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Comment: Re:And then the umpire probably calls you out (Score 4, Informative) 212

by Azarael (#34001410) Attached to: Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math
I thought that too, but wikipedia and other online sources say that this only applies when a defensive player is attempting to make a play on the runner. At that point the runner must proceed on the most direct path to the base, without deviating by more than 3ft, otherwise the runner is called out.

Online references aside, this makes a lot of sense thinking of the baseball that I've played and watched on tv.

Comment: And then what? (Score 1) 251

by Azarael (#32631938) Attached to: Better Development Through Competition?
And who is to decide which programmers work is better? Hey wait..

Next you'll have to have another competition between two managerial candidates to see who does a better job of judging the programmers' work.

Gimmickry is not going to solve the issues that we have in software development. You can probably only count on two hands the number of true 'one size fits all' solutions and this isn't one of them.

Comment: And What Recourse Do Players Have? (Score 4, Informative) 479

by Azarael (#32470390) Attached to: Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot
Seriously, how often is it the case that machines pay out *LESS* than they are meant to. We'll never know and I don't anyone in the industry is looking very hard to find out. Code and electronics aren't perfect, but that isn't the player's fault. Perhaps players cannot be paid out in full in all cases, but the awarded prize shouldn't be miniscule.

Comment: Re:Might be particularly applicable to Java (Score 1) 252

by Azarael (#31744548) Attached to: Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

And how does this situation differ other than the fact that the alloc/free operations are done local to the JVM instead of making system calls? The fact that the JVM is doing the work doesn't magically make memory management easier.

The other thing that I'm skeptical about is that the article seems to be contradicted by a more recent paper by the author that they are referencing (see Zorn http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=582419.582421). In the newer paper, Zorn et al. say that custom allocators are less efficient than a modern general purpose allocator.

Comment: Re:So, the question is... (Score 1) 773

by Azarael (#30118486) Attached to: Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

I don't think that's accurate, the info online indicates that cuban wasn't the sole owner of Broadcast.com (which was a company making money), and the transaction was for Yahoo stock rather than cash see http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-completes-Broadcast.com-acquisition/2100-1023_3-228762.html/. If he's still got $2bn after the dotbomb, then that's not bad. Call the guy an idiot mouth piece, but his financial skill isn't that bad.

Comment: Re:Best Photos (Score 2, Informative) 582

by Azarael (#28455663) Attached to: Hitler's Stealth Fighter

But one German tank could shoot down ten Russian ones. So the count alone is not the point.

Don't see the Russians short. Their tanks may not have been as technically advanced as the Germans' were, but they were designed for the terrain where the battles were taking place (snow, cold, mud pits) and they were easier to repair and manufacture. I think that if we looked at what happened in these battles, you wouldn't see the lopsided a result you're claiming.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 2, Informative) 87

by Azarael (#27392711) Attached to: Managing Humans
For those of you who find the wording of the review slimy, keep in mind that almost all of the material in the book is on rand's website. Also, the book is over a year old by now, so it seems odd that it would be advertised now. Anyway, the book is a decent read if books are your thing.

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