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Comment: Re:"famous" people (Score 1) 280

by nickol (#48054417) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

It depends on the definition of what "famous" really is. My friend is a musician, and well, she is famous. In Russia. But Facebook apparently does not know abou this. They forced her to change her last name in FB account to real, and the problem is, her fans do not know (or did not know) her real name.
On the other hand I see many people who are using nicknames or invented names on FB for years without problems. This could be because they are _not_ famous, and there is no way for FB to tell that "John Smith" is actually "James Kowalsky". Especially if this another name is actually is in a language other than English.

Comment: Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (Score 1) 634

by nickol (#46965615) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

That's wrong. Aliasing in FORTRAN is exactly the feature that can make optimization very difficult or impossible. Aliasing was invented because computers had small memories.
I've just finished a project in FORTRAN in geophysics, so I have some experience with this language. Why it is still in use? The answer is: scientists know it. No other reason. Projects in FORTRAN are very hard to maintain. Refactoring is also difficult. Half of the project was in FORTRAN, other half in C++. On any feature request we had a meeting to decide whether we are going to implement it in C++ or in FORTRAN and how the interface will look like.
FORTRAN _may_ have better efficiency in some cases. For really simple programs with no memory management and no hardware interaction.
I think that FORTRAN is a good language, but it is also an old language.

Comment: What exactly is morning (Score 1) 137

by nickol (#46658423) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

In northern countries a day in the winter is short, in southern countries it is longer. As we do not notice big difference between body weight in north and south, what is morning exactly? Is it the time just after you wake up and turn on light? Or is it time when the Sun rises? Or what?

Comment: Re:Sci-fi, non-fiction, and a classic (Score 1) 796

by nickol (#45847731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

This is interesting. As a native Russian speaker I assure you that "Brothers Karamazov" is incrediby boring and tedious book with unnatural characters. One of the worst books of Dostoyevsky. On the other hand I've read "To kill a mockingbird" in translation and found it interesting. Not in "must read" category, but good enough.
Maybe something is "found in translation".

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