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by jareds
Thu May 29, 2014 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Halting problem as applied to hashing
Replies: 2
Views: 5301

Re: Halting problem as applied to hashing

What you actually care about here is whether the problem can be efficiently parallelized in the average case. Here's how I would strengthen and characterize your idea. P-complete problems are strongly suspected not to be efficiently parallelizable in the worst case (NC is suspected to be a proper su...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Offtopic: Ok this has been bugging me all day, there's a parable or story or something about a city where everyone is happy and life is great, but an innocent child has to be sacrificed at some regular interval. Does anyone remember the name of that city? The quoted discussion on harm/benefit f...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

I'm going to go ahead and directly attack your claim that the phrase "involuntary celibacy" is inherently misogynistic, because you're obviously never going to defend your claim that if a man is attracted to a woman and she is not attracted to him, either he or she is at fault. But recall ...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 9:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Here's how I see this argument going: Me: "Incel" is a misogynistic concept. Here are examples of this. You and others: But what if somebody who's not misogynist identifies as "incel"???? Me: Then they are misunderstanding "incel" and/or actually are misogynists. Do yo...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 8:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

So you never heard the term before Saturday, have no evidence to support your claim that it's not a misogynist concept, are not arguing about "incels," and ... what? You are apparently having a different discussion from everyone else on this forum. This is a dodge, so I suspect you have n...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

blowfishhootie, Plenty of people will not reasonably be able to obtain sex for the reasons that EMTP outlined to me, quoted three posts above. For a totally uncontroversial example, consider a homeless man with severe schizophrenia. There are plenty of homeless people (and they are disproportionate...
by jareds
Wed May 28, 2014 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

blowfishhootie, Plenty of people will not reasonably be able to obtain sex for the reasons that EMTP outlined to me, quoted three posts above. For a totally uncontroversial example, consider a homeless man with severe schizophrenia. There are plenty of homeless people (and they are disproportionate...
by jareds
Tue May 27, 2014 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

It's sad that some people are that way, but I simply don't have the same sympathy for narcissism and entitlement and self-interested lying as I do for other mental disorders. Why not? I don't think it's wrong for you to feel the way you do, but I think it's a feeling that merits analysis: It seems ...
by jareds
Tue May 27, 2014 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

blowfishhootie, Plenty of people will not reasonably be able to obtain sex for the reasons that EMTP outlined to me, quoted three posts above. For a totally uncontroversial example, consider a homeless man with severe schizophrenia. There are plenty of homeless people (and they are disproportionatel...
by jareds
Tue May 27, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

People who suffer from a mental illness may have a very limited capacity to acquire, or make good use of, social skills. I didn't mean to demean or dismiss people with subpar social skills (I am one!). In context of this tragedy, I just meant that they/we need to cope with life as it is rather than...
by jareds
Tue May 27, 2014 7:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

(and I wonder how people would react if Elliot posted on Xkcd forums :) ) I would be greatly bothered. I could tell myself a million times that there is nothing I had to do with it, but still. At a guess, that's how the people at those bodybuilding and incel (whatever that may be) boards feel as we...
by jareds
Sun May 25, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50364

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Oh, sure, legalizing it would be a good thing for sex workers themselves. I'm more talking about the general attitude of "geez why didn't he just hire a whore then he'd be fine". At one point his parents hired a "social skills counselor" to work with him, one of whom happened to...
by jareds
Thu May 22, 2014 7:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15195
Views: 2706334

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Ok so this guy murdered someone in 1996. He was arrested the next day, and convicted in 1997. So 17 years of waiting on death row, and then 3 different verdicts (8th circuit panel, 8th circuit full court, Alito) within an hour, with a 4th incoming the same day. Are you guys trying to make a mockery...
by jareds
Sat May 17, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ex-wife takes down husband's suicide note from the internet
Replies: 57
Views: 16057

Re: Ex-wife takes down husband's suicide note from the inter

1 : One of them is right here 2 , I don't feel like digging up the florida survey right now but could if properly incentivized. It's posted in the depths of my tumblr somewhere. 2 : Relevant text: We began our investigation of child custody aware of a common perception that there is a bias in favor...
by jareds
Sun May 04, 2014 7:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23207

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

Thinking the technology might under certain circumstances fail is not nonsense. Thinking that there is any realistic chance that you are going to be attacked in your home by a jammer-toting killer is. Gun ownership makes people less safe, in most cases, not more safe; and adding the element of an e...
by jareds
Sun May 04, 2014 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23207

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

About some of your points: You are making some arguments based on currently available technology. If smart guns which such a system became popular, specialized jammers would be created after a while. I don't think we can make arguments about future technology. And how would you 'specialize' a jamme...
by jareds
Sat May 03, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23207

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

The idea is that you have N fixed carrier frequencies, and the identifier fob permanently transmits an extremely narrowband carrier with no signal on K of them, forming an N-bit binary ID. To be clear, it is only this pattern of either transmitting or not on each frequency that is a secret key uniqu...
by jareds
Fri May 02, 2014 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23207

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

What's wrong with a gun safe? Size, weight, accessibility, and mainly the fact that it still poses a risk to the lives of my children. Can you elaborate on that last factor? My assumption would have been that a serious problem for market uptake is that most people who really care about safe firearm...
by jareds
Fri May 02, 2014 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Win32 API Topic (Raw Windows C++ ftw!)
Replies: 8
Views: 6807

Re: Win32 API Topic (Raw Windows C++ ftw!)

