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Comment: Re:Maintainable... (Score 1) 55

by MrBigInThePants (#49177081) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality
The summary is badly worded with a weird bias.

For most software projects maintainability is THE most important thing for TCO (over 90% as per the article) and thus the MOST important thing. Also I find it hard to believe for your average "REAL" project (i.e. far more than 4.5k of code) changeability and maintainability are not intertwined. Any study arguing otherwise needs it methodology closely inspected.

Technical Debt is real, obvious and accumulates exponentially with the amount of code involved over time. This is what we are talking about here when we talking about being able to change it and maintain it. There is lots of research on this and any experienced enterprise developer will have seen this in action.

MAJOR problems with this study:
  - They used Students. If you don't know why this is bad there is no hope for you.
  - 4500 is barely a code base at in the real world.
  - Debt accumulation is worst over long periods of time and many iterations/changes. This is not commented on at all when describing the example. (NB: From my speed read)

So take this all with a grain of salt. This is a very limited academic paper and not at all definitive or real world applicable in of itself...

Comment: Re: Right, but does it correctly model... (Score 1) 241

by mjwx (#49177067) Attached to: Statistical Mechanics Finds Best Places To Hide During Zombie Apocalypse

There's at least 4 flights a day to Perth from Schiphol. You're not very isolated at all.

Not true, there are 0 flights a day from Schipol to Perth.

International flights from Perth only go to a limited number of locations, Most flights will go through Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Denpasar, Hong Kong or Aukland. If you want to come to Perth, you'll need to transit through one of these hubs first.

Secondly, the closest international hub to Perth is Singapore which is a solid 5 hours of flying away, the closest domestic hub is a Adelaide, which is 2.5 hours flight time. Many will argue that Adelaideans are already zombies.

Thirdly, if a Zombie invasion does begin, air travel will be shut down completely, meaning that the Zombies will need to make the 2650 KM trip from Adelaide to Perth overland which takes 2 days by train. If you dont notice your train has zombies on it in 2 days, humanity is clearly too stupid to live.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 81

Here's a story about Curt Schilling calling out the guys who are talking about fisting and raping his underage daughter, and you're "uncomfortable" with how people use the word "doxing." Way to keep things in perspective.

Here, here's a definition for you:

search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent

Comment: Re:Cheaper method (Score 1) 56

by MightyMartian (#49176609) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

Climatologists get paid whether the world is warming or cooling, and it's not as if the politicians are doing much in regards to what the scientists are saying.

Besides, there's a lot more profit in being a mouthpiece for the fossil fuel industry.

But hey, maybe you can hire Ben Stein to narrate a documentary detailing how all the biolo... er climatologists are in an evil cabal to hide the truth.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 511

There are ways to prevent wars between hostile groups. The more obvious one is redrawing the border such that each gets its slice, and in disputed areas, allocating them one way or another and forcibly resettling the population (as was done in the aftermath of WW2). It sucks, but it's better than a genocide later.

And why is it a good thing exactly?

Comment: Are the search results relevant? (Score 1) 79

Are the search results relevant to my query?

That's all I care about.

I don't give two shits about someone's web portal losing eyeballs and customers. If you're selling relevant products, you'll show up in the search results. If you're not, I don't give a damn about you. You don't have a "right" to profit -- you have to earn it.

Comment: Re:And the mods? (Score 1) 180

by drinkypoo (#49175207) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

I do not know much about minecraft mods but I still seem to remember they are Java as well. If they port minecraft into MS tech (DirecX and C# presumably) what happens to the community mods?

Probably DirectX and C++. And in fact, Microsoft would most likely buy some other game which is close to what they want, then task the studio with making it into Minecraft 2. There are loads of Minecraft clones out there, the trick is finding one which is both technically competent and developed by someone willing to work for Microsoft and sell them their baby.

The existing mods wouldn't work with the new game, obviously. But many Microsoft games have been modded fairly extensively, and Microsoft has even released the sources to one of their games when they were done with it (Allegiance.)

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