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Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 2) 485

by Coryoth (#49336973) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

And this is why we should not teach CS101 in Java or Python. If they'd been forced to use C this whole experiment would have turned out differently.

Not at all. If you wrote your C in memory string handling as stupidly as they wrote the Python and Java you will still get worse performance in C (e.g. each iteration malloc a new string and then strcpy and strcat into it, and free the old string; compared to buffered file writes you'll lose). It's about failing to understand how to write efficient code, not about which language you chose.

Comment: Slow walking (Score -1, Troll) 59

by amightywind (#49306263) Attached to: Report: NASA May Miss SLS Launch Deadline
Not surprising. Obama's activists at NASA have been slow walking (read sabotaging) the program for years. They'd rather be raining federal dollars on their crooked hero Elon MUsk. We need a new President who will make SLS a priority. Constellation was a great program and the leftists wrecked it. Now we are marooned for the next decade on a decrepit space station with our arch enemies, the Russians. Not a space program befitting America, but then again, neither is our leadership.

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 3, Interesting) 452

by Anon-Admin (#49274165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

Ill agree with this, I am using a $9 keyboard that I have had for 7 years.

It is so well used that the following keys have no letter on them, they have rubbed off over the years.

sdfghlcnmertyo'"~123456-= (Caps Lock is now "ps lock") (Backspace is now just "Ba ")

I really don't think an expensive top of the line keyboard is needed. Grab you a cheap on that feels good to you and use it.

Comment: Very True But It Is a Useful News Item Nonetheless (Score 5, Insightful) 169

Most people who follow space stuff already know that Mars One is either a scam or simply delusional... although I suppose it's nice that other people are starting to notice this too.

I think it's important that a possible change of heart internally is seen by any of the other members. A lot of time when I read about instances where people get sucked into, say, a Nigerian money scam or worse Scientology, it often becomes a serious issues because they were first tricked into giving a little bit of money and then a little more until it's a sizable sum in total. At that point it's very hard to get out because you're mentally holding yourself prisoner there with the logic that if you quit now, you've lost that investment and you're going to look like an idiot. But, through inaction, you maintain the outward appearance of knowing what you are doing and your investment is still good -- hell, it's even growing because they need another small to medium sized payment. And down down down you go into the trap. It takes a lot to not chase your bets and to say, "I fucked up by giving them the $99 applicant fee but better quit now than waste anymore time and resources. Lesson learned."

And I think the fact that a DOCTOR (no matter what kind or what validity) says, "I paid the money, I saw they were preparing me for the biggest snuff film ever and I got out." Well, now the average person involved in this project can say, "He is right, I came to the same realization, I'm no stupider than this academic." This is why there are support groups out there for gambling problems and cults escapees. The ideafication of your exit is sometimes important than your ability to make your own decision ... because without that your decision only has one option and it's the wrong option.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.