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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Max Littlemore Re: I hope not (511 comments)

You can also write bad procedural code in an "OO language" because that is also a methodology. I see that crap all the time; giant 50+ line methods that do a bunch of things and all the utility functions are procedural-style class methods. Lots of Rubyists don't have any idea even what the difference between OOP and Procedural is, they just assume they must be doing OOP since they're using an "OO language."

... and in some cases breaking with OO methodology is the correct approach at least for Java. I'm thinking of squeezing performance out of an Android app on low end devices where it's a good idea to use the "static" keyword all over the place and in doing so treat member variables as globals and functions as effectively global subroutines. I think of it as risotto code - a big bowl of starchy mess that's a bit less stringy in appearance than spaghetti and potentially harder to get your head around.

Which sort of brings me to my view on whether or not Java is cool. Java itself is kind of like a swiss army knife that can be used to do just about anything you could want to do. It comes with a huge amount of bloat to that allows it to handle just about anything and while it's almost never as good as a specialist tool but you can always make it work. Swiss army knives are cool to boys between about 8 - 16 years old give or take. An adult with a swiss army knife in a leather pouch on their belt on the other hand is never cool.

Useful maybe, but never cool.

about 4 months ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Max Littlemore Re:Betteridge's Law (97 comments)

Yes.

about 4 months ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Max Littlemore Re:If only it were possible to do challenge/respon (178 comments)

In Australia it's illegal to fly a UAV within 30 meters of a human. This donkey was using an iPad to fly it 10 meters above the track. Even if quality radios are available here (of course they are) it sounds like he's a 'creative' type with little regard for anything without a brand name he reckognizes, physical reality or the law.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

Max Littlemore Re:Must use MacOS (299 comments)

My chicken makes your egg look like a toy! Baffoon.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

Max Littlemore Horse Shit (299 comments)

I run kxstudio over a heavily modified system that functions as a media centre, file server, desktop, dev machine and low latency DAW. It works fine for me.

Geez, I started reading these comments hoping to find a better notation solution than rosegarden for Linux and it's full of superstitious crap

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

Max Littlemore Re:Must use MacOS (299 comments)

Ardour makes pro tools look like a toy. Busses in ardour are busses. You can put ardour on your Mac if you want but neither ardour or pro tools meets the requirements.

about a year ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Max Littlemore Re:Developing for Android on Android; Wi-Fi range (211 comments)

What software do you use for this? Is it AIDE or something else?

I'm using AIDE. It helps to root and increase the heap size if you need large libraries.

(Skipping the Chinese frying pan) That's all well and good for wandering about a building. But what happens if you wander onto a bus or otherwise out of range of your access point's signal?

I suppose I could open the firewall and remote in using my phone as a tether if I really needed to but so far I haven't. That would be limited to SSH to because xrpd would be painful over patchy 3G in my area.

about a year ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Max Littlemore Re:Actually, Yes and No. (211 comments)

In my case it's it leans towards the yes. I just got one of the asus android transformers and so far it's working out far better than my old laptop. I've found quick development tasks much quicker and easier than using the laptop and it's really convenient that the battery lasts as long as it does and I can get up and wander around with just the screen when I need thinking/reading time. This is suitable of course because I am developing android software and I am not someone who likes sitting down when I solve complex problems.

I also have and will continue to use the desktop when I need real power because it handles heavy workloads without the thermal meltdowns of a laptop. Having ssh, xrdp and samba shares on the desktop machine also gives me the freedom to wander around with the tablet while doing heavy wokloads.

I dream of a time where tools like blender are set up so that the heavy lifting is done by a PC and the UI is a thin opengl es app on the tablet allowing multiple connections for collaboration. That would be delightful!

about a year ago
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Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

Max Littlemore Re:"Discovered" would be more appropriate (170 comments)

Many days have September, April, June and November, all the rest have many except February which has many unless it's a leap year in which case it has many. Leap years occur many years apart.

1 year,3 days
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Soviet Union Spent $1 Billion On "Psychotronic" Arms Race With the US

Max Littlemore Re:It's an "ology"! (230 comments)

So let me get this straight. Experimenting to try to gather evidence to support and explain phenomena reportedly observed by people throughout history is mumbo jumbo whereas stating that research in a particular subject is unjustified because we know everything, the subject seems ridiculous and we can assert that it can't be empirically measured is science? Okay. I suppose you believe in immutable "scientific facts" too? I guess I used to believe in the tooth fairy.....

1 year,7 days
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Research Suggests One To Three Men Fathered Most Western Europeans

Max Littlemore Re:thanks for the feedback (253 comments)

I type this way because I choose to...I do it with intention. You don't have to believe me but I do have a reason....

I think your probly just lazy.

1 year,18 days
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Research Suggests One To Three Men Fathered Most Western Europeans

Max Littlemore Re: Noah (253 comments)

If 'a' is a prefix in the case of alot then alot probably means not many or not much. It might even be an a definition of a subset of a lot in which case a better word in english would be allotment (n) or allot (v).

'A' as a prefix doesn't mean 'one'. Another is a strange word in that it is more like the German sytem of gluing words together than it is like English and it uses 'an' where there is less ambiguity about the intended meaning. Alot kind of means "not one lot" or a little.

1 year,18 days
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Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

Max Littlemore Re:y /.? (206 comments)

If I want to shop around or get Australian specific advice I start with whirlpool.

about a year ago
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Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

Max Littlemore Re:Thorn (258 comments)

Yes. _and_ when they ran out of those they used an f. I have seen it with my own eyes in reprints of original artifacts.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

Max Littlemore Re:Thorn (258 comments)

Y was used to substitute thorn because french typesetting didn't include thorn. Just like f was used to replace s when they ran out of esses on a page.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

Max Littlemore Re:I love it... (658 comments)

Bullshit. Creative media professionals existed before adobe. Teach everything but photoshop so they learn the principles rather than one tool.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

Max Littlemore Re:But who are their competitors? (658 comments)

I agree. They should dump the big single window thing and put it back the way it was. Right now it's nearly as hard to use as photoshop.

about a year and a half ago
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The Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation

Max Littlemore Re:Sort of interesting, but... (214 comments)

That's my concern in this. Seizing his bank access seems punitive to me and he hasn't been found guilty of anything. The alleged offenses don't even seem to warrant that action.

I really hope his legal team can set some kind of precedent to keep a tighter leash on prosecution agencies.

about 2 years ago
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Russia, China, and Others Seek Greater Control Over Internet

Max Littlemore Re:Oh FFS (174 comments)

I try... does he listen?

about 2 years ago

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Any advise on a DIY nutron beam?

Max Littlemore Max Littlemore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Max Littlemore (1001285) writes "I have been breeding thorium at home using lots of old smoke detectors with a view to generating my own electricity and getting off the grid. The only thing stopping me is a reliable nutron beam. Given that all the equipment I'm using is re-purposed kitchen equipment, concerns about safety mean I'm hesitant to build a uranium reactor to supply nutrons to the thorium one. So I'm putting the question out there, do any slashdotters know of a good way to make a powerful nutron beam out of things I might find around the house?"
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Idle Poll

Max Littlemore Max Littlemore writes  |  about 6 years ago

Max Littlemore (1001285) writes "What should be done to people who push Idle stories on the front page?
  • Have their fingernails pulled out one by one without pain relief
  • Have them fitted with a custom 1.3kW microwave helmet
  • Covered in honey and placed on a fire ant nest
  • Have their income wiped out by no one visiting ./ anymore because digg is better
  • meh
  • A week locked in the basement with CowboyNeal.
"
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eBay subs nose at Australian competion Regulator

Max Littlemore Max Littlemore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Max Littlemore (1001285) writes "According to an article in The Age, eBay has ignored the ACCC's rejection of eBay's plans to force sellers to use PayPal for its online auctions. eBay appears not to have appealed the ACCC decision and has not yet indicated whether they will.

This week the company sent a note to its users, attempting to strong-arm them into complying with the PayPal-only policy, despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission signalling last week its intentions to reject the policy on the grounds it would lessen competition in the online payments market and deny consumers choice.
The original rejection by the ACCC has been covered previously on Slashdot."
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Max Littlemore Max Littlemore writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Max Littlemore writes "I've read that Vista requires hardware acceleration to run it's fancy graphics. I've also read that these fancy graphics can't be turned off. Given the increase in power consumption for running high end GPUs as well as the aircon required to cool PCs and folk working in the office, what are the likely increases in carbon emissions in places where electricity is generated from burning fossil fuels, has Microsoft taken this into account and what impact might the release of Vista have on sea levels?"

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