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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

tb()ne Part B of your first one (452 comments)

... and since I need to get the next release out in 10 minutes, I can safely put change X in the release build without testing.

about 9 months ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

tb()ne Disposable Code (452 comments)

I'll never need this code again so there's no need to document it.

about 9 months ago
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USS Zumwalt — a Guided Missile Destroyer Running On Linux

tb()ne Re:And? (229 comments)

The summary is misleading in that it mentions LynxOS running on particular subsystems. But TFA states that the ship uses "...mostly IBM blade servers running Red Hat Linux...".

about a year ago
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USS Zumwalt — a Guided Missile Destroyer Running On Linux

tb()ne Re:And? (229 comments)

You have to actually read past the headline. From TFA:

...The design of the Zumwalt solves that problem by using off-the-shelf hardware—mostly IBM blade servers running Red Hat Linux...

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

tb()ne Re:don't speak it (317 comments)

It isn't stupidity if they understood the terms of the purchase and preferred it to other options. Those "supposedly intelligent" fanboys probably spent less for Halflife than you did and they can play it on Windows, OS X, or linux.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

tb()ne Re:If you notice... (510 comments)

Well, if o is SteamOS, I'd guess that the next announcement, [o ], is the SteamBox, (since it looks like SteamOS in a box).

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

tb()ne What will this mean for Steam on other distros? (510 comments)

Having SteamOS for running a dedicated SteamBox in the living room is great but I wonder what the implications of SteamOS are for running Steam on other linux distros. I have a capable workstation at my desk and I really don't want to have to replace my current distro just to get the additional benefits of SteamOS. Will this cripple the momentum of Steam development for other distros?

about a year ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

tb()ne Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

Fixing DST is great but we need metric time because I am always late (or early) for events. 60 minutes in an hour? 24 hours in a day? How can anyone be expected to convert these units? It's so arbitrary!

about 2 years ago
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Insects As Weapons

tb()ne Re:could be eco terrorism (160 comments)

It appears the "uninformed" in your user name is appropriate!

more than 2 years ago
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Symantec: Religious Sites "Riskier Than Porn For Viruses"

tb()ne Not surprising (343 comments)

It should be expected because religions ARE viruses.

more than 2 years ago
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Totally Drug-Resistant TB Emerges In India

tb()ne Re:Not *totally* drug resistant (346 comments)

Well stated. I'd mod you up if I hadn't already posted (and you weren't AC). I wasn't arguing for or against antibiotics - just addressing the red herring in the parent post.

more than 2 years ago
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Totally Drug-Resistant TB Emerges In India

tb()ne Re:Not *totally* drug resistant (346 comments)

And yet for a Google search on "anti-antibiotics", the first page of results contains almost all links for mis/overuse of antibiotics in humans.

more than 2 years ago
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The Matrix Re-Reloaded

tb()ne Re:Sad Keanu Is Nostalgic (640 comments)

I actually can't think of a sequel he's done *except* for the Matrix series. He's notably turned down Constantine 2, Speed 2, a 3rd Bill & Ted movie...

You can't think of any sequels other than the Matrix series?!? I think you can. Here's a hint from your post: He turned down a 3rd Bill & Ted movie.

Come on..... You can do this.....

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Visualize 100 GB of Google Text Data?

tb()ne Re:This can be used to preload a "human-like" ai (117 comments)

The defining characteristic of life is the fact that data has meaning to a it.

I'm guessing most biologists would disagree.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

tb()ne Re:Huh? (700 comments)

Your comment is misleading. There is a single disc (that users keep) for Netflix authentication. Content is delivered is via the Netflix streaming service.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

tb()ne Re:Huh? (700 comments)

- Anything else?

Under what has been lost: $300 in purchase price.

Under what has been gained: PS Home, PS Store video rental/purchase, & Netflix.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

tb()ne Re:Python? (794 comments)

I think you are mistaken regarding what most undergraduate science students actually do (they are not maintaining/upgrading old fortran libraries). Most of the high performance capability that undergrads need involves matrix computations, FFTs, convolution, etc., all of which are included in the python numpy/Numeric module (which is a wrapper around fortran libraries, so they're just as efficient). And since they'll likely spend as much time analyzing data as producing it, python + numpy + matplotlib is a perfectly suitable solution.

I'm not suggesting that fortran isn't of value to some scientists in some situations but many science students will never have to touch fortran code unless they're forced to take a class that teaches it. As you said: "They're being taught to program as a mere tool for the important stuff being taught." Which is why it makes sense that their intro language is one that is easy to learn, supports multiple programming paradigms, has efficient numerical libraries, has easy-to-use visualization tools, an interactive interpreter, and can be used as a general purpose programming language. And while I personally prefer python for a high level language, there are others that could serve the same purpose.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Corporates Hate Perl

tb()ne Re:Perl is expensive (963 comments)

You are making the common ignorant assumption about Perl based some past idiot's bad code.

And you are making the ignorant assumption that everyone's criticism of Perl is based on a common ignorant assumption. Many of the people criticizing it actually have experience with the language.

If your code is undocumented, uncommented, and hard to read it is obfuscated it means it is bad code. Saying this reflects on the interpreter/compiler is nothing but laziness as the real blame lies with the punk that wrote the mess.

Thay may often be the case. But there are also a lot of people that find their own Perl code to be hard to maintain, as opposed to code they wrote in other languages. If they are just bad programmers, why wouldn't they have the same problem with the other languages they use?

The reality is that different languages encourage programming with different paradigms, styles, and habits. Part of that is due to the language itself and part is often due to the language's history and user-community. I suspect with Perl it is a little of each. But your theories (here and in other posts) that the criticisms of Perl code maintainability are simply due to programmer ignorance/skill or management conspiracies aren't compelling.

more than 6 years ago
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Neal Stephenson's "Anathem" Due In September

tb()ne Waiting for a review of the ending (248 comments)

I read Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash and thought both were great, except for the endings. I thought the endings were rushed, as if he spent a years carefully writing each novel until his publisher suddenly showed up at his door and said "Dude, you've got 24 hours to finish this novel." I'm waiting for a specific review of the ending of this one before I decide whether to buy.

more than 5 years ago

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