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Comment: Re:This just in (Score 1) 487

by Tinctorius (#37914052) Attached to: Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than
In theory, it doesn't. In practice, a lot of data ends up being needlessly copied in a lot of software, for various reasons (devs don't care; their superiors don't care; it's the easiest way to abstract it; overlooked bugs; it's for some legacy feature; it's useful for very unlikely cases). It's a waste of processing power, and thus a waste of energy.

Comment: Re:What Does This Mean? (Score 2) 414

by Tinctorius (#37736690) Attached to: Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

In computing pi, the method is much more important than the value. Without further details, I don't know if the programmer's method is novel, but perhaps the implementation is.

The value itself is of little use, except that there is still no answer to the question whether pi follows a pattern, beyond being irrational and transcedental. Keep in mind that the Champernowne constant is irrational and transcedental too, but follows a relatively simple pattern.

GNU is Not Unix

Man Creates Open Source Flashlight 172

Posted by samzenpus
from the things-we-don't-need dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Not content with revealing the source code to his mom's banana bread, two-time BattleBots champion Christian Carlberg has developed an open source flashlight. Carlberg first achieved notoriety shredding competitors' robots with Minion's 14-inch saw blade on BattleBots. Now he's all fired up to begin shipping what they say could be the 'world's first open source flashlight.' But why in the world would you want a reprogrammable flashlight?"
IOS

iOS 5 Jailbroken 135

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the ahead-of-the-curve dept.
Mightee writes "MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has posted some pictures on his twitter account, confirming the jailbreak works fine on iOS 5, but of course it is limited to tethered boot only, which means you will have to connect it to your computer on every reboot. According to his initial testing, Cydia appears to be working just fine on his jailbroken 4th-gen iPod touch; he managed to install an SSHing utility app called iSSH successfully, which can be seen in one of the screenshots below."
Firefox

Mozilla Labs Introduces the Webian Shell 216

Posted by timothy
from the everything-that-rises dept.
kai_hiwatari writes "Mozilla Labs has introduced its concept of a desktop replacement called Webian Shell. The Webian Shell basically consists of a browser which will replace the traditional desktop, and web applications are given more importance than the native applications. Right now, the prototype of the Webian Shell is nothing more than a full screen browser with a dock which holds the tabs and the clock." The project's blog offers more about the ideas and underpinnings; there's even more on the home page of developer Ben Francis.
Space

Newly-Discovered Arm of Milky Way Gives Warped Structure 81

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the lemme-tell-you-about-warped dept.
eldavojohn writes "Researchers are now suggesting that a newly-discovered arm of the Milky Way Galaxy gives it a warped structure. Accumulated evidence leads them to claim that an 18-kpc-long arm exists on the other side of the galaxy and this arm traverses some 50 degrees across our sky as an extension of the Scutum-Centaurus Arm (which is one of the two major arms of our galaxy, the other being the Perseus Arm that we can see much more clearly). The researchers conclude that this extension of the Scutum-Centaurus Arm is partially obscured behind the middle of our galaxy because our galaxy is warped 'like the cap from a freshly-opened beer bottle.'"
Crime

Confessions of a Computer Repairman 387

Posted by timothy
from the bwa-ha-ha-ha dept.
nk497 writes "What really happens to your PC when it's handed over to computer repair cowboys? We reveal the horror stories from computer repair shops — the dodgy technicians that install pirated software, steal personal photos, lie about hardware upgrades, upsell to the unsavvy, or simply steal your PC to sell on. Plus, we tell you how to avoid such dodgy fixers and find a trustworthy repairman."

Comment: Re:Right right right, I get it. (Score 3, Interesting) 78

by Tinctorius (#35989376) Attached to: Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts

Anyone can program, and anyone can learn programming.

No and no.

I have seen many people struggling to learn PHP (as part of their education). Not because they had any issues with the language itself, but because they couldn't systematically approach their problem. And if you would have read the TFA, or even simply peeked at the pictures, you would have seen that this IDE is almost a glorified code coloring editor, where words of code fit together like jigsaw pieces.

The art of programming is actually the art of reverse-engineering: you put your program together like you take your solution apart. If you don't know how to carefully dissect your ideas, then you are not a programmer.

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