Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:RStudio (Score 1) 105

OK then. I stand corrected. I really appreciate you taking the time. I was recalling from a conference/podcast from some years ago where an MS rep was speaking on how surprised all the Python folks were at a Python conference at the very idea of code-completion for Python. But it was unfair for me to talk of it as if it was an official pitch because I have seen no docs to that claims. That ticked me off then. Perhaps it was just one rep speaking off the cuff.

I will take a look at the tooling again. Back then, I was comparing it to PyDev and WingIDE (with much earlier and more basic use of code completion use dating back to PythonWin IDE and SPE). These days, I am on Spyder (for better IPython integration for interactive work, than for code-completion) and PyCharm. I haven't given a look at MS tools for Python in at least 5 years.

Comment RStudio (Score 1) 105

So why has no one mentioned RStudio yet? We just seem to be talking R. This is pretty much a clone of RStudio so far, with *slightly* better code-completion. MS tools for open languages rarely give anything I can't get elsewhere, just the same stuff over their own tooling. I remember them pitching Python tools as if they invented the first IDE with code-completion for Python while I had been using tools with equivalent functionality for 10 years prior.

Comment Re:What about Scientific Linux? (Score 1) 62

Well, he is not on ISS. Why does he need to care?

The work is exploratory, not mission critical. The needs of academia are almost the opposite of ISS or even an average business/web setup. An occasional crash is not a big deal in academia. Getting a new algorithm that someone recently published to work is. Many systems in academia are sloppily managed and that's fine. People aren't doing IT here. These are researchers doing science, not sys admins. IT is an after-thought. Its just-enough IT. People look to Ubuntu or Fedora because help is easy to find in a forum and packages are plenty. Of course, academia is not monolithic and there are various technical cultures within it.

Comment Why not just disconnect? (Score 2) 149

Seriously, how is this better than simply disconnecting or throttling down to say, 256 kbps (with perhaps intermittent redirects to pay-your-bill reminder pages) until the bill is paid? It shows more respect to customers. Is there a law in Canada that disallows this by classification as an essential service?

Comment Re:jesus thats all it takes? (Score 1) 106

I doubt that Julia is going to surpass R in a decade as you say. I use R because statisticians like it and contribute every obscure technique into it. Statisticians (for most part) don't seem to care about performance or elegance of the language from an engineering standpoint. R toolbox, for whatever reason, makes sense to them. For most people, R is used more as a statistical shell, rather than a programming language. Do I care whether BASH scripting is elegant or fast? No... just that everything is quickly available from it.

Julia will no doubt be valuable for a subset of statistical techniques where performance matters. I think Julia will become a good extension language for vectorized code. It will perhaps be the next NumPy/Cython, a general-purpose high-level, high-performance language/libraries that everyone can plug into, not just the Python community.

The one problem I had was that it still had a nasty startup time when I last evaluated it an year ago. Gadfly took way too long to import... something like a minute. Its not a problem for interactive use, but painful for scripts. It can be worked around of course. I hope the grant helps.

Comment Re:decline in leadship quality (Score 1) 289

OK, I'm coming out of cryogenic storage to tell you to shut up. You opened this subthread with *bizarrely ignorant claptrap*, and should have shut up when the first reply called you out on your lies. But now you're doubling down.

Lincoln could not be the "trigger that started the Civil War" when he was elected *after the war started*, after the majority of the Confederate states had already seceded, the last 4 were already proceeding with secession, and the Confederacy had already started shooting at the Union. Which should have been enough facts to shut you up, but I suppose you enjoy the kind of BS sometimes known as "from the South's perspective": any lie to deny the truth, however bizarrely ignorant.

Lincoln wasn't a "two-bit" lawyer prior to his political career, he was an extremely well accomplished lawyer. And he didn't have "zero experience", he had represented Illinois prominently in the US House of Representatives, and served in the Illinois House of Representatives for 8 years prior to that.

Lincoln was of course recognized as a good leader while destroying the Confederacy, being reelected to do so. That is the very definition of "recognized as good leader": reelected wartime Commander in Chief of the USA. Yes, the US press and many factions are always highly critical of any president; "universally recognized as a good leader" doesn't even belong to FDR.

Oh, how about your BS about Lincoln's "razor close" first election? Lincoln: 1,866,452; Douglas: 1,376,957; Breckinridge: 849,781; Bell: 588,789. That 489,495 margin over #2 was a *landslide* 10.4%, . What the hell are you talking about? You also said something deranged like "but if the South had been voting in the second election". What about "but if the South had freed its slaves instead of seceding"? Because they're equally nonsensical hypotheticals. And your Electoral College split 4 ways because *there were 4 candidates*, no reflection on Lincoln's leadership. But Lincoln's 180 EVs to the combined total of the other 3 at 123 EVs was an even bigger landslide than the popular vote. The words "razor close" don't describe any aspect of Lincoln's *landslide victory* over a full field, representing a new party in a large war-divided country.

And how does maintaining his commitment to Emancipation, even in face of a resigning Cabinet member (showing Lincoln's commitment to including even those who disagreed in his Cabinet, more committed than they were to staying), show anything but deeply effective leadership - as the government didn't suffer, but instead the nation was kept together even despite the war?

Your spin on all that crazy talk is that Lincoln turned out to be a leader who rose to the occasion, despite no reason to expect it. But in fact Lincoln gave all indications of being an exemplary leader from start to finish of his presidency.

Were you perhaps educated about Lincoln out of some "ex" Confederate state textbook? In any case, who taught you that when you're totally wrong you should ignore being proven wrong and double down with even more wrong?

Comment Re:I solved this very problem. (Score 1) 217

Many ISPs, Comcast included, will provide a smarthost of their own that you can use (the creatively named smtp.comcast.net at Comcast). It's not free in that you're paying for the internet connection anyway, but they'll happily let you relay your outbound mail through them.

I did just that for years and now, as of August, my ISP (TW) is silently dropping roughly half of my outbound email despite accepting it...

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Slashdot Top Deals

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.