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Comment: So, this is how bad research can get... (Score 1) 481

by ndykman (#49337895) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
Awful. So, in a language with immutable strings, building a string like so:

for (int i = 0; i < 1000000; i++) { str += "1"; }

is really slow, but if you use a file buffer like so:

for (int i =0; i < 1000000; i++) { fileBuffer.write("1"); }

it's much faster. Wow. No kidding. Also, note, they don't flush until the end. This is laughable. No wonder CS programs are under attack if this is the kind of thing that people think they can publish.

Comment: Awesome project... (Score 3, Insightful) 35

by ndykman (#49332637) Attached to: MuseScore 2.0 Released

Time to make a donation. It's not really about the application, but what it enables. The sharing of free music scores and transcriptions, enabling a vibrant community of music sharing.

While I respect publishing rights for official scores, the fact is that there is a great set of transcriptions out there. This just helps the community at large.

Comment: Another Andres Hejisberg success story... (Score 1) 91

by ndykman (#49246913) Attached to: Google's Angular 2 Being Built With Microsoft's TypeScript

He really does have the knack for programming language design. I didn't get TypeScript at first, but with 1.4, it clicked. The great news about this is that Angular is a highly visible framework, and with this, more people will look at TypeScript and be willing to use it. Thanks to type definition files and definitelytyped.org, you can use a ton of JS libraries right now; hopefully, more people will officially maintain these files.

Also, this makes it easier to recommend it's use in work projects. Being able to say: "It's good enough for Angular, it's good enough for us" helps a ton.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 422

by ndykman (#48887157) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

All too human? What? Nope, not even. They were cookie cutter flat characters that were completely devoid of any emotional reality. I've seen more chemistry between two rocks in a photo than Anakin and Padme in the movies. And there are so many examples of "WTF, people don't do that" "Hey, the person I'm supposed to marry later on and really cares about me, I just killed a entire village because my mom." The reaction wasn't: "Okay" (slowly walks away) "Hello, Jedi hotline, um, yea, one of your students just went completely bat shit serial killer. Please come fix it." No, it's "I get it". Nope, not even close.

Don't watch this, Obi Wan, it'll be hard to watch. Nope. The correct answer: Holy shit this is, kill this @#$@%$% we must.

I'm going to arrest you after you tried to kill me repeatedly to cover a plot to destroy our government? Nope. You are a solider, is why you have a sword, you enter battle, two come in, one comes out.

Okay, the person that tried to assert that guy died, but we have another shot. What do you do? Stride into the room and have a bullshit conversation? Nope. You go Leon, the Professional, cut the lights, drop out of the ceiling and kill that guy with piano wire. Why, because you are an organization that is tasked with keeping this Force thing from going ape-shit nuts, you don't get to play the moