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The Trouble With 4K TV

FalseModesty aspect ratio? (442 comments)

Will it finally be able to figure out the aspect ratio of the source material?

about 2 years ago
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GIF Becomes Word of the Year 2012

FalseModesty silly (315 comments)

It's 25 years old. How can it be the word of this year?

more than 2 years ago
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Legalizing Online Futures Betting

FalseModesty solved (80 comments)

The wording of the bet states the criterion for deciding the result. You'd be betting on what the department of labor says, not "reality".

more than 2 years ago
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Legalizing Online Futures Betting

FalseModesty Comment before reading (80 comments)

Always write your comment before reading the article. That way your mind will remain uncluttered.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Slows Down Speed of Light In New Game

FalseModesty failure (113 comments)

This was a bad demonstration of relativistic effects. All it really does is demonstrate the Doppler effect, and it does that poorly. People are evidently not warm, because they do not glow when infrared light becomes visible. Chimneys do, but so do shadows under roofs.

The huge mushrooms emit what, gamma rays? They emit light that is visible even when enormously red-shifted.

There is no Sun or sky. No campfires. No warm machinery. No radios. No flowers with UV patterns. Nothing familiar that will illustrate something interesting about the Doppler shift and the world of invisible light.

It's a nifty idea, but finish it before releasing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Kinda Subjective but... (479 comments)

If you don't understand the difference between coding and writing a text document, you are beyond help.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Kinda Subjective but... (479 comments)

You may be using a computer, but you're not understanding what you're doing with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:It's easy with an IDE (479 comments)

Because the former is less of a burden than the latter?

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Aspergers [sic] (479 comments)

Sounds like somebody lost his job to a better coder, but doesn't want to admit it.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:It doesn't matter (479 comments)

If it's so easy, what's stopping you from refactoring your code to fit the common style? I'm amazed you still have to make this an issue.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:It depends on whatcha mean when you say style (479 comments)

Seriously? You are reading the code, fixing bugs, and you find formatting problems. So you back out your half-complete changes, fix the formatting, commit that change, then re-apply your fix-in-progress? You actually do that? Of course you don't.

The better policy is that code must be formatted correctly when it is committed the first time. Which is why we have style guidelines in the first place.

Coders should spend their time looking at the code, not getting distracted by style variations.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Style has always mattered (479 comments)

What, your editor is too dumb to insert the right number of spaces when you hit enter? Ouch.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Formatting is the IDE's job (479 comments)

So nobody at your shop puts comments on the same line as code? Why? Was it forbidden by the style?

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Wow - Doesn't get it (479 comments)

By that reasoning, you shouldn't be concerned with getting dressed before going to work. Clothing does not produce cool code, does it?

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:No it doesn't (479 comments)

Seemingly you are the one who can't click a button. And that is your fault.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Whatever you chose, make it automatable (479 comments)

Whatever style you choose, make sure that it can be generated with whatever automatic formatting tools you have available. This allows you to cut-n-paste code from other sources, and not waste precious time hand-formatting it (or leaving it in the wrong style). It also avoids the problem of lazy programmers feeling butt-hurt when somebody points out that their code does not follow the style. They can simply run their sloppy code through the pretty-printer before committing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty Re:Kinda Subjective but... (479 comments)

If your code style calls for spaces, do not insert a tab instead. It's annoying, and you break the indentation that everyone has agreed on.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty not "so called" (479 comments)

It's a standard, whether you like it, or know about it, or not.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty naive (479 comments)

If you think the only way anybody will ever view your code is in a "sane IDE", you are mistaken. Just because your current IDE can compensate for your bad formatting, that doesn't make your bad formatting a good practice.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

FalseModesty alignment can matter (479 comments)

I wonder how long you have been writing code, if you don't yet realize that sometimes aligning things vertically across several lines can increase clarity. If everybody gets to set their own indentation amounts (by changing tab width), then this benefit is lost. Tables were invented for a reason, and sometimes code is tabular. And if you think a tab character is how you get a table, you are sadly mistaken.

For example, having same-line comments start at column 60 (when possible) makes code easier to read. If you go changing the tab character to 4 spaces, that alignment is ruined.

Also a reason for not using proportional fonts.

more than 2 years ago

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