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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

aled Re:Farming (727 comments)

in the context of an apocalyptic event... you take any farming that you can. you get fancy then you probably discover you don't have the resources or knowledge to make it work.
just watch how well farming in the walking dead goes.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

aled Re:Mechanical Computers (727 comments)

unless a nuclear winter hides the sun for hundreds of years.

3 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

aled Re:Laugh (593 comments)

welcome to quantum physics. you are not supposed to understand them.

5 days ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

aled The original Basic Book (146 comments)

I still think that Basic Programming [http://www.amazon.com/BASIC-Programming-John-G-Kemeny/dp/0471468304] by Kemeny & Kurtz (Basic creators) is a very fine way to teach a language. Practically every sample was useful in itself. Very didactic and well written.

about a week ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

aled Re:Only works if the teacher isn't the one in thre (470 comments)

When I was in high school, one of our teachers told us voodoo magic was real, and that contrary to popular belief, it would work on you even if you didn't believe in it. Try to make teachers talk about astrology and you'll end up with them going around the classroom with shit like, "That's because you're a Virgo".

In school my geography teacher was a believer of the hollow earth and recommended us to read some book about it.
Beat that!

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

aled Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

yes, most people comparing subversion with hit should check instead mercurial.
Mercurial is much easier to understand than git and has a nice portable GUI.
I'm not saying got is bad, just it appear to work at a lower level than other SCMs.

about two weeks ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

aled Re:Don't they have to fly that thing around? (330 comments)

I know, right!
They should remove the armour plating from all the tanks too. People aren't that important.

Count how many tanks there are and how many people in the world.
Which one is the scarcest resource?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

aled Re:GCC etc. (531 comments)

4dos in does era was great. Had better completion than current shells, for Linux or windows.

about a month and a half ago
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Internet Shutdown Adds To Venezuela's Woes

aled Re:He's s shill probably (194 comments)

Welcome to Communism. Totalitarian leader. Oppressive regime. Total economic collapse. Continuous propaganda internal and external.

My country only had have capitalists non democratic governments with those characteristics until now but YMMV.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Shutdown Adds To Venezuela's Woes

aled Re:He's s shill probably (194 comments)

join the club!

at this point in the US's history, I can't tell the diff between capitalism and corruption.

Oh, but there is a difference. As much difference as you are willing to pay for.

about 2 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

aled I'm shocked (312 comments)

You mean that there are scientists publishing papers out there that don't understand basic concepts of statistics? Like, the rest of the world?
I'm truly 99.9999% e+/-0.5 shocked!

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

aled Re:Why doubt something better would exist? (154 comments)

Truly. There was real need for a portable, high level and safer (really) language. YMMV but I remember doing C with embedded SQL that was a pain, non-portable between platforms, compilers nor databases, debugger-less, etc. Lots of pain. The same program in Java would be a breeze. No pointers, no hand memory allocation, portable binaries, even the database drivers are portable.
There are lots of applications that are better suited for Java than C or even C++.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

aled Re:Why doubt something better would exist? (154 comments)

If you download the installer from the developers site it doesn't. Or use the tar.gz version for just uncompress in a directory with no installer at all.

about 3 months ago
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LLVM and Clang 3.4 Are Out

aled Re:pretty quick on the C++14 support (118 comments)

Is was that in the past, but is that true today?
According to the latest benchmarks in Phoronix http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=llvm34_gcc49_compilers&num=5:

Clang 3.4 offered faster performance of compiled C/C++ code in several areas but GCC 4.9 also brings some performance improvements of its own over the current stable release. Clang still certainly outperforms GCC when it comes to compile times, but aside from that the compiler performance competition is rather mixed depending upon the particular code-base, workload, and processor.

For being a much younger project than GCC, LLVM/Clang is certainly running nicely and now building with almost all C/C++ code-bases tossed its way, and with the 3.4 release it's one step closer to having performance parity (or superiority) to the GNU Compiler Collection on modern x86 CPUs.

about 3 months ago
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Fedora 20 Released

aled Re:CentOS (147 comments)

That's cool for Red Hat but how applies to CentOS?

about 4 months ago
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Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

aled Re:No video in the link (242 comments)

It's funny in some universe and not funny in another.

about 6 months ago
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Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

aled Re:No video in the link (242 comments)

Let me check... oh no...

about 6 months ago
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Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

aled Re:No video in the link (242 comments)

No, no, It's a bug in Intel codecs. They are going to fix it for their next gen CPUs.

about 6 months ago

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aled aled writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aled (228417) writes "An article on Theserverside.com points to a free, downloadable pdf draft of a book on algorithms. The index seems very interesting with a focus on CS and examples related to real world problems. Some entries are: algorithms with numbers, descompositions of graphs, Huffman coding, Horn formulas, Coping with NP-completeness. A must keep on bookshelf for serious programmers."

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