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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

kauaidiver Simulated Universe (75 comments)

Since we are living withing a simulation already this doesn't surprise me.

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

kauaidiver Re:How did Java beat C (197 comments)

Work in Java for a few years or on a large Java project then go back to C or switch to Python.

It boils down to what you want to do: use best tool for the job. But I wouldn't be caught dead working on a new project/team who decided to use Java as the primary language.

about 3 months ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

kauaidiver Re:How did Java beat C (197 comments)

Lazy? Java is overly verbose, a lot of typing.

protected static transient synchronized const unsigned int m;

It loses points in my book for being too verbose.

about 3 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

kauaidiver Re:Maybe it's just us (608 comments)

Gotta love Jack Handey. ....

"If someone tells you you should 'walk a mile in their shoes' you should take them up on that: you'll be a mile away and have their shoes."

about 6 months ago
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Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration

kauaidiver EQ? (64 comments)

My ranger used to kite dire-wolves... And my tree-hugging druid too.

about 7 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

kauaidiver Re:Run to the hills! (505 comments)

If you don't like that you won't like:

> [] + []
""

Hmm, I wonder what [] - [] is?
> [] - []
0

How about adding an element to array?
> [1,2,3] + 4
"1,2,34"
And subtracting?
> [1,2,3] - 1
NaN

Come on, jeeze

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

kauaidiver Newb question about OS X being Unix...not Linux (281 comments)

Isn't Mac OSX certified as Unix S3 compliant since 10.5'ish? Does this help in any way to port a Linux game to OSX?

I am under the impression it is, albeit lack of full OPEN GL support in their video card drivers.

about 9 months ago
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Ruby 2.1.0 Released

kauaidiver Re:Trendy no more? (65 comments)

I don't know enough about Ruby to say anything positive or negative about it. I was just commenting on Python because that's what I know - it's just funny to hear people moan and whine about similar things, which I've heard re. Python. And the quote "Ruby adds nothing to the existing languages" is harsh, C certainly got slapped around in its early days. Who needs to get slapped around more now and kicked off the bus (or at least charged for taking up two seats) is Java.

about 10 months ago
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Ruby 2.1.0 Released

kauaidiver Re:Trendy no more? (65 comments)

Python is a great language aside from the whitespace.

But did you know you can add braces using the future module?

Next major release of Python will include braces, so you can get ready by doing this in your code:

>>> from __future__ import braces

about 10 months ago
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Ruby 2.1.0 Released

kauaidiver Re:Trendy no more? (65 comments)

You are more likely to "shoot yourself in the foot" so to speak and code can get unmanageable.

In short given too much flexibility you can make the language so different than the norm. 10 people with 10 different styles writing Ruby code on a 2+ year project...come back after a 6 month break take a look and you got a big mess on your hands :) Style guides help there but still.

Bottom line and not just ruby avoid getting "cute" with the language. I got berated by a college prof. because I thought it was a good idea in C++ to overload the ++, -- operators on a stack class to do push and pop! He asked sarcastically why stop with just ++ and --?

about 10 months ago
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Ruby 2.1.0 Released

kauaidiver Re: Ruby is a great language (65 comments)

Ha, I feel your pain.

This kills languages, Python took a hit with 3. Yes there is 2to3 and maybe other tools but Ruby may suffer the same fate if they keep mucking with common libs and grammar.

about 10 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

kauaidiver Re:How about we use statistics rather than anecdot (961 comments)

Well 1,270 were made between 2004-2007 and 604 were sold in the U.S.

So just looking at the four people who died in the U.S. (that I know of): 2 in the accident with Paul Walker and 2 in the 2006 crash out of 604 cars that's pretty high. Also not everyone can afford $500k+ car, those who do tend to be known in some fashion.

These cars are temperamental, twitchy, and unsafe maybe one of the reasons Porsche stopped making them. If you want a fast Porsche get the 991 Turbo S, albeit not as pretty.

about a year ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

kauaidiver I drive a Dodge Stratus (961 comments)

Stability control saves lives, know what Porsche's PSM stands for? Please Save Me. The non GT Carrera's i.e. the 911's all have stability control and even though there is a button to turn it off it is not completely disengaged.

A few years back another GT driver and his passenger were killed on a race track in So. California by a Ferrari entering the track the GT swerved, went in to the grass and hit a retaining wall. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-06-07/carrera-gt-crashes-into-court

These cars need stability control, this is a huge mess for Porsche. Thank God they don't make these GT's anymore, half of them are gone anyway and when the wreck there's not much left.

about a year ago
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CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet

kauaidiver Cats (152 comments)

Wasn't this experiment done a year ago and the system enjoyed looking at pictures of cats?

If so maybe the answer is not 42, rather cats being the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

kauaidiver Re:Everquest Next (555 comments)

Maybe I saw different screenshots and vid caps but the character models in Everquest Next look great.

EQ1 had something other MMORPG's lack: element of danger and fear. And it was challenging!

You could be proud that you had a high level character.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

kauaidiver Everquest Next (555 comments)

It's not out yet but looks promising. What is missing from WoW, and I'm a long term player, is an element of danger.

I remember playing EQ1 when it first came out, it was sometimes frustrating but kept your heart pounding.

Remember the feeling of being in Lower Guk and thinking I'll never get out of here alive?

about a year ago
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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

kauaidiver Re:I guess this is a good thing, but... (314 comments)

I tried that but managed to lose my wife, job, and house in the process... now I'm trying eCigs.

about a year ago

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