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Comment: Yes I've used it, but it was for engineering softw (Score 1) 1086

by Captain Chad (#40956205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?
I used complex variables to do circuit analysis when I worked on a software GPS receiver and also used Fourier transforms and vector math. In addition, I've used numerical methods to extrapolate data. But in both these cases, it wasn't computer programming that required me to use the math; rather, it was the nature of the subject area.

Comment: Re:Daniel Suarez (Score 1) 1130

by Captain Chad (#40956123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Daemon reminds me of Neal Stephenson at the top of his game. I just recently re-read Daemon and loved it just as much as the first time. A pulse-pounding mystery/techno-thriller with lots of actual technology thrown in. His characters use real-world hacks to attack networks and computers, like SQL injection.

Unfortunately the second book, Freedom, was a radically different type of story. And it was too removed from reality to be as exciting as Daemon.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.