Jocelyn Ireson-Paine

Jocelyn Ireson-Paine

  • 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"....
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    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"...
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    ... the Real Programmers Wrangle Raw Pointers drum ... REALLY real programmers wrangle raw pointers ON the drum....
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    "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...
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    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....
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    (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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    Ortho, meta, para; indeed. But also: metaclass; meta-planning; meta-level inference (extremely nifty, this one); meta-level architecture; meta-analogy; metatheory; metamathematics. By comparison with which, the prefix's use in this thread can only be classed as meta woo. In Greek, of...
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    Note: that is a meta *joke*: search for "Dead Sea Works" and spot the environmental stupidity. The prefix "meta" in these discussions seems to have shed precision until it means no more than "vibration" to Teilhard de Chardin or "energy"...
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    I note from Palimpsest:Xiri would be appropriately adoring, and would doubtless write a series of sonnets about his Library visit (for poetics were in fashion as the densest rational format for sociological-academic case studies in Leng): and his adoptive...
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    Q: Why did the grape enter the bank? A: To open a currant account....
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    Natural-language researchers reminisce about the neural net trained to vocalise fruit names. When shown a grape, it let out a little whine....
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    Can't remember whether you're a mathematician, but if you are: Q: What's purple and commutes? A: An Abelian grape....
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    I got #2 and #3, but missed #1, thanks. Regarding Björk Stalker, I'd like to think that this has no more significance than that: (a) in a sufficiently large population, you'll find somebody strange enough to do anything physically possible,...
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    C.f. Oasis's "You're thirsty. We've got sales targets" campaign which was plastered all over our bus shelters last summer. Why are people taken in by this rubbish? I'd ask the same about Poppy. OGH notes in comment 125 that...
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    The man who was listening to the news on his Flower-Power radio set? He heard it on the grapevine....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    So: did you know that, or just a lucky guess? Just a lucky guess. I was making a point about the amount of parallel processing that seems necessary in order to interpret the full-page tableaux that the Beano delights in....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    It always was ( a total garbage pile, that is )... It's had some excellent cartoonists, and I'm not just talking about Giles. Barry Appleby; Cummings; Roland Davies; Osbert Lancaster; Sidney Strube; Reg Wootton. And, of course, there was Rupert....
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