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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

BlackHawk-666 Re:Somewhere in a trailer park... (244 comments)

And is making five guys come on a TV show with her to take a paternity test.

2 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

BlackHawk-666 Re:Much Confusion (244 comments)

Only if you can get some massive dude standing outside the simulation to kindly fold the piece of paper for you and push a pen through it ^^

2 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

BlackHawk-666 Re:The real crime here (459 comments)

People like you are the reason we build prisons in the first place.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

BlackHawk-666 Feature Cut (427 comments)

Are there any features of the language that you wish hadn't been added or could now be removed?

about two weeks ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

BlackHawk-666 Re:Potheads assemble! (178 comments)

Marijuana doesn't have the same dramatic effects as meth, and there are people who are long-term users who suffer very few side effects from this drug. There is however a small chance that it can lead to temporary or even permanent psychosis. There is still some debate over this issue, but I can assure you it's quite real.

http://www.sane.org/informatio...
http://medicalmarijuana.procon...

A while ago I spent some time in a mental facility and one of the patients there was that unlucky 1 in 700,000 who was vulnerable to the psychotic effects that marijuana could cause. He was a good student who was just starting university. Intelligent, articulate, and with excellent grades - he had good prospects for a long and happy life.

His mother worked as a nurse at that hospital so she could spend time with her son, and I received this information directly from her. At uni he tried marijuana, just a few times. I get the impression he was just a typical uni kid enjoying his new freedom and he started to smoke it because his new social circle were smoking it. Pretty typical stuff. He had an adverse reaction (I think over a short time period of maybe week or so) and had to be hospitalised due to psychosis.

By the time I met him, he had been in hospital for 12 years. He had no teeth left, since he couldn't look after them they had to all be removed. He was heavily medicated but was still liable to fits of anger and hitting other patients for something simple like sitting in his chair. He was barely able to speak and never managed more than a couple of mumbled, often unintelligible words. There was a rec room where we could watch a TV which was behind a plexiglass panel we needed to lift up to change channels. He had a tic that meant every 1-2 minutes he needed to get up, walk to the TV, life the plexiglass, run his hand over the top of the TV, then sit down again. He might do this 100+ times in a day.

While it's easy to think there's no dangers using marijuana, and admittedly, they are few and low - it's not totally without cost or risk. This man will spend the rest of his short life in that mental institution, unable to read, play games, go outside, speak to others, share friendships or talk about the good old days. He will never experience any of the myriad of things that you and countless others can - and that is directly attributed to a fairly small quantity of weed he smoked - he wasn't trying any other drugs at the time.

Certainly, he had a disposition towards this happening, but it was marijuana that pushed it over the limit and completely fucked his entire life.

We have a decent welfare system and free hospitalisation in Australia, so he is getting the care he needs. You could argue that as taxpayers who are shouldering that cost we do get a say in whether people consume the drug or not...but, I'm not going to bother with that argument, it's not the important one.

Enjoy the smoke if you can amd avoid it if that's that you prefer. Just bear in mind, however small, there is a chance of psychosis that may in same rare cases be permanent - and weed is a known contributor to this condition.

Role your dice, move your mice.

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

BlackHawk-666 Re:while true (228 comments)

You're going to be replaced by a guy who can replace your job with a Python / Ruby script ^^ ;p

about three weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

BlackHawk-666 Re:For gamers? (110 comments)

A sticker with ultraviolet reflectance so the black lights in your case make it look right wicked and totally worth the extra $80 you paid for commodity hardware with F4tal1ty's name on it.

about three weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

BlackHawk-666 Dragnet (511 comments)

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up amphetamines."

about a month ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

BlackHawk-666 Jarrah (82 comments)

You could do a lot worse than using Australian Jarrah wood. It's lovely looking, hard, and can be brought to a smooth finish. My speaker cabinets use this wood for their veneer.

https://www.google.com.au/sear...

about a month ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

BlackHawk-666 Hooray (83 comments)

Now I can see pictures of other's people's food and children so much more quickly...can't wait..>.>

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

BlackHawk-666 Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

The profit comes from the same place gym membership profits come from. People sign up, use it a couple of times, then forget about it, meanwhile - it ticks over every month pulling in money for nothing.

about a month and a half ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

BlackHawk-666 Re:Space Cadets (181 comments)

The Pirate Hawkings (whore kings).

about a month and a half ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

BlackHawk-666 Re:thank goodness (181 comments)

Service guarantees citizenship!

