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Comment: Re:Ok Time for Top Quality (Score 3, Interesting) 50

by LarsWestergren (#26572457) Attached to: <em>Spore</em> Games For Wii and DS, PC Expansions Due In 2009

I agree. I actually defended Spore here on Slashdot when it was the Great DRM Debate, I thought it was fun. But I got really fed up with it surprisingly quick. Designing creatures remained fun, but the core gameplay was just too...shallow.

I think it really deserved the "most overhyped game" awards it won.

Comment: Re:evolve or die (Score 1) 311

by LarsWestergren (#25941845) Attached to: Solving the Knight's Tour Puzzle In 60 Lines of Python

If anything Perl is just being relegated to what it's _really_ good at, and that's UNIX automation tasks and quick throw-away scripts, and _sometimes_ smallish applications. There's really no better language for these types of things.

I actually prefer Ruby for that sort of stuff, but maybe that's just me. ;)

Comment: Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 255

by LarsWestergren (#25701993) Attached to: Ioke Tries To Combine the Best of Lisp and Ruby

He's announcing it way too early. He has practically nothing to show. There's only one tiny code example that I can see to gauge its merits.

When he announced it on his blog a couple of months ago it he said it was in progress. He is still experimenting with the syntax and semantics of the language, so I think it is currently mostly interesting for those who want to discuss ideas and experiment themselves.

Comment: Re:Prototype-based? I'll pass. (Score 1) 255

by LarsWestergren (#25701927) Attached to: Ioke Tries To Combine the Best of Lisp and Ruby

Ioke is cute, but there's just no really good reason for such a strange syntax

I'm not sure Ioke is the language for me, but I think it is interesting that he is experimenting with syntax and trying out new things. He has blogged about his reasons for using space as the method operator, and the consequences.

People who come up with "l33t" ideas like this need to be put on maintenance programming of code written by others for six months or so.

I've worked with Ola. Trust me, he's done plenty of maintenance programming over the years. :)

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Ioke Tries To Combine the Best of Lisp and Ruby 255

Posted by timothy
from the like-a-sibilant-jewel dept.
synodinos writes "Ola Bini, a core JRuby developer and author of the book Practical JRuby on Rails Projects, has been developing a new language for the JVM called Ioke. This strongly typed, extremely dynamic, prototype-based, object-oriented language aims to give developers the same kind of power they get with Lisp and Ruby, combined with a nice, small, regular syntax."

Comment: Re:For those that don't get the joke (Score 1) 388

by LarsWestergren (#25672659) Attached to: Michael Crichton Dead At 66

Crichton's point is it doesn't matter how many people *think* he's is wrong about climate change, it only takes one person to *prove* him wrong. Science isn't consensus, and nothing has been proven.

Yet when deciding what to do about potential problems, we have to take consensus into account....exactly for the reasons you state - that we can't know things with absolute certainty.

Now that the Republicans are out of the White House, expect the climate change crisis to conveniently fade away from the public consciousness.

US centric much? This is a global problem, discussed all over the world.

A HACK? Your opinion is wrong. Crichton was thought-provoking and insightful, and he was a gifted story-teller

No, the GP had it right. He was a hack, wrote thinly disguised straight-to-Hollywood scripts, and will soon be forgotten, your fanboy hissyfit nonwithstanding.

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Studies Say Ideology Trumps Facts 784

Posted by samzenpus
from the water-still-wet dept.
Anti-Globalism writes "We like to think that people will be well informed before making important decisions, such as who to vote for, but the truth is that's not always the case. Being uninformed is one thing, but having a population that's actively misinformed presents problems when it comes to participating in the national debate, or the democratic process. If the findings of some political scientists are right, attempting to correct misinformation might do nothing more than reinforce the false belief."
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+ - RESTful Grails: Build a resource-oriented architec->

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cyberpead writes "In this installment of Mastering Grails, the article introduces various ways to get Grails to produce XML instead of the usual HTML. Learn to creating Web pages that give users the information they want, while offering a source of raw data that other Web developers can easily mix in with their own applications."
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+ - LanguageWare Miner for Socio-Semantic Networks->

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jmalasko writes "Find out about the recent updates made to the LanguageWare Miner for Multidimensional Socio-Semantic Networks. This technology provides a unified API that helps in creating solutions for multidimensional networks and provides an integrated platform for combining social computing, semantic processing, and activity-centered computing for enhanced user experience."
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+ - Sun launches new Open Source Project Hosting Site->

Submitted by ruphus13
ruphus13 (890164) writes "The options for hosting Open Source projects just increased. Sun decided to follow suit and double-down on their Open Source hosting efforts by announcing "Project Kenai" (pronounced Keen Eye). There are already several options for hosting projects today, including sourceforge.net, github, Google Code, Launchpad, Tigris, Codehaus, Sun's own Java.net and others. From the article, "Project Kenai is built on Ruby on Rails, and uses Subversion and Mercurial version-control systems.". The stated goal, according to Sun's site is, "Kenai is a recognition by Sun that, as the largest open source company in the world, we need to take control of our own destiny. We need a place to nurture and grow our open source communities that we ourselves can control; we need to demonstrate credibility in building on top of more traditional LAMP/SAMP web stacks (not just Java EE); and we need to show viability of Sun technologies and hardware for next-generation web applications.""
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