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Comment: Is this really a breakthrough? (Score 3, Insightful) 68

by iONiUM (#47515805) Attached to: Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

Against the Slashdot rules, I read TFA and watched the entire video.

Unless I'm mistaken, all they did was create a giant array of possible motor combinations for movement, and then the robot just randomly tries them until it finds one which lets it more-or-less go in the same direction. It may not be the best one, but one that mostly works (it just stops at the first one that mostly works).

Is that really a super big breakthrough? If the robot dynamically adapted to the broken leg, and figured out how to move using some semi-intelligent algorithm, I would say that is really awesome. But this is literally just trial and error through pre-created movement specs, randomly, then just selecting one that is mostly okay.

Not trying to downplay other's achievements or research or anything, but it just doesn't seem like a big break through, unless "brute force" is something novel.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 4, Informative) 507

by iONiUM (#47462761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Never own a credit card. They are all scams and are far more likely to ruin your credit than help it.

This is quite possibly the worst financial advice I have ever seen. Forget about credit. You realize credit cards provide you with free money for 30 days, that is INSURED against all fraud/false claims, and most importantly, offers cash-back (or travel/movie/your interests) rewards by using it?

If you are responsible and pay off your credit card and never accrue/pay any sort of interest, you will actually gain money by using them (through rewards, and the ability to invest the money you spent for free for 30 days!), and be protected by VISA/MasterCard/whatever against bad purchases (someone trying to rip you off).

The only people who say "never use credit cards" are those with no self control, and thus wrongly assume others have no self control either. I have never held credit card debt (unless it was special 0% offers), and every year I get a few hundred dollars just for using it (no annual fee). In addition, several times I have made online purchases, but never received the item, called VISA, and they immediately refunded my card and dealt with the seller.

Comment: Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (Score 1) 104

by iONiUM (#47412373) Attached to: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

But, it's obvious that you can't identify them.

You mean because I'm not specifically linking you to what I started with, then going into depth about the modifications and ethos I developed from there? Of course I'm not going to, that's between me and my company. Figure it out yourself.

Resig falls squarely in to the "incompetent" category, by any measure.

Well, what can I say. jQuery is used by 80% of the top 10,000 most visited sites (jQuery). How about you make something that is used by a small percentage of that, and then you can bitch about his ability. But then I am sure you have done nothing, and you are nobody, so I don't know why you think you know what you're doing, nor how you became so arrogant.

Comment: Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (Score 1) 104

by iONiUM (#47389125) Attached to: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

Using prototype is part of the approach of our inheritance pattern, which is based off a methodology from John Resig.

The only person who failed here was you, for trying to be a smart ass. There are many people who are good at coding aside from you, and probably many who are better, or at the least, not a dumbass.

Comment: Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (Score 3, Informative) 104

by iONiUM (#47385751) Attached to: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

but what is really scary is what a mess Javascript is in 2014 --- makes Perl look like BASIC. No need to obfuscate Javascript in 2014.

I've been working in software development for about 15 years now, and I've worked professionally with all the majors (C++ a bit, Java, PHP, Perl, VBScript which was awful, C# extensively which I like a lot). For the last few years I've been tasked with writing a very large client-facing web application, where my team was mostly responsible for the front-end (JavaScript/HTML/CSS) that communicates with a large RESTful service provided by another team. This included writing an API in JavaScript with documentation.

The first thing I did was set ground rules on how my team should program in JavaScript, the structure we would use, how we would use the functional language to maximize its abilities and have some class-like things (properties, inheritance, etc.) too. Now we have a full blown web-app with a JS front end with over 900 JavaScript files (when in debug) that are very nicely sorted and categorized, full class/inheritance structures, and many other things. We use Visual Studio 2012/2013 with a few custom JavaScript extensions, and along with Chrome's debugger, it is more than manageable. But we also don't need to target any old browsers. Nothing pre-HTML5.

I'm not saying JavaScript is the best language in the world or anything like that, it definitely has its problems, and it certainly doesn't fit as a choice in many situation. But programming for it these days is not the nightmare it once was (assuming you don't need legacy browser support), and in many cases, it's actually rather refreshing after 13 years of strictly typed non-functional languages, because you can do some interesting things.

Comment: Re: work life balance is a myth (Score 5, Interesting) 710

by iONiUM (#47312049) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

You're a CTO of a company with 4 plants, and you make more doing after hours work than what your job pays you? I'm not sure what to make of that, except that perhaps you're underpaid, and also appear to be working insane hours.

I also love my job, and what I do, but there is a balance, and I like my life outside of work as well and am glad to make enough from it to not have to worry.

Comment: Throw away password (Score 1) 193

by iONiUM (#47056343) Attached to: eBay Compromised

As per my usual, my eBay account has all fake information and a throw-away password. eBay often tells me to make it stronger, but it's ironic, because had I of actually used a strong "normal" password (one of my strong ones I can remember), it would now have been possibly compromised.

I think this might be an argument for using crap usernames/passwords for sites you don't trust (which is most of them), because chances are, they're going to leak your information at some point.

Comment: Re:You Have To Enforce It (Score 1) 294

by iONiUM (#47031195) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

I'm surprised this isn't the norm already? What kind of shitty environments/code are people working with?

At all the companies I've worked at (all Visual Studio), if you got source from TFS, it was guaranteed just pressing 'start' would compile and run it, regardless of whether it was WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverlight, etc. That's just expected, and if I ever started a job and the code didn't just run, I'd assume people there didn't know what they were doing.

Comment: Re:This may be crass but... (Score 3, Interesting) 283

I've never lived in Japan, but I've visited there many times over the last decade, and I disagree that it isn't "overcrowded." I never felt like I could be alone in Tokyo (I.e. >20m from another human). In addition, have you even used the Tokyo Metro during rush hour? Shinjuku station? They really do use polls on people, and you're packed in like a goddamm sardine. That's not life, that's not living. That's being a meat popsicle. No thanks.

Comment: You real what you sow (Score 2, Interesting) 283

I've been to Japan many times, and this problem could have been partially mitigated with immigration. But the Japanese are racist at best, xenophobic at worst. So, this is what they get. I mean you can't even get citizenship if you marry a Japanese, what the fuck is that.

+ - .NET JIT Getting SIMD Support->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "As per the MSDN article, the long proposed user request for SIMD support has finally been answered. A NuGet package preview is available here. From the article: "You may think that task-based programming or offloading work to threads is already the answer. While multi-threading is certainly a critical part, it’s important to realize that it’s still important to optimize the code that runs on each core. SIMD is a technology that employs data parallelization at the CPU level. Multi-threading and SIMD complement each other: multi-threading allows parallelizing work over multiple cores while SIMD allows parallelizing work within a single core.""
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