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Comment: Re:MSE Support (Score 1) 151

by Tumbleweed (#49387337) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

Doesn't seem to work for me. Sort of.

The "introductory" video on Achievement Hunter's Let's Play YouTube channel plays using the the HTML5 player, but nothing else seems to work.

Weird. I've been watching HTML5 videos in >720p resolution for some time now. What OS are you using? I'm using it on Windows. You enabled MSE via the about:config page, yes?

+ - Kpop music video by Crayon Pop is a tribute to Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, etc.->

Submitted by Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed (3706) writes "Korean pop group Crayon Pop, known for their quirky concepts such as their viral hit "Bar Bar Bar" has released a new song and music video, 'FM' (meaning Field Manual — slang for someone who is very by-the-book and inflexible). The music video portrays the Crayon Pop members as transforming Power Rangers (or Super Sentai)-style heroes (who also dress up in Sailor Moon-style outfits in part of the video), and battling bad guys. A lot of nostalgic fun for those of a certain age...and the song is good, too!"
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Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 2) 485

by Coryoth (#49336973) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

And this is why we should not teach CS101 in Java or Python. If they'd been forced to use C this whole experiment would have turned out differently.

Not at all. If you wrote your C in memory string handling as stupidly as they wrote the Python and Java you will still get worse performance in C (e.g. each iteration malloc a new string and then strcpy and strcat into it, and free the old string; compared to buffered file writes you'll lose). It's about failing to understand how to write efficient code, not about which language you chose.

Math

Pi Day Extraordinaire 107

Posted by samzenpus
from the pecan-apple-or-cherry? dept.
First time accepted submitter DrTJ writes Today is Pi day. This year is a bit more extraordinary as it is 3/14/15 (in American date format). To celebrate, USA Today has posted a number of videos of kids reciting Pi, one of them to 8,784 digits. The Washington Post highlights the story of a couple who decided to make it their special day. "Donahue, 33, a Legal Aid attorney, fell for Karmel’s geeky side as soon as they met. On a beach vacation with her friends in 2012, a psychic told her, 'You are about to meet your soulmate.' Three days later, she walked into Kostume Karaoke night at Solly’s Tavern along the U Street corridor and saw a man onstage croaking out the Backstreet Boys’s 'I Want It That Way.' By the end of the night, he would be serenading her with Cake’s 'The Distance' — the song the DJ will play when they cut the pie."

Comment: Re:He's off his rocker. (Score 1) 531

by RatBastard (#49139069) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

No purpose if we cease to exist after we die? Is not leaving a better world for our descendants not purpose enough? Is not making life better for our fellow humans not purpose enough? What is it with Christians and their "if humans do not matter for eternity they do not matter at all" sickness?

You are a member of a very unique species: a species able to define a purpose for itself. Nature spent 13,500,000,000 years creating a brain capable of this unique task. Honor the effort and use it. Or, wallow in your nihilist mental squalor. It's up to you.

Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 2) 448

by Coryoth (#49105731) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

I'm guessing the reason he doesn't take money from the fossil fuel industry is because he just can't be bothered with such trifling sums. The average salary in the US is more like $350k or $400k, IIRC. 120k is for total losers.

I can only presume your talking about research grants combined with salary, despite saying "The average salary" because otherwise you are simply flat wrong. The average salary for (full) professors in the US is $98,974.

Comment: Re:On a related note: (Score 1) 291

by Coryoth (#49059717) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Should we teach everyone basic first aid and CPR, fundamentals of mechanics, and the basics of how to sew, cook, etc.? Yes, yes we should.

I don't think the "Teach Everyone to Code" movement is about making everyone professional programmers; it's about ensuring that everyone gets exposed the basics of how programming works, just like they get exposed to the basics of a great many other things in their schooling.

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