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Comment: Re:Best short programs (Score 1) 178

by Yaztromo (#48921551) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

It would be cool to see which programming languages could have the best short chess programs.

I'd nominate Haskell, scheme and prolog to try it in.

To make things fair, I think you'd have to define the valid set of languages as general purpose languages. I could see coming up with a chess-specific language that would be super-efficient in that the language would already have known chess properties as built-in elements.


Comment: Re:Legions of crappy programmers (Score 1) 199

by Yaztromo (#48918493) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Sigh, forcing people to "learn to code" is just going to create legions of substandard programmers.

Alternately (and somewhat more likely), it will create a legion of future business people with software needs who know how to articulate those needs in a logical way when trying to write a specification.


Comment: Those links are intriguing as are (Score 2) 79

by jpellino (#48894485) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange
their "about" page - which actually has a pic of an astronaut on fire strolling through NYC as their (inspiration?), or their "portfolio" page which lists all of their ventures, none of which are everyday brands. I would expect a less-off-putting / more reassuring "about" page and a more familiar set of ventures.

Comment: He had all 9 treatments way back when, (Score 1) 420

by jpellino (#48889991) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
but he didn't think he'd be around and working long enough to make all nine, so he rolled the dice on the middle three. Honestly, the Ep.IV treatment, if shot as written would have been a yawner. Heck, watch the Ep.IV original trailer - it's a miracle anyone went to see it. Lucas surrounded himself with a lot of talented people, many of whom had moved on by the prequels. How you can turn an actress like Natalie Portman into a prop is truly a puzzlement. By Ep.III he had painted himself into a corner since we all know who has to live and die in the next reel. They need a Episode 3&1/2 - and I don't mean cartoons - to tell how two infants end up a princess and a kid who can operate just about any device he's handed.

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