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Comment: I'm just happy they made it (Score 1) 468

by cerberusss (#48408915) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

I do understand the complaints made. Sometimes it feels limiting that a constant connection is required.

However, I'm just happy they are finishing the project. I have many happy memories of playing Elite in my youth. In this day and age, creating a video game is a massive and complicated project, and they seem to have succeeded. I pitched in a hundred pounds, and they're also going to release it on the Mac, which is currently my most-used platform.

Comment: Re:yea no (Score 2) 319

by cerberusss (#48368349) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Never, ever, testify against yourself. Even in the case of a college, it's foolish.

Why am I here professor? Is it because of the assignment? It's all a big misunderstanding. She invited me over to work on the assignment and perhaps I thought too much of it. But she never clearly said "no", so you naturally understand..

What? No, I didn't copy the answer.

Comment: Colleges encourage this themselves (Score 1) 319

by cerberusss (#48368301) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

I've seen this at my college as well. CS students graduated without actually having programmed.

Colleges actually encourage this with their way of teaching:
- Massive classes without any real contact with teachers
- Weird focus on working in project groups

Doing everything as a project with small assignments often has one student both leading and finishing the assignment. Other students then get demotivated.

The obvious solution is to do like companies do. Companies like Toptal vet their applications via Codility. They'll do a Skype session and have you finish a couple of small assignments.

Obviously, this isn't always applicable. But when students hand in their assignment on, say, networking, then the teacher could ask each student for a very minor change in the assignment. And see how he's doing.

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Comment: Re:Spiritual Needs (Score 2) 268

by cerberusss (#48233923) Attached to: Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

It seems to me that people without a strong sense of identity are finding something to give them one.

Even those with a strong sense of identity sometimes need comfort, or vent a bit, or be thankful etc.

Personally I pray to the classic Greek pantheon. Of course I know it's not real. But it's as good a way as any. So I thank Hera for the fact that I've got a healthy daughter, and I thank Hephaestus for a good day's work.

I don't give a shit that it's all imaginary. Thanks to science, I know that thankfulness and praying is proven to make people happier. And unfortunately, with my normal mood naturally below average, I do a lot of exercises like that.

Fact sheet positive psychology (PDF)

Comment: Weird situation with Mac Pro (Score 1) 109

by cerberusss (#48179311) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

With this new iMac and its display, the Mac Pro is starting to look a bit bleaker. I actually think it starts to look a little weird.

Performance-wise, if you configure this iMac with the 4 GHz processor, you get the fastest CPU, at least 25% faster than the Mac Pro in single-threaded tasks according to this benchmark. Mac Pro still has Ivy Bridge-architecture Xeons.

And the current Mac Pro can't drive a 5K display, but it's true that it can drive up the three 4K displays.

So the Mac Pro doesn't really make sense anymore unless you need its graphics cards to support OpenCL applications, or you want the parallelism of 8 or 12 cores, or you need its ECC RAM.

Comment: Far too expensive (Score 5, Informative) 205

by cerberusss (#48175673) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

I work at a scientific institute and the license costs of Matlab quickly explode if you need something beyond basic functionality. Since we work on the public's money, we haven't bought into Matlab.

Almost by itself, all scientists and engineers standardized on Python and NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib. There's a couple of people using Octave, the open source Matlab alternative, but that's very limited right now.

Comment: Or you know, not marry (Score 4, Informative) 304

by cerberusss (#48151849) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Perhaps it's unthinkable in American minds, but here in the Netherlands, only about half of the people in solid relationships decide to marry. And there seems to be no set time for this either. More often than not, I've seen friends marry after their first child.

I'm not marrying, the odds are decidedly in favor of women. The Netherlands has the highest percentage of women working parttime. As a man, you'll be paying through the nose.

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