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Comment: Future of Physics (Score 1) 210

by RoccamOccam (#49076465) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question
I very much enjoyed "A New Kind of Science" -- thank you. Despite the criticisms (in some cases fair), it is an astounding achievement. In it, you write that you believe that the methods developed in your book could lead to a fundamental theory of the Universe. Has your opinion on this subject changed and has there been any progress (of which you're aware) along these lines?

Comment: Surface Pro 3 (off-topic, mostly) (Score 0) 120

by RoccamOccam (#48941761) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

Maybe this is a good time to complain about my WiFi issues with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. When it wakes up, I always have to disconnect and reconnect from the access point. When I go between home and work, I expect it to automatically connect to the appropriate access point, but I always have to do it manually

Apparently, these are known issues. I love my Surface Pro 3, but it would be great if this was addressed.

Comment: Python Assignment (Score 1) 648

by RoccamOccam (#48858225) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

First of all, I love Python. I get to program in Python all day.

However, I often wonder if Python's assignment methodology confuses students that move on to other languages.

In Python, an assignment is actually a naming operation, and not an assignment. On the surface, this seems to be the same thing, but it really is different. The other languages, with which I'm familar, do not operate like this.

Comment: Re:As a proportion of the budget... (Score 1) 287

by RoccamOccam (#48744885) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
Well, not exactly lip service. Compared to their counterparts, even though they still spend excessively, Republican congressmen apparently propose far less spending. I can't find the reference, but a few years back I remember a story that compared the average Republican congressman to the average Democrat. The average Democrat was attached to proposed legislation (as in sponsor) with costs something like four times that of the Republican (if passed).

Comment: Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (Score 2) 641

by RoccamOccam (#48555821) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

"C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off".
Yes, I said something like that (in 1986 or so). What people tend to miss, is that what I said there about C++ is to a varying extent true for all powerful languages. As you protect people from simple dangers, they get themselves into new and less obvious problems. Someone who avoids the simple problems may simply be heading for a not-so-simple one. One problem with very supporting and protective environments is that the hard problems may be discovered too late or be too hard to remedy once discovered. Also, a rare problem is harder to find than a frequent one because you don't suspect it.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup

No problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.