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by Iv
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 6828

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

Oh... Someone is getting into deep learning...
by Iv
Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 8925

Re: Sci-fi plausibility

Every science-fiction work makes sense. Every. Last. One. Of. Them. Proving it is our mission at https://xs.reddit.com/r/asksciencefiction
by Iv
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1157895

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for having joined this forum far after it became cool.
by Iv
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 23501

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

To add to this, the procedure to get asylum in my country (France) is really hypocritically designed to make it extremely hard. Because asylum is granted or not by a court of law, based on pretty clear and progressive laws: if you have a legitimate reason to fear for your physical integrity because ...
by Iv
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 23501

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

Carve out some ground space in Syria that can be defended. Build a city and populate it. Rinse and repeat. Create work in them, first building and then something else. Put schools in. Keep the war out. Put a 20 mile killing zone around them and kill anybody who violates those zones for war. Use dro...
by Iv
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1157895

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for meta-banning.
by Iv
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 126445

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

peewee_RotA wrote:Perhaps I'm missing something, but were the results made public yet?

I came all the way from 1981 to ask this very question.

More seriously, anyone knows when and where the data will be released?
by Iv
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Galactic timekeeping
Replies: 20
Views: 11660

Re: Galactic timekeeping

The amount of time light takes to go a certain distance. Since the traveler prefers the Milky Way, he could base his time units on how long it takes for light to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other. The MW galaxy is 100,000 light years across, therefore 8 million years is 80 Galactic Tim...
by Iv
Mon May 12, 2014 9:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Colbert Report comes to a close
Replies: 6
Views: 10173

Re: The Colbert Report comes to a close

Colbert does an occasional bitcoin joke, did invite the makerbot guy. There are some jokes to do.
by Iv
Fri May 09, 2014 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1366 - "Train"
Replies: 64
Views: 16236

Re: 1366 - "Train"

Someone has been tinkering with worldview matrices without his medications again...
by Iv
Fri May 09, 2014 4:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Colbert Report comes to a close
Replies: 6
Views: 10173

Re: The Colbert Report comes to a close

Here's my idea: comedy tech news. Everyone thinks of tech news as nerdy and serious. There are tons of mainstream tech news destinations, and they are ripe for satire. And this wouldn't be one of those "make fun of the nerdy actors" shows (I'm looking at you BBT). I'm thinking a strong ch...
by Iv
Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE
Replies: 22
Views: 7757

Re: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE

BUT.... you should consider adopting a more linux style workflow if you are developing on linux. Linux dev's don't tend to rely on an ide, instead they rely on several tools each doing it's own thing, a text editor, grep, merge tool, git etc... This is a pritty common workflow and it works well. Bu...
by Iv
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE
Replies: 22
Views: 7757

Re: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE

I had QT grind to a halt when I inadvertently added huge binary files as project files. It was trying to parse them as text.

If that is not the case, I am very curious about the kind of project that makes QTCreator eat 32G of memory. Is that proprietary?
by Iv
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE
Replies: 22
Views: 7757

Re: Suggest an open-source C/C++ IDE

QT Creator is my prefered tool for doing C++ (which is half of the time approximately). Let's run through this checklist. - It must run on Linux and FreeBSD (I use KDE in both cases) Yup. And also works on windows and Mac OS smoothly. - It must not insist on understanding my build system, or worse t...
by Iv
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 157799

Re: Ukraine Government and Economy Falls

The problem I had with Iraq was the Moonbats. All throughout middle school and high school, my teachers had constantly whined about how evil Saddam was, all the genocides, the Iran-Iraq War, the mass rapes of civilians, the constant harassments, and how horrible we were for either supporting him or...
by Iv
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 157799

Re: Ukraine Government and Economy Falls

It's an interesting topic. Of course, Russia would probably love to annex Crimea. However, it's rather hard to justify annexing anything these days, so they'll have to pull something off. Right now the excuse seems to be "nazis are coming to power in Ukraine and pogroms will be triggered if we...
by Iv
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1157895

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned because your firearm is not properly registered.
by Iv
Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solving problems in urban planning with computer science
Replies: 8
Views: 14516

Re: Solving problems in urban planning with computer science

Having worked a bit in a company interested with that I'm interested to know if anyone is aware of ways by which computer science (mostly machine learning algorithms) can be used to solve issues in urban planning. Mostly, what is currently done, is anticipate the impact of modifications (like a new ...
by Iv
Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30077

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

So should I be driving a nuclear powered car or an electric car whose power comes from nuclear power. I can certainly imagine a business model in which the former is leased to the end user and then returned. The advantage would be that fuel and maintenance of the power plant would be covered by war...
by Iv
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs

I doubt this will affect Tor traffic? Tor essentially does the same thing as a VPN as far as internet access goes, and with tor bridges it will make it very hard if not impossible for the Chinese government and isps to block all tor traffic. Even before this update, Tor had a difficult time establi...
by Iv
Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: General Economics Stuff
Replies: 118
Views: 43216

Re: General Economics Stuff

Just a quick note on an old message : Wouldn't it make more sense to look at government revenues than at total GDP? Revenues are necessarily only a fraction of GDP, since attempting anything near a 100% tax rate would crush the economy. I just wanted to point out that in a French newspaper there was...
by Iv
Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I wonder what Jesus's tax plan is?
Replies: 15
Views: 3128

Re: I wonder what Jesus's tax plan is?

