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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

euroq Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (898 comments)

To belong to any atheist community

Well, there you go. Belonging to a community is different from being an atheist. I am an atheist and have never been in a "community", websites, etc. There's no dogma behind being an atheist. There's probably dogma in many communities of anything, including atheists.

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

euroq Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

The difference between C++ and Java or Ruby is that you're more likely to discover you have a problem at compile time with C++.

Totally not trolling here - can you explain that? It seems to me that any statically-typed language is equally capable of finding problems at compile time.

Are you referring to the fact that it's possible to typedef integers in C++ and not in Java/Ruby? So using an int incorrectly in Java/Ruby wouldn't cause a compile error? That seems like a big stretch to me, that that's actually a quantifiable boon to C++.

Quietly shitting exceptions into a log file is actually better behavior than crashing (unless there's data corruption involved), and in fact, sounds like expected behavior.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

euroq Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

You are what is called a "C++ apologist". You are comparing C++ to nothing except itself and abstract complexity (and offhandedly VisualBasic), instead of actually coming to terms with the real problems of C++.

Let me offer you a few pieces of evidence of C++'s failures.
* C++ has a text preprocessor. A solution to engineering constraints of fucking 1970. No one has or will ever do that since 1975. Everything is and should be resolved symbolically.
* C++ is meant to be able to compile C code with no to minimal changes. This really makes
* D. Read http://dlang.org/cpptod.html which is a description of how another systems-level language dealt with perceived drawbacks of C++. I don't think D is perfect by any means, but there are many thoughtful improvements to C++.
* Read http://yosefk.com/c++fqa/defec... for a bunch of valid complaints about C++ (granted, many of those can be argued).

about a month ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

euroq Re:Never let the truth (391 comments)

I remember taking a test as a VERY young child (one of my earliest memories). I was getting all of the questions right and was getting bored. As a person who loves exploring, I wanted to know what would happen if you got one wrong, so I purposely chose the wrong answer twice (choose which shape this shape can fit in - star, circle, square, or something like that). I thought it was really obvious the answer, and I chose wrong, and then was very disappointed to learn that when you get one wrong, she just says "no that's not the right answer, this is", and moves on. Turns out I "failed" the test so I didn't get in the advanced classes for kindergartners.

about a month ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

euroq Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

1) Do you really want two-ton land missiles driven by desperate people who are driven to cut corners to stay competitive?

We already have those. They're called taxi drivers.

about 2 months ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

euroq Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

proper training and licensing of drivers

In the two major cities that I've lived in (in the U.S.), cab drivers are hands down the worst drivers on the road. Usually they didn't grow up in the U.S. and therefore don't drive the same. America has its faults, but we drive comparatively well compared to the rest of the world.

An interesting anecdote from a friend of mine who moved here from South America told me how he was amazed how everyone here follows the rules. He observed a thug-looking fellow bellowing loud music and smoking a joint in his car, with the implication that he probably was a person who committed crimes, but he still stopped at the stop sign.

about 2 months ago
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Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

euroq Re:New York has commissions for everything (92 comments)

In California, 9/10ths of all restaurants are total fucking shit food with total fucking shit service.

I cannot speak for the entirety of California, but San Francisco has amazing restaurants.

about 2 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

euroq Re:Great, an entire generation that won't... (415 comments)

No kidding - he's probably lying, but if he hired three people who couldn't use {}, or even works for a company who hired THREE of them, then he's the idiot.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

euroq Re:Typical Anti-White Guy stuff (265 comments)

FYI to your racist rant, actually it's just African Americans that are athletically superior, not blacks. African Americans are genetically superior athletically due to selective breeding due to slavery and therefore physical work. This does actually confront the "baseball" comparison of the 1950's which does not relate to 2014 Facebook racial makeup.

Comparatively, horses are incredibly larger, stronger, faster, etc., than they were just a mere 2000 years ago due to the military importance of them and therefore the immense selective breeding that came of it. The reasons a few certain countries in Africa such as Kenya always win marathons is due to genetic makeups, but it's not a "black" thing it's a gene pool thing.

"Asians" in your view are actually American Asians. The Asians who come to America are financially superior than their counterparts who could not come.

However, humans are 99.9% genetically similar. There is no plausibility that any human by race could not become equal to another by another race within a few generations of genetic swapping.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

euroq Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

So he STILL needs to learn C or C++ if he's serious about writing games. Even a graphically-intense smartphone game has C underpinnings.

WTF? No, he or she doesn't! Name 1 game that actually requires a programmer to learn C or C++, and I can name 100 or even 200 that don't. ESPECIALLY on a smartphone.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

euroq Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

Java is, by all benchmarks that I can find, the fastest non-native language that exists. Java was known as slow in 1996. It's been intensely optimized since. I'm sure there are some programs that are sometimes faster due to very circumstantial situations. Here's one example, there are countless others: http://benchmarksgame.alioth.d...

I also think my given citation or the many others I can find just isn't enough to make any declaration about which is "fastest" - it would be safe to say they are fairly equivalent, and this whole argument about their comparative speeds is stupid. Average CPU abilities, amount of memory accessible, and what not change so consistently that anything you write now which is a little bit too slow will be fast enough in a year.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

euroq Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

but anything that really needs fancy graphics or fast processing will need C++ or C.

Totally incorrect. Anything that needs fancy graphics just require an SDK with access to a fancy graphics processing engine. I've written games in Java that use OpenGL on the backend. You don't need the language to be C or C++ to access OpenGL. As far as fast processing requirements, I guarantee you most games don't actually need processing that would not be fast enough in bytecode but would be fast enough in native code.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

euroq Re:We Need a *Maximum* Wage (1040 comments)

You can also use a progressive tax system to achieve some of the same goals. In fact, we already have a progressive tax system! You just want to ramp it up a bit. I disagree with a maximum wage, and I think you are probably exaggerating anyways, but a progressive tax system is a good thing.

about 3 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

euroq Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

the existence of a man named Jesus who was crucified in the first century is one of the most verified humans in antiquity

The most verified? The most discussed, sure. I doubt the most verified. There are thousands of data points about the existence of Julius Caesar. How many exist for said Jesus character?

about 4 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

euroq Re:Frosty (483 comments)

What exactly are you talking about? It is not ambiguous or confusing to be opposed to the death penalty in addition to being opposed to unjust convictions.

about 4 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

euroq Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

If you're happy killing for food, you shall not quibble on how since the end result is the same.

That's complete bullshit. Just because the end result is the same doesn't mean the process is the same.

But yes I do agree with the last, all methods of killing humans are inhumane.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

euroq Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (522 comments)

I don't agree that it's drinking the Kool-aid. It's definitely better than the situation in 1944. Less wars and deaths is good.

about 4 months ago
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Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

euroq Re:Jump through the mirror? (237 comments)

And could JIT beat any programmer simply because it can profile and optimize at runtime against the actual usage, rather than hypothethised usage?

Huh? You were just saying that compilers optimize better than humans, then say that Java cannot beat any human? I'm sick of all these Java haters... :/

about 5 months ago
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Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

euroq Re:Jump through the mirror? (237 comments)

If you use fopen(), fread(), fclose() etc., you're already doing object oriented programming in C.

Can you explain that to the unenlightened? I don't follow.

about 5 months ago

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