I'm doing my part!

about a month and a half ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Software engineering has a tendency to enshrine ivory tower principles, that - although sound and logical, can end up making your project large, slow bloated and excessively encapsulated. I'm happy that NASA and the DoD both use it, those things need to be rock solid, but it just doesn't make sense for a lot of businesses where being first to market is more important than any code refactoring issues you might have 2 years down the track. Being slow to market might mean you don't even have a business 12 months from now.

Good programmers know when to lay on the engineering and when to pull out the stops and slap something together that does the job "just good enough". That's part of what makes it an art, not a science.

about a month and a half ago
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On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

BlackHawk-666 Re:Need my glasses checked (35 comments)

I can't wait for the VR release of Two Girls, One Cup.

about a month and a half ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (608 comments)

I don't know where you learnt to program, but at my uni the first thing they taught us was dealing with algorithms, writing algorithms, and how to break an algorithm down and turn it into code. They taught us this before even teaching us any code, because if you can't write the problem down as an algorithm, you simply don't understand the problem.

Flow charting was introduced shortly after as another means of envisioning the algorithm / designing an implementation.

As for bubble sort - could you have picked a worse example?

for each item in the list
    compare current item to the previous item
        swap items if current previous
repeat until no swaps have occurred on a run

That's it as a pseudocode algorithm. If you're having trouble understanding that or implementing it in any language, well - you might be in the wrong business.

about 1 month ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Or Some People are Finally Employable (608 comments)

"...does anyone else look at bigbang-theory and think "wtf, WHEN are we gonna be done with this shit?"

Definitely.Those guys are a horrible parody of a decades old caricature of people with in depth technical and scientific skills (geeks). They are nerds, rather than geeks; socially inept (a creep, a social mute, a loser and a robot), and well into the autism spectrum. It's pretty insulting stuff.

All the geeks I know are very sociable, articulate and generally interesting / fun people.

But then again, what can you expect from the guy who gave us Two and a Half Men?

about 1 month ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

"Of course, all of this was done in software designed by people without any engineering experience at all...go figure."

You don't need to have an engineering degree to write a price of software that implements calculations and algorithms that are needed for an engineering project. Programmers turn math, algorithms, business methods, ideas and the like into code. That's our skill, understanding your needs and expressing it in a way a computer can understand.

about 1 month ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

"Many people including some "idiots off the street" seems to have wound up capable of bodging something really nasty together with exel and possibly powerpoint. Like it or not, that is programming."

The worst crimes I've seen were committed with MS Access. One of the accountants decided he suddenly had programming chops and took it on himself to slap together the most god awful mess of half assed end of month reporting procedures. Once the mainframes had done their work we used to have to get in at 7AM and start the EOM processing on the PCs, consisting of dozens of different MS Access databases, dragging in tables, crunching numbers, often failing at various points, and hopefully pushing out more tables to be handled by some other broke ass bitch Access database.

MS Access basically lowered the bar enough for an unskilled worker with no sense of perspective on his abilities to churn out a liability to the company that is probably still in operation today.

They should have just used a few professionals to turn out a well designed system instead.

about 1 month ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Is now a good time to admit that I learnt BASIC programming from a book titled "Teach Yourself BASIC in 8 Hours" or something very much like that? To be fair, it was sometime around 1980 and you really could learn BASIC in that amount of time, with change left over to learn fun memory locations to PEEK and POKE. I was writing my own games before I made it to the end of the book.

You can learn Lua in under 8 hours, but really, that's just the syntax - the hard part of learning any language is learning it's libraries and good programming standards for that language. Lua is generally embedded, so you'd need to learn how to call into the host system and what calls it provides.

You can't learn how to build a highly optimised, always available, secure e-commerce trading platform in 8 hours.

I guess the underlying issue is that you can learn how to program and achieve modest things in a short period of time, but some people expect to be able to engineer vastly complex software with just a few hours of effort into the craft, and that's just insane.

People's expectations exceed their abilities to deal with complexity; therefore, they need to either scale back their expectations and learn to deal with and reduce complexity.

about 1 month ago

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