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Comment Re:I'm majorly confused (Score 1) 291

I'm really tired of stupid date math. Bad enough it's already five different bases across six different numbers, with three of those bases dynamic based on four of the others.

Love that quote.

This is why I've always advocated for two times. One based on what you want (constant intervals of time), and one based on the position of the sun as a percentage or similar. We can go to town with the complexity of the latter, but the former should be kept as simple as possible like you say.

Comment Re:Bad news for them (Score 1) 129

Well then why have optimization algs at all? Why not just use brute force and be done with?

As you know, patterns in the real world have structure to them and have dips and valleys, characteristic shapes, and repeating fractal elements. I think what you don't appreciate enough is that there are classes of optimization algorithms (e.g: genetic algorithms or neural networks) which have a very GENERIC way of working with MANY kinds of search spaces, some of which one can't even imagine.

What you say about all algs being equally bad/bad would only apply to search spaces that are completely random. In this case, then any algorithm is about as good as brute force.

Kinda like the relativistic view on maths instead of aesthetics, but no less distasteful :P There's a lot we can still learn and improve on contrary to your view.

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