Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Non-ansi C either means a version that has extensions, or some implementation made before it became standardized.
The former is be trivially checked by comparing version numbers or whatever you use to detect library versions. The latter should be taken out, hung from a tree, gutted, shot and run over by a Buick.
If one still wants to test for outdated C, it's better to do a global smoke test where you cover a series of #include files and function calls in one program, rather than calling the compiler+linker several times in a row. (I don't know where, but there's a short delay between starting gcc and the first error message that prints out - indicating at least some overhead with multiple invocations.)
Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
Visual Studio IDE doesn't have makefile support, but it does include nmake.exe which is good enough. However, it doesn't support autotools, since that's a Unix-specific script.
I don't like autotools myself - modern apps that use it still perform checks concerning string.h in addition to trying to detect if something is Ansi C. Anything failing those checks should be considered too outdated to be worth bothering about (especially with the software not being designed to run on ~20 year old hardware.)
Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
It leads people to rely on building the application with the IDE instead of issuing standard Makefiles
In other words, it causes the programmer to rely on an automated build system instead of an automated build system.
Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise
Using your definitions, not mine.
You seem to be confusing "my" "definition" of computer geek with someone who uses a computer. Using a computer as a hobby is different than using a computer as a means for a hobby.
And taking pictures of their overpriced wireless routers to post on MyFace, Spacebook or some other vanity page is on par with showing off a phallic symbol. Most commonly done by fakers.
Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise
A "computer geek" is a person who specializes in comptuers.
A tech worker is someone who works in the computer field.
Despite them being similar, they aren't the same. For example, call center tech support is filled with tech workers, but given the scripts and stuff they have, they don't have to specialize in the field.
The computer geek accepts computers as a hobby. This is different than a tech worker, as they end up with a general lack of scripts and go directly into the free-form world.
For this data analysis IT job categories were: IT managers, computer scientists, a broad range of IT analysts, as well as programmers, developers, support specialists, network and database administrators.
And this is basically stuffing a wide variety of carrers into one "tech worker" category. Programmers may be in a less social environment (although this varies), tech support specialists may be in a social environment while feeling socially isolated, etc.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
because you can't produce something complex with something simple
The only requirement to make complex projects is to pick something that is robust enough to handle something complex. The minimal requirement is to provide arithmetic operations, flow control, input/output, and custom data structures. Once you have that, you can technically do anything.
Even Minecraft can create an 8-bit ALU, and you don't need one line of text.
The actual reason you don't see too many non-text programming languages is that they're harder to make them fully capable of doing system-level tasks expected of most other programs.
Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild
As you know, Flash can be disabled (or at least set to Click-to-play) on any non-braindead browser. Because of that alone, Flash cannot be worse than any browser.
Oh, and you haven't encountered IE's ActiveX plugins, which have less sandboxing than Flash.
Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain
The ethics and idealistic rhetoric aside, there are some practical considerations. Namely that of technology changing much faster than the current copyright scheme. I am not talking even about music or outdated business models or anything like that.
Even though technology changes rapidly, MoO2 is on a platform that has generally maintained backwards compatibility - and there's even software that could emulate the platform as well. Such compatibility removes all practical limitations, and will keep it that way for a while.
Compare this to old NES games or arcade games, where the hardware platform gradually gets rarer due to lack of production and cartridges gradually decay. As time progresses, it becomes harder to play those games - unless you can find an alternate means (which requires violating copyright unless you have your own hardware to extract data from the cartridge.)
If there's no practical issues, this leaves only ethical issues concerning copyright.
So I would ask that Duke Nukem idiot, to go connect to TEN, and I challenge him to a game of Duke Nukem 3D, or if he can connect to my computer VIA his 2400 baud modem and beat me in a game we will all accept what he says as Gospel.
In case of Duke Nukem 3D - original multiplayer is prone to sync issues. The soruce to that game is also released, allowing you to make your own multiplayer system that works across the internet. (Currently, EDuke32 handles multiplayer.)
P.S. Someone jokingly mentioned a unit of time for Public Domain being a DukeNukem which would translate to 15 orbits of our sun,
I'm more of a fan of ~30-40 years. That way, a person born when Duke Nukem was released would have attended sufficient school in order to release their own equivalent (which they can, due to release of tools such as Unity, etc.)
Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?
It is okay to teach someone old ways of doing tasks. Such ways might not be optimal, but may function if the new method doesn't work right now.
It's not okay to teach someone obsolete ways of doing tasks. Such ways have been superseded for a reason, and there's no reason to keep them around anywhere other than a museum.
Obsolete technology is obvious. You can let them know they exist, but it's never worth the effort to teach them.
Notorious Patent Troll Sues Federal Trade Commission
The real answer is to not allow patents for things that are "obvious" to people knowledgeable in the relevant field.
Obvious is a vague term that could be applied retroactivly (in case everyone suddenly learns how to do something from said patent.)
It might be better to require an invention instead. For example, A method and system for providing online records doesn't appear to be much of an invention (both abstract and claim 1 seem to describe any database), and more like attempting to comply with a new standard or industry requirement. Even if there is something novel in that patent, it appears to be buried among the description on something handled by existing technology.
Winamp Purchased By Radionomy
Does VLC play MOD, S3M, XM, IT, or other tracked formats?
If you want to rate VLC on which obscure music tracks it can support, you should include .MIDI in the list. You have to download a soundfont to play those files, which is no different than downloading a plugin to play the other tracker formats.
VLC plays the tracker formats, but not Midi. This may have changed since 2.0.8 with some FAQ claiming that nobody listens to tracker formats anymore.
Still, using a video player to listen to music is using a sledgehammer to swat a fly.
Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands
reminder that Java has become an Internet security menace."
The big three browsers can trivially block Java, through something as simple as "click to play", or "always launch plugins from this site". Any browser that auto-executes stuff by default is broken.
53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year
.and the liberals want to push their own narratives and have done so, largely because the schools are government funded to begin with.
I think such censorship is probably because of parents that think their special snowflakes shouldn't be exposed to such hateful material.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - banned because of the n-word, and changing it to slave made the book fine for reading. I find it very hard to believe a liberal agenda would be to deny well-known past history, especially when they replace it with something worse (i.e. "nigger" means the person could legally leave, while "slave" does not.)
The Catcher in the Rye - single use of the f-word.
Bridge to Terabithia - banned because of disrespect to adults. I've seen greater disrespect from shows where kids are highly effective at knocking out international criminal organizations as those imply that adults are useless (and practically waving a big flag in front of the radar).
Neural Net Learns Breakout By Watching It On Screen, Then Beats Humans
Tetris is a solved problem if you're going for survival (assuming you don't get an extremely unlucky piece selection). Since AI has access to the current piece, the next piece, and can do a probability check on the next piece, it can basically last forever.
I myself never made it past level 10, and I've never seen anyone make it past level 20.
Tetris: The Grand Master: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwC544Z37qo - fast forward to 3:00 to see first majoor speedup, 4:45 for final speedup, and 5:01 for invisible pieces.
That, and 999999 was done on a real NES within 3 minutes 11 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR0BKCHJ48s
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?
Maximizing a window is a holdover from the 4:3 aspect ratio era, where maximizing windows could still have content comfortably read. If one uses a 16:9 widescreen, they'd normally avoid that issue having the browser fill one-half of the screen (Windows 7 does this by Alt-Left), making a nice, readable page.
Plus half-filling the screen lets you put something else on the other half, like something to take notes.
Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire
It stated things like "postage stamp-sized video," jumpyness, bad audio... all those problems that were inherent in the early versions of Quicktime and MPEG.
I'll play devil's advocate, and say they still exist.
- "postage stamp-sized video" isn't technically true, with the exception of vertical-video syndrome, and the occasional Youtube video that doesn't allow resizing to a larger play window.
- Jumpyness - occurs in Firefox. The video stops on one frame, then jumps ahead a few seconds. Audio plays smoothly during the freeze/jump portion.
- Bad audio - quite easy to encounter with a video having volume well out of whack, or simply have scratching all across the video.
All three problems are trivially solved, but still exist.
As for Bitcoin, any problems can be handled by an update to the reference protocol (one of which was required when some miner produced a block too large for some clients.)
How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School
People going on a shooting spree are as much a victim of society as the people they kill
Except for the fact that some of those shooters are simple psychopaths.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - pretended to show promise after they attended the anger management classes, even writing a letter of apology to the van owner. At the same time, they wrote in their journal about their god-given right to break into a van in the middle of nowhere. Other bits of motive exist, with them generally claiming things persistent with narcissism.
Granted, most of the problems could be avoided by people paying attention. Obviously, the person providing the firearms should have known that something was wrong with purchasing a semi-auto pistol and a shotgun for two minors who had a questionable history.
Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins
My dream browser would NOT:
There are early versions of Mosaic if that's what you want.
The problem with modern browsers isn't because they do all that stuff, but because they do that stuff without you knowing about it or even controlling it. Anything relying on plugins can be set to Click-to-play (or via exception), popups can be blocked through similar tactics, and cookies/local store use can be identified through a simple icon or status bar message.
The Ultimate Anti-Action Online Game: Waiting In Line 3D
Apparently, the guy selling it is "The Steward in The Keep". There is no "keep" on the map. There is no Steward in all the people I met.
The "keep" is actualy the house the Jarl lives in, including the smaller holds which place the Jarl in a longhouse. However, the steward is sometimes hard to find, being all-over the keep and in places you can't think of (thus you have to find a map, cross off places you can think of, and visit the ones that aren't crossed off.)
But the first impression about gameplay will eventually fade in time, as it's replaced by a new experience when you start a new character:
- Since you didn't save right after the carriage ride, wait a whole 2+ minutes in the opening cutscene. Create your character and wait an additional 2+ minutes.
- Run the Helgen obstacle course. Again.
- As soon as you're cut free, decide it's not worth the 5+ minutes to get the tutorial items, and No-clip to the end of the dungeon (which also takes 5+ minutes.)
- Realize that, unlike Fallout, you can't make further changes to your character when you start exploring the wilderness. The race you picked is permanent - not that it matters since everyone is cookie-cutter.
- Learn that someone (finally) did a New Game + mod, or simply added a few shortcuts to make the tutorial less tedious.
All in all, your first experience will change to something that's more typical to an average game.
Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
I recall a group of people attempting to exploit the dumb laws, and they encountered a problem: Some of the listed laws were either incorrect, outdated, or ended up causing a hazard when they tried breaking them. In any case, they didn't receive their handgun and bullets when they left prison.
Also, those laws are uncited, requiring you to search for something that might not even exist.
Here's an example:
It is illegal to turn right on a red light at any time. (Repealed 2003 â" However, the law remains in effect in the city of Montreal)
This law is a safety regulation, and it can easily be interpreted as a law where you can't travel into a red light signal (e.g. absolute stop).
Also, they should mention it's a Quebec law rather than being for all of Canada.