Jocelyn Ireson-Paine

Jocelyn Ireson-Paine

  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You're talking about things that are a lot more than 20 years old. But what's with cut and paste - are libraries too hard to use now? It's a coincidence that I just finished a blog post showing why libraries...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "My esteemed and wise colleague, David Shariatmadari, contrasted the anarchic world of bikes with the “rigorously tested and policed” arena of driving." There’s a flaw with this argument: there’s no evidence it’s true. Funny. Yesterday, a cyclist rode past me...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    One of the problems especially in the Helsinki region is that most people speak passable English and switch to that whenever they hear somebody speak Finnish that is not perfect. When I was working in Athens, a lot of Greeks...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Was there some reason why $ apt install r-recommended didn't work, or did you feel like making things more difficult on Linux just because ? :) I was following the instructions at https://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu/README.html , which being on the R site,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Of course being spectacularly bad and insecure doesn't seem to matter to corporate buyers as much as familiarity. See also "Microsoft Windows" Don't knock Windows. I had to install R (the statistical language) together with some extra packages on Ubuntu....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    One of the many reasons I get miffed if people put my name in quotes, like I'm trying to hide behind it. I'd put it in quotes, and perhaps even rephrase as "user 'gasdive'" or similar. Not to imply a...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    In the meantime I missed out on a significant number of invites and got quite a few in-person "why didn't you go to X" type comments from people concerned that I was annoyed or unwell. No offence, but if the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Considering that most people seem to think that "Boy meets Girl, boy loses girl, troubles ensue, boy gets girl back" is still a rich vein of literary gold, I think we could guess that "party on hyperboloid world has issues"...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    By the way, and returning to the theme of this thread, I suspect Dichronauts follows the Great Man or Heroic Physicist theory of history....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Me too. I'm still waiting for Blackwell's Oxford to get a copy — they'd rather stuff their shelves with Eddings, Eddison and Feist — but at least I can give thanks for living in a universe with a sane space-time...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    TIME:YOU'RE NOT GOOD AT IT Some of us are very very good at time. Greg Egan, for example. He's just published an entire book in which people have twice as many times as usual....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    The Culture would not have ship types. Types are for inferior civilisations which have to pre-assign products into classes (S, M, L, 32" S, 32" R, 32" L, bootcut, skinny, flare) because manufacturing isn't sufficiently advanced to fabricate just-in-time on-the-spot...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I've not used Axiom. Do you mean the computer-algebra system?. What I have used, however, and what I don't think anyone here has yet mentioned, is algebraic-specification languages, particularly the OBJ family. In these languages, programs are specifications written as...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Oops. Link should have been this: "Associative Programming and Snobol's Unusual Indirect-Referencing Operator"....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Associative arrays? The only proper way to do them is Snobol. You've got associative tables: animal_sounds< "cat" > = "miaouw" animal_sounds< "dog" > = "woof" But you can also do string indirection through variables: cat = "miaouw" animal = "cat"...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    ... the Real Programmers Wrangle Raw Pointers drum ... REALLY real programmers wrangle raw pointers ON the drum....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    "I kept your bottles fresh when you were a baby. On that long, wonderful blancmange-jelly-and-cream afternoon of your fourth birthday party, the first you truly remember, I held your ice cream. After you grazed your knee falling off your...
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    The halting problem, but also the difficulty of knowing that the code is broken or bad. Which requires the checker to have a specification of what the code is meant to do, and the coder to have written one —...
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    "And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon" by Paul Di Filippo:Facing my rival that fateful afternoon, I finally realized I was truly about to lose my girlfriend Cody. Lose her to a spontaneous assemblage of information. The information was...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Thanks, and URLs repaired. People can now read about the Life and Wisdom of Father Aloysius Hacker again, with links intact. But the AISB should have known better than to promote linkrot by changing the structure of its pages....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Well, she's right when she says "Abstraction in logic / math is being able to talk about a topic and derive principles by creating a new way to abstract beyond that topic so that they're separate categories by making...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I do note that none of JIP's papers actually touches upon the vast amounts of work done on this subject, but there we go. You will find one short note, titled "Generalisation is an adjunction". It was an attempt to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Third sense, "higher than, transcending, overarching, dealing with the most fundamental matters of," is due to misinterpretation of metaphysics as "science of that which transcends the physical." This has led to a prodigious erroneous extension in modern usage, with meta-...
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    So, if you want a fucking image of "IN A GLASS JAR", I suggest, strongly you point it towards your own fucking life experience. My gosh. It is my own life experience. My experience of smartphone obsessives in places such...
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    Um, neither the parrot/carrot nor the toad were aimed at you. The former was inspired by Pigeon's horrible orthat/metat/parat pun. The latter is another horrible pun:   Q: What does a Morse Toad say?   A: "Dot, dot, croak". used in...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    (don't worry, many scientists have this blindness, too focused on metatheory applications, as your links aptly proved): True, most of the links were about applications in computing. However, my purpose was to demonstrate the variety of ways in which one...
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