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Comment: Re:oh duh (Score 1) 301

by constpointertoconst (#45957355) Attached to: Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

I type 130wpm using only 6/10 of my fingers.

I sometimes use different fingers for the same key - entirely subconsciously. I find it fascinating how my brain automatically computes the movements needed based on the word I'm about to type. That's the catch, though - I actually need to know ahead of time what I'm about to type, so I'm not nearly as good at copying material as I am at typing put my thoughts.

"Touch typing" is hardly the only "correct" way of typing.

Comment: Re:Also true of Sysadmins (Score 1) 161

I had one of these where the keyboard involved was wireless. The keyboard was haphazardly stored in a stack of junk near the computer (after the user installed a new keyboard, apparently), with the receiver still plugged in, and then books were placed on top of it.

Seeing the situation after responding to the complaint about the beeping, I immediately knew what the problem was, but it took me some time to actually find the keyboard.

Comment: Re:C-like C++ is the way to go (Score 1) 333

by constpointertoconst (#43196621) Attached to: Comparing the C++ Standard and Boost

Even in C++98, it is possible to write a local function equivalent like this:

void foo() {
  struct { void operator()() {
    printf("I'm local, yo!");
  }} localFunction;


However, the anonymous struct cannot be used as a template argument, severely limiting the usefulness of this construct.

Comment: Re:Alessonislearned (Score 1) 321

by constpointertoconst (#42428065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

Although I don't think it qualifies as best of 2012, since it's updated just once in 2012, it's still very good. I also didn't know it updated, since it hasn't in years. Thanks for the heads up!

The art is done by the artist (David Hellman) who did the art for Braid (which was right after the comic stopped updating).

Comment: Scunthorpe Problem (Score 5, Informative) 185

by constpointertoconst (#40183627) Attached to: War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire

There is a Wikipedia article about this issue:


"The problem was named after an incident in 1996 in which AOL's dirty-word filter prevented residents of the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England from creating accounts with AOL, because the town's name contains the substring cunt.[1] Years later, Google's filters apparently made the same mistake, preventing residents from searching for local businesses that included Scunthorpe in their names.[2]"

There is also a stub article about a specific instance of the replacement effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medireview


+ - Google Maps Directions Adds Real Time Traffic Estimates->

Submitted by constpointertoconst
constpointertoconst (1979236) writes "If you use Google Maps to calculate directions, you may now notice (if your route is covered by their traffic data) an "in current traffic" travel estimate for current route. Some may recall that Google Maps had a similar estimate in the past, but it was removed last year due to poor accuracy."
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