The fact that Jesus' existance is as well established as Jesus is a common meme but is realy unsubstantiated. Romans did not keep track of baptisms in Judea around 10 AD and while they probably had registers of executions, the one about Jesus did not survive. Note that even the bible fails to give u...
by Iv
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 215960

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

"Pause" would be "mettre en pause".
by Iv
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 45661

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

This is really cool and all, but my biggest concern is if this pass all trials and in some years becomes available as a cure, will it be economically viable or will this treatment cost so much that it will be reserved only for the rich? I mean how hard is it to create these cancer killing cells? Th...
by Iv
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 44467

Re: 0880: "Headache"

If you want to see alt-text on the archive, just use the command line, from last year's April Fools : http://uni.xkcd.com/
by Iv
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I think there are already many people who are betting on a huge raise of the value of bitcoins, so a lot of people are interested in holding bitcoins. Right I see that more as a problem than as a good thing. I think that a plausible not-to-far successful future for bitcoin would be one where it woul...
by Iv
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Iv, I'll play your game :) ... So what could an organzation do to harm bitcoins, assuming the technical side is sound? I’d say the primary weakness to exploit are panics. ... Which is a credible attack. Regular currencies are backed by governments which are heavyweights. We would need enough credib...
by Iv
Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

On the subject of how to destroy bitcoin - I think the best way is to sabotage the software itself. They say there's "no central authority" controlling things, but that's plain false - someone had/has to make the software. So, if they don't already have auto-updates implemented, I'd wait ...
by Iv
Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

So? That's the first example on the list of an irrelevant difference. What does it change? Nothing. There's not a single useful thing that you could do in a bitcoin-based economy that you couldn't do in a silver- or gold-based economy. That's what "meaningful difference" means. Make micro...
by Iv
Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Selling software on eBay
Replies: 3
Views: 1155

Selling software on eBay

Hello, I recently worked as a freelance developer for a company that I wrongly decided to trust and that never payed me for 3 months of work. The contract is now void (I will maybe litigate but it is hard : I am in France and they are in Japan) but I am now left with a software I have no use for. I ...
by Iv
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Maybe I should take a look at their forums... But I suspect it has a lot of enthusiasm and I came here for more criticism. But actually many people argue about how bitcoins can naturally fail, but I was more wondering about how it could be attacked by a large hostile entity (like a big bank or a big...
by Iv
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Zamfir, please don't get me wrong, but what is the point of your explanation ? I agree with most of what you said, but I don't see how this is related to bitcoin. i know that banks do have some assets, and that it is a fraction of what they owe their creditors. The figure I had in mind is 20% of ass...
by Iv
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

@Bubbles: I agree that without central banks, the situation would be far worse with banks able to create the amount of money they want. But still, the sum of all the money that people believe they own is far less than the assets that the bank actually owns. And the value of the currency can be easil...
by Iv
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Here is what I understand about how it works : When bank A wants to loan money, it has to buy some rights at the central bank, proving that it owns enough assets to be robust enough if many people withdraw money at the same time. Buying one billion at the central bank allows them to lend 5 billions....
by Iv
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

So in a bitcoin economy, I cannot promise to pay you tomorrow? And I cannot get a loan from you? Because that's how you get into debt. Incidentially, that's basically what Greece did. They just accrued too much debt given their meager tax income and their bleak growth prospects. Ok, that's right, y...
by Iv
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

In a global bitcoin economy, you can still create and badly manage debt (note that Greece wasn't able to print Euros!) Actually you can't and it was. First, Greece : While it was not able to actuallt print euro bills, the fact that it was allowed to have a deficit budget and contract debt is an eff...
by Iv
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

@Zamfir : Do you have an example of hyperinflation that was caused by the lack of action of a central authority ? I have this feeling from the (very) little economy news I read that hyperinflation usually denotes a real loss of value of the currency ant that trying to hide that fact would only displ...
by Iv
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

But it's not fair. Which never stopped a monetary system from working :-) Money is supposed to be exchanged. If all what people do with bitcoins is to mine them and sell them for dollars, it will have failed. But if some people get rich in BTCs and other people want to get rich in BTCs, it doesn't ...
by Iv
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Imagine Google using a datacenter during 3 years to mint bitcoins and to buy all that are available on exchange markets. They could reach 10% of the monetary mass./quote]This is probably the most troubling thing to me. Why not indeed? Why did they choose to distribute in a semi-random but dependent...
by Iv
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176051

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I think you might be underestimating how important taxation is as backstop of the system. It's not an "edge", it's absolutely critical to the way the system works at the moment. I am not arguing that the current dollar system could work without central authority, but that an alternative s...

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