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2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released

Toksyuryel Re:This sounds like a good start (167 comments)

A good, free book I've been learning from is http://diveintopython3.org/ I find it to be much better than this book. This book gives really bad advice. For example, claiming that "vim and emacs are for professional programmers only" completely disregards that the only way to get good at either of them is by USING them for a while, a good long while, which would go so well with the message he claims to be sending with this book. Instead of stopping to learn them later, which could take months, you could be learning them concurrently with Python (which is in fact what I am doing right now). Advising not to learn Python 3 AT ALL is similarly bad advice- it's that sort of mentality that causes the adoption rate to be so slow in the first place. Learning both side-by-side would be much preferable, and then you could use your new skills to help port all the old libraries lying around to Python 3.

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Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

Toksyuryel BASIC is and has always been terrible (510 comments)

The only thing it will do for you is give you serious brain damage. Python is widely recommended as a good starter language that is also good as a serious language. Following from that you can easily branch to Perl, Ruby, Haskell, even C (which I recommend learning after Python if you can).

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Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

Toksyuryel RTFA has never been more true (523 comments)

This summary seems to have nothing at all to do with the article.

more than 3 years ago
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C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests

Toksyuryel Re:Garbage collection (670 comments)

Because clearly C is garbage collected. It all makes sense now.

more than 3 years ago
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C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests

Toksyuryel Sensationalism at its finest (670 comments)

RTFA and take a good hard look at what they compared it to: Java, Scala, and Go. This post is a complete non-story.

more than 3 years ago
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Programming Is Heading Back To School

Toksyuryel Re:To ask the question: (169 comments)

Everyone should learn how to program, because knowing how to program gives you total power over your computer. You can only say you truly control your computer when you can use programming to make it do anything you want it to do; otherwise you are at the mercy of software vendors that seek to take that control away from you.

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Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'

Toksyuryel Re:Terraria (142 comments)

Not to mention Dwarf Fortress.

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PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College

Toksyuryel Re:Funny Thing (418 comments)

Which means he's fully qualified to claim it did him absolutely no good, having actually gone through and done it.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

Toksyuryel Perfect name (475 comments)

They should totally name this the HELIOS One.

more than 3 years ago
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How Your Username May Betray You

Toksyuryel Slow news day much? (308 comments)

I thought this was the whole point of using a unique username. If I didn't want a unique identity, I wouldn't have created one for myself.

more than 3 years ago
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Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

Toksyuryel Re:Thin end of the wedge (602 comments)

There actually is a group of "approved" churches. Ones that are on that list are not subject to taxation, while the rest are.

more than 4 years ago
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Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

Toksyuryel Re:Bill of Attainder (602 comments)

Except wikileaks does have editorial control, as they decide what leaks to release, when to release them, how to release them, and format them for easier reading.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Reveals Secret of 'The Mousetrap'

Toksyuryel Re:Because David Gerard Removed It (244 comments)

This "longstanding tradition" was broken with YEARS ago. That's not the story here.

more than 4 years ago
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Tragedy Strikes Sauna World Championships

Toksyuryel Re:Darwin Awards? (3 comments)

Especially since the boiling point of water is 212F...

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Busts Domain Name Scammers

Toksyuryel Re:Discontent (125 comments)

Amusingly, most white-collar criminals are actually republicans.

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Sex Boosts Brain Growth

Toksyuryel Re:Now I understand... (251 comments)

Because by the time most people get married, major brain development has mostly stopped and is locked in place.

more than 4 years ago
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Sex Boosts Brain Growth

Toksyuryel Re:Now I understand... (251 comments)

It actually bothers the hell out of me that my post was modded funny, because I was being completely serious. I guess that gets lost easily on the internet though. I'm completely in agreement with you. The fact that people found my post funny kinda drives home just how ignorant many are to all this.

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Sex Boosts Brain Growth

Toksyuryel Now I understand... (251 comments)

...why most mainstream religions demonize sex. It all makes sense now.

more than 4 years ago

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