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Comment: Re:Death knoll for Java (Score 1) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48549503) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

I honestly wasn't aware of the Enumerable extension methods. I haven't used C# is quite awhile, so I haven't kept up with my C# knowledge. I was comparing the DSL style to streams. Looking at the article the AC posted above, it looks like the enumerable extension methods and streams would be a fairer comparison. In which case, they look very similar.

Comment: Re:Death knoll for Java (Score 1) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48549481) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

Thanks for the article. It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to work with C#. To be fair, when I worked with LINQ last time it was brand new and I was less experienced of a developer. Looking at it today, it looks very similar to Java 8's streams except with the benefit of C# having extension methods and being a bit more mature.

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 3, Informative) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48534053) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

It amazes me how people write stuff in Java without having a decent "Date" data type. Why should I have to use a third party library to get decent date support?

Java 8 introduced a new date time API. Admittedly I haven't used it as all of my code uses the old API. As far as the old API, one would use a Calendar when they are working with social dates and times and use a Date when working with an exact point in time. It isn't difficult.

Comment: Re:No, it's not even possible (Score 1) 181

by gameboyhippo (#48525609) Attached to: Do you worry about the singularity?

The problem is that a computer cannot will. A computer simply takes inputs and puts out output. And no amount of programming can change that. There is not a math problem that can will an answer. We can kinda sorta fake it with psuedo randomness, but there isn't a will. Any kind of AI is just that. Artificial. It's an illusion.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 307

by gameboyhippo (#48458989) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

For the record, I agree that "MightyMartian" was a bit harsh, and I did enjoy reading your rebuttal. But with that said, I have a question. My understanding of the "big bang" is that the singularity began to exist and was all of space. And that it began to expand and continues to expand today. And that the expansion has not reached the point where we can no longer observe the beginning of space/time. Is this inaccurate?

Comment: Re:Everybody's complaining about Assassin's Creed. (Score 1) 262

It depends on how you define inferior. That's why I put them in quotes. If you define it as which hardware can process more data per second then the Wii U is inferior. If you judge on which hardware provides the best entertainment, then I don't know how anyone can say that the Wii U is inferior. The games are fun, they look pretty, and they are memorable. Personally I think a platform that consistently hosts glitchy boring games is an inferior platform.


Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the passing-it-on dept.
FirephoxRising writes Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. So we are what we eat, and what we got from out parents. From the article: "The study, funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers sequenced the genes of microbes found in more than 1,000 fecal samples from 416 pairs of twins. The abundances of specific types of microbes were found to be more similar in identical twins, who share 100 per cent of their genes, than in non-identical twins, who share on average only half of the genes that vary between people. These findings demonstrate that genes influence the composition of gut microbes."

Comment: Re:Nothing? (Score 1) 429

by gameboyhippo (#48337489) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Quite simple: The idea of a God does not make any sense. At all.

I agree that a contingent God does not make sense since you go into an infinite regress. Instead if we must have a first cause (which is demanded by the Big Bang), then this cause must exist by necessity. Which isn't a far fetched idea. Numbers, for example, exist by necessity. Nobody created 4. It just is.

But now we're left with a problem. We need a causal something that exists by necessity. And given that the universe exists with contingent laws and contingent constants that just so happen to be necessary for even chemistry to happen, we have an intelligent causal entity that exists by necessity. Call that what you will, but I call it God.

If you take those three attributes away you get something that's worse than magic. Somehow a causal necessary thing just so happen to get the right laws and constants? Or an intelligent necessary thing with no causal power? Or a contingent causal thing (what you think about when you say God)? No. The prime cause of everything must have all three attributes.

Comment: Re:Discover life? (Score 1) 221

why care about "naturally occuring"? Dogs are not naturally occuring. Neither are GMO crops. They are alive.

They use natural process to exist and they come from naturally existing life. A scientist doesn't create a tomato from scratch. He reprograms existing life to manipulate life. Same with dogs. Dogs are breed using natural mechanism (fertilizing eggs, etc...) Nobody just builds a dog from scratch.

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James