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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

tralfaz2001 Re:DDR2/3/4 (181 comments)

Lets hope so. DDR3 has always been a joke, since it gained speed over DDR2 when configured in 3 channel banks. Except it is almost never configured that way, and thus resulted in faster clocked DDR2. Hopefully DDR4 works appropriately when configured in a 4 DIMM bank.

about 2 months ago
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Coming Soon(ish) From LG: Transparent, Rollup Display

tralfaz2001 Re:Can someone explain... (64 comments)

Duh. Just think how easy it will be to change your desktop background. With one of these all you would need to do is change the poster you placed behind your display with a different poster.

about 3 months ago
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Python 3.4 Released

tralfaz2001 Re:Guido is the problem (196 comments)

Oh, does your highly effective, widely popular scripting language not suffer from this problem. Thank goodness Python has a benevolent dictator, otherwise it might end up with a hack at the helm that tries to satisfy every whining idiots wish feature, and you end up with something as horrid as C++. But Stroustrup is such crowd pleaser.

I've been using Python since 1.5, and I've always considered it my secret weapon to get things done faster than anyone thought it could be done. All while producing code that is easy to read and maintain, unlike the popular scripting disaster at the time that was called Perl. Over the years its usefulness has only expanded to areas I would have never expected. And so it remains as my not so secret weapon to this day. Is it perfect, no, no language is. Like all languages it has its place where it works well, and plenty where its a bad choice.

Most griping in this thread are by people that clearly have not used Python for anything significant, but have heard about the GIL issue, and feel they must whine that their favorite language is not more popular. The GIL issue can be dealt with in a number of ways, Jython being my favorite. The GIL has never been an issue in anything I've done with Python, for two reasons. One I've never used Python where that would be an issue, and two when I have chosen Python, I designed code so it would not pose a problem. It's a bit crazy, but this seems to work.

about 7 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

tralfaz2001 So much of my youth wasted on pinball (283 comments)

Or rather invested in playing with silver balls... Wait that sounded bad. Oh well backspaces are for weenies. Wait that didn't sound to good either. Oh well. Anyway I'm old enough to remember when the bank of EM pins at my local bowling alley was invaded by this strange Pong device. I admit it stole my attention for a bit, but there was no way to win a free game. What fun is that. You could never rule a game, and leave a machine with a dozen free games for the low skill hangers on to wonder how you did it. That Pong thing was then replaced by a Space Invaders, which at least had a high score table. That managed to divert some time away from the pins, but always pins where number one. Well until the Space Invaders was replaced with an Asteroids. Oh dear, that broke the spell. Well at least until solid state pins introduced the speed, multi-ball, gadgetry, and depth of play that just kept improving until it came to a spectacular end with the Bally/Williams Attack From Mars and Medieval Madness games. I was wise enough to acquire an Attack From Mars as my 4th pin, but I still lament being to "grown up" to grab a Medieval Madness when they only went for $3500 instead of the $15,000 they go for today.

about a year ago
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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

tralfaz2001 Re:2001 (438 comments)

THHHHAAAAANNNNKK YOOOOOOOUUUUUU! So many ADHD youngsters can't stay with this film long enough to make it to the space sequences. Also the design and movements of the EVA pods is dead on. There are a few picky errors, like the liquid retreating in the straw in the food tray, but you could argue that vacuum caused it. So it is possible to do right, but it takes a lot of artistic clout to defy the Hollywood formula. Apollo 13 came pretty close, except there did seem to be a lot of sound in space. So I still claim 2001 number 1 in accuracy. They even got where computers turn into our masters right.

1 year,7 days
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Windows Blue 9364 Screenshots Show Feature Enhancements

tralfaz2001 Just like new coke... (502 comments)

There is an opportunity here if M$ is smart enough to take it. Just like Coke turned the New coke fiasco into a brilliant mistake, M$ could turn this Win 8 failure into a chance to actually differentiate its myriad different versions of Windows products. Win Home versions could come with Metro the default UI, with the classic desktop as an option. The pro and enterprise versions could make the standard desktop the default with metro as an option, but with the option to disable Metro all together. The server versions should not have a metro bone in them at all. Now if they basically give the home versions away, charge a fair amount for the pro/ent/server versions... profit. And the hate may die down.

