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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

pieisgood Re:"Top Learning Language" ...OR... (415 comments)

I think they're going for teaching conditionals, loops, classes, functions and structure. You don't need to teach them about memory allocation, pointers and memory alignment in an introductory class. You can save that for an asm and C course. Or better yet, a memory class (which I've not seen).

about two weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

pieisgood Makes sense (415 comments)

It makes sense. IMHO python removes a lot of the hardware considerations that other languages have. This allows for a focus on the CS material, rather than the engineering material. An advantage over java is that it also supports functional programming. That means that you can teach introductory CS principles in multiple programming styles without having to switch languages. Top it all off with forced indentation (not my favorite thing), which makes beginner code easier to read for instructors and I can see why they did this. Now, later they'll get into asm and C/C++ and memory alignment and paging and all that stuff, but starting out it's nice.

about two weeks ago
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Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

pieisgood Nice and all (75 comments)

I'd like if they supported more popular languages. Personally I'd like to learn Mandarin, but they only server European languages. I'm unsure why they don't support it. My mother speaks mandarin but I've never had the time to go out and take a college course on it, duolingo would be a great resource. Plus, Slashvertisment and what not.

Maybe I'll try it when Eastern languages are supported.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

pieisgood Re:Human guided missile? (314 comments)

reminds me what my father used to tell me: "cars are just land to land tactical missiles"

about 4 months ago
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Physicist Proposes a New Type of Computing

pieisgood How fast is the observation? (60 comments)

So we can switch states really fast, which is excellent, but how fast is our observation? If the observation needs to be made in order to switch to the next gate then we have our bottle neck. The article was sparse on details and didn't seem to answer this question.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

pieisgood Re:Carmack Talk QC 2013 (49 comments)

Carmack said he'd have the talk in the lobby if they wouldn't let him have it officially at the convention.

about 5 months ago
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Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

pieisgood Carmack Talk QC 2013 (49 comments)

This was evident from Carmacks talk at QuakeCon 2013. He talked about meeting with valve employees and discussing VR. He talked about how the Valve guys showed him that black to white times on the screen were just as important as standard refresh rates. So it makes sense that they would be developing Source 2 to work with VR.

about 5 months ago
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Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

pieisgood Teach Logic instead (231 comments)

If you want to prepare children for higher level mathematics and all that learning it implies, please start with logic. The idea of teaching young kids calculus is a bit absurd and not nearly as helpful as a foundation in logic. When you have a malleable mind that is still growing and rapidly changing giving an early foundation in how to think critically and how to approach abstract questions would seem to have a larger benefit than having them think about calculus.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

pieisgood Re:Product of communite college reporting in (246 comments)

I'd mod you up, went to CC transferred and got my BS in Math and minor in CS. CC was also humbling, generally a learning experience all around.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

pieisgood Re:I'm confused (246 comments)

Ok, when I went to CC I only got an AA. Looking at it now though it makes sense. Just like people can get a bachelors of science in computer engineering. This was my mistake.

I guess the course design then would be tailored around the kind of worker you want to output. Do you want to output a JS front end type guy, or a back end software design and architecture person?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

pieisgood I'm confused (246 comments)

What would someone with an applied science in modern web development do?

Would they work on the algorithms for applied science in a server side language like php?
Would they work in python/c++/haskell or something like fortran and hook into php?

I'd like to help, but I need some further information.

Note: I looked up this degree on google and the last result on the first page was this submission.

about 5 months ago
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Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger

pieisgood Very nice (88 comments)

They're building out a comfortable development environment for steam machines. Which is great. When proper well documented tool are available, developers are less likely to shun a platform. If there exists a some GPU memory profiling software (not that a team couldn't competently create their own system) and keyword completion for OpenGL calls then I might consider switching over to Ubuntu for development myself.

This is, of course, throwing aside all DX vs OpenGL arguments based on feature support (which I'm not really familiar with at this time).

about 6 months ago
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King James Programming

pieisgood Markov Chains (184 comments)

Wow, a series of probabilistic transitions between words has given us a mishmash of programming and bible gibberish. This is the expected result, but isn't even novel. You could do this with any N texts and get out gibberish. I much prefer markov chains as a way to produce music.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Adds Node.js Support To Visual Studio

pieisgood Re:Just what the nodejs (197 comments)

If I had the mod points.....
This describes my friend perfectly. I will say though, he's a way better programmer than I am.

about 8 months ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

pieisgood Shadow Banking? (387 comments)

What the hell is Shadow Banking? Is he talking about derivatives? Futures? What kind of financial instruments exist in this Shadow Banking arena? This seems like FUD to me. I can only hope the econophysicists know something about the instruments used and how this system works, because the article writer certainly didn't do his own due diligence.

When describing something with loaded words like "Shadow", I'd really hope there was a basis for using it beyond the "I don't know what's happening and thus it is evil and reprehensible".

about 10 months ago
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Ars Test Drives the "Netflix For Books"

pieisgood Re:Android support... (108 comments)

It's currently invite only anyway. So they're not looking to expand too quickly, then have an audience that finds there selection lacking and immediately and irrevocably denounce the service all together.

about a year ago
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Ars Test Drives the "Netflix For Books"

pieisgood Technical selection? (108 comments)

I could see this taking off around college campuses if they offered the service for technical books. If they offered math, science, engineering ect... they could have every student on campus paying ten dollars a month for a year. They'd also have my business as well. Sometimes certain books don't cut it and maybe one book covers a subject better than another, having to option to work in both without spending 200$ is attractive; even if I don't get to keep them at the end of the day.

about a year ago
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Australian Air Force's Recruiting Puzzle Shown To Be Unsolvable

pieisgood This is what happens (113 comments)

This is what happens when you have engineers attempting calculus without mathematicians around.

1 year,25 days

Submissions

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Reading technical PDFs with an ereader?

pieisgood pieisgood writes  |  about 4 years ago

pieisgood (841871) writes "Hi /. , last winter I received a Sony PRS600 ereader. I thought it was pretty neat, allowing me to bring multiple books where ever I go. I thought I could sit down and read any content I like, given it was in the right format. At first it was fun, recreational fiction, science fiction and other text only ebooks. These read perfectly, it really worked as advertised (it even had an on board functional library, sweet!). Unfortunately, I have other things to read for college classes and general technical interests. At first I thought I could get away with putting my math, programming, and other technical texts onto the reader. This idea was soon crushed as I found that zooming in on the document made the diagrams I was trying to read show up blank and increasing font size destroys any semblance of formatting the text once had (without increased size the text is nearly unreadable). My questions to the denizens of /. is this, are there any ereaders out there that can handle technical documents in PDF format? Or are there better ways of approaching this?"

Journals

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Doom 3 work

pieisgood pieisgood writes  |  more than 9 years ago I have been working on Doom 3 mods since the get go when it was released, I am now fealing the hard facts that I need more problem solving skills. Being able to not understand what's going wrong sucks. Alot. What ever, i'm tired, and music is loud. Children Of Bodom - "Needle 24/7"

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