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Comment: WHAT (Score 0, Redundant) 248

by minginqunt (#30830444) Attached to: Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover

The removal of mod tools is because Infinity Ward are a bunch of PC-hating cocktards.

What that has to do with "RPG elements" is presumably left as an exercise to the reader?

(Also, Bioshock is a terrible example, since it's a spiritual successor to a legendary RPG, System Shock 2. In many ways, Bioshock was SS2 dumbed down with more 'FPS elements'. Now shush.)

Comment: Re:Blakes 7 (Score 1) 922

by minginqunt (#30738112) Attached to: What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Have you been watching the same Who as the rest of us?

The production design has been unfailingly excellent since it was resurrected, and we've had some top notch writing from the likes of Stephen Moffat, Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts and (if he's in a good mood - whisper it!) even Russell T. Davies.

And the implication that the actors on classic Who were bad is a travesty for the most part. Troughton through Davison were amazing actors, including the beloved Tom Baker.


Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Posted by timothy
from the ice-tractor-cometh dept.
Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment: Re:Java too complex (Score 1) 558

I think Java-the-language has lost the battle against C#. Given its stagnation as a language, and how "of its time" it feels, I'm inclined to say good riddance.

Java-the-platform, however, I think has a sterling future ahead of it as an open source platform for newer, more innovative languages. You only have to look at the brilliant work being done by Martin Odersky and Rich Hickey with expressive and sexy new languages like Scala and Clojure, and then you realise that Java-the-platform has a good chance to live on via its wayward offspring.

Comment: Re:Java too complex (Score 2, Interesting) 558

You're right, of course. Microsoft Research has a number of fellows who are at the very cutting edge of programming language research, including the likes of Simon Peyton Jones (Mr Haskell) and Don Syme.

And these people have had a direct hand in the evolution of C# (through its type inference, lambdas and LINQ), through F# (which started as a project to port Haskell, and then O'Caml to the CLR), the DLR, Parallel Extensions...

The level of geekiness that Microsoft encourages at the top end of .NET is remarkable.

Comment: Re:Point & Click programming (Score 2, Insightful) 558

How do you feel about the time and resources Microsoft has poured into developing Visual F#, Linq, Parallel Extensions, the DLR, IronPython/IronRuby, not to mention the funding of Microsoft Research, many of whose fellows such as Simon Peyton-Jones (maintainer of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler) are at the very bleeding edge of programming language research?

Are these the actions of a company that wants to stultify programmers' minds?

Microsoft, for all its failings, understands its developers. Always has.

Comment: Re:.Not (Score 3, Interesting) 558

The interesting thing was that Sun used WORA as a surrogate argument to accept the validity of virtual machines. It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when VMs were treated with scepticism or outright hostility by most programmers.

These days it's hard to imagine creating a programming language that wouldn't adopt a VM of some kind.

Neither the CLR or the JVM truly enable WORA, but it doesn't matter. We have learned that VMs have a value to a programming language *far* beyond that rather limited concern.

Comment: Re:Java too complex (Score 5, Insightful) 558

As a professional Java programmer, I've watched as Java-the-language has stagnated. Java-the-platform has only thrived thanks to Open Source, and no thanks to the sclerotic Java Community Process and an ineffectual steward in Sun Microsystems.

Java programmers have watched in horror as C# gained fully reified generics, lambdas and closures, arbitrary monadic comprehensions and Hindley-Milner type inference, whilst we've only grudgingly been allowed a broken generics model whilst Sun spent years rejecting and rewriting closure proposals that are still 1-2 years away from adoption.

C# is thriving because it has a benevolent dictator in the form of Anders Hjelberg. Java the language is a stagnant mess.

This process can check if this value is zero, and if it is, it does something child-like. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS 454, University of Washington