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Comment: Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by LQ (#49743179) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

I decided to log in for this one.

OP asked a question. You obviously do not know the answer because you just made a stupid, insulting reply. Perhaps if you don't know the answer, don't reply. I don't know the answer either, but would be interested in knowing the answer as well and would have asked the question had the AC not already asked. But instead of an answer you just shit all over it and are apparently offended that it got asked. Get over yourself and realize that some people aren't afraid to ask questions when they are ignorant... you might want to try it.

Goodness knows why I feel the need to defend myself here but when a question is asked with the word "fucking" in it, I assume it was not asked in a genuine spirit of enquiry and I answered in sarcastically. Mood is sometimes hard to discern on the net so maybe we are both guilty of misreading it. One of the comments above makes a very good attempt at a more serious answer.

Comment: Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 5, Funny) 103

by LQ (#49742517) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

How does one tell the difference between a chunk of rock and a 3.3 million year old tool? Because they both look fucking indistinguishable to me: they're both just chunks of rock.

Clearly those anthropologists are totally misguided and would be most grateful for your help on this matter.

Comment: Re:The inevitability of gradualism (Score 1) 860

by LQ (#49697849) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

Unfortunately it (sports) does little to soften the scary fact that some day each of us will die. Or that a loved one will die. Or when the circumstances of our life are especially shitty. It's really not an effective substitute for religion in any of those scenarios.

But it does function as another opium of the people. - something to absorb and distract from existential angst.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 158

by LQ (#49147665) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
I've seen this. Most coders just glue third party stuff together with a bit of business logic. Nobody ever writes anything from bare metal, no complex algorithms, nothing. It just takes too long to test your own stuff. The Java world is so rich in libraries that you can always track down something that does what you need.

Comment: Re:Is this a Java problem? (Score 1) 411

by LQ (#49036543) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

It seems like the Java ecosystem is fine tuned for producing a high signal to noise ratio as far as intent of code is concerned. So much of the ecosystem stresses templates, massive IDEs and other automated tools that make the production of thousands of lines of unnecessary boilerplate incredibly easy. Besides, isn't this the nature of Java anyway? It seems like it's designed to produce the most verbose code possible in the hope that if everything is explicit more bugs can be diagnosed since the compiler has more to work with. It's almost a troll article, seriously, it's like the guy is just tryiing to piss people off.

I suppose you didn't read the article where it says "while this study only looked at Java code, the authors expect these finding would hold true for other languages, particularly C and C++, due to the similarities of the languages." I assume they only analysed a large body of Java code because it is easily parsed. And note they say C too, not just C++.

Comment: Re:Phenmomenal raw intelligence got me through sch (Score 3, Insightful) 249

by LQ (#48792401) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

I never studied. My phenomenal raw intelligence got me through. I could listen to the lecture, instantly digest the material, and understand it better than most of my classmates did even after they spent the evenings poring over books and lectures. Could I have done better if I studied? Absolutely. Would I have had nearly as much fun hanging out at the local watering hole during the evenings? No way. Grades are fleeting. Intelligence stays with you as long as you are above ground and cannot be taken away.

Taking you at face value, I would advise that you can only cruise for so long. At some point you have to combine a bit of work with that awesome mind to progress.

Comment: Re:Nasa's budget is ridiculous (Score 1) 287

by LQ (#48746529) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

The population of the USA is about 320M, so that works out at 160M, or $1.6M. NASA's budget is actually around $17,647M, so you're off by three orders of magnitude. Do you, by any chance, work for Verizon? It's actually about $55 per person in the USA (including children).

As opposed to the useless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which cost abut $6 trillion or $75,000 for every American household.

Comment: Re:SF Economic Plausibility (Score 1) 300

by LQ (#48743937) Attached to: Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Yup, this raise one of my big complaints about some SciFi stories: lack of economic plausibility.

Science Fiction is great for looking at how we might deal with various potential technologies. Readers are perfectly happy to suspend disbelief and accept whatever technology is proposed. What readers aren't willing to do is suspend disbelief and accept people behaving implausibly.

To write good science fiction, you need to accurately portray people. You can make up the technology, but you have to get humanity right. And that means you have to get the economics right.

I would recommend Iain M. Banks' Culture series where a post-scarcity society turns economics on its head.

An engineer is someone who does list processing in FORTRAN.