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Comment Yes, we do (Score 1) 268

Both sides in this information war are using propaganda.

Does Russia spend money to improve its image, including on social media? You can bet they do. Just like every other country in the world. Are there people paid to troll anti-russian comments? I wouldn't be surprised. But the question the article raises is a good question as well: Are there people paid to troll pro-russian comments? I wouldn't be surprised, either. And frankly speaking to me it seems like it, because if you post anything pro-russian or just with a balanced view, you do get shouted down as a Putin-lover or whatever.

Comment Re:Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 4, Informative) 234

Reading those books requires high degree of mathematical sophistication, particularly, knowledge of complex analysis, which I lack.

They're just algorithms textbooks. They're hard to read because of when they were written, and the accompanying style. More like pseudo-assembly than high-level pseudo-code.

But, hey, if you want to optimize your search algorithm that uses tape as storage, to take advantage of the new-fangled tape drives that can write backwards as well as forwards, it's the book for you! (Yes, that was really a thing, and an algorithm you'll find in Volume 3: Sorting and Searching.)

Personally, I don't think he does a great job explaining algorithms. I once needed to look up O(n) median for something, tried to understand it from Knuth, gave up on the cryptic text, and understood it right away from CLR (now CLRS). It is an exhaustive catalog, but it's not a great learning tool.

Comment Re:Visual Studio C++ equivalent? (Score 3, Informative) 96

I develop C++ applications mainly for Linux. I use Visual C++ and Xcode (I got accustomed to it after some time) to develop, then I log on Linux to "port" the code with vi, GCC, etc, and add Linux specific features.

Is there a decent GUI for developing on Linux now?

You can use VS on a Windows machine to build/debug on Linux now. You can also run a light version, "VS Code," natively on Linux - it's free and open source, but I don't know how full-featured it is.

Comment Re:Analyzing a car purchase over 1 year? (Score 1) 33

True. And the cost/arrest concept is broken too. Would the arrests have been made anyway? Could they have been made another way?

When people have a tool they use it, whether it is the use-case that was supposed to justify the purchase -- and that can be a good thing (because the widget is earning its keep) or a bad thing (using a tool that's overkill, to expensive to operate, or counterproductive). The real question is what did they specifically buy this for? If the cost justification was that it was going to allow them to make x arrests per year, it's probably a failure. If the cost justification is some other kind of scenario that doesn't necessarily happen every year (e.g. the Beltway Sniper), then the question is whether they're using this thing reasonably.

Comment Re:treating the symptoms (Score 2) 340

So then which policies are you happy with?

I look forward to Trump actually having a policy that he won't flip-flop on. I couldn't begin to predict what that might be, but once the senate, or someone non-Trump, says "this is the deal", well, then we'll know.

Fuck you, fuck your fascists, and fuck their awful ideas.

See, AC has moved past denial to anger. This is healthy.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 340

Direct democracy is all about persuasive arguments from a masterful liars. 2600 years of history to examine, if you doubt it. But fortunately we're a republic.

People are fairly smart when it comes to things that affect them directly in their day-to-day lives. If you're going to tell them "that SUV you need in your daily life, yeah, you can't have that", well, you're going to need to convince them. Demeaning them won't cut it. If you're going to tell them "even though your neighborhood has gone from 'we don't lock our doors here' to bars in the windows, there's not actually a crime problem", well, you're going to need to convince them. Demeaning them won't cut it.

Treat people with respect, and explain the truth (if it is the truth) in a clear and compelling way, and you'd be surprised how well that works.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1, Insightful) 340

Or are Trump voters kind of stupid people?

This is how you get Trump. Keep it up, so he can get re-elected.

There will be no point over the next two years when Donald Trump is accepted as President in any normal sense.

Ah, still in "denial". I'm honestly surprised you haven't moved to "anger" yet, since that's sort of your thing. Wake me when you get to "bargaining".

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