submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by ABasilPlant@lemmy.world to c/science_memes@mander.xyz


Abstract (emphasis mine):

The concept of a 'Ballmer Peak' was first proposed in 2007, postulating that there exists a very specific blood alcohol content which confers superhuman programming ability. More generally, there is a commonly held belief among software engineers that coding is easier and more productive after a few drinks. Using the industry standard for assessment of coding ability, we conducted a search for such a peak and more generally investigated the effect of different amounts of alcohol on performance. We conclusively refute the existence of a specific peak with large magnitude, but with p < 0.001 find that there was a significant positive effect to a low amount of alcohol - slightly less than two drinks - on programming ability.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 15 points 1 week ago

... I am 100% certain that if they switched to being individually wrapped tomorrow, a complaint about excessive packaging would be one of the top posts here.

You're undeniably right. The best situation would be to not have any wrapping at all... but with the crumb situation, that'd be another top post here :/


I was in a rush and I needed to pick up a quick snack that I could eat during class. I chose these Nature Valley bars which said they had ten bars inside. What I failed to notice is the tiny print at the bottom where it says 5 x 2, i.e., 5 packets with two bars.

Lo and behold when I open a pack during a break, I find two bars inside. I didn't want to eat two bars, just one. You can't even just leave the other fucking bar inside because they create so MANY crumbs. How the fuck are you supposed to seal it???

Stupid-ass deceptive printing got the better of me. It's not the end of the world, just mildly infuriating.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 8 points 4 weeks ago


Tom Scott: Britain's largest battery is actually a lake

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 5 points 1 month ago

That's not a very valid argument.

First and foremost, most devs probably see it as a job and they do what they're told. They don't have the power to refute decisions coming from above.

Second, in this economy where jobs are scarer than a needle in multiple haystacks, people are desperate to get a job.

Third, yes, there may be some Microsoft (M$) fan-people who end up being devs at M$. Sure, they may willingly implement the things upper management may request. However, I'm not sure whether that's true for most of the people who work at M$.

Your comment suggests to shift the blame to the devs who implement the features that upper management request for. Don't shoot the (MSN) messenger.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 35 points 2 months ago

For anyone else who doesn't want to spend 10 seconds trying to imagine it.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 24 points 2 months ago

Looks cool and I'm glad something new has arrived after nitter.

A few things, however:

  1. It doesn't look like I can view comments on tweets; I can only view the tweet. (Firefox mobile if that matters)
  2. It's pretty slow. It's not a big problem, but it is very noticeable.
  3. Somewhat irrelevant, but why is it called TWStalker? It's a... bit of a weird name. 'Stalker' makes me feel like I'm doing something illegal even though I definitely am not.
[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 13 points 2 months ago

See Wendover Productions' most recent video, "The Increasing Reality of War in Space" (from around 7:54); they talk about SpaceX launching unknown satellites and not reporting it either.


[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 5 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Edit: nvm I'm an idiot, I just got the joke.


In typography, kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. Kerning adjusts the space between individual letterforms while tracking (letter-spacing) adjusts spacing uniformly over a range of characters.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 3 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

See also: Nominative Determinism. If I remember correctly, there was a subreddit about this.


Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994, after the magazine's humorous "Feedback" column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. These included a book on polar explorations by Daniel Snowman and an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. These and other examples led to light-hearted speculation that some sort of psychological effect was at work.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 12 points 5 months ago

Huge +1 for BobbyBroccoli. Most entertaining & gripping documentaries I've watched in a long time. The two part Cloning documentary (Part 1, Part 2) was absolutely spectacular.

Lemmino is great as well.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 20 points 6 months ago

Absolutely. Check out side channel attacks. The problem here isn't about software exploits, but hardware issues. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side-channel_attack

Some things to get you started: Meltdown and Spectre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meltdown_(security_vulnerability), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectre_(security_vulnerability)

Rowhammer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row_hammer

These are exploited by malicious processes doing something to the hardware which may result in information about your process(es) being leaked. Now, if this is on your computer, then the chances of encountering a malicious process that exploits this hardware bug would be low.

However, when you move this scenario to the cloud, things become more possible. Your vm/container is being scheduled on CPUs that may/may not be shared by other containers. All it would take is for a malicious guest VM to be scheduled on the same core/CPU as you and try exploiting the same hardware you're sharing.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 4 points 6 months ago

I've been using Hugo since 2017. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

[-] ABasilPlant@lemmy.world 4 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago)

Hands down, one of the best tools I've used in a very long time:


Download a Debian 12 standard live ISO (or with GNOME or any other iso) and you're good to go. I've compiled custom kernels with it too. If you want persistence, then you use mkusb.

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