I don't think they are this smart however, and hope they ride this Win8 turkey all the way to oblivion. It is really entertaining to watch.

about a year and a half ago
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Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos Talks About Managing Remote Workers (Video)

tralfaz2001 Thousands of years? (100 comments)

"how things were done for thousands of years before the industrial revolution."

So that is how the pyramids were built. Thousands of quarry workers, stone masons, and laborers all working from their condos.

about a year and a half ago
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Why My Team Went With DynamoDB Over MongoDB

tralfaz2001 Re:I don't understand (106 comments)

Please for the love of god tell me I'm not the only one that got this Blazing Saddles reference. Well done sir.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Releases HiRISE Images of Curiosity's Descent

tralfaz2001 Brings back memories of the 1960s (220 comments)

This photo is so astounding that it brings back memories of the 1960s moon landing days. I was totally enthralled by the awesome techno-wizardry it took set, not one, but two men on the moon, and bring them back to earth. The techno wizardry needed to pull this shot off seems the equal of the feats of those heady days. Well done NASA, well done.

more than 2 years ago
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Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

tralfaz2001 And cigarettes aren't addictive.. (288 comments)

The man's favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged. All credibility voided by that fact alone.

more than 2 years ago
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A New C Standard Is On the Way

tralfaz2001 Really who does this crap (305 comments)

Replace gets() with gets_s()! You couldn't call it something sane like get_line(), or even gets_line() to avoid name collisions. Anything connected with C++ just seems to spread its taint.

more than 2 years ago
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Two Elements Added To Periodic Table

tralfaz2001 Baloneyium (138 comments)

According to my Oscar Meyer periodic table of elements, element 120 is called Baloneyium. -- The Simpsons

more than 3 years ago
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Smokescreen, a JavaScript-Based Flash Player

tralfaz2001 Re:Slow on Firefox (356 comments)

I had the same experience the first time I attempted to load the page. It was absolutely glacial. Then ,I tried to load the page a second time and it seemed to run just fine. I'm guessing some timing was altered when certain chunks of data got cached on the client. Try letting the page begin rendering, then reload the page. It worked for me on FF 3.6.3 on a MacBookPro3,1 2.6GHz. Curious if anyone else has similar results.

more than 4 years ago
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Stroustrup Says C++ Education Needs To Improve

tralfaz2001 Note to Bjarne, please stop! (567 comments)

Dear Bjarne,

Your language is broken. It was broken very early on, but at least it could be described in 200 pages of densely printed text. Now it has grown to insane proportions in ever more elaborate attempts to add feature upon feature in an effort to satisfy every possible programmers syntactic fetish. Until it is at the point where anyone attempting to use the language spends more time trying to master the tool, rather than using the tool to create the end result.

Because of the absurd feature set, it has become nearly impossible to master the full breadth of the language. This manifests itself in the worst way when you have a group of coders each knowing different features of the language, with only a small subset that makes up the intersection of every coders C++ skill. The end result is that programmer A spends half his/her time trying to figure out what programmer B did with the language, rather than the what problem the code was trying to solve.

The most important thing to teach about C++ is how not to use it. By that I mean teachers should be telling their students, "This language has a 1000 features (or is it 5000 now I lost count), you should only learn about 100." The key is which 100. It is great for low level coding, an improvement over C if used judiciously. If used to construct complex object systems it is a horrible choice. Higher level dynamic languages are the way to go.

Bjarne if C++ is to continue to be used, you need to stop dumping more garbage into the putrid landfill that C++ has become. Instead it should be stopped in its tracks, and the programming community should restart a new C extension that takes some of the useful ideas of C++, simplifies them, and carefully limits any attempt to add features without any real value. In short do what you completely failed to do.

Oh and Bjarne your language deity status is here by revoked due to abuse of power.

more than 6 years ago

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