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  1. Comment on RIP: Kathleen Booth, the inventor of assembly language in ~tech

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    On the other hand, the rate of actual innovation has been in a decline for the past 30 years or so.

    if you plot the prestige of the field of computer science against the number of women in it, the lines pretty much form an X

    On the other hand, the rate of actual innovation has been in a decline for the past 30 years or so.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Does Rust belong in the Linux kernel? in ~comp

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    Can't you? Have you looked at all at the software ecosystem these days?

    I cannot believe that it's just everyone making bad choices.

    Can't you? Have you looked at all at the software ecosystem these days?

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  3. Comment on Does Rust belong in the Linux kernel? in ~comp

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    I am tired of seeing garbage collection touted as some kind of boogeyman. It is not! It solves important problems that don't really have better solutions, and it is not ill-suited to writing...

    statically-typed languages without garbage collection

    I am tired of seeing garbage collection touted as some kind of boogeyman. It is not! It solves important problems that don't really have better solutions, and it is not ill-suited to writing device drivers, schedulers, ...

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  4. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

  5. Comment on Is there a terse way to say "movies and TV shows"? in ~talk

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    'video'? or perhaps 'cinema'?

    'video'? or perhaps 'cinema'?

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  7. Comment on Suggest me a GPU in ~tech

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    There are 30-series cards to be had, eg a 3070 for $600. I'm just sceptical it will really last twice as long as the 1070 ti for $300. And I have also heard graphics cards are prone to failing...

    There are 30-series cards to be had, eg a 3070 for $600. I'm just sceptical it will really last twice as long as the 1070 ti for $300. And I have also heard graphics cards are prone to failing before the end of their natural lives.

    I would also be incredibly wary of buying a used GPU given the prevalence of crypto mining these days

    Yes, that is a good point ... the 1070 ti listing says 'Workstation card, lightly used and taken care of in clean environment', but people can lie, of course. Still, the new cards I see are so much more expensive that it's difficult to justify.

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  8. Comment on Suggest me a GPU in ~tech

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    The most recent games I've played are doom (the new one), the witness, breath of the wild, and super mario odyssey (the latter two emulated). I expect all of the gpus I mentioned will do alright...

    The most recent games I've played are doom (the new one), the witness, breath of the wild, and super mario odyssey (the latter two emulated). I expect all of the gpus I mentioned will do alright at these (except maybe the 1050ti). But who knows what I'll take an interest in next. So I think the more interesting framing may be in terms of longevity--how long before I have to think about the problem again? Which is why I asked about value for money.

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  9. Comment on Suggest me a GPU in ~tech

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    Yep - no IGP.

    Have you already started buying parts?

    Yep - no IGP.

    2 votes
  10. Suggest me a GPU

    Building myself a computer for the first time, and I have most of the parts specced except for the GPU. I don't play a lot of video games, so my first priority is getting something that can...

    Building myself a computer for the first time, and I have most of the parts specced except for the GPU. I don't play a lot of video games, so my first priority is getting something that can display output at all; but I would like something a bit capable, as I do play some 3d games from time to time. Prefer an nvidia gpu, as I would like to play with some nv-specific features (nv_path_render, maybe cuda), but not a hard requirement.

    I've spotted the following gpus on craigslist:

    • gtx 1070 - C$260 (~$200 usd)

    • gtx 1660 super - C$320 (~$250 usd)

    • gtx 1070 ti - C$300 (~$230 usd)

    • gtx 1050 ti - C$120 (~$90 usd)

    Any suggestions? Something else I should look out for? Are these good prices?

    8 votes
  11. Comment on What's the point of grammatical gender? in ~humanities

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    OT, but: This seems like a problematic thing to say without further qualification. The dangers of 'newspeak' were elucidated in 1984; this was a language which was purposefully designed to be less...

    OT, but:

    Every language is equally capable of expressing all of human experience

    This seems like a problematic thing to say without further qualification. The dangers of 'newspeak' were elucidated in 1984; this was a language which was purposefully designed to be less capable than the status quo of expressing human experience. Is it a stretch to say that natural languages may have varying degrees of expressiveness? The differences, to be sure, are likely to be less pronounced, and less monotonic. But a statement such as this would seem to suggest it's impossible for one language to be more expressive than another, which seems like nonsense.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Into the Breach: Advanced Edition update in ~games

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    I was successful in getting the ipad version to run on an iphone a number of years ago. It ran very hot, and the ui was small and a bit hard to use. The newer phones, with their faster processors,...

    FTL port to mobile

    I was successful in getting the ipad version to run on an iphone a number of years ago. It ran very hot, and the ui was small and a bit hard to use. The newer phones, with their faster processors, might fare better.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Foone reverse engineering SkiFree, one function at a time in ~comp

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    reverse engineering is a metroidvania

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  14. Comment on When will we learn? in ~comp

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    I suspect there is nothing to be gained by commenting on this post, but I am doing it anyway: To complain about supply chain attacks while promoting a language without capability safety is...

    I suspect there is nothing to be gained by commenting on this post, but I am doing it anyway:

    To complain about supply chain attacks while promoting a language without capability safety is depressingly hypocritical.

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  15. Comment on The regex [,-.] in ~comp

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    The unicode code points are a further subset of N. So the unicode characters are totally ordered, yes; as are the ascii characters. So the question becomes: ‘does the range ,-. contain the...

    The unicode code points are a further subset of N. So the unicode characters are totally ordered, yes; as are the ascii characters. So the question becomes: ‘does the range ,-. contain the characters ‘,’, ‘-’, and ‘.’ because those characters are contiguous in the unicode character set or because they are contiguous in the ascii character set?’

    A fairly trivial question if you ask me, but I maintain that ‘ascii’ is the better response. Because:

    1. It is a more general response

    2. Following 1, the identity would still hold in a regex implementation which did not support unicode, but rather ascii, or another unspecified superset of ascii with another unspecified encoding

    3. The characters have the order that they do in unicode because they have that order in ascii

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  16. Comment on The regex [,-.] in ~comp

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    Unicode is a superset of the ASCII character set...

    don't think it has to do with ASCII in particular, but rather the ordinal value of the Unicode code point you're matching

    Unicode is a superset of the ASCII character set...

    1 vote