Monday, December 20, 2010

encounter with GitHub's A.I. which is "purely artificial and poorly intelligent"

UPDATE: GitHub has pretty nice language statistics now trying to analyze and graph all programming languages used in Project.


Recently, I had an interesting encounter with GitHub's A.I. which was purely artificial and poorly intelligent.
I have a repo at ''; it's an experimental web-server developed in 'Java' but it has been marked as 'Javascript'.

Now I'm a bit hard at things which don't work to their potential... but I don't think their is anything wrong in it.

So yeah there is an 'Artificially Poorly Inferenced Logic' implemented in so advanced GitHub
which could have been 'Smartly Easily Granted Control' to not so artificially intelligent Users

Now what this AI of GitHub does?
any GitHub user don't need it when they do all the following tasks manually:
creates an account; provides their ssh-public-key; creates a repository; setup a git repo on their machines; add/rem data to it; commits their code to that repository
And then they are clueless...
Then, this AI of GitHub comes to Rescue of poor, non-AI enabled users and saves their 'incapable minds' from deciding the technology category (language tag to be associated with the github-repositories) for their repository.

As, even though that sane GitHub User are the creator of that repository... they don't have the brain-cells to burn thinking what was the technology in which they actually just developed everything. 

So GitHub comes to your rescue, looks what is the initial code-file extensions committed to your repo... what is the extension of code-files acquiring maximum of disk space. Then it matches the extension with decreasing order of usability of a  'technology'. And you will be blessed with the 'language tag' decided with all this intelligence.

That's not all. This intelligence is so supreme that it's not allowed for anyone to manually edit the tag.
I don't know how tough job is it, a BiG single record change just same as change of repo-name... that too this will be in additional data model of repository, which should be even more easily separated to update.

Now, they don't manually change it... cool if they do, they will have loads of those requests from non-directly-paying customers or say public repo users.

Fine, how much EXXXXTRAAAA Work does it take, to add a new 'text field' ti 'repo-editing-section' and bind its value to 'language tag' section.

Hell yeah... I didn't think it through... I forgot that I never had the AI to identify that my 'Core-Java' developed Web-Server is actually a 'JavaScript' Project cuz of few demo web-apps added to show its security implementations.

I had a mail-conversation with GitHub staff, well they were real helpful in explaining their current state of AI but no proper reason WHY?

There are several more cases similar to mine... as below
Nick 'github-user' : got a repo at '' which is written in 'Matlab' but language tag attached to it is 'Objective C' instead.
Tekkub 'responder' : change your file exensions from '.m' to '.matlab', it's your fault naming them particular way
Nick 'github-user' : '.m' is a pretty famous extension used for 'matlab' too. Just changing a language shouldn't be a big deal.
Tekkub 'responder' : there is not, sorry.
Mouhong Lin 'github-user' : I have project '' in 'C#' containing some 'javascript' code. It's shown as 'javascript' code. How can I change major programming language tag?
Petros Amiridis 'responder' : Its done automatically based on total size of all files. I'm afraid there is 'no way to change it manually'.

another conversation on same lines.....
and there are lots more

Monday, October 18, 2010

wanna do Certification Course... think '3ice'

It has been a long time, since I've been hearing from all friends about 'thinking of doing' Certification Courses... and I've been giving them philosophy about why and why not, truly speaking maximum talk was on 'Why Not'.

Recently in pasty few weeks, total 5 people expressed their desire to do a certification course... so I thought why not give it a form, easing my psycho philosophy to be understood by them and all others and may be could also help some make a decision rather just following trends seen among masses.

if (
  ( wanna_buy_a_Certificate_to_your_Resume == true ) ||
  ( likes_Topic_but_unable_to_understand == true ) ||
  ( tried_Learning_but_Confusions_don't_clear == true ) ){

     suggestion = "OK... Just Do It";


     suggestion = "Could always get a mentor (next-door or next-tech-forum) to guide,";

     suggestion += "Show your knowledge online 'cuz Certs ain't guarantee either,";

     suggestion += "Online resources are way more richer than what they are gonna tell";


 so you wanna do Certification Course... think '3ice'

Thursday, September 23, 2010

FB went offline, people were like they lost their Surrogates

I just remembered the climax of a fantastic 'Bruce Willis' movie named 'Surrogates' ( released last year, if you somehow missed the sight of it.

I was trying to open up my FaceBook HomePage on 23/Sep/2010 night, and it took like 5 minutes to load, followed by an error-message when I tried to post a message. I tried to refresh the entire page and what it said was "Service Unavailable -DNS Failure". Now, I don't know whether it was some un-expected update, a DoS attack, their infrastructure failed or some other digital/mechanical failure.
But, one thing I noticed is the amount of chaos it created and the magnitude of people tweeting, texting and mailing their failure to get on FaceBook. And, when it came back online... the LOL!!! and OMG!!! flying all over my news feeds from all contacts.
Even I tweeted it once... and even this blog-post could be called as an out-come too.

It reminded me of the shell-shocked faces of all human-natives of the Surrogates coming out of their houses when their Surrogates went dis-functional.

"oooooh I lost my Surrogated FaceBook Avatar"

and this reminds me one of fine lines from 'Sharon Stone' movie named 'Sliver' ( which goes like "Get A Life"