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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

> The problem is there is no basic coding language.

Yes, there is. And it's called, drum roll, BASIC. Perfect language for kids to learn one or two things about programming. For programming, the important thing is to learn to express yourself explicitly. The language itself is not that important. Only the talented ones will continue anyway, and they should learn other languages, and preferably other styles (functional, logical).

However, I agree that it's total nonsense to give up foreign language education over programming.

Comment The didn't crack anything. (Score 5, Insightful) 152

Another misleading headline. They didn't crack anything. Was there seriously anyone who doubted for one millisecond that that feeling was not somewhere in the brain? Of course it bloody is. The scans didn't reveal anything except a location that shows more activity when the condition occurs, and –suprise, surprise– it's an area known for precisely this.

But did they discover what sets up this association? No. Why these people experience it so strongly? Neither. So no cracking, just "located the area", and even that's surrounded by uncertainty given the experimental conditions.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

It's not just for-profit. Where I live, and in neighbouring countries as well, there is a tendency to think that more degrees is better, and at the same time that paying schools and universities according to their output is good. The outcome is that the institutes lower their standards. We have tons of people with BSc and Msc degrees in "Media and Communication Sciences" that can't distinguish an average from a square root.

Comment Re:Lisp to C (Score 1) 108

True. I wrote toy one 20 years ago with the assumption you wouldn't make circular data structures and it was pretty fast. You couldn't do things like (set (f ...) (g ...)) either, of course. But I couldn't and can't find good use for Lisp-to-C. There are good compilers out there, so why bother going via C?

Comment Re:Fuck twitter. (Score 0, Flamebait) 551

The fact that you don't call something a program isn't meaningful, is it? It's not a microblog either. Twitter is a company, if you insist on being literal.

> It's like slashdot now lets complete technical retrogrades post here.

What does Twitter have to do with technology? I don't see it. Their "tech" is so humble that even your aunt couldn't possibly be impressed by it.

Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 1) 119

You're completely right. I can't imagine a single reason to vote for Zuckerberg, whose only motto seems to be "let's see how far we can screw our users today", and Bezos' tech moment is behind us now. Musk has electric cars, vertically landing rockets, and a hyperloop. How cool is that?

Comment Re:Smells bullshitty (Score 1) 69

First: the humane genome has not been decoded. We've got a string of [AGCT]*, that's it. What it means, we don't know.

Second: neuroscience is the modern name for a combination of cognitive psychology and neurobiology. It is a serious, complex and worthy subject of research, but there are a lot of bad researchers. It's unfortunately easier to get into neuroscience than into physics.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

I got my Late 2011 15" model almost maxed out, but it was no longer sufficient. I replaced the memory (now 16GB instead of 4GB) and replaced the hard drive with an SSD. It's slower than new machines, but only for CPU heavy tasks; for the rest it runs very smooth. Having the possibility of replacing some components adds to a machine's value, to me at least.

Comment Not read, but ... (Score 2) 69

It's quite likely that there is a shared representation. That's what neural nets do: if you feed train them on similar input/output pairs, they will develop common activation patterns. They would do so regardless of the language, since they don't know which language is being presented.

Humans, OTOH, do know that they're being presented with a different language, and demonstrably do something called "code switching": a cognitive effort to use another language resource. Therefore, in the human brain, the shared connection is supposed to lie outside the language faculty (there are other reasons to assume it, too).

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