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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

sanosuke001 Re:Java dynamically typed languages (647 comments)

I completely disagree. Dynamic typing makes keeping track of what you're doing more difficult; at least for a beginner. If they don't understand the difference between a string, an "object", and a numerical value (which is confusing itself) then they cannot be an effective programmer. Also, writing more code and being demanding aren't what I would define as being a additional bonus you get for using a dynamically typed language. You write more code because it doesn't work well and you need to fight with the language more than use it. Also, the dynamically typed aspect makes it more demanding the same way driving with your eyes closed makes driving more demanding; it is not helping you in any way shape or form.

Java's "syntactic clutter" I call "helpful verbosity" and most scripting-turned-application languages are sorely lacking in readability; something Java has been getting better at in recent years. Java forces readability and corectness more than most scripting languages I've ever used, at least. Structure is more beneficial to a beginner than freedom.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

sanosuke001 Java dynamically typed languages (647 comments)

Stop using dynamically typed languages altogether. Java is much more C-like than python or VB and can be used to teach most of what C can do in a relatively painless fashion. Kids aren't stupid; stop trying to dumb things down for them. Java handles memory allocation and other object-creation issues that might hamper someone learning a programming language while still containing classes, abstraction, inheritance, and a typed object/primitive hierarchy that will do a lot more to teach students about programming than confusing them with "hey this can be a number or a string or a pig object." Java also has many IDE's (Eclipse and NetBeans mainly) that help with the memorization issue in most API's and are very useful when learning. Compiling is much easier than in C as well but still retains the items necessary for understanding how compiling should work.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

sanosuke001 Re:Before reading TFA ... (245 comments)

Any dynamically typed language that isn't just used for scripting (your perl is probably okay) should be taken out to pasture and shot. JavaScript used to be okay; then application development came and it should go die in a fire.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

sanosuke001 Re:Simple (720 comments)

Also, PSU's last longer and die less often if they're run at less than 60-75% of their rated output.

about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

sanosuke001 Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

Yeah, my first thought was "one queue for tokens and another location for pickup using the single-queue-to-multiple-registers". This blog post was more along the lines of, "durr, me like ice, get now" than an actual "algorithm."

about 3 months ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

sanosuke001 Re:Why..... (259 comments)

I completely agree. I wasn't trying to say how it should be, just how law defined how they decided what you owed. If you have no profits locally you owe nothing. The "see-no-profits" game is a completely different bullshit loophole. They should get rid of income tax and increase sales/property tax to compensate or use something like the APT tax.

about 3 months ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

sanosuke001 Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Because taxes are used for paying for municipal/government protections, services, etc. If they have no physical entity then why should they pay for these things? It's not that simple, is all.

about 3 months ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

sanosuke001 Dislike != Distrust (238 comments)

I would say that they distrust it, not dislike. It is also expensive to implement over something that has been used for decades and since they see things more short term than long term, the savings aren't seen so upgrading is deemed not worth the cost and training.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

sanosuke001 NAS, HTPC, Desktop (287 comments)

Windows 7 Desktop (gaming) Phenom II with 16GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 2TB storage Windows 8 HTPC, Ceton InfiniTV Tuner FreeNAS server, 12U rack, 24 port managed switch (server has 2 gbit connections), 6 SAS JBOD card, 8x 3TB HDD, 8x 4TB HDD, RAID-Z2 on both sets. 35.4TB total.

about 4 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

sanosuke001 Re:Go (274 comments)

Because most people think chess is a difficult game.

about 5 months ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

sanosuke001 Re:harddrive speed (110 comments)

My SSD vs. my old 10k velicoraptor loads zones in a certain MMO (not WoW) like 5s vs 30s+

about 6 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

sanosuke001 Re:Go is the greatest game (701 comments)

I wish I had mod points right now. I'll add some: Hoshi, Dame, Fuseki, Ko (my favorite),

about 6 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

sanosuke001 Re:I disagree (390 comments)

Where is the info that this is what's happening? It looks like from Level3's blog that they've offered to pay for more interconnects to Verizon's router?

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

sanosuke001 Billions or Trillions (91 comments)

So, one in 100 trillion proton-proton collisions exhibit this trait or whatever they're looking for but they only searched "billions"? I guess 100 trillion = 100,000 billions. Seems like they just didn't know the values they were using.

about 6 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

sanosuke001 Re:Electric card (710 comments)

Or maybe they know their electricity comes from a source they're okay with? (nuclear, solar, wind, hydro) I know mine comes from nuclear and I'm okay with that.

about 6 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

sanosuke001 Was that quote from Mayor Reed? (273 comments)

The quote at the end of the summary sounded like it was from an illiterate nutjob; was that from Mayor Reed? I feel sorry for Atlanta...

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

sanosuke001 Re:Primaries themselves are bullshit (932 comments)

Exactly, allow anyone who meets certain criteria to run (so we don't have 300 names on a ballot) but do not force only 1 Republican, 1 Democrat, 1 Green, etc. Also, stop allowing money contributions; public funds only so everyone is on the same level playing field. Hell, stop listing their party affiliation altogether; list their viewpoints on major key issues (a touchscreen so you can scan through each candidate would be nice but a reference packet you can borrow would work as well). We should be doing everything we can to limit people just dumping money into a race and washing their competitors out of the public consciousness, attacking to excess (like Cantor tried to do), or not being able to effectively run against someone for not being rich as well as not allowing people to just walk in, search for the one R/D/G, choose blindly, then say "good enough." People should be informed and we shouldn't be helping them be lazy.

about 8 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

sanosuke001 Re:Priuses? (186 comments)

It still sounds ridiculous.

about 8 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

sanosuke001 Priuses? (186 comments)

The plural of Prius should be Priora if you're going latin; Priuses just sounds dumb.

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

sanosuke001 Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

Can't you just get a browser-id-changing-plugin and tell it you're using mac? I didn't RTFA and don't know what it does under the hood but if its just a "turn it on for this OS" and no other special installable bit, it should work?

about 8 months ago

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Penny Arcade Sells Out

sanosuke001 sanosuke001 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sanosuke001 writes "Penny Arcade has taken the crowdfunding idea from the other direction; try to fund an existing, and already successful, operation via their fans. With 29 days to go they have already passed their initial goal of $250,000 USD and are on their way to reaching some very interesting stretch goals including new Lookouts and Automata strips, an ad-free penny-arcade.com, revived podcast, and my personal favorite: Jerry Holkins cosplay which will be decided on by the fans.

They will be giving out some pledge goodies like t-shirts, autographed prints, digital versions of their first two books, Stream codes for Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3. For those with deep pockets: promises of twitter following, re-tweeting, an internship for a day, hang-outs with the PA crew, and even a shirt-of-the-month club, just to name a few."

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1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Test Completed

sanosuke001 sanosuke001 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sanosuke001 writes "Andrea Rossi's E-Cat 1MW Cold Fusion test completed in Italy with 30+ attendees including Professors from the University of Bologna, the Associated Press, NyTeknik, Focus.it, and additional physicists. The test failed to reach the 1 MW load goal, however, reached 479 kWh in looped mode. Some skepticism is still warranted as the prospective customer, although satisfied with the test, remains anonymous. According to an article at Wired (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/29/rossi-success), there has been some speculation that the covert customer could be DARPA. Also, the generator used to initialize the E-Cat device was apparently connected for the entirety of the test but assured that its output was turned off. I, for one, have a little hope in this being real but take it with a very large grain of salt."
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