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Comment Re:As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 1) 155

well, it's also true, at least in the fields SAS deals with.

"Despite substantial work, none of their Scala model translations match the results from their Python model development, and nobody in the company knows how to fix this problem."

i can attest to this. i suspect, based on "Scala model translations", that they are using Databricks, which is a broken platform despite being an industry golden boy; everyone uses it, mostly just because everyone else uses it. Databricks is for open source what fucking Oracle is for proprietary BI software: a bloated, over-engineered mess that justifies itself by creating jobs just to cope with it. but, hey, at least everyone else is in the same mess you're in, so i guess there's safety in numbers.

Comment Re:Against TOS (Score 3, Interesting) 652

this wouldn't be a search; it would be a compulsion to divulge information, which would then be used to assist in searching for something which isn't at the border.

additionally, like most universal claims, what you're saying is obviously false if read literally. for example, i don't think the courts would find it reasonable to conduct a mass cavity search in the lobby of an airport, on all debarking passengers from Syria (or wherever).

Comment shut up, windbag (Score 2) 70

shut up and keep blowing that hot air into the bubble; we don't keep you around for your "conscience" or moral insights. i have a nephew to whom i just gave a modest $10M seed money to get into investing, and he goddam better have an IPO or two within a year.

Comment Re:better idea (Score 1) 128

in the 00s, the FL bar exam was conducted on administered machines with a standard image. i'm personally very surprised that they allow laptops, though i guess i shouldn't be.

(my friend who took the exam pwned it afterward by just booting from a live cd, but hey, at least they tried i guess.)

Comment Re:Real Stuff (Score 1) 189

libraries. basically anything you plug in to a motherboard will have different linux projects which sort of make it work, each of which will have a couple of forks and several subtly-incompatible minor versions and patches. then there will be a bunch of interface projects duct-taped on top of those projects, which are even more muddled and confusing, and the only documentation is hoping that someone has made a wiki page about it.

even free software developers are giving up on distro package systems because it's a god-awful mess that depends on good will and free labor which just isn't there right now.

Comment Re:Real Stuff (Score 0) 189

Linux, as a desktop OS, has failed on its own merits in so many ways, that even though you are correct here, I can't sympathize.

LibreOffice sucks the sewer pipe even if you stick to its native file formats. KDE and Gnome are the result of absurd and unaccountable five-year plans to improve Windows XP (we'll get it right someday!). Audio on Linux is still almost as unreliable as it was 15 years ago, although admittedly, when it does work, it has more features; i am still, however, expected to manually calibrate latency with a slider, i mean christ, really?

Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 1) 406

i can't say i'm really surprised, but otoh i don't have all that much sympathy.

i also wonder whether the card counters are in more danger from the casinos, or from their "investors". card-counting is financially high-risk even in the best situation, and you need a pretty deep source of funds to absorb losses before the law of averages asserts itself. needless to say, that seed money probably isn't coming from the most scrupulous people. you can always sue Bally's if they hurt you, but Vinny from the docks might just dump you in the Hudson.

Comment Re: He cheated OTHER players (Score 1) 406

The condensed version of the casino's argument, afaiui, is that the state only allows non-rigged games (with some technical definition of "rigged" i can't be arsed to look up), and that since one party conspired to rig this game, the contract should be voided regardless of whether or not the casino specifically agreed to the details. It's not a totally ridiculous defense, given that the regulatory framework exists (whether anyone likes or not).

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