More to the point, doing polymorphism in C with opaque types still doesn't require you to channel everything through one function and thereby have no checking on the type and number of arguments. Nothing is stopping you from having one function for each method, taking as arguments an opaque handle a...
by jareds
Thu May 01, 2014 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 14998

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread, assuming--for the sake of fair comparison--that rich and poor alike spend upwards of $25k on a defense attorney and have similar social connections.
by jareds
Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15195
Views: 2706334

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Is there a downside to a moral panic over police departments' willingness to engage in paramilitary raids on random residences based on anonymous tips?
by jareds
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87120

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Carlington, We're getting "farther and farther away from transferable situations" because I'm not against trying to get Eich fired: I'm against trying to get zmic fired for being of the opinion that one shouldn't try to get horrible bigots fired (presuming that zmic is in a job where firin...
by jareds
Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87120

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

So, to break down this secondary boycott scenario further: Let's say there exists Group A, and a majority of members of Group A decide to ostracise Person P for Reason X. The minority of members in Group A, let's say 20% of them, have no problem with Person P. Let's illustrate this more clearly - G...
by jareds
Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87120

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

I'm not sure how much we disagree. I have no real complaint about what happened to Eich, only about gmalivuk's opinion that zmic's hypothetical failure to punish should itself hypothetically be punished: I've been lurking in this thread not directly because of Eich, but because it strays close to be...
by jareds
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87120

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

While you're of course entitled to hold that view, I find it truly abhorrent, and would do everything in my power to get both him and you fired if you shared your own view from a CEO-like position. This is where I would draw the line. I myself would be happy to boycott a pro-slavery individual, but...
by jareds
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 30826

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

CorruptUser wrote:Hooray, but how long will the judge keep his job? "Activist judge" and all.

Until impeachment and conviction in the US Senate, voluntary resignation or retirement, or death.
by jareds
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32443

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

For the record, you managed to overstate the effect of C++ ABI issues. For a security library which is as widely used as OpenSSL, this could be disastrous - how do you guarantee your server's STL-based version of OpenSSL is compatible with a given client's STL-based OpenSSL? Everyone has explained t...
by jareds
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32443

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

It is true that neither the C nor the C++ standard define an ABI. But it is not really plausible not to acknowledge that C ABIs are much better standardized than C++ ABIs. Basically every modern OS has a well-defined C ABI for every architecture that it supports. Most modern architectures even have...
by jareds
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32443

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

The problem with STL, and C++ in general, is the lack of a well-defined ABI (application binary interface; basically an agreement on the size, layout, etc. of data in memory). So? The API is well defined, that's all that should matter. It's to be *expected*, if only for performance reasons, that im...
by jareds
Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15195
Views: 2706334

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It's an urban legend; originally from Heart of Darkness I think, as a reference to some... Russian? general who demanded soldiers bring the severed hands of rebels in villages they sacked. I originally heard it as a Vietnam story. The requirement that soldiers take severed hands to prove they weren...
by jareds
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Sorry, no big deal. I thought that you thought that Julian thought that all compilers were written in non-memory-safe languages or something.
by jareds
Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Guys, I'm sure Julian was referring to the fact that memory-safe languages pretty much invariably have some portion of their runtime library written in a non-memory-safe language. There is still a counterargument: the small runtime library can be very well reviewed compared to the extremely large bo...
by jareds
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

EvanED wrote:Is there a way I can make GCC (or ld) tell me a list of the absolute paths of all the libraries it is linking into an executable?

-Wl,--trace
by jareds
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

And taking another look at the standard now that I'm better situated, my current reading is that MSVC gets it right: ...If a friend declaration in a non-local class first declares a class or function (footnote: this implies that the name of the class or function is unqualified) the friend class or ...
by jareds
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 571777

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

As I recall, the problem is that PHP gives error messages like "unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM". The parsing error messages shouldn't be using the internal name of the token, so it's not fundamentally a Hebrew versus English issue. I don't think I've ever seen a production C++ compiler ...
by jareds
Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

You might say that it's not "modern", but I'm not really clear on what it would mean for a minimalist imperative language to be "modern", unless you literally just mean that you don't want a language that has existed for a long time. I consider C to be not modern because it was ...
by jareds
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Thesh, I think the following is a fair description of what you want: a language in the imperative/procedural paradigm that (1) is low-level like C, meaning that it provides few language features beyond C, (more flippantly, the structured-portable-assembler paradigm) and (2) provides enough languages...
by jareds
Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032417

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

In Python, unrecognized escape sequences in string literals leave the backslash in the string literal. "\-" and "\\-" are both two-character strings. Therefore, ahammel's regular expression matches the lowercase letters 'a' through 'z', colon, hypen, underscore, period, and slash...
by jareds
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Can a program recognise itself?
Replies: 8
Views: 5493

Re: Can a program recognise itself?

Also, I'm wondering if there's some important difference between these languages and Turing machines in terms of symbolic/reuseable functions. On one hand, there shouldn't be (because Turing-completeness) but on the other, TMs don't have a notion of reusable functions or a call stack, which seems t...
by jareds
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: all paths from a single source (undirected & unweighted)
Replies: 4
Views: 4535

Re: all paths from a single source (undirected & unweighted)

Just run your breadth-first search with 'bacon' as the starting point. Your algorithm already has to be not revisiting nodes, so there should be no problem figuring out when you're done.

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