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Comment: Re:I don't get all the negativity (Score 1) 155

by mooterSkooter (#46149171) Attached to: Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Well, I was just talking from personal experience. Like I say, I only used it in a work environment for project where it was only me and another team member working on the same project. It worked great but we were both on windows (though, I did work at home with the same project on linux...again, fine)

No, I can't say I've used a huge amount of IDEs. I used an IBM one for java about 15 years ago, Powerbuilder I think. It sucked. I've used Visual Studio from about version 5. The changes MS make nowadays are just pointless and are done merely to sell new version, whereas following eclipse for the last few years, it seems to get better.

I might have to have a look at QT Creator and IntelliJ though...but I like the fact that eclipse compiles for both languages and learning a new interface just seems like time wasted when I could be hacking-away!

Comment: I don't get all the negativity (Score 2) 155

by mooterSkooter (#46148183) Attached to: Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

It works fine for me. I like the fact I can just copy over the whole eclipes 'install' directory from one computer to another and it just seems to work.

Same with workspaces, just copy that whole thing over. Works fine.

I also use a mercurial plugin with it to save my code to bitbucket. Again, works like a dream.

It's never crashed or slowed down for me (though I rarely update it, because it just works)

However, I mainly code in C++ with it and have only produced one commercial java/android project with it...that worked fine too.

In fact, I love it so much that I donated to them recently.

The only other IDE I think is better in M$ Visual Studio...but that doesn't run on linux and uses shed-loads of disk space, so they can keep it.

Comment: Re:My first computer (Score 1) 212

by mooterSkooter (#39770113) Attached to: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary

Wow. You learn something everyday. I have always thought the whole reason was to save memory but yes, obviously that could be done when saving (and displaying on screen and editing).

Very interesting.

Yes, it was a joy to get the 128 (I skipped the 128 and went straight to the +2) and actually type the commands.

mmmm, RANDOMIZE USR 1234

Comment: Re:My First Personal Computer (Score 1) 196

by mooterSkooter (#38840509) Attached to: For Sinclair Fans, The ZX81 Lives On

The manual for the Spectrum was simply lovely as well. Not as hardcore as you machine code lovers but a fantastic introduction to sinclair BASIC (and any basic I suppose). It gave examples of every single key-word. A really nice manual - I still have mine!

This is a sadly missing accompaniment to any computer purchased today. Where will the next generation of programmers come from?

Comment: Re:self-replication is easy... (Score 1) 127

AAh, that makes more sense. I was getting confused because my science teacher used the tidy house analogy at school. If no energy is put into the system (the house), then it's gets messy or high entropy...and I always use to think that I could get it in the same state by purposely making it messy but of course that would require me putting energy into the system.

Sorry, I'm no physicist!

Comment: Re:self-replication is easy... (Score 1) 127

re: order/disorder/opinion

I've often wondered about this: If a pile of stones are randomly thrown on the ground, they have a high entropy yes? What I place them carefully in a pre-determined (but identical to the 'random' version earlier) configuration directly on the ground? Surely one has high entropy and the other has low entropy - yet they're identical!

Replace stones with some tiny molocules if you want.

I'm obviously missing something obvious.

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.

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