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Comment Re:There's an add-on for that.. (Score 2) 387

I use that one too. Works well, and still seems to work. Before that, I used FF's built in mechanism, and I think it's an utter disgrace that they removed it without offering an alternative. I still trust Mozilla a bit better than Google, but at this rate, FF runs the risk of being abandoned by its last users.

Perhaps that's what they want anyway.

Comment Re:My favorite quote (Score 1) 76

There's more behind that idea than a simple "I don't know". It's of course aphoristic, but if you think of the mind/brain as monitoring all input, adding a feedback loop allows it to monitor itself. It allows learning from decisions, and allows to predict consequences of choices. That is a necessary, although not sufficient part of consciousness.

Comment Re:Beware of Rust. (Score 1) 75

I've been toying with Rust, and I'm impressed. It's not a language for every application, but it's a good competitor for many.

Of course there are bugs. Do you know how many bugs gcc has had? Gazillions. I remember sticking to 2.95 for a loooong time.

The syntax is great. Why should it be remarkable? It's compact, and as readable as any other C-like syntax. And it has some great (semantic) features. Traits, iterators, function application, it's what C++ should have done instead of rely on STL.

I haven't seen a problem with their community. Of course there are some unsympathetic, tyrannicalish characters in the mod pool. Now, who else does that description make you think? Their code of conduct seems to be a bit heavy on the harassment issue, which smells of bad PC culture, but I haven't seen any of it.

> There's no reason to use Rust, in my opinion.

Then don't use it. But you're not better of with any of the other languages. D is a bit of a joke, and I wouldn't touch Scala. I've seen its horrible framework obsession and performance. It's all about what you value in a language and what suits your style best.

I think Rust deserves a chance.

Comment Re: the majority of those who are successful ..... (Score 1) 397

I can only give anecdotal data, but the good programmers in my environment, friends and (former) colleagues, all got into programming on their own initiative, mostly during secondary school. I learned BASIC age 12. Then we all got a degree: CS, Math, Engineering, Physics. I know one good programmer who had his first programming experience at uni, but he was studying languages, so it was also not part of a course.

Comment Ignorant sycophants (Score 1) 78

This "question": Jeff, have you thought about how to use reputation mechanisms to improve the quality of published scientific results? I'm asking in the context of John P. A. Ioannidis' famous paper. It seems to me one fix for this (horrible) problem might be an online reputation mechanism where scientists could rate the reproducibility of published results. Thoughts? (thanks for inventing Stack Exchange - you've done the world a big favor).

When I say it in the original thread, I was sure it would be picked. But apart from the grovelling, it's a foolish idea.

> Atwood: It certainly seems applicable.

Where's the supporting argument? There isn't. It's just "we're so cool, we could do better than science". Ugh.

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