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Comment: I majored in applied math (Score 2) 241

by Snotnose (#47486937) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning
some 20 years ago (yikes, did the math and it's closer to 30). I wanted to do signal processing and such, but I realized MIT grad students were doing all the fun stuff. I now write embedded software, and the only time I use math is when I either go off on a tangent, or sine off on an apology for doing so.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 4, Insightful) 379

by Snotnose (#47440631) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
So a bunch of insane asshats decide to shoot rockets at you, and you're supposed to pull up stakes and move elsewhere? In this example, from Israel to the US?
I have to admit, I must be missing something. If a bunch of nutjobs in Tijuana decided to shoot rockets into my hometown of San Diego I would certainly hope the government would respond.

Comment: Good news for me (Score 1) 164

by Snotnose (#47250305) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs
Considering 90% of my storage is write once, read many (email, mp3, dvds, programs, etc), this is good for me as long as the drive has a good, errr, brain fart, scheme so when I write a byte it chooses one I haven't written to in a while. My SSD should last forever, or until the electron holes break free of their silicon bonds.

Comment: Re:Python (Score 1) 466

by Snotnose (#47240941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?
Python++. The only thing I don't like about it is the way whitespace delimits blocks, but that's already been gone over.
Javascript is the language from hell, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
Off the top of my head, here's the languages I've used enough to feel like I was good at: awk, sed, bash, C, C++, perl, python, java, javascript.

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