few females in programming before you start whining about how little they impact the projects they're on.

Comment: Re:Terribly regressive penalty (Score 1) 760

I'd bet those countries are better off with how their poor are treated than ours are.
You know, I don't even have to speculate, there have been numerous studies and statistics calculated on this subject, and the USA totally sucks ass in the rankings of 1st world nations.

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