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Comment: Writing Code is like Explaining Things (Score 2) 373

by DpEpsilon (#46582179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?
Writing code can be like explaining something or teaching. You can give an explanation that is logically correct but difficult for a human to follow. Programmers tend to neglect this in their code because it can be difficult to construct something that reads well and even if it doesn't read well, it can still be executed by a computer.

I like to think that if code is 'elegant', it can be read well after at most after brief explanation of how the algorithm is supposed to work, because code alone is sometimes difficult to interpret.

Comment: Solution: [Relatively] unobtrusive advertising (Score 1) 731

by DpEpsilon (#45995425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
The reasons I use ad-block are 1. because sites like the Pirate Bay have pornographic ads all over them, which is really unpleasant, and 2. Some sites have ridiculous ads everywhere that produce sound, animate, make things annoying to read when you see random words with two underlines and slow down your browser. If everybody used simple sidebar and banner ads without the typical annoyances they sometimes harbour, I don't think there would be a need for ad-blocking and it's likely advertising would become more effective and therefore, worth a lot more.

Comment: Good Students and Good Security Program (Score 1) 76

by DpEpsilon (#43704421) Attached to: How an Aussie University Creates the World's Best Hackers

So, in general, through all the high school programs that UNSW has available, I'd say it attracts the best students. It just so happens that I know a decent proportion of the students that participated in this competition and I know that they had a keen interest in computer science; so these are the better, more experienced, more enthusiastic students we're talking about here.

Also, UNSW's main security course, COMP9447, is cited as being a good course by people I know who've done it and is very popular amongst the students: They extended the enrollment in the course for this semester at least once (not sure by how much) and there are still many students who missed out.

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp