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Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 485

by djbckr (#49337037) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
This was written by some guys that really don't know how computers work. Seriously. They have not studied algorithms nor understand how Java/Python works under the hood, nor how the operating system I/O subsystem works (specifically caching). How this wound up on /. I just don't get it. If you are doing string concatenation, at least try to do it the right way.

Comment: Mac/Retina (Score 1) 385

by djbckr (#49286123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
The Macs with Retina displays are second-to-none. Visually spectacular that nothing comes close to. Get a model that has the memory/processor you want and put VirtualBox on it for Linux and run it full-screen. I don't do physics, but I spend most of my time in the Linux VM. It's wonderful. I'm not a fan-boy, but the Apple hardware is worth it.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 0, Flamebait) 229

by djbckr (#49216481) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened
I know you're saying that to be funny, but...
As this story points out, Windows is a horrible, horrible magnet for scams like this, and it's all too easy for scammers to take control over your machine. Plus, I generally find that Windows is more-or-less unusable. My wife and kid both have Macs, and my kid has a Windows laptop that our school district gives all the students. The students are trained on how to use Windows, and my daughter can't understand why "Windows makes it so hard to do stuff". So, Macs at home - I'm not scammed - they are superior machines in every way, and really not much more expensive than comparable computers. I also run Linux on a Mac Book Pro, because it's a better computer than 99% of the stuff out there.

Comment: Re:From an Audio Engineer (Score 1) 99

by djbckr (#49070341) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places
Fully agree - properly built studios are crazy quiet, but most I have been in are what I call "average quiet". Good enough for the task at hand, as most musical instruments are pretty loud. But for 99 percent of the stuff recorded these days, your bedroom is good enough unless you are near a noisy road or something. I've been in an anechoic chamber a couple of times and they practically suck the life out of you. I also agree that nature most certainly does have an ambient noise, but on a clear summer day with no wind and no water, it's nearly like an anechoic chamber.

Comment: From an Audio Engineer (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by djbckr (#49069855) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places
I'm a part-time musician and audio engineer. Because of this, I have a more sensitive perception of noise than probably most people. I have lived in urban/suburban areas most of my adult life and I can hardly stand it. Even quiet recording studios don't really get it as quiet as I'd like. I try to get out to the wilderness whenever I can which is every couple of months - I mean way out there where you will find very few people nearby. It is difficult to find words to describe how nice and peaceful it is when it's so quiet - not to hear noise of any kind, except from nature. We are surrounded by air-conditioning and cars, and people and civilization - and it frankly takes a toll on my sanity (the sound is all I'm talking about). Much to my wife's chagrin, I regularly wear earplugs to restaurants, and always carry them with me. It's really amazing how loud things are.

Comment: Two Camps (Score 3, Interesting) 648

by djbckr (#48856471) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I see two camps:
  • The people that want to know what goes on in the computer - systems level stuff
  • The people that want to get something done - application developers

The first people would do good to learn straight-up C, and graduate to C++. The latter group should learn Python/Java/C#/Javascript/HTML/CSS/SQL. Though I don't use Python regularly, I think it's a good starter language.

Comment: I have a great gig... (Score 1) 294

I was lucky enough to be hired by a company that lets me work remotely. I get paid what I expect/deserve, and I didn't have to move to San Francisco. I go there about 3~4 times a year just to get face-time with the people I work with. They like it because they don't have to find a space for me, and I like it because I didn't want to move to California.

Comment: Idiot Alert x2 (Score 4, Insightful) 386

by djbckr (#48697315) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

First, the author of the article. Only an idiot would think normal consumers would actually buy this car. It's going to be pay-by-ride, almost like a taxi but without a driver.

Second, HughPickens, who thinks people actually like what he has to say - and repeats the idiot author - which makes him just as much of an idiot.

Please, for the love of $DEITY, go away

Comment: Maybe I'm on the edge or something... (Score 1) 190

by djbckr (#48685305) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared
I used to use a clicky keyboard for many years, the UniComp one, but I don't really use it much anymore. I also have a friend that had a nice cherry keyboard and I got to use it for a while. When I got a Mac a number of years ago, I got the Apple "chicklet" full-size keyboard with a number-pad. I love it. Practically silent operation, and the tactile feedback is quite sufficient. I feel like I always know when the key has been pressed, it never ghosts or misses a stroke. I play a few video games on it (not many) and never had issue with it. Lastly, it's not huge. Very low profile, and I really like that.
It just seems the clicky keyboards are really just clunky to me.

Comment: XML??? (Score 1) 32

by djbckr (#48676751) Attached to: Net Neutrality Comments Overtaxed FCC's System
I really don't get it. XML wasn't designed for things like this, and yet people still want to use it as a database. It's one of the most goofy things I've come across in my years as a developer. I've been working in this industry since before XML was even an idea, and it's still a bad one (well, for things like this anyway). Admittedly it's good to get data from one system to another *in small chunks*, but don't try to move so much data in one block.

Comment: Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (Score 1) 105

by djbckr (#48399083) Attached to: How To Anesthetize an Octopus

why not just flood the execution chamber with nitrogen or some other inert gas?

I think it's even easier and I'm not sure why nobody does this: Drain the blood from the person. I gave blood (once) and passed out. It was not very scary, a very short window of "oh, that's weird" and I was gone. I came-to several minutes later and was fine. No gas or dangerous environment, no pain, just drain the blood out.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?