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Comment Re:Cheating at Tournaments (Score 1) 105

Some of those people are cheating - some of them are not. If the spot that you were creeping towards is popular then people will blind fire at it anyway. There many be far more cases when the person blind firing doesn't hit anything - but nobody will see those (unless they happen to be spectating them). The only cases that people see are the rare occasions that it works - and without any way to determine the sample size it looks like clairvoyance (or cheating).

It's the same effect as the stock scam: pick 1024 people and tell 512 that a stock will go up on a day, and the other 512 that it will go down. Drop anyone that gets a false predication and repeat ten times until some sucker thinks that you have a gift for picking stocks.

Comment Re: Basic ettiquette pays I guess (Score 4, Interesting) 113

I don't consider myself old (early 30s). I sometimes say "no problem" or "no worries" in response to a thank you ... but specifically, it's when I'm doing something to fix something that someone else did, or cover for them, that sort of thing. In other words, I'm trying to communicate that it wasn't a problem for me to help them out.

As opposed to responding to thankfulness for something "nice" or "kind," which would get something along the lines of the traditional "you're welcome."

Using the restaurant example, I wouldn't expect "no problem" to a "thank you" unless they were like, cleaning up something I spilled or something. If I said thank you for them bringing my food to the table and they said "no worries," that'd be a bit weird.

So yeah, I view it as being some what more communicative. It's not just "you're welcome," it's "no problem, don't worry about it/feel bad, it wasn't a big deal." Which doesn't make sense in all contexts, but I think it does in some.

Comment Re:512TB? Why? (Score 1) 125

If you have a small address space then you need to write code that manually pages / caches the working set for an algorithm from storage. If you have a large address space then you use an interface similar to mmap and address the large dataset directly. It makes the code easier to write, and means that the paging / caching can be handled in hardware, where there are opportunities to speed it up.

Comment Re:Absolutely not as cool or fun, but not boring (Score 1) 449

PhDs are ten-a-penny in these parts. Most of the students that I knew back in grad-school spent half their lives on slashdot, a lot of the audience here is similar. If somebody claims to have a PhD in nuclear physics - sure why not, just like assholes, everybody's got one - but I'd still want to know what they think about the challenges in scaling stellerators up to commercial production.

Your argument about honest / open / productive doesn't really work. I can take it at face value that you personally behave that way. But this forum is not the result of a single poster, however much some people may try. It is the aggregate of many different posters so we have to talk statistically about the ouput of ACs in general. People who claim they never read AC posts probably don't do that much moderation. I seem to have points whenever I log in these days - probably the effects of c2 metamod because I do read ACs and mod up interesting posts. But they rarely turn into interesting discussions because a drive-by post by an AC doesn't generate reply notifications and if they don't care enough to register they probably don't care enough to come back and have a discussion.

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