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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.

17 Jun 2010 (updated 17 Jun 2010 at 13:36 UTC) »

I haven't released any free software in a while, so I decided to stop being a d*ck and release the source code for Protozoa, an arcade action game I wrote a while ago.

Source: http://www.fzort.org/protozoa/protozoa-src-20100617.tar.gz
README for the source: http://www.fzort.org/protozoa/README.source.txt

Placed in the public domain (GPL doesn't make much sense for games). Have fun!

13 Feb 2010 (updated 14 Feb 2010 at 10:49 UTC) »
wingo writes about anarchy. He's free to do that, of course, but it should be pointed out that, under that regime, computer programming as a profession, or even computers, would probably not even exist. There are examples, these days, of countries which are effectively without government, and they aren't exactly doing smashingly.

Yes, capitalism sucks, but alternatives were tried and they all failed. In my own country, we lived under an inflation of 2500%/year (not a typo), until decidedly pro-market reforms were implemented. Much more could have been done, if only those reforms weren't so vigorously opposed at the time by the left-wing party which is currently in power. Said left-wing party now doesn't dare touch the fundamentals of those economic reforms, and brags about the positive results as if they were they were exclusively of their own doing, but it doesn't matter. They worked.

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