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Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 195

"I actually bought it for my PS3, and the graphic quality seems pretty good to me"

On a GeForce 7900 Modification. I've got the GeForce 7950GT with double the RAM. Why could I not play this thing at minimum 720p with a steady and decent framerate? Why do the minimum GPU specs show nVidia GeForce GTX460 as the minimum GPU when it's running just fine and looks just fine on a freaking piece of hardware FIVE GENERATIONS OLDER?

Comment: Re:"Rare talents"?! (Score 1) 497

by Bob9113 (#47415663) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Programming is not something that requires grueling training or rare talents. Algebraic topology, cardiothoracic surgery, and competitive chess require those. If you're writing code that requires elite skills, you're doing it wrong - no one is going to be able to understand it, and you will never be able to troubleshoot it. Someone with an IQ of 100 can become a perfectly competent Java or C++ programmer with two years of intensive training.

You said "competitive chess" which implies a high skill level and "cardiothoracic surgery" which implies doing it well enough to have zero fatal errors most of the time. Those don't correlate to "competent programmer", nor to a programmer who can perform well in a job that requires code that works, has a long service life, and can be maintained. Writing a PGP key manager that can traverse the web of trust without granting privs to an attacker, for example, really does require elite skills -- just like your elite electrician and elite body mechanic.

Anyone can write Hello World, many can write an address book. It takes a lot of study to be able to write a cluster management system.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 5, Interesting) 497

by Bob9113 (#47415539) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

First off, love your post. Well said.

The tools, well I know people who swear vim is easier to use than the latest IDE that has full intellisense and refactoring builtin, and they are probably right - in that they have learned their craft using that tool and actually are more productive than the bloated and slow IDE could make them.

I would add that very little of my programming time is spent writing code, which is what an IDE is most helpful with; refactoring, code skeletons, reminding you of the order of args, etc. Most of the time I spend programming -- at least on anything that I expect will have a long service life -- is spent thinking through the right way for the code to work so it will be clear, fast, easy on memory, and work in a way that makes sense when we apply it in a different context. There is no IDE or language that can help with that part of the problem.

Comment: Re:Multiple PCs and multiple copies (Score 1) 195

I already use 60+ ports for my camera rigs on my musical instruments, why not for controllers? Let's see, I've got NES to USB, Genesis to USB, PSX to USB, a few regular thrustmater and firestorm joysticks, couple flight sticks, wheel/pedals, and a lot more.

I could easily knock 127 devices out with just my every day stuff.

Comment: Re:"Security" (Score 1) 111

by the gnat (#47412935) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

they were just samples of a common infection

A common infection that killed more people in the 20th century than all wars put together. It's shocking to think that someone would carelessly misplace a vial of an airborne infectious agent with a mortality rate above 20%, even in the mid-20th century. Smallpox is hands-down the deadliest disease in human history - the only reason it could be eradicated was the lack of non-human reservoirs. I'm not particularly afraid of nuclear war, but the thought of smallpox outbreaks scares the shit out of me.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly

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