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Comment Re:CSV to Excel spreadsheets... (Score 1) 168

The biggest time sink at my job is the system that exports CSV files to use in Excel. If you don't select your data and copy into a new Excel spreadsheet, updating the calculations on a 70MB file takes 90 minutes. That's not a problem on a clean Excel spreadsheet.

I'm curious - in a previous story and previous post you said you were a programmer. Why can't you write a program that eats in that CSV file and spits out the numbers and charts you need?

I did that once for a multi-megabyte spreadsheet with millions of rows that took roughly 60 mins on the user's computer in Excel. They ran this perhaps once a day. Exporting that data to CSV takes them a few mins, and my program (written in R, of all things) processed it and spat out the correct matrices (in CSV form) in a matter of minutes.

Most people have no idea how fast their calculations can be done when it is a command-line program reading all millions of numbers from a file straight into RAM. The numbers in your 70MB spreadsheet should easily fit into RAM into a single contiguous memory location. After that it's simply a matter of iterating over the RAM with the correct functions written in native code.

Comment Re:Big crock of bull (Score 1) 168

"I have a car, a sportscar, it's 8 years old. Do I want a new car? Hell no! Does my car have a back-up camera?"

FWIW, I just installed a backup camera in my 18 year old Toyota Camry. It's useful because they stopped making cars with adequate rear visibility about four decades ago. But I didn't have to buy a new car with no spare tire and a lot of truly obnoxious electronics in order to get the capability. (The camera was actually a bonus. I really bought the new radio mostly because the old one had no decent way to play mp3s).

Hah! I use a '92 Ford Sierra daily to work and back. It doesn't even have a radio. On the plus side, no one wants to steal it, repairs are shockingly cheap (equiv to perhaps 90USD in the last two years for oil/filter/plug changes) and it will probably take me to work and back daily until my eventual retirement. Don't ask me what the mileage is, cause the clock has rolled over anyway, so I stopped noticing.

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 1) 287

I can see that higher diversity might be some kind of "super awake" state.

Talk to people who've practiced meditation for years. "Super awake" is a way to describe it, but it doesn't quite do it justice.

"Super awake" does not accurately describe meditation; "Self-delusion', on the other hand, does.

I'm always a bit amused when someone feels they have the authority to tell someone else that they are not experiencing what they are experiencing.

Whatever floats your boat. I'm always amused by people who feel that their spiritual and religious experiences are objective.

Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 4, Interesting) 287

External electrical influences or seizures absolutely do not create more "complexity," in the same sense as psychedelics; they create dysfunction through disruption, which is very different. And using a ridiculous blanket term like "getting blitzed" shows that you have no understanding whatsoever of the difference between mere intoxication and other types of altered states, such as those produced by psychedelics. This study, while not groundbreaking, is interesting because it has produced more data supporting the notion that psychedelic states are not simply a form of random intoxication, as you suggest, but are indeed indicative of stimulation of certain brain functions.

I'm not sure what you are trying to say. The conclusion says "In sum, we found increased global neural signal diversity for the psychedelic state induced by KET, PSIL and LSD, suggesting the psychedelic state lies above conscious states such as wakeful rest and REM sleep on a one-dimensional scale defined by neural signal diversity. ".

It's a one-dimensional scale measuring neural signal diversity. Random electric shocks to the brain would result in a higher state on that scale. Actually, random electric shocks to the person (random torture?) would raise the scale too. GP was absolutely spot on that these results mean nothing; higher signal diversity could mean "capable of deeper insight", or it

could

mean "unable to function at all", but the actual study doesn't have any results one way or another.

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 0) 287

I can see that higher diversity might be some kind of "super awake" state.

Talk to people who've practiced meditation for years. "Super awake" is a way to describe it, but it doesn't quite do it justice.

"Super awake" does not accurately describe meditation; "Self-delusion', on the other hand, does.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 349

So sure, having just a "regular" juicer not only gives you a lot more options, but it's healthier and you get fresher fruits and vegetables in your juices

Fruit juice isn't healthy. It's basically all of the sugar from the fruit with none of the fibre to slow down absorption.

Eat the fruit instead. The fruit as a whole is good for you, the extracted sugar, not so much.

Comment Re:Ideas, products, and sales do matter! (Score 5, Insightful) 167

I watched one of Y Combinator's Startup School videos. The presenter was talking about how ideas aren't that important and how so many startups pivot.

VCs don't bet on ideas, they bet on people.

All the 'out-of-the-park' VC successes were based on existing ideas with a new implementation. This is why so many of them have to pivot - the best people realise when the idea is no good. A founder who is fully committed to the idea is a bad idea (pun intended), because if the idea later proves to be infeasible you want someone to ruthlessly kill that effort and focus energy and resources into something that will succeed.

Comment Re:PLEASE RELEASE THE SOURCE CODE! (Score 1) 237

A bad knockoff of 'Command and Conquer' is historically important?

And C&C was 'just' a knockoff of Dune 2?

Hell 'Warcraft' was a bad knockoff of 'C&C', starcraft was just a bad reskin of warcraft.

IIRC, that's how SC started, but they had to do a whole new engine eventually when they decided to do more than a 'knockoff'. Cloaking, stacking, burrowing, creep, higher ground advantage, floating buildings, add-ons, regeneration, etc could not be done as a warcraft reskin.

Comment Re:and we give them a free education (Score 1) 257

Significantly fewer people voted for Trump than voted for Clinton. The deplorables are, fortunately, in the minority.

"About a a single percentage point" divides the Trump vote from the Clinton vote. That is hardly "significant" no matter how you look at it.

(Out of 250m or so people, 66m voted Hilary and 63m voted Trump. In no statistic would we call 3/250 "significant". It simply isn't).

Comment Re:Taxes are for dummies (Score 1) 903

(Don't give me that "work hard and save" bullshit.)

With an attitude like that, I know you won't read "The Richest Man in Babylon" to get started.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Richest_Man_in_Babylon_(book)

I read it (originally a long long time ago). It has very little of value that is applicable today. The advice can basically be boiled down to "Use as much of your money as possible to pursue rent-seeking".

Seriously, there's not much of value in there, and the OP was spot on with that line you quoted.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 257

as if you could join copper pipes, rocks and whatnot together and magically transform it into a computer?

I'm now speculating how an episode of MacGyver set in a prison would have worked out. And the original MacGyver, not the new one who looks like he'd last nanoseconds in prison.

There's a new MacGyver?

Comment Re:and we give them a free education (Score 3, Insightful) 257

Yes, I use actual examples to form my opinion of the world.

In my experience, fire is always hot, water is always wet, criminals are always criminals.

--XYZZY--

So you're incapable of nuanced thought. Well done you.

Lots of people are incapable of nuanced thought. See:

"basket of deplorables"

"Trump voters" becomes "racist voters"

"Unable to support Anita Sarkeesian/Brianna Wu/etc" becomes "Misogynist"

Oh, wait, you thought you were capable of nuanced thought? That's actually quite hilarious.

Comment Re:That's it? (Score 1) 168

I think that number is very, very low.

My prediction is that within 10 years, half of new cars will have some level of self-driving ability. High-end cars will be almost all autonomous capable. I also predict that 1 or more of the classic "big 3" auto makers will go under or be purchased.

My prediction: you're wrong. In mid nineties we had SDCs. Two decades later the rate of success of SDCs has improved only a fraction of a percent while the computing power required to drive the car increased by a few thousand percent.

Given the tiny progress made by increasing computional power by thousands of percent, what makes you think that significant progress will be made?

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