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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

hooiberg In time (138 comments)

Hopefully that will be in time. Here we have to teach 3rd year science students who struggle with for loops and who cannot come to grasp with allocatable arrays. It is despairing.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

hooiberg Honestly... (309 comments)

Did anybody seriously even consider that they would not do that?

2 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

hooiberg only US schools? (127 comments)

Is it on purpose that there are only American schools? I see nothing from Europe and Japan, for example. It seems terribly unbalanced.

2 days ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

hooiberg Re:News for nerds? (254 comments)

But this approaching sport with science. It has become a number game. Is the temperature too high? Forget it. Is your VO2 incorrect, you're screwed.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

hooiberg almost. (254 comments)

At most 120 minutes

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

hooiberg Re:73% tax return (283 comments)

Tax Euros in this case, but in essence the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

hooiberg Re:73% tax return (283 comments)

Heard it from a tax advisor who knows all the loop holes in the system. You have to pay them for advice, but it is usually worth it.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

hooiberg 73% tax return (283 comments)

And because it is an electric car, we get 73% of the purchase price back here (Netherlands), because of tax related stuff. So this car effectively costs a quarter of the listed price. Not bad.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

hooiberg Re:Scratches Head (549 comments)

But that would reduce genetic diversity, requiring more people overall.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hooiberg Torque (942 comments)

Torque is the answer. In millimeters.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hooiberg Bad idea (942 comments)

It should be moved to the trash with a considerable amount of furlongs per fortnight.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

hooiberg In the name of the dog. (191 comments)

It is better to have a good password written down somewhere, than using the name of your dog and knowing it by hard.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

hooiberg How serious? (234 comments)

There are two possible levels: One is to look up at the night sky, and identify what you see, and be able to tell fascinating facts about it to your children and and wife. Another level is to sit down at a desk and to do the computations.

For the first, you need a telescope and the internet.

For the second, you will first need to keep you math up to scratch, and then look what area you want to look into. Stellar evolution (small things) or Cosmology (big things). For Stellar evolution, you will need quantum mechanics (although not too much), for cosmology, you will need general relativity (quite a lot of it). Knowledge about this can be obtained through text books.

Either way, good luck!

about a month ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

hooiberg A Big Compliment! (82 comments)

When countries like China (and North Korea, Middle Eastern countries, etc) start blocking something, it is a clear indication the authors have been doing a very good job. Better than a hundred reviews. I will switch to duckduckgo today.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

hooiberg Re:They can do what they want... (474 comments)

You had a golden opportunity to use the classic quote: "They can take away our lives, but they can never take away our whisky!"

about a month ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

hooiberg News for nerds (165 comments)

While the IS stuff is rather a hot news item, I do not agree that slashdot is really the place for it. One of the reasons I look at Slashdot is to get a nice newsfeed without 5 items per day about wild muslims.

about a month ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg Re:The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

According to sales, you do not want to flaunt knowledge that is not fashionable, almost as if it is something you have to be ashamed of. I have a rather heavy simulation program that worked fairly well, and we prepare to get it to run in parallel on a cluster. Marketing asked whether we could also makes a version that runs on apple deviced... Really... That was the moment when I decided I had to go.

about a month ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg Re:The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

The sales droid suffered from a severe case of buzzworditis. The company contracted me as a scientific programmer, which I am, but tried to get me to learn Java, and similar, and building GUIs. There was a misunderstanding between 'technical' and 'scientific' and sales people did not understand the difference. The term 'simulation' refered to simulation of machines, with SCADA interfaces etc, and not the simulation of physical processes, such as CFD. Not only did I not like that, I was also bad at it. My current employer suits me perfectly, though. :-)

about a month ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

I have been making a living by coding in Fortran for the past 5 years. An interesting conversation between the detachment company I worked for and one of its potential clients:

client: Do you have anybody who writes Fortran?
employer: Sorry, that is too old, we do not do anything with that.
client: But one of your employees (me) has on his linked in profile that he is a Fortran programmer
employer: he must have forgotten to update it, but we will have a look
client: please do.

And a month later I was working at the client. had a really cool time for ten months. All you have to do is present clearly that you are skilled at it, because otherwise everybody will think you have made a mistake.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

hooiberg Vote (292 comments)

With your wallet. Buying multiplayer games is not mandatory in these enlightened days. Feel free to, as lucm's sailor said it, give it a wide berth.

about a month ago

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Suggestion for a poll; depth of inheritance trees

hooiberg hooiberg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hooiberg (1789158) writes "What is your preferred maximum inheritance depth in object oriented programs?

One
Two
Three
Four
Five
As deep as the amount of bullets in Cowboy Neal's six shooter.
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As deep as possibly. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to read!"

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