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Comment: Why? (Score 1) 29

by Nemyst (#49379857) Attached to: Developer of 'Banished' Develops His Own Shading Language
I have to ask... why? Looking at the few samples, it looks like some kind of hybrid between Microsoft's Effect framework (which used "techniques" to sandwich multiple shaders at different levels together) and Nvidia's Cg language (which output HLSL and GLSL from a common, sorta kinda average of the two languages). Considering how close GLSL and HLSL are already, I just don't see the point of writing anything more than a thin wrapper and a few headers that work as a shim/compatibility layer.

Comment: I'm always amused... (Score 1) 236

Whenever an article even as much as mentions the word "Quebec", the Quebec bashers come out of the woodworks, most of them anonymous cowards. Take a moment to check an article covering any other specific place and you'll note that none of them are so overflowing with baseless attacks and claims, often completely unrelated to the topic.

I don't even understand why that is, which is probably the weirdest part.

Comment: Tax Bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 236

As a resident of Quebec, let me laugh at that statement. Help culture? The Liberals don't give a toss about culture, they're just completely fixed on the notion of having a zero-deficit budget by any means necessary. They'll slash health and education funding, they'll add hidden taxes while claiming none are added, they'll do whatever it takes to reach this, because they're considered to be the "economically focused" party. To give context, when a journalist asked them if they could promise that the significant cuts in healthcare funding would not affect services, they straight up said that they can't say that because there might be "obstruction" or "slow uptake" of their new magical plan which makes more with less.

If culture sees a single cent of that tax, I'll be impressed. This is strictly a way of balancing their budget without raising the tax rates, which would've caused furor. This internet tax sailed past all major news organizations as far as I can tell.

Comment: Re:Boo, you fad killer! (Score 4, Interesting) 111

by Nemyst (#49342219) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

People believing they are smarter than billions of years of evolution gives me no assurance that these people have a clue, let alone care about modifying people.

Putting evolution on a pedestal isn't much smarter. It's not some godlike entity which designed humans with a goal in mind, it's a very long, very sinuous process which often gives locally optimal but globally suboptimal results. There is no reason to think that humans, for some reason, can't do better.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 485

by Nemyst (#49340321) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
No, what happens is that people will pre-allocate a super large memory buffer (and if their buffer is too small? whoops), or they'll completely forget to do free(), or they'll just copy code from the internet that does it for you.

Incompetence crosses language boundaries, if you think C would make them learn any faster, you're utterly kidding yourself.

Comment: Re:Summer cooling? (Score 4, Interesting) 247

by Nemyst (#49304357) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels
The EPA has a page on the very subject, claiming that green roofs not only help with cooling, but also heating, since they act as insulators. They also reduce pollutants in the air and combat the heat island effect present in many large cities. I am not aware of many negatives for them, aside from the maintenance required for the more elaborate ones.

Comment: Re:As a bilingual speaker (Score 2) 274

by Nemyst (#49283443) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
And vice-versa! Being a native French speaker, there are many common English mistakes that I just cannot see myself making, such as their/they're (leur/ils sont). Since the two words have completely different spellings in French, mixing them up is almost impossible, even though I've stopped translating words in my head long ago.

Comment: Re:Vice Versa (Score 2) 274

by Nemyst (#49283407) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
Immersion learning is by far the best way to learn quickly and effectively. It's often used successfully to learn particularly different languages, such as Japanese or one of the many dialects and languages spoken in China. You're better off going there and learning by being forced to speak and think in the language almost 24/7.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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