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  1. Comment on The need for software testing: Neil Ferguson's unstable epidemiologic model in ~tech

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    That's a good catch. Well, Mr. Richards, you know what else runs Fortran? The Large Hadron Collider. LIGO. The International Atomic Energy Agency. I could probably fill encyclopedias with my list...

    based on a programming language called Fortran[..]

    That's a good catch. Well, Mr. Richards, you know what else runs Fortran? The Large Hadron Collider. LIGO. The International Atomic Energy Agency. I could probably fill encyclopedias with my list of complaints about Fortran, but it is a solid language and the glue that holds up a lot of academic research. There are mountains of tried and true monte-carlo simulations written in Fortran. Experienced researchers are well-aware of its pitfalls and will know to use it well. This is the software-equivalent of an ad-hominem - if I can't find an actual flaw, I'll cast aspersions on the language used.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Scientists set new solar power efficiency record at almost fifty per cent in ~science

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    Fascinating and encouraging progress. I'm curious, though, about their mass-production potential. As the article points out, high-efficiency PV cells are nothing new (previous record - 45% from...

    Fascinating and encouraging progress. I'm curious, though, about their mass-production potential. As the article points out, high-efficiency PV cells are nothing new (previous record - 45% from 2014), but the challenge is mass-producing them in a cost-effective way. Which is why consumer-grade PV panels have been hovering around the 15-20% efficiency for the past 2 decades.

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  3. Comment on Oil plunges below $5 with traders fleeing expiring contract in ~finance

  4. Comment on Programming Languages that are Both Interpretable and Compilable? in ~comp

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    CERN had long ago written a C++ interpreter: CINT, later switched to Cling, which is used quite extensively in physics analyses in ROOT. Back when I used it, it had some hiccups, but I imagine...

    CERN had long ago written a C++ interpreter: CINT, later switched to Cling, which is used quite extensively in physics analyses in ROOT. Back when I used it, it had some hiccups, but I imagine it's in a much better state now.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on The Pope just proposed a universal basic income. Is the United States ready for it? in ~humanities

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    The US has stopped recognizing the pope ever since the new one was elected. The Fox News panels of mental gymnastics trying to dismiss him without calling the institution fallible were Olympics-worthy

    The US has stopped recognizing the pope ever since the new one was elected. The Fox News panels of mental gymnastics trying to dismiss him without calling the institution fallible were Olympics-worthy

    3 votes
  6. Comment on He could have seen what was coming: Behind Trump’s failure on the virus in ~news

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    What is even the point? He can say one thing, then when proven wrong, say he'd never ever said it and the public would believe him.

    What is even the point? He can say one thing, then when proven wrong, say he'd never ever said it and the public would believe him.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Recommendations for a simple video chat system for Grandma in ~tech

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    Google Hangouts is pretty easy to setup if you make a calendar appointments with all the relevant contacts

    Google Hangouts is pretty easy to setup if you make a calendar appointments with all the relevant contacts

    1 vote
  8. Comment on As virus spikes among ultra-Orthodox, Israel deploys security forces to make them stay home in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm fairly intimate with the situation over there and these people will not and have never historically listened to reason from outside of their communities. Their communities live in open...

    I'm fairly intimate with the situation over there and these people will not and have never historically listened to reason from outside of their communities. Their communities live in open defiance to the state they live in, regarding any outside influence as heretical. They don't work (or pay taxes), they don't serve in the military, but they feel very strongly about their role in the society. In their eyes, their praying for us is the thing that saves us from out enemies and the wrath of god. In their eyes, the holocaust was God's answer to the growing secularization and assimilation of European jewry. When Intel wanted to open a plant in Jerusalem that would also operate on Saturdays, they blocked the entire city with massive violent demonstrations. When the government wanted to draft them (a move that has popular +70% support in the public) - same thing. When "immodest" women walk in "their" streets or on "their" buses, they would resort to verbal and physical violence to chase them out.
    My initial feeling was - let them die. But when I thought of it a bit more I realize that having them contract the disease will very easily overwhelm hospitals and leak out of their isolated communities. As insular as they are, Israel is a very densely populated country and you are never truly isolated.

    Closing ritual baths, for instance, would mean couples are forbidden from being intimate or even touching and sleeping together.

    I am not worried about it, this is an excuse crafted for western eyes. What this doesn't say is the reason - women who had their period are considered "impure" and need to purify in the mikveh (ritual bath) before being allowed to touch men again. Moreover - In the Ger Hassidic community (they are the ones with the big fur hats), for instance, there are very strict regulations about the interaction between man and wife. A man cannot stand next to, nor converse with his wife in public, they can't even call each other by name. They cannot touch each other, pass objects to one another, or create any sort of physical intimacy apart from procreation. To the point here - they are only allowed to have sex twice a month and need to be very brief with it (enjoying it is considered sinful). So as you can see, they have no problems putting limitations on themselves in the name of God. They are welcome to keep it up (or not) when the mikves close. And by the way, they don't necessarily have to purify in a mikve - any large body of water would suffice (such as the Mediterranean).

    EDIT: Spoke to a friend who lives nearby. Due to the uncooperative public, as of this morning the police has blockaded all of these neighborhoods.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Popular Podcasts app Pocket Casts goes free, web & desktop app now subscription-based in ~tech

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    Weren't they just bought by NPR a year ago? This sounds like they're having serious issues

    Weren't they just bought by NPR a year ago? This sounds like they're having serious issues

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Popular Podcasts app Pocket Casts goes free, web & desktop app now subscription-based in ~tech

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    I don't know about desktop syncing, but I switched to Podcast Republic after the last scandal eliminating playlists and couldn't be happier

    I don't know about desktop syncing, but I switched to Podcast Republic after the last scandal eliminating playlists and couldn't be happier

    2 votes
  11. Comment on 8chan goes dark after hardware provider discontinues service in ~tech

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    I honestly don't understand this hypocritical argument. The government they themselves support and their puppet in the FCC has declared that ISPs and internet services are not public utility and...

    I honestly don't understand this hypocritical argument. The government they themselves support and their puppet in the FCC has declared that ISPs and internet services are not public utility and promptly allowed them to sell customer data or create "fast lanes" in their services. So if those things aren't, what leg are they standing on debating that Cloudflare is?

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Proposals for new groups - July 2019 in ~tildes.official

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    Hey, congrats! I'm on the exact same boat and would love to discuss my utter and total confusion with others. Some of the topics I personally will enjoy are: Parenting book recommendations (I'm...

    Hey, congrats!
    I'm on the exact same boat and would love to discuss my utter and total confusion with others.
    Some of the topics I personally will enjoy are:

    • Parenting book recommendations (I'm currently reading Cribsheet / Emily Oster and totally enjoying it)
    • Discussions of philosophical/psychological approaches to raising kids
    • Free-range parenting
    • Sleep
    4 votes
  13. Comment on YouTube said it was getting serious about hate speech. Over six weeks later, why is it still full of extremists? in ~tech

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    I think the reason they're doing a bad job is because there's no monetary figure attached to it. In the case of copyright violations, when they faced fines, they quickly straightened up and built...

    I think the reason they're doing a bad job is because there's no monetary figure attached to it. In the case of copyright violations, when they faced fines, they quickly straightened up and built the mechanisms to moderate it. Should do the same thing here.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on YouTube said it was getting serious about hate speech. Over six weeks later, why is it still full of extremists? in ~tech

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    Yes, whoever holds the copyright reports it and a bot takes it down. The same can be done here. There's a massive torrent of reports for hate speech and violence, they just need to be willing to...

    Yes, whoever holds the copyright reports it and a bot takes it down. The same can be done here. There's a massive torrent of reports for hate speech and violence, they just need to be willing to do something about it.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on YouTube said it was getting serious about hate speech. Over six weeks later, why is it still full of extremists? in ~tech

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    And yet they still do it with copyright infringement violations.

    And yet they still do it with copyright infringement violations.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What's your "must have" software for a MacBook Pro, especially for programming? in ~comp

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    Not so much for coding, but I've found BetterTouchTool awesome for enabling custom trackpad gestures in various apps. I've been using it so extensively, it feels weird to use someone else's...

    Not so much for coding, but I've found BetterTouchTool awesome for enabling custom trackpad gestures in various apps. I've been using it so extensively, it feels weird to use someone else's machine and not have it.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    There is no bliss in the world quite like the one after exam season. Enjoy it :)

    There is no bliss in the world quite like the one after exam season. Enjoy it :)

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hey, congrats mate! I can only dream of that day :)

    Hey, congrats mate! I can only dream of that day :)

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