• Mariano Guerra

    Mariano Guerra

    2 years ago
    moving it from jobs since it's not about jobs but the original call from cummings was posted there: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/dominic-cummingss-naive-faith-in-the-power-of-the-state-whitehall-number-10-civil-service-spads#widget_user (highlights in the thread to be less noisy)
    Mariano Guerra
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  • Stefan

    Stefan

    2 years ago
    Looking for terminology / what terms to google for: In some languages or libraries you can run a loop or closure over an array or list in parallel, just by specifying parallel execution (sure, some preconditions must me met for that to work). Some libraries have sophisticated ways of how to distribute execution over available cores, either with some heuristics or by giving you parameters to configure that. If I want to do that for hierarchical data structures, are there any well-known algorithms that help with distributing the load across cores based on the run-time structure of the tree data structure? I think map/reduce would be an example…? If so, are there other ones? Also interested (but not exclusively) in any connections to math. I think I'm talking about applicative functors here…? I'm basically looking for the parts of the algorithm that takes care of breaking the problem into parts and then later on combining it back together into a single result. Often you end up with a tree-like structure, but it comes from the algorithm, but what if the source data structure already has a hierarchical structure? waves hands frantically to compensate for insufficient description
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  • noahtren

    noahtren

    2 years ago
    What are some good resources for quickly getting a good intuition for abstract syntax trees and parsers? Ideally hands-on with Python
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    Edward de Jong / Beads Project
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  • Stefan

    Stefan

    2 years ago
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  • Scott Anderson

    Scott Anderson

    2 years ago
    its like saying smartphones never should have succeeded because Newton and General Magic didn't work out
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  • Scott Anderson

    Scott Anderson

    2 years ago
    the AR device that "wins" is also further off than people think it is
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    Stefan
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  • robenkleene

    robenkleene

    2 years ago
    On the subject of AR/VR, what are some good examples of a new technology where lots of well-funded companies make incremental progress on it before it finally becomes "good enough" and goes on to be a hit product? E.g., some counter examples: The iPhone was developed by a team in secrecy at Apple and was released and became successful right away. And the early personal computers, like the Apple II, were based on the work of hobbyists. Can anyone think of a good example of a technology that was in the same position of funding and hype that AR/VR are in today that then became a successful product?
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    Wouter
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  • robenkleene

    robenkleene

    2 years ago
    It's not properly sourced, but I saw this link today that shows a recent peak in VR users on Steam https://twitter.com/SkarredGhost/status/1216461345601851394
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    Robbie Gleichman
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    Zubairq

    2 years ago
    https://medium.com/@ssg/how-is-computer-programming-different-today-than-20-years-ago-9d0154d1b6ce funny but true post. One item is that creating a new programming language is a common hobby
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  • Stefan

    Stefan

    2 years ago
    I’m guilty of wasting time thinking too much about architecture and how to write beautiful code. Always good to read an article that pulls you down back into reality: https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/13/21064100/vvvvvv-source-code-game-development-terry-cavanagh-release
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