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Comment: If you're going to criticize... (Score -1, Flamebait) 252

by ildon (#49011891) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness

If you're going to criticize someone else's coding style, you should make sure your suggestion actually works first. The function of the program was to print "0123456". His example code (for (int i = 0; i = n; i++) System.out.print(n);) would print out "6666666", which would not solve the problem.

Further, what the code does is immaterial to what the question is attempting to test from the student. What the question is trying to test is that they can trace the code and figure out that because the printing is done after the recursive call, the numbers would be printed in reverse order as the recursion unravels. Which is a perfectly valid thing to test, and a more realistic example might cause the code snippet to be much larger or complex and not focus just on the singular concept the question was attempting to get the student to prove they understand.

Also he used "trace good" instead of "trace well" right in his second paragraph, and I can't stand that grammatical error. Anyone acting as a stickler for syntax should not be making that mistake in a public post that they presumably glanced over more than once.

Comment: Anecdotally... (Score 4, Informative) 218

by ildon (#48682387) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

My "year in review" prominently displayed a picture of the back of my car having been crushed in when I got rear ended by a giant truck. My obvious response was "gee, thanks Facebook." Obviously that doesn't have anything on a picture of someone's deceased daughter, but it shows how poorly conceived the feature is.

Comment: Re:What brought this on? (Score 1) 181

by ildon (#48522963) Attached to: Do you worry about the singularity?

The funny thing is that if artificial intelligence does kill us, it won't be because of malevolence or a warped sense of justice like most fiction portrays it, it will be because someone made a programming error and/or didn't include a proper failsafe. It will kill us because we programmed it to kill us. I don't think AI will ever reach the point of doing something I would consider "thinking" or "reasoning." At least not through software and hardware development the way we understand it right now.

Take the case of a sentry gun or unmanned drone programmed to use computer vision to identify and kill human targets. That's totally an AI murdering people, but I would never consider it to be "thinking" or "reasoning." It's not malevolent or spiteful. It doesn't have some sense of justice or revenge. It is literally just doing what it was programmed to do. Now imagine an orbital nuclear launch platform with similarly simplistic AI. That's how we'd kill ourselves with AI. Not The Terminator. Not Dune. More like a microwave.

Comment: Re:The point? (Score 1) 57

by ildon (#48108915) Attached to: Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

Because when you include something in a menu or even advertise to users that it exists, it becomes an officially supported feature, and you have to pay Quality Assurance to test it, then Customer Service has to support it after release. Cheaper to just disable it and let people find it for themselves.

Comment: Re:Dear Intel (Score 1) 724

by ildon (#48053917) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

They don't have contempt for gamers. They have contempt for "gamers," by which they mean the exact same juvenile assholes you get pissed off about having to mute on voice chat when you play online games. If you'd actually read the article, and aren't being purposefully intellectually dishonest, you'd realize this.

Comment: Re:So Intel pulled out (Score 2) 724

by ildon (#48053821) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

You are deliberately misrepresenting the article.

"Gamer" is in quotes because she's not talking about "people who play games" but adolescent boys or emotionally stunted man-children that have typically been the prime target audience for video games since marketers in the early 1990s arbitrarily decided video games were "for boys." The "gamers" she is referring to are the same people who shout racist and misogynistic garbage over voice chat on Xbox Live, and are the very reason many Slashdot posters either only play single player games or disable voice chat the second they enter an online game. This is pretty clearly spelled out in her article, and is obvious to anyone with half a brain.

Her article is about how gaming has finally grown and evolved to the point where the audience is large enough and diverse enough that game companies no longer have to make games specifically designed to appeal to this small niche group of men physically or mentally aged between 10 and 18. Games no longer have to be about the adolescent male fantasy of murdering all of their foes and rescuing the large breasted, scantily clad woman. We can still have those games, just like we still have those books, those comics, those movies, etc. But those experiences no longer have to be the primary focus of the industry. There are other gamers aching to be catered to that don't fit into that classical "gamer" demographic box the marketers constructed 20 years ago.

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics