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Comment: Data point of one... (Score 1) 251

A couple of years ago when I flew through the US everyone had an e-reader. The last time I flew, which was late last year, everyone had paper books. I notice that the bookstores in US airports still seem to be going strong - Amazon is still selling books hand over fist.

Sure, e-readers are great for storing millions of books (that you can't lend to your friends... dang it), but they just suck.

Comment: Re:Not what it sounds like (Score 1) 395

I don't believe that's true. Quite a few people down a bottle of spirits and pass out and never wake up. It's probably next to impossible to kill yourself with beer purely through the acute toxicity of alcohol, but the same is not true of (say) vodka.

It's normally kids without sufficient experience to understand that although it's physically possible to drink an entire bottle of vodka in a few minutes, it's quite likely to end your life. The LD50 of ethanol translates to a little under half a litre of vodka (or gin, or whatever). That's not very much.

Comment: Re:griping about historical accuracy in this case (Score 1) 194

by brantondaveperson (#49108161) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

I know e e cumming's work well - possibly my favourite poet - and I can't help but think that he has earned his specific usage of capitalisation through his (often rather underrated) work. Can't speak about k.d lang, but this made me smile.

I don't think that circletimessquare has earned his pissyness though - though he doubtless believes that he has.

Comment: Re:griping about historical accuracy in this case (Score 1) 194

by brantondaveperson (#49108055) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

You've got to admit though, you *are* pretty pissy about it.

Also: Conformation does not mean conformity. I assume that you don't care about what the words you're using actually mean, preferring instead to rant (in lower case) about how we all know perfectly well what you mean, and shouldn't worry about what a mere dictionary has to say about the matter.

You know, for someone who says that they're relaxing, you really are awfully uptight.

Comment: Re:Some misconceptions (Score 1) 318

by brantondaveperson (#49082853) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Languages aren't compiled or interpreted: implementations are.

Though true, there are some languages that lend themselves to compilation more than others. Anything with an 'eval' statement, for instance, doesn't lend itself to compilation.

Node.js isn't fast. It's concurrent.

It should be though. If V8 compiles the javascript to machine code, why isn't it fast? I know it isn't, because it's an order of magnitude slower than the equivalent code written in C, and I think a fifth of the speed of code written in Go (from memory...). What's the deal?

Comment: Re:Wading (indenting) in: (Score 1) 520

by brantondaveperson (#49062361) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

That's great that you always have access to your editor-of-choice.

Sometimes one has to use whatever command-line editor happens to be lying around, nano or vi or whatever. Sometimes (yes.. I know...) you might be on Windows trying to use notepad. Notepad++ isn't much better in this respect.

The problem with python is that your code can look fine in any of these editors, but not actually be fine. If I can't find simple syntax errors in code just by looking at it, then there is a problem with the language.

Also, it's not less to type in a syntax-aware editor (in a non-syntax aware editor, python is much worse).

In C: it's "{ \n <code> }" to type a new block
In Python it's ": \n <code> \b" to type a new block.

Comment: Re:[1]=overhead? Not always (Score 1) 520

by brantondaveperson (#49062261) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

Oh ok, I see what you mean. Yes, you could use the zeroth element to store the length, but now you're presumably going to do bounds checking on every access (or what's the length for?), which is even more expensive. Also, storing the length at element zero is problematic if the array is large and the width of the array elements are too narrow to represent it.

Or you could just waste the space, which seems to be a pretty weird approach.

I don't know - it does seem to me that 1-based array indexing is just ever so slightly more difficult and ever so slightly less efficient and far far less common. So, why?

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 439

by brantondaveperson (#49058797) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

Eventually, we'll probably have massive swarms of small, cheap, robotic drones that can swarm the oceans and search for them with active methods (not caring if they get detected themselves).

I would estimate, not being even remotely qualified, that the number of devices you'd need to effectively search the entire oceans for submarines would be an order or magnitude greater than the number of devices you'd need to search the land for, er, land submarines. I mean, armoured trucks or something. And if such an effort did signal the end of submarines, then what are all your small cheap robot drones actually for now?

Damn things would probably turn around and take over.

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