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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

SpeedBump0619 Re:Notepad has the same problem as an IDE. (627 comments)

Then once you sit down, its about reading the code, analyzing it, re factoring it, debugging it. For all those things, typing is almost irrelevant. If your typing efficiency actually makes a dent in your productivity in the grand scheme of things, your job is probably outsourcable.

This, right here, is the point. I can type in text in just about any editor ever created. But navigating through a pile of code I don't know, to find how it's structured, its call chains, what data belongs to which subsections? That's where a good IDE provides true value to me.

I use SlickEdit because it has the most functional code navigation I've found. Ctrl-/ and a sub-windows shows me every reference to a symbol, in a tagged list showing each reference, by file, and information about where it was referenced (in what scope) and how (defined, declared, called, assigned, read, other). Click on one of them and I'm taken to that reference. Ctrl-. and I'm taken to the definition of the symbol my cursor's on; Ctrl-, and I'm back where I came from (to an arbitrary depth). I use this to navigate through unfamiliar code following through call chains and data structures. 20 years ago I used grep, a text editor and a whiteboard (foo.c:782, foo.h:94, foo.c:122, bar.h:15, qux.s:343), but never again.

about 2 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

SpeedBump0619 Re:Well, duh (377 comments)

Culture and civilization are all great, but doesn't really change the fact that deep down we're social ANIMALS

I'm an antisocial plant, you insensitive clod!

I don't get it...are you trying for a revenge kill via saccharine overdose? If so: impressive work. I think I'm diabetic now.

about 4 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

SpeedBump0619 Re:The problem: (377 comments)

Also...It sometimes help to remember that half of us have below average intelligence.

I'm not sure what this statistical tautology has to do with anything.

The average of 101, 101, 101, and 97 is 100, but 3/4 of the sample is above the average. Also, since it's an extremely large sample size and there's a relatively large number of people who are exactly average intelligence, the number of people below (and above) the average will be less than 50%.

about 4 months ago

How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

SpeedBump0619 Re:Future carshare? (126 comments)

Now it just needs in-drive refueling.

Or, in a pinch, a full service gas station.

about 7 months ago

How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

SpeedBump0619 Re:Either comply, change the law, or emigrate. (259 comments)

Parent: If you're going out do you want your red coat or your blue one?
Child: It's June here in Texas...
Parent: So, the Red one?
Child: Um...No?
Parent: OK, blue it is.
Child: Nevermind, I'll just stay inside.
Parent: Well, then you should do your chores.

about 7 months ago

Software Brings Eye Contact To Video Chat, With a Little Help From Kinect

SpeedBump0619 Re:Don't mess with the eyes (111 comments)


Given this demo from two years ago using a single hacked Kinect I have to believe that the technology is only going to improve. As long as the camera isn't occluded the 3D point data can be used to map sections of the 2D image onto a mesh created from the 3D point cloud. Then the camera can be virtually re-positioned and the scene rendered. Most of this is pretty easy using commodity hardware rendering engines.

about 8 months ago

Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

SpeedBump0619 Re:To write software that can score baseball (223 comments)

Oh, so it's cricket. Hit ball; Run.

Dear god, wait. You didn't give any indication when to stop running. Do you just keep running until the game is called on account of exhaustion? Holy Hell. No wonder there's no fat guys.

1 year,2 days

Explosions at the Boston Marathon

SpeedBump0619 Re:Clearly confirmed as attack (1105 comments)

This is also doesn't feel like Jihadists...

Indeed. Jihadists would have put the second device in the rubble of the first, made the delay closer to 5 minutes than 20 seconds, and would have made it much larger. This is clearly by someone too concerned with his own safety to do it "right". Thank heavens.

1 year,7 days

How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

SpeedBump0619 Re:My theory (412 comments)

Does it have to be an invisible pink unicorn?

If it's invisible it can't be pink.

I would buy Pink or Invisible Unicorns though, as long as their hooves are crunchy!

Actually I believe both invisible and pink is a logical necessity: If it's at the event horizon light wouldn't be able to escape. Also, I can't imagine a way a unicorn would kill an astronaut that wouldn't involve blood-shed. I'd have to imagine that the unicorn would be covered in a fine mist of blood. So, indeed: Killed by an invisible pink unicorn.

