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Comment Re:There are Pros and Cons (Score 1) 52

I think, for me at least, having edit capability within, say 10 minutes of hitting the post button would be an acceptable compromise.

I'd be fine with that, even as a default option, but only if your post didn't appear to anybody else until the grace period expired. If being able to edit your fuckups is that important to you, then you should be willing to wait, right?

Personally, I'm glad Slashdot has maintained its no-edit policy. Now unicode, on the other hand...

Comment Re:The problem with the metric (Score 1) 285

So the TIOBE index is "how much has been written online about "

And even that simple measure is subject to false positives (like "C" being a common letter), and the results are "tuned" by TIOBE in an undisciplined manner to try to overcome this and other various problems with using "number of hits".

There are other measures of language popularity, including job offers, books, forum messages, etc. Using TIOBE as a single source and not trying to correlate with these other measures is a waste of time.

Comment Re:User experience still sucks (Score 1) 182

That depends on how one defines "powerful", does not it?

You didn't define it in any way. You referenced Moore's law, but that only talks about transistor density and not "power". Lacking any specifics at all, it's only fair to compare it with traditional improvements in "power" that everybody recognized as going along with Moore's law -- those that occurred for decades before the 2002 wall.

But the improvements, which we continue to get, can still be put to a good use improving usage.

You made the hefty claim that computers today are 1,024 times more powerful than 15 years ago, and placed blame on software for not following along. That's bullshit.

For one example, try make -jN â" Unix kernel and make really scales with the number of CPUs. A build will finish about N times faster â" provided, you have N CPUs.

So where is your desktop with 1,024 cores? Oh that's right, you have nothing close to that. And even if you did, you'd be severely limited by Amdahl's law, which you should spend some time to figure out the significance of it. Unless your task is embarrassingly parallel, even a small amount of required serialization will catch up with you sooner rather than later.

But that does not mean, there is no one to blame...

It's not about being nice. It's about recognizing the reality of the situation instead of just saying that somebody else should make everything work like I want it to.

Comment Re:User experience still sucks (Score 1) 182

And your point is wrong. Moore's Law never promised serial speed-ups. It promised greater number of elements (transistors) on the same-size chip â" and that keeps working, according to TFA. We just don't feel it like we used to.

No, my point is perfectly on target. You are the one who brought in performance. While Moore's law is technically about transistor density, it so happens for a very long time, many other things went along for the ride, resulting in exponential serial performance that lasted for decades.

But when the advances provide for larger caches, RAM, new processor-instructions, more and wider IO-pipes, and multiple threads of execution, a rewrite may be necessary.

Bits and pieces have been made faster or grown in size. Your general claim that "computers are 1024 times more powerful today, than they were 15 years ago" is bullshit. Not that we have 1000 core desktops anyways, but even if you did, you ignore the theoretical limits placed by Amdahl's law.

Today's computers are a pale joke if you compare them to how they used to improve. And unlike you, I'm not blaming anybody. It was a good ride while it lasted.

Comment Re:User experience still sucks (Score 1) 182

Few tasks require serial performance â" most desktop stuff is, in fact, parallelizable.

It's much harder to write concurrent code, and there's also Amdahl's law. It really would be amazing if trends had kept up and my computer ran 1,000 times faster for the general purpose serial case. Sadly, it did not.

Comment Re:What percentage? (Score 3, Insightful) 280

We've been telling people for decades that Microsoft cannot be trusted

They took it to a whole 'nother level with Windows 10 fuckery. Honestly, while Microsoft has always been ruthless against competitors, they generally used to treat their customers with at least some modicum of respect.

Things started going downhill as the computing landscape opened up to more aggressive tactics driven by software that treated their users as the product.

Comment Re:User experience still sucks (Score 1) 182

You can run virtual machines on a modern desktop so that you've got a whole cluster of 2002 era desktops at your fingertips.

As I said, we have more cores and obscene amounts of ram. That's good for parallel computing and doing stuff like running a bunch of VMs (talk about software bloat). It's not the same as the exponential general purpose sequential computing we had experienced up till then.

Comment Re:User experience still sucks (Score 1) 182

According to this law, our computers are 1024 times more powerful today, than they were 15 years ago. And they are.

Bullshit. I lived through the exponential increases before the 2002 wall, and it was glorious. If that had continued, it would make today's computers look like ancient relics.

Sure, today we have more cores, obscene amounts of ram, and you can fit a decent computer in a mobile phone, but when it comes to general purpose computing the exponential increases in performance died a long time ago. There are young adults alive today that will never have experienced what it was like.

Comment Re: Such as? (Score 1) 442

You are ignoring the fourth dimension, time. Those statistics are easily explained by controlling for "date of immigration to the UK".

Then do so, or cite somebody who has, instead of claiming it can be done.

in another generation or so the picture will be quite changed

I don't think it's the obligation of the UK to wait a "generation or so" to see if that happens, and there's still plenty more coming.

Comment Re: Such as? (Score 1) 442

There was literally nothing stopping them keeping Muslims out before.

And now they can do so without worrying about EU freedom of movement rules and any EU dictates about countries doing their "fair share" to deal with the new horde that has most recently and continues to arrive on Europe's shores, or having to worry about what happens if/when Turkey becomes a member of the EU.

Bangladesh and Pakistan are not in the EU.

As I said, "it also requires electing politicians who will stop crying about "xenophobia" and "Islamophobia" or listening to those who do".

Like I said, the Brexit vote was driven entirely by ignorance and lies.

I gave an example of the statistical lies told by the Remain crowd, give referenced statistics that shows real problems, and describe how voting to Leave offers real solutions, and yet you still say shit like this.

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