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Comment: Re:Only works if the teacher isn't the one in thre (Score 1) 470

by aled (#46673427) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

When I was in high school, one of our teachers told us voodoo magic was real, and that contrary to popular belief, it would work on you even if you didn't believe in it. Try to make teachers talk about astrology and you'll end up with them going around the classroom with shit like, "That's because you're a Virgo".

In school my geography teacher was a believer of the hollow earth and recommended us to read some book about it.
Beat that!

Comment: Re:Why doubt something better would exist? (Score 1) 154

by aled (#45934749) Attached to: Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

Truly. There was real need for a portable, high level and safer (really) language. YMMV but I remember doing C with embedded SQL that was a pain, non-portable between platforms, compilers nor databases, debugger-less, etc. Lots of pain. The same program in Java would be a breeze. No pointers, no hand memory allocation, portable binaries, even the database drivers are portable.
There are lots of applications that are better suited for Java than C or even C++.

Comment: Re:pretty quick on the C++14 support (Score 1) 118

by aled (#45907827) Attached to: LLVM and Clang 3.4 Are Out

Is was that in the past, but is that true today?
According to the latest benchmarks in Phoronix

Clang 3.4 offered faster performance of compiled C/C++ code in several areas but GCC 4.9 also brings some performance improvements of its own over the current stable release. Clang still certainly outperforms GCC when it comes to compile times, but aside from that the compiler performance competition is rather mixed depending upon the particular code-base, workload, and processor.

For being a much younger project than GCC, LLVM/Clang is certainly running nicely and now building with almost all C/C++ code-bases tossed its way, and with the 3.4 release it's one step closer to having performance parity (or superiority) to the GNU Compiler Collection on modern x86 CPUs.

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow