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Comment: Re:Knuth disagrees (Score 1) 240

by RedWizzard (#46076191) Attached to: Code Is Not Literature

We're talking about Knuth's opinion.

The whole point behind Literate Programming is that you can't read non-literate code as literature, and Knuth believes being able to read code as literature makes it easier to understand. If you could read any sort of code as literature then why would we need literate programming? So given that virtual all code in existence is non-literate it's pretty obvious that trying to promote code reading as literature reading is not going to work that well. The point of this article is that the author tried it both ways (code reading groups reading code as literature and treating it as an investigation) and found the investigative approach worked better. He's not expressing an opinion or proposing a hypothesis, he's simply reporting what worked and what did not.

Comment: Re:Knuth disagrees (Score 1) 240

by RedWizzard (#46071805) Attached to: Code Is Not Literature

to successfully create a code reading culture you must acknowledge that in practice examining most code is not at all like reading literature and instead needs to be approached more like a scientific investigation

OK, so that's an interesting hypothesis, what evidence do you have to support your hypothesis? Doesn't it make more sense that if you want people to read your code, you should make it easy to read (that is, make it literate)?

Evidence? Did you RTFA? I've just given you a one line synopsis, if you want evidence you'll find it there.

Knuth actually provided an anecdote that reinforces this point so I very much doubt he disagrees with it.

I read Knuth's Literate Programming, and I would say I accurately portrayed his viewpoint. Would you like to read the book and tell me how you think I misunderstood it? To restate, Knuth doesn't think all code is literature, he thinks code can be literature, and he taught how to get there.

We're not talking about Knuth's book. We're talking about the article, which you apparently didn't bother to read. In it Knuth provides an anecdote that supports the author's contention. Please, go and RTFA.

Comment: Re:Knuth disagrees (Score 1) 240

by RedWizzard (#46030965) Attached to: Code Is Not Literature

Knuth disagrees...

Knuth (and many others) think code should be more like literature, but to successfully create a code reading culture you must acknowledge that in practice examining most code is not at all like reading literature and instead needs to be approached more like a scientific investigation. Knuth actually provided an anecdote that reinforces this point so I very much doubt he disagrees with it.

Comment: Re: freedom (Score 1) 573

by RedWizzard (#45875643) Attached to: Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency
The first thing the government's lawyers would try to do is to get as much damning evidence as possible defined as state secrets. That prevents the evidence from being introduced in court or used as the basis for a decision or finding. They've done this before, see this story, for example. For a breakdown of the various types of secrets and how they are handled in a court see this piece which is part of a series on Ibrahim vs DHS, the first challenge on a "no-fly" order to make trial.

Comment: Re: Who would believe it? (Score 1) 457

by RedWizzard (#45814913) Attached to: Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

I disagree. Technically the first prostitute wasn't a prostitute until she'd done the deed, and that didn't happen until she'd marketed her wares. Marketing is the oldest profession, prostitution a very close second. ;-)

Only if he or she advertised first. But if he or she was solicited, which seems more likely, then prostitution was the oldest.

Comment: Re:How well does XWayland work? (Score 1) 340

by RedWizzard (#45814897) Attached to: X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

Name one standard graphics system used by more than one operating system ... If you want cross OS compatibility and network transparency, X11 is still the only game in town.

Everyone uses one everyday. I've got four implementations by different vendors on the system I'm using right now. There are implementations for Linux, OS X, Windows, and pretty much everything else. Have you heard of HTML? It's the network transparent UI platform that the world has settled on.

Comment: Re:We vote on leaders not lightbulbs (Score 1) 1146

by RedWizzard (#45700043) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

See and I've tried them. I really have, and even after two or three months, I had to go back because my living room felt like a damn jail cell or dentist office. I tried them again recently too and I still hate them. Why can't they produce them with more normal colour temperatures?

They do. From the first link in the post you replied to: "AVAILABLE IN WARM WHITE (3000K) or DAYLIGHT(5500K)".

Comment: Re:There is no freedom in US (or almost anywhere). (Score 1) 330

by RedWizzard (#44201869) Attached to: U.S. Independence Day is a ...

Snowden didn't flee to get "better treatment," he wasn't being mistreated in the US. He fled law enforcement because he broke the law. He is a fugitive from justice.

Not sure how you got that wrong.

"Broke the law"? There hasn't been a trial. Not sure how you got that wrong.

Perhaps he looked at the way in which the US treated Bradley Manning and decided he'd get better treatment elsewhere?

Comment: Re:data sample question (Score 1) 476

I have always had an honest question about the data on global warming that no one can seem to answer so I will try here...

It's such as simple question that I can't believe that "no one can seem to answer". More likely you just don't accept their answer for some reason. Anyway Google "climate proxies" and you'll have your answer.

Comment: Re:Ok, I have a question. (Score 4, Informative) 476

Are you saying the oceans, which are all connected, are as much as a constant 4" different in level, say, between NYC and, oh, Denmark or Japan?

Yes. See, for example, this Straight Dope which mentions that there is a 8" difference between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at Panama.

Comment: Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (Score 1) 605

by RedWizzard (#43179425) Attached to: Why Can't Intel Kill x86?
We weren't talking about the industry as a whole. We were talking about desktops. Try reading the article in that context.

IDC anticipates that desktops will suffer the biggest slowdown with not only a 4.2% downtick this year but also continued, albeit slower, declines through at least 2017

Desktop sales shrinking for that long is not an insignificant shrinking of the market (segment), it's a sign that the market has permanently changed. There will always be a market for desktops but it's in the process of becoming a niche segment.http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3518209&cid=43088747#

Comment: Re:Why isn't there a whitelist-only mode? (Score 1) 320

I find it strange that I can install a flash blocker that allows me to whitelist certain websites but that similar functionality seems to be missing for Java... the easy answer is to not allow java to run unless the site or even specific URL is in a whitelist.

There is a Firefox feature request to add the ability to block all types of media (Flash, applets, other plugins) by site: bug 94035. It was created in 2001. More than 100 duplicate bugs have been added over the decade since. It's still not been implemented.

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