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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

spiralx Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Nope, it's actually heavily influenced by Perl of all things, one of the guys who created it has also written a book on PS which has various sidebars about the design of the language.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

spiralx Re:Sigh (748 comments)

No, I think it's more that these people have always been here, but the last couple of years has seen a) the flourishing of the disgusting "Men's Rights" movement, b) more talk about sexism in the tech industry, which has lead to c) more articles about the subject here, and thus more arguments about it. In almost 15 years here I don't think the demographic has changed very much at all - there's a wider age range and it's more international, but fundamentally it's the same sort of audience. The site just has more articles on topics where this sort of thing comes up.

The rampant sexism seen in a lot of these articles is pretty depressing though.

about a month ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

spiralx Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (511 comments)

Well put, I do seem to have noticed a sort of creeping Calvinism in the way that victims of all kinds of types are labelled today.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

spiralx Re:New bells and whistles (636 comments)

Thankfully, the new let keyword for declaring lexically scoped variables will sound the death of the IIFE construct, although in practice you learn to avoid it.

about 3 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

spiralx Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

I don't run Linux, and I've never had to deal with X, so this isn't an emotive issue for me. But your post was clearly not a serious of facts, more of a backlash against perceived slights from Wayland developers and/or "fanboys", the latter being a useful way to smear people who disagree.

Your post might make more sense if the existence of Wayland meant that X no longer existed, but as that's clearly not true it's hard to take claims of "throwing out a perfectly good system in favour of an ideological rewrite" seriously. And ideology? There have been plenty of technical arguments since the beginning, here's one set that was posted on /. a while back, and it's just the first one I found.

As far as I'm aware X currently does act like VNC in most cases, except without any compression at all and a synchronous API - so nobody uses it directly because of the performance issues, instead using ssh as a tunnel. Even having it act like per-window VNC with H.264 compression would be an advantage. But anyway, that's all part of the compositor, which now has RDP as part of the core, and I've yet to see any explanation of why or how X forwarding is different or better than rootless RDP.

The assumption that forwarding is a critical feature is based on the idea that your personal requirements are the only important ones. If a piece of software doesn't do what you want, don't use it. As it turns out, they are supporting it (as I'd read from pretty much day one), it's just taken time to get to that point... as you'd expect from alpha software.

about 4 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

spiralx Re:Reading TFA (73 comments)

Thanks, that has explained that the "frecency error blah blah" messages I'm seeing in my console aren't just someone's epic fail at committing a spelling mistake :)

about 4 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

spiralx Re:Wayland is nothing until (179 comments)

You might be interested in this podcast if I'm reading your post right... they talk quite a bit about using js-git to mount GitHub repositories as file systems, so that you can mount a repository, copy files into it and then run a commit and have the stuff you've copied automagically pushed to GitHub.

It's certainly interesting stuff even if possibly overkill :)

about 4 months ago
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Wayland 1.5 Released

spiralx Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (179 comments)

Actually, you were moderated down for your overly vitriolic rant full of factual errors, logical fallacies and heroic assumptions in the guise of fact. A perfect example of the "peanut gallery rant-fest" as a comment above yours mentions. And seriously, you got moderated down, then threw a strop, and then posted it again with a hissy fit preamble? How long have you been posting here?

about 4 months ago
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WebKit Unifies JavaScript Compilation With LLVM Optimizer

spiralx Re:Just a decade ago. (170 comments)

Not really, it's more that you can make a game moddable without making it scriptable - for instance, I remember many different "packs" for Civ II which consisted of customised maps, updated graphics for units and terrain features, and its own copy of master XML file that listed all the units, technologies, buildings and more with all their data - costs, attack values, prerequisites etc. It's amazing what can be produced just by changing some data, and most games don't really need to be any more moddable than this.

about 4 months ago
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WebKit Unifies JavaScript Compilation With LLVM Optimizer

spiralx Re:Just a decade ago. (170 comments)

Civ 4 does some of the AI in Python, IIRC mostly evaluating heuristics for moves, but most of it is C++. The SDK for customising the AI came out about six months after the main SDK, it wasn't originally designed to be exposed to Python.

But I agree that the hybrid approach is a good one, especially as I feel you're overstating the cost of using two different languages together - neither Python nor Lua are very hard to integrate with C/C++ at all, even without tools like SWIG that automate a lot of the boilerplate required. And if you're developing games in C++ you should probably be capable of picking up Python/Lua pretty quickly, my first coding job involved writing custom interfaces in Python for our CMS application, exactly the same thing as you're talking about, and I learnt Python as I did it - didn't take long to pick it up.

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

spiralx Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

Cheers for reminding me, I shall put it on my list of books :)

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

spiralx Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

I've read the first two trilogies, got lost along the way after that... will have to pick them up again at some point if the third actually continues the first trilogy. It's been quite a few years though.

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

spiralx Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

I enjoyed the Gap Cycle, but I'm not sure I'd re-read it.

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

spiralx Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

Still not quite sure how that applies to the topic, but it has reinforced that my decision to stop reading Dune about 20 pages in was the right one :)

about 4 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

spiralx Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

I have no idea what you mean by that...

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

spiralx A replacement for Sublime Text (121 comments)

A lot of the reason behind developing Atom is that Sublime Text has become very popular in the last few years with people wanting something between a text editor and an IDE, however Sublime Text is not open source, has a pretty poor extension API, has basically no documentation at all, and the developer ignores 99.9% of attempts to communicate with him. This situation isn't ideal, hence the development of Atom as an open source alternative - when it gets up to spec I'll probably switch over myself.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

spiralx Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

According to this document linked to from your page world production of gold has increased by a factor of almost 7 over the last century, which is a significant increase, especially since as you say, price has not changed really at all (ignoring the large increase in the last five years, the price/ton in 1900 was the same as in 2005). This seems to indicate price is set by the demand side; also it seems to show consumption has increased by a similar factor, so more gold mined means more gold used.

The last few years however show a huge increase in price without any increase in production or usage, which does indicate to me that speculation was driving the price - the recent crash supports this.

about 10 months ago

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Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

spiralx spiralx writes  |  about a year ago

spiralx (97066) writes "Based on TIME Magazine's feature this month, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on May 8 the list of prices (known as the "chargemaster") of 100 common medical treatments across all US hospitals, and the prices Medicare paid for the same treatments, showing for the first time the vast discrepancies across different providers, even those within several miles of each other. Nationwide for instance, inpatient services for joint replacement vary from $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, California."
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