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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

XDirtypunkX Maybe... (169 comments)

Without it, humans would have a heck of a time with rock, paper, scissors.

about 9 months ago
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Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

XDirtypunkX Re:How does this account for those who change part (758 comments)

There is a whole bunch of evidence for Neuroplasticity (your brain rewiring itself due to input, behaviour changes and illness), so it is possible.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

XDirtypunkX Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

Have you actually not bothered to read about the feature or are you just trolling? The whole point is to avoid explicitly having to write closures or callback functions.

about 2 years ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

XDirtypunkX Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

No, the features are actually completely different. The C# await doesn't block, it creates a continuation that will be called as a callback when the asynchronous task is complete (and the asynchronous task maybe a processing task, or it maybe I/O, or it maybe an event happening later on the same thread). This means that the current thread can continue processing (not block).

about 2 years ago
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World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced

XDirtypunkX Hax (272 comments)

Goddam aimbots.

about 2 years ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

XDirtypunkX Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

Not only that, current interest rates for US government debt over 5 years are at rates lower than inflation, so with 5 year refinancing they would actually be paying back less than they borrowed.

about 2 years ago
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Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power

XDirtypunkX Re:Not another one... (110 comments)

The word "battery" never appears in the headline, so maybe you didn't read that either.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

XDirtypunkX Whatever you do... (823 comments)

Whatever you do, don't read comments on YouTube.

about 2 years ago
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Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling On College Campuses

XDirtypunkX Coal mining? (208 comments)

Drilling is one thing, but actual coal mining on campus? How would that even work?

about 2 years ago
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The Case For the Blue Collar Coder

XDirtypunkX Re:Programming is applied Math (233 comments)

I never said it was, a lot of the basics of set theory can be (and are) taught in elementary school.

about 2 years ago
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The Case For the Blue Collar Coder

XDirtypunkX I don't think apprenticeships are it... (233 comments)

Part of the reason I don't think an apprenticeship model works for teaching programming is that by its nature it is a scholarly profession. I don't mean that in the ivory tower way, I mean that programming is largely research based and requires an active mind. You need meta-skills of the kind that allow you to assess, filter and process a lot of information, but be able to focus in on and find the particular bits that are relevant to you. Doing an university degree often teaches this skill indirectly and some people develop it themselves though natural dedication (autodidacts). I don't think an apprenticeship style of learning gives people the time or inclination to do this. More practical experience and mentoring is definitely valuable, but it shouldn't be the sum total of a programming education.

I also think that there is also a defensive thinking mindset required to properly produce robust software that requires a certain level of formal knowledge as well as practical experience. Degrees at the moment don't necessarily teach this, but you do see a lot of software written without this knowledge and quite often it becomes obvious that it's only going to work *some* of the time and quite a lot of this software comes from people with a weak formal education (but not all of it).

about 2 years ago
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The Case For the Blue Collar Coder

XDirtypunkX Re:Programming is applied Math (233 comments)

Programmers might not know set theory in a formal sense, but as a programmer you pretty much have to use set theory in some way (even a boolean expression on integers expresses a set).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?

XDirtypunkX Re:You Tell Me If You're Too Old; What Is Your Goa (418 comments)

No, my argument would be that those students made a creative contribution to the piece. It's not some sort of zero sum game, it doesn't make Michelangelo's contribution any less creative. Just because other parts of developing software take creativity, it doesn't mean that programming does not.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?

XDirtypunkX Re:You Tell Me If You're Too Old; What Is Your Goa (418 comments)

Saying that about programming is like saying that painting is turning a concept into a picture, through obvious and necessary applications of the brush. The *goal* of programming is to turn requirements into code. Programming itself is the creative process of building that code; it's obviously creative, as my code to achieve a goal will be different to your code to achieve a goal (even if we start with the same design and architecture), because we think differently. Design and architecture are also creative, but they're done at a conceptual level. This isn't just my opinion, programming is legally recognized as a creative work, which is why source code has copyright.

about 2 years ago
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Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

XDirtypunkX This will bring changes at Monsanto! (356 comments)

They'll add the following to their marketing:

* Now shown in studies to control rodents and other pests!

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

XDirtypunkX Re:Australia the Internet Police State (148 comments)

Also note, "not safe" in this context also means that Indonesia wouldn't accept them as legal residents (in that they couldn't legally stay in the country).

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

XDirtypunkX Re:Australia the Internet Police State (148 comments)

Technically they don't have to prove they weren't safe in Indonesia, if they have fled at least 3 countries in the last 18 months.

more than 2 years ago

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