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Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Insightful) 1081

by dmbasso (#49258657) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

If America wants to execute people, THEY WILL.

Psychopaths sympathize with that statement.

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to understand that some people are not worth letting live

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to realize how flawed your justice system is, and how many innocents had their lives taken by it.

Comment: Re:Anonymous speech *is* the problem (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#49215867) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

Westboro Baptist church is about as offensive as a literal-interpretation-Christian organization can get and they are not anonymous.

FTFY. But I bet they still eat shellfish.

[Obligatory plea for God to damn Westboro Church and I'm glad that asshole Fred Phelps is dead.]

That's what Jesus would say. You are indeed a good Christian (I mean, if by "God" you meant Yahweh).

Comment: Re:YANIH (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by dmbasso (#49212907) Attached to: Google Introduces Freon, a Replacement For X11 On Chrome OS

I don't think Bazaar can be included in the NIH set, as upstart and mir can. When they started working on Bazaar, there was no distributed VCS that was as simple and intuitive as what they had implemented. I've used Darcs before switching to Bazaar, and though I don't remember specifics, I remember feeling much more comfortable using bzr. In the end, git is the clear winner of the DVCS race (Mercurial folks might disagree with me), but you can't blame Canonical for investing in their solution (a very good one, imho). Btw, bzr was first released two weeks before git's first release.

Comment: Re:Perl is more expressive (Score 1) 192

by dmbasso (#48955537) Attached to: Perl 6 In Time For Next Christmas?

Ok, in this thread there are already C++, Ruby, and Perl 6 versions of your snippets, so I'll add the Python ones.

@Lines = sort { $a->{Name} cmp $b->{Name} } @Lines;

lines.sort(lambda a, b: a.name < b.name)
or
lines.sort(key=lambda o: o.name)

@Files = <c:/Windows/*.exe>;

from glob import glob
files = glob("c:/Windows/*.exe")

I think a good analogy would be Perl is Finish, Python is Esperanto. When you have hundreds of thousands of LoC to maintain, I guess a more direct and unambiguous language is preferred.

It occurred to me that perhaps Perl is an attempt to seduce the computer... too bad it will take some time before it can appreciate language nuances... ;)

Transportation

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret 823

Posted by timothy
from the mazda-puts-it-right-up-front dept.
HughPickens.com writes Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you'll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. Now Drew Harwell reports at the Washington Post that the auto industry's dirty little secret is that the engine growl in some of America's best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. "Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry's dirty little secrets, with automakers from BMW to Volkswagen turning to a sound-boosting bag of tricks," writes Harwell. "Without them, today's more fuel-efficient engines would sound far quieter and, automakers worry, seemingly less powerful, potentially pushing buyers away." For example Ford sound engineers and developers worked on an "Active Noise Control" system on the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost that amplifies the engine's purr through the car speakers. Afterward, the automaker surveyed members of Mustang fan clubs on which processed "sound concepts" they most enjoyed.

Among purists, the trickery has inspired an identity crisis and cut to the heart of American auto legend. The "aural experience" of a car, they argue, is an intangible that's just as priceless as what's revving under the hood. "For a car guy, it's literally music to hear that thing rumble," says Mike Rhynard, "It's a mind-trick. It's something it's not. And no one wants to be deceived." Other drivers ask if it really matters if the sound is fake? A driver who didn't know the difference might enjoy the thrum and thunder of it nonetheless. Is taking the best part of an eight-cylinder rev and cloaking a better engine with it really, for carmakers, so wrong? "It may be a necessary evil in the eyes of Ford," says Andrew Hard, "but it's sad to think that an iconic muscle car like the Mustang, a car famous for its bellowing, guttural soundtrack, has to fake its engine noise in 2015. Welcome to the future."

Comment: Re:Almost all normal people realise (Score 1) 219

by dmbasso (#48838897) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

No, the OP does not have a point. Why are you focusing on one specific instance? Violence is widespread, and is committed by all kinds of people. Christians of all denominations in the US were quite content with the fact their government torture people (or offshore the task). The loads of innocent people that are killed in drone attacks are also not victims of muslim terrorists.

Religions are stupid and should be extinguished, but the correct way to achieve that goal is through education. With violence you'll only get more violence.

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