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18 Mar 2011 (updated 18 Mar 2011 at 23:33 UTC) »
cdfrey: I'll openly stereotype and state that I consider the Japanese some of the nicest, kindest, hardest working, least selfish people on the planet. Of course, every group has its bad apples, but I get a bit envious when I compare certain aspects of their culture with that of my own country. Do you know of any other place where schools, both public and private, are cleaned by students and teachers [1]? (Maybe that's why they never litter.) Stereotype it may be, but one that is supported by their admirable behavior throughout this catastrophe (no looting, people helping each other).

I don't want to have anything to do with a spiteful god that punishes such people.

I'm sorry for my earlier offensive (and quite crackpotish) diary entry, but a comment I read somewhere really pushed my buttons. I understand that one can be a Christian and not think that way [2]. I was going to delete that diary entry, but I suppose that now it's a bit late and I'll just have to own it up.

And yes, I donated to the Haiti relief efforts, too.

[1] when I commented on this to my Japanese friend, she was quite surprised. "What do you mean? It isn't like that in your country? Who does the cleaning, then?"

[2] I still love you, Don Knuth.

17 Mar 2011 (updated 21 Mar 2011 at 16:36 UTC) »
cdfrey: that's true. I don't know why I bothered.

We should do something about the spammer problem. For a site meant for hackers, this is an embarrassment.

Crackpots

Each and every news article on the web covering the events now unfolding at a certain far-east country is littered with comments written by religious wackos, who seem to be convinced that this is all the doing of a bearded Galactus-like superbeing in the sky, outraged at the refusal by the population of the aforementioned country to accept and embrace their religion of love and compassion. (The claim that it's a religion of love and compassion, while apparently at odds with the implication that their imaginary friend has just murdered tens of thousands of people on a whim, is to be accepted without questioning, because a horrible book written by pig-ignorant savages before flush toilets were invented says that it is so.) The same crackpots wrote similar things about the recent disaster in Haiti. (You know, voodoo.)

Up to now, I've always evaded the question whenever someone mentioned religion, careful not to offend anyone. But you know what? I'll finally get out of the closet and say it: I'm an atheist. That's right, I'm not even agnostic. If accepting your religion in order to go to heaven means I'll have to endure the company of you nutsos for the rest of eternity, I'd rather burn in hell. You make me sick to my stomach.

By the way, I've donated today.

16 Mar 2011 (updated 16 Mar 2011 at 01:36 UTC) »
redi: sorry, I missed your answer. Thank you very much!

I searched for open source English grammar checkers, naively thinking that they would work by fully parsing English, but most of them only do pattern matching to look for common errors - like LanguageTool, used by OpenOffice. They are peephole optimizers, not complete parsers.

Except for Link Grammar, used by AbiWord. This one does parse English!

Even though it doesn't answer my original question (it thinks that "explain me something" is okay), it is quite cool.

proclus: no offense man, but your photograph isn't that interesting. Do you really need to post a link to it so many times?

15 Mar 2011 (updated 15 Mar 2011 at 13:55 UTC) »
chalst: we're all hackers here. Shouldn't we feel ashamed for doing the machine's job?

My alter-ego^H^H8191 talked about writing a patch for mod_virgule that adds e-mail confirmation when creating a new account. Maybe we should at least have something like that!

Blacklisting would be nice as well.

Not sure if StevenRainwater is still accepting patches.

14 Mar 2011 (updated 14 Mar 2011 at 23:24 UTC) »
dangermaus: thank you very much for sharing that article! I'll translate your conclusions (and comparisons with the Chernobyl catastrophe) to Japanese and post them to my Japanese language blog. Hope you don't mind!
11 Mar 2011 (updated 12 Mar 2011 at 21:40 UTC) »
redi, long time no see!

My English grammar book simply says that, after a ditransitive verb (which takes a direct and an indirect object), the indirect object can either come in a prepositional phrase after the direct object ("She told something <to me>") or directly after the verb ("She told <me> something"), implying that the relevant bit of the yacc code for English looks like this:


verb-phrase
: ditransitive-verb direct-object preposition indirect-object
| ditransitive-verb indirect-object direct-object
| ...
;

That doesn't seem to be a general rule, though. Maybe I need a better grammar book!

Your etymological explanation makes sense. Thank you!

11 Mar 2011 (updated 11 Mar 2011 at 01:15 UTC) »

It's been a while, Advogato.

Wow, ncm and redi are still around!

This proclus person is annoying. Seriously man, how do you find time to blog like five times a day or something?

I'm writing this little game. In a startling departure from my usual modus codandi, I decided to give this newfangled C++ thing a spin. Now I'm happily writing code that looks like this:

sprite_queue<falling_label, gl_vertex_array_texuv_color, MAX_BOMBS, FALLING_LABEL_TTL> falling_labels;

Different language, but I still feel that I'm essentially banging at the keyboard at random until I arrive at something that compiles. Plus ├ža change...

I'm trying to improve my English. I'd like to understand why "she told me something" is allowed, but "she explained me something" makes native English speakers emit a parse error. Does anyone out there know where I can get a BNF for English?

23 Dec 2010 (updated 23 Dec 2010 at 14:58 UTC) »
24 Oct 2010 (updated 24 Oct 2010 at 22:31 UTC) »
eckes: you could try the Sphere Online Judge. It's a site with thousands of programming problems (many require a fair bit of knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and discrete mathematics to be solved). Submit your code and it will be compiled and tested for correctness. A lot of programming languages are supported, including Java. I was addicted to that site a while ago (my account).
10 Sep 2010 (updated 10 Sep 2010 at 20:17 UTC) »
sye: Prevayler is a joke. It's embarrassing how the interviewer thought it was necessary to ask about it, probably because the leader of that project, like the site you linked, is Brazilian.

ncm: thank you very much for pointing out that paper. I've only read the abstract, but it looks... interesting.

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