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Comment: PureData (Score 2) 876

by jblues (#46191877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
There are some graphical programming languages - PureData is one. Quick summary: Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code. Pd is used to process and generate sound, video, 2D/3D graphics, and interface sensors, input devices, and MIDI. I used it recently on a project and really enjoyed it. (Used it to remix the Australian Chamber Orchestra in real-time on iPads). Other folks are doing fantastic things with it too - check out the Rj Voyager App. Although Pd is a turing complete language, I wouldn't want to write anything but specialized applications with it. Text-based OO is just so fluent and fast.

Comment: Pulse Oximeter (Score 1) 100

I'd love to have an onboard pulse oximeter . . . being young (ish) and in good health, on the rare times that I've had it measured it was 98-99% However, I'm very curious about what happens during: * Intense exercise * Illness I've even considered buying one just to find out. . .

Comment: they're right (Score 1) 573

by jblues (#46171661) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
They're right. . . using something like this to abstract and provide a standard API over all of the subtle differences in various Javascript implementation is definitely a hack. You need to learn and become aware of these subtle differences yourself - handling each case separately. After a while you'll notice that you're doing this over and over again: Consider instead writing your own utilities to do DOM manipulation and other common features. And you'll no-doubt be relying on these utilities a lot, so it would be wise to allow accessing them using terse, short-hand method - the '$' symbol could work wonders here!!

Comment: Re:Only a metaphor, but... (Score 1) 392

by jblues (#45855891) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
More than one faith at once? Mysticism involves incorporating elements from many faiths - the mystics believe that all roads lead to the same place. And then there's Syncretism, which involves incorporating the rituals of one faith into another, unlike mysticism this is usually for political/power purposes. These concepts also fit the analogy all too well!

Comment: Re:Leave it to corporate media (Score 1) 78

by jblues (#45497295) Attached to: Another Casualty of Typhoon Haiyan: Geothermal Power

While the Philippines don't have a nuclear power plant, they do have off shore oil platforms.

We *do* have a nuclear power plant. . . It was just decided never to turn it on. . . thank fuck for that! (Because it was later damaged beyond repair in the Mount Pinatubo eruption of the 90s).

Comment: Re:Renewable Doesn't Mean Invincible (Score 1) 78

by jblues (#45497259) Attached to: Another Casualty of Typhoon Haiyan: Geothermal Power

Such a storm would (and did) destroy other kinds of power plants.

I rather suspect those will be put back up on poles and towers rather than taking the opportunity to bury a such of the local grid as possible. The lesson will have to be re-learned.

I believe power pretty much always goes up on poles and over land here, not buried. . . Besides being Typhoon-prone, we're in the pacific ring of fire so are earthquake prone. . . Japan does the same thing. . It can get a little messy, though I'm sure it doesn't have to look like this typical manila example: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTAIMc75zk7cAb0GAzO1u-uhgfJ1c3_ZqvvLPhURmhtJusKhWXh

Comment: Condradicts itself (Score 1) 545

by jblues (#45313361) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones
The article contradicts itself. On the one hand it says that people in individual cities already adjust their time locally to cater to the environment there. (Sunrise time, weather, trading partners, culture, etc). On the other hand it says that changing the clocks will allow more collaboration and trading time with cities that were previously in different zones.

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