1 year,17 days

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

SpeedBump0619 Re:The text of the judgment. . . (648 comments)

Not surprisingly. Don't make the mistake of seeing the conservatives as being against the people, and the liberals being for the people. It's all over the board.

Exactly. It's totally foolish to think the liberals are for the people. No one is for the people. Once you realize that at least you'll start to understand politics in the US.

about a year ago

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

SpeedBump0619 Re:6-3? (648 comments)

6-3? What did the 3 think? This is mind boggling. And kind of frightening.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who asked this question. I think the concurring opinion by Kagan and Alito does a marvelous job of summing up the idiocy that is the dissent and refuting it in a mere 3.5 pages.

about a year ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

SpeedBump0619 Re:Alcohol/Bar industry (155 comments)

Need beer goggles

I would think anti-beer-goggles would be preferred. The more drunk you are the uglier it makes everyone look. That way your brain does its thing and everyone returns to normal.

about a year ago

Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

SpeedBump0619 Re:if you know you should know their name (155 comments)

So, for those of us who can remember exactly how many times we've met someone but never manage to remember names, what's the maximum number of times this trick works before they catch on? Eight? Nine?

about a year ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

SpeedBump0619 Blue Ribbon Project Sees New Use (976 comments)

When I was in high school I did a science fair project studying the levels of CO2 generated by exhalation from different people. The most interesting finding was that there was a high (positive) correlation between average exercise levels and CO2 exhalation levels. Given this highly scientific finding I propose extending this new tax on bicycle riders to all healthy people: They are ruining the environment with their toxic exhalations.

That dozen doughnuts? That's my tax shelter.

about a year ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

SpeedBump0619 Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

.. because they read good speeches.

Read speeches well.

I don't know. I think you are both right: They read good speeches well. Because most of them have the sense to hire someone to tell them what to say.

about a year ago

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges

SpeedBump0619 Re:Aiding the enemy (491 comments)

So if that's the case, which I don't believe it is, then remind me again why the U.S. is prosecuting Manning and not those responsible for the war crimes?

Because Manning did what was right and those others did what they were told.

about a year ago

Dennis Tito's 2018 Mars Mission To Be Manned

SpeedBump0619 Re:Very VERY stupid idea... (233 comments)

Yeah, you know we should have saved all the money on the whole Gemini program and Apollos 1-10 and just gone straight to the moon. This iterative approach to new discovery is for the birds.

about a year ago

Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

SpeedBump0619 Re:Can you replace your whole system for that pric (380 comments)

How does one value one's time, anyways?

You know, more people should ask themselves this question. Everyone's answer is a little different, but they all boil down to an analysis of opportunity cost. You only have so many hours in the day/month/year/life. There are lots of things to do, but you can't do them all at once, so while you are doing one thing, you are losing out on the opportunity to be doing something else. For me, I value my hobby time at about 3 times what I make at work. Build a computer or buy a computer? Well, I'll probably spend 6 hours finding and ordering parts for a computer above what I would just ordering one. Then there's the time to assemble, and the added risk of building your own. Given my level of disposable income, the amount of free time I have, and the enjoyment (or complete lack thereof) that I'd have in building my own system, I'd probably have to save $2k to make it worth my time.

When I was in college, and I had very little disposable income, saving even $100 was worth it, so I built my own systems.

As a side note, this is why I should (and do) pay a higher tax rate. The value of my last $1k of income is much lower now than when I was in college, but the value of stable and effective governance only grows as I get more wealth.

about a year ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

SpeedBump0619 Re:When is this going to end????? (763 comments)

It should end about the time we get hit with a sufficiently large heavenly body. Given our infighting over insignificant questions I doubt any of us will ever get off this rock. Honestly can we set aside the bitter rivalries over whether, how many, and which gods exist? We dont appear to be making progress towards an answer, and even if we did the answer wouldn't solve any actual problem.

about a year ago

OnLive's Epic Plan For a New Type of Video Game

SpeedBump0619 Re:Not constrained (137 comments)

Don't think so small. You could write a real-time ray-tracer using LOGO and turtle graphics. Talk about geek cred!

about a year ago


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