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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

darkwing_bmf TDP? (114 comments)

120 Watts

The summary should have included this.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

darkwing_bmf ... but we should allow immigration anyway. (512 comments)

Yes there is no "shortage" of tech workers, however, a more open immigration policy would be more fair and lead to even more technological progress for American than would occur without STEM immigrants. The economy isn't zero sum and a slight reduction in wages for some, if it means many more people in the pool, would lead to greater economic results overall.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

darkwing_bmf Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

If you're blind, it's the driver's responsibility to avoid you, not your responsibility to jump out of the way.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

darkwing_bmf Re:my vote: (648 comments)

True. And I bet most of them would be better for beginners than either Java or C.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

darkwing_bmf Re:my vote: (648 comments)

Actually, I don't think it's a completely dumb metric. It shouldn't be the only metric or even the most important one. However, for a beginner, there is a lot of value in quickly getting to the "I can tell the machine what to do and it does it" part with as few "toll gates" as possible.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

darkwing_bmf Re:my vote: (648 comments)

Exagerration. Hello World in Java is about six non-empty lines, i.e. on par with C.

By that metric, I present the clear winner: BASIC

10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD!"

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

darkwing_bmf Re:They do it for us! (484 comments)

The emergency room visits are anything but free.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

darkwing_bmf Re:I think the term you're looking for is.. (324 comments)

I have faith that with enough lawsuits eventually one will end up in front of a judge who also got hit by malware who will be less forgiving.

about three weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

darkwing_bmf Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

Defunding education is not the "tragedy of the commons." It's the tragedy of failed policies. If your hypothesis were correct, the military would also have reduced funding because it is also a socialized endeavor.

about three weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

darkwing_bmf Why not Intel? (230 comments)

The only other manufacturer with 14nm capacity is Intel and there's no way Intel will sell them some capacity.

Why wouldn't Intel sell some of their capacity to nVidia or AMD for their GPUs? It's not like Intel directly competes with them (yet) in the high end GPU market and high end GPUs help sell new computers with Intel CPUs. I mean if Intel needs full production to fill orders, then of course they wouldn't sell capacity. But baring that (or engineering limitations), there should be no reason for them to refuse to sell capacity.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

darkwing_bmf Deja Vu (415 comments)

I thought I'd seen this before. Here's the Slashdot story saying windows 7 would be subscription based.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

about 2 months ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

darkwing_bmf Re:Ada Engineer... (277 comments)

For a senior level position??? They need to update their salary reference tables.

about 2 months ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

darkwing_bmf Re:Yes (277 comments)

I'd wager that people who are doing what they're interested in make more anyway because they learn how to do things their uninterested peers don't care about.

about 2 months ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

darkwing_bmf Re:I'm not sure it's relevant. (134 comments)

I think your boss has the right of it. I loved programming ever since I had my first taste of it in 4th grade. And I had parents that had the means and will to a) care about my education and b) buy a computer for me when I was in 5th grade. Not everyone is as lucky as I was.

http://techland.time.com/2012/...

about 3 months ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

darkwing_bmf I'm not sure it's relevant. (134 comments)

In the 60s and 70s, home PCs were not common, the Internet was a research project and long distance phone calls were expensive.

about 3 months ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

darkwing_bmf Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

If I were teaching, I'd be happy if my students were clever enough to realize the simpler solution and even happier if they already understood recursion. From a student point of view, I was always more interested if the problems we were given showed a useful application of the lesson instead of the teacher giving a not very well thought out problem and getting mad at us if we solved it a different way than the lesson instructed.

about 3 months ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

darkwing_bmf Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

The code without the extra loop:

st = ""
for i in range(10):
    st+="#"
    print(st)
print("Done!")

I think this falls under the instructor trying to copy the lesson on embedded loops but not recognizing that the original lesson was based on printing one character at a time in a language other than Python (which doesn't print one character at a time by default). When the code was converted to Python, the original stipulation of only printing one character at a time was removed and with it the reason for the interior loop.

about 3 months ago

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