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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

MrLeap Re:Other way around (711 comments)

My family has somewhat of a long tradition of owning jeeps, because they "last forever!". 3 Cherokees in my family have lasted beyond 200k miles. I offhandedly assumed that those anecdotes meant data, so when I destroyed my '96 ranger in a car wreck, I bought an '07 wrangler.

I've learned that the quality of Jeeps died once Chrysler bought them and started pulling from their part bins. The wrangler only had 40k miles on it, but I had to do an oil change every month because it burned so much.

I ended up selling it to a dealer and getting a Toyota. The Jeep tradition is over as far as I'm concerned.

about 7 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

MrLeap Re:What's old is new (409 comments)

"Manage your own onsite cloud!"
You mean.. a server?
"It's the clouuuuuuud"

about 7 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

MrLeap Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

Clearly it depends on what your specific development interest are, and the way that your professor presents the material.

In my course, solving linear systems was maybe the first week, and then on to bigger and better things.

The lecture I heard on eigenvectors was so ludicrously inspiring that I almost couldn't sit through the whole thing without running back to my dorm to write python. To think, that it allows you to define an "anchor" in an arbitrary transformation. You can interpolate at any point along the eigenvector and create an animation! Also, regarding computer vision / OCR? LA is HUGE.

Thinking in terms of matrices also enables making parallel code where another developer would miss it. If your code isn't performance intensive then this doesn't really matter, but it's the foundation of why there's a huge population of interest behind CUDA/GPGPU's. If you hear all the hype about functional programming / map -> reduce etc, the whole point with it is allowing you to process enormous baskets of vectors (ie: matrices).

The fringes of what I know about computer science always seems to sit adjacent to a linear algebra problem. I'm sorry you had a poor experience with it.

about 7 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

MrLeap Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

Linear Algebra > all other math classes. I feel like it should have been the grade school progression immediately after basic algebra, learn matrices. Then use matrices for everything after that. Teach the linear algebra method of a thing before you teach any other method.

But then again I'm a zealot.

I agree that what I learned in calculus has been meh. I wouldn't have lost anything if instead of taking the course, someone had sat me down and said "a derivative is a function that represents the rate of change (slope) of a function. An integral is effectively the reverse operation."

Maybe it would be different if I was a quant or something?

about 7 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

MrLeap Re:I have tried (306 comments)

I never understood the massive emphasis placed on recursion in college. Was it because it's somewhat unintuitive? That must be it, since it couldn't be taught because it's useful.

Using it immediately opens you up to stack overflows. Unless your language decides your method is eligible for tail call optimization. Even then, that hampers the code's maintainability immensely, because if one guy makes a change to your data processing recursor that precludes it from tail call optimization, you suddenly get stack overflows when you didn't before. I have solved thousands of problems that I could have used recursion for. Iteration is always better, except if you're going for a solution that allows you to stand up in your cubicle and go "SHAZAM!" after you build and it works.

Once you fully understand recursion, you also understand why you should hardly ever (epsilon% of the time) use it. It's just a parlor trick colleges use as a tool of discrimination. It works well enough at that I suppose, but I would consider using it often to be a bad habit, like shooting pennies and confetti out of your sleeves during dinner.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

MrLeap Re:Relax (466 comments)

Executive Enterprise Super Government contracting. It's the same up here.

about 7 months ago
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Google Mulling Wi-Fi For Cities With Google Fiber

MrLeap Re:All part of the plan. (39 comments)

Switch to a different provider? Not where I live.

Also, the established players have been colluding in the environment you're describing for over a decade now. If comcast can't survive "the onslaught that is high speed internet at affordable prices" then they're terrible at business.

about 8 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

MrLeap Re:Is it dead? (110 comments)

Yep, I have a surface pro 2. I love it for zbrush. It's a one of a kind device for that kind of work. Literally nothing else exists. For the price of a cintiq you get the computer too. I wish they advertised it heavily to artists, instead of ipad users. An ipad user is going to be like "this thing weighs like 5 pounds and is a half an inch thick, I want my dollar/mass ratio to be close to infinity!". An artist will be like "You mean I can do my zbrush sculpting at a coffee shop with the same workflow that I use on a cintiq, AND it can handle 15m tris like a champion? Yes please."

about 8 months ago
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Sony and Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into the Game World

MrLeap Re:Neat, for me.. And pretty much no one else. (42 comments)

That's fair, and i'll probably do that when my warranty gets a little closer to expiration. I bought a 2007 Jeep and got __burned__ by its shitty problems, so I'm skittish now. :(

about 8 months ago
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Sony and Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into the Game World

MrLeap Re:Neat, for me.. And pretty much no one else. (42 comments)

At the expense of feeding an AC troll, what makes you dub it a "shitty purchase"? I happen to be satisfied with it. It gets reasonably good gas mileage and looks like a fighter jet. Probably not for the kind of person that thinks a hatchback is aesthetically pleasing, but it works for me. It's also not for the kind of person that needs back seats..

about 8 months ago
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Sony and Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into the Game World

MrLeap Re:Neat, for me.. And pretty much no one else. (42 comments)

I'm just of the mind that if it had somewhere between 230-260 hoursepower it would be perfect. It's fun to drive, sometimes I just want to get up to highway speed faster than I am :D

about 8 months ago
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Sony and Toyota Bring Real-Life Racing Into the Game World

MrLeap Neat, for me.. And pretty much no one else. (42 comments)

As an FRS owner, this gives me some hope that toyota hasn't completely abandoned the platform. I like my car enough to want to spend more money on it, but the only factory upgrades they've offered so far have been ludicrously overpriced (1000$ headunit? Why is a radio priced like it has an i7 in it..) and cosmetic rather than performance. (No thanks to your 80$ oil cap). There have been rumors of a factory installed turbocharger since their original run, but so far nothing. It's a toyota vehicle, but many of the components (mainly the 4 cylinder engine) were manufactured by subaru. I read somewhere that relations between subaru and toyota chilled for some reason, and that's the major reason why it's been so orphaned. This gives me hope that's not entirely the case.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

MrLeap Re:To be fair (282 comments)

_all_ fossil fuel based energy companies? Surely someone wouldn't be engaging in hyperbole on the internet.

about 9 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

MrLeap Re:Nope. (166 comments)

Oh, excellent, I was in HTML mode and it stripped out all my line breaks. :|

about 9 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

MrLeap Re:Nope. (166 comments)

If you bought vanilla d3 it's worth the download to see how the game has changed through the patches. I'd agree though that they botched D3 so badly initially that blizzard games are no longer just impulse buys to me. That said, I recently downloaded the game again for the first time since a month~ after launch, and it has definitely changed for the better. It feels good to play now. Removing the auction house was _such_ a good thing for so many different reasons. (Least not of which was the fact that it was an awful webapp bolted into the client. Lowest quality shovel development I've ever seen out of blizzard. Did they contract it out?). I don't know if it's true, but I heard that they fired the majority of original game development management. That was cathartic to hear, since it's easy to dehumanize people you've never met. I think the biggest thing that missed the mark with D3 was the fact that the developers misunderstood the appeal of D2. The rare loot hunting was a huge component, but it was only fun because it existed as a layer upon a really great character development system. Abilities were varied and neat, especially after 1.11. You'd make your first character, it'd be garbage. You'd join a game with a fOrb sorc and it would impress you enough to try to make that yourself. You'd play that for a while and see a meteor sorceress blowing up bosses.. So you'd want to try that. A decade later you're still playing, gearing out your hardcore warcry barbarian. D3 completely shortcircuited this cycle. You can switch your build instantaneously, nearly any time. Sure this is convenient, but it completely removes the recognition you'd get for doing something unique, because there's no commitment behind your choices. Seeing a level 99 sorceress that was using enchant and charged bolt was impressive. Now if you see some other player doing something unique, click click click I'm the same as them now! An hour later the novelty has worn off. Replay value was based on building new and different characters. You farmed loot to prop up the crazy garbage characters you wanted to make. Not to mention that the gearing setup at launch in D3 was abysmal. There was nothing interesting about it. "This gear has more strength than what I'm wearing, better equip it" was the choice you'd be making 99% of the time. In D2 if you were the aforementioned maniacle charged bolt sorceress, commited to the craft. You'd spend a lot time trying to find a white, 2 slot staff with +4 to charged bolt on it so you could put a rune word in that shit and have like +4 billion to charged bolt. The skills in D3 are pretty flat, the build landscape pretty boring and unspecialized. The gear effects things detatched from your build. (They fixed this somewhat though , the gear is a little more interesting now, even though the system begs you to ignore the interesting parts). Really uncanny how much blizz missed the mark. I wonder how many of the design team even played D2?

about 9 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Google Will Continue Investing In UK Even If Taxes Raised

MrLeap Re:Apple interview (122 comments)

Interestingly enough, I'm fine with income tax, but property tax bugs me to know end. It makes it feel like there's no way to ever completely "own" a house or a car.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making Side-Money As a Programmer?

MrLeap Re:Read your employment contract for conflict (257 comments)

This is insane. There are only so many hours in a day, and I can't imagine being motivated AND capable to re-implement anything beyond a trivially simple application in my own free time. If you have the ability to create, I think just carbon copying something from work is too boring for 99.999999% of people (stats made up). The capacity for shitty employers to do shitty things is much higher than an employee, due to their greater resources. I would also wager that a greater percentage of companies than people are willing to rail the other if given an opportunity; profit motive and all that. At a previous job I signed an agreement giving all IP in a _very specific domain_ to my employer, regardless where it was created. I was okay with that. If I build a missile defense shield in my garage they can have it.

about 2 years ago
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Bit9 Hacked, Stolen Certs Used To Sign Malware

MrLeap LOL (65 comments)

"Our software is good, so good -- infact, that if we had used it ourselves our software wouldn't have been hacked.". That's one way to preserve confidence I suppose, use recursion.

about 2 years ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Answers Your Questions

MrLeap Re:Why one OS that runs everywhere?? (236 comments)

Perhaps what he's talking about is merely an interface that allows commands and things to be environment agnostic. A portable operating system interface, if you will. POSIX would be a good acronym.

about 2 years ago

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