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Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1109

by Salgat (#46700467) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
Marriage is too closely tied to religion and culture. It needs to be completely left up to people to decide on their own. The government needs to institute support for only civil unions with no restrictions on anyone, and leave "Marriage" up to individuals to do on their own, in a way not recognized nor controlled by the government.

Comment: Re:Programming is hard... (Score 1) 391

by Salgat (#46608975) Attached to: Toward Better Programming
I disagree, at least as a broad generalization you may or may not be trying to state. Programming has many different levels and many different languages dependent on what you are doing. Ironically one of the most engineering oriented programming platforms, LabView, does exactly what you argue against, using flowcharts and "blockbox" processes to program your hardware. Using high level language and strong abstraction and avoiding re-inventing the wheel when applicable is essential to saving programming time and reducing mistakes, especially emphasizing not needing to know how it is implemented but just the interface. I love programming in Assembly and implementing everything from scratch for certain embedded projects while for GUI programming the last thing I want to do is go through and have to have an unnecessarily deep understanding of the inner workings of something I will never need to know. Obviously being too abstract, forcing things together in the wrong manner, or being overly in-depth can occur, but it's wrong to make a blanket statement about needing to understand in detail every single tool you use beyond what you need to know. There is a reason why you don't learn how to make a car in order to drive it, or that a carpenter doesn't need to know the physics behind a motor to use a drill.

Comment: Re:So they finally caught up to Parallax Inc.? (Score 1) 173

by Salgat (#46539415) Attached to: Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips
You have to remember that Intel and AMD work inside a very limited silicon die area. It would be trivial for them to make a 100 core CPU if they wanted, but the performance would drastically go down. It all comes down to core quantity versus core performance (to put things in perspective, even an ancient single core celeron from the early 2000s would outperform a parallax 8 core cpu). As far as why the Arduino made such a splash, that's because Atmel microcontrollers come with heavy peripheral support, heavy documentation, and a fantastic support for hobbyists through their free IDEs. Atmel is a big corporation that still pushes hard for hobbyist adoption.

Comment: Re:How about 2 fast cores instead of 8 slow ones? (Score 1) 173

by Salgat (#46539363) Attached to: Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips
The only reason you saw phenomenal speed increases on single cores in the past was because we were no where near the frequency barrier. Going from 200 to 400MHz was extremely easy compared to 4GHz to 8GHz, which isn't even possible except in exotic conditions.

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