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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Lexible Re:this is totally wrong!!! (1482 comments)

"I truly think and feel OK cupid is wrong for forcing their agenda those whom do not necessarily agree." Do you mean like Prop 8 supporters forcing their lifestyle choices on same sex couples desiring to marry? Cause, like: it is very difficult to understand how you can mean what you wrote without blatant glaring, bigoted hypocrisy.

about three weeks ago

Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

Lexible Add some sharks and I am SOLD! (75 comments)

What we all want is spaghettified laser sharks. Amiright!?

about a month ago

Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Lexible Subcreation (176 comments)

The summary puts me in mind of Tolkien's essay How Like a Leaf (and the companion short story "Leaf by Niggle"), wherein he explored the act of "subcreation" (i.e. creating fiction, whether literary, imaginary, visual, etc.) as part of what "in god's image" means: acting in a smaller capacity as a creator was for Tolkien inseparable from his spiritual beliefs as a christian trying to live in the image of god. Caveats: I am not christian, nor am I asserting that "in god's image" is universal among deistic religions, or that it does not have other interpretations, yadda yadda yadda...

about a month ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Lexible Oh come on! (664 comments)

How in the world can the StackExchange formun StackOverflow be responsible for such anomolous acceleration events? I mean praise reddit or IRC alternatives to stackoverflow.com all you want, but tone down the rhetoric willya? Sheesh.

about 2 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Lexible Re:Personal faith != alternative to legal system (903 comments)

Hahahaha! You've never worked in the non-profit world, huh? I certainly paid income tax, social security, etc. when working in the non-profit world.

about 4 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Lexible Personal faith != alternative to legal system (903 comments)

Just like if one's personal faith entails, say, pacifism (of the no support for institutional violence variety), that does not mean that one gets to opt out of, say, taxes that support the military, the police, or the prison system. Not sure how mandating that birth control is part of a federally stipulated health care package and religious (yet Sisyphean) objections to heterosexual sex are going to change that reality.

about 4 months ago

The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Lexible 'Cause if there's 'legitimate rape' (1469 comments)

There must also be 'illegitimate rape,' right? Send that clown packing back to the anti-woman nut house he escaped from.

about a year and a half ago

Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Lexible What about trailer tractors? (153 comments)

Is building up viably secure automotive computing platforms part of a push toward a fleet of automated teamsters?

about a year and a half ago

Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling

Lexible The ONLY international GHG framework (393 comments)

The Kyoto Protocol's emissions targets were woefully inadequate to avert the worst of greenhouse gas (GHG) related climate change. However, the Kyoto Protocol was the ONLY international framework for negotiating multilaterally on curbing emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Bush/Obama administration in the US and China sure did a good job destroying that framework putting multilateral efforts to ameliorate climate change on an even more glacially slow path. To quote Stephen Colbert "Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is."

more than 2 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

Lexible My state university gives only %12.5 to the budget (551 comments)

The strategies of recruiting out-of-state and foreign students reflects decades of disinvestment in public education by the state government. Where I teach the state legislature retains 100% of the control over our budget despite contributing only 1/8th of that same budget. This pattern exists in state throughout the U.S.. If you want a quality public university system get on the phone, write letters and organize to pressure your state government to fund it.

more than 2 years ago

Brothers Build World's Largest Model Airport

Lexible but (90 comments)

terrorists could use that model to plan attacks!

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Build Wearable Generators

Lexible SWEET! (84 comments)

Regenerative breaking for people!

about 3 years ago

Preserving Memories of a Loved One?

Lexible get out from behind the camera (527 comments)

the thing about pictures and video is that (a) they aren't memories, they're recordings, and (b) their production seriously colors the kinds of actual memories you are forming of your wife's last moments (e.g. 'ah yes, i fondly remember looking for battery charger and inserting new sd cards whilst my beloved was passing away.')

more than 3 years ago

Avatar, Has Sci-fi Found Its Heaven's Gate?

Lexible not quite (443 comments)

Please. Boys nowadays already are femalized way too much.

according to you? ok, according to me, boys are not "femalized" enough. why should i take your word over my own?

more than 3 years ago

Avatar, Has Sci-fi Found Its Heaven's Gate?

Lexible Re:try reading the actual books (443 comments)

i stand corrected on your reading, but huh. i see left hand of darkness as pure sci-fi in that it examines the social consequences of different ways of structuring society. specifically it raises questions about the ways we construct gender and the power relations embedded in gender, by posing a fictional set of biological constraints different than our own. to me the story raises questions, not sure what was preachy in it.

the lathe of heaven i would place in a genre of sci-fi related to fundamental challenges to individual epistemology along with works by p. k. dick, and o. butler.

In other words, the criticism does not appear to be that the movie is addressed to the interests of teenage girls specifically, but that in order to address those interests and broaden the audience this "sci-fi" movie has become "too fantasy."

again raising the question: why the double standard? how many hollywood sci-fi movies have ignored "hard sci-fi" in order to appeal to sterotypical teenage boy fantasies? (unrealistic explosions, blasting and transit sounds in space vacuum, gratuitous and unlikely representations of violence, kirk dangling off the edge of yet another cliff...) yet these stylistic inclusions do not merit the same cries of alarm, that the stereotyped fantasies of teenage girls do.

more than 3 years ago

Intel's Roadmap Includes 4nm Fab in 2022

Lexible atomic radius of silicon (259 comments)

the atomic radius of silicon is about 110pm, or about 0.11nm, or a little less than 1/36th of 4nm.

more than 3 years ago

Avatar, Has Sci-fi Found Its Heaven's Gate?

Lexible forgot to mention belle hooks (443 comments)

i think you've overly invested in capital letters.

more than 3 years ago



Lexible Lexible writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lexible (1038928) writes "What recommendations do /.ers have for those of us who want to transition from interpreted to compiled programming?

I'm a geeky scientist, but not a CS type at all. Over the years I have rolled my own CGI scripts in Perl, published analytical programs in R/S and other less savory interpreted languages, and lately built stand-alone programs using python/TkInter. More recently still, I have realized the need for much faster programs, and am leaning towards learning C or C++ (or possibly Fortran) to meet these needs.

Should I bypass C and opt for C++ or not? (does C++ make oop easier?)
Are there good books for these languages for folks with far more than a novice level of programming experience?
Are there resources specifically aimed at people in my position?
Are there specific pitfalls should I beware of?

Thanks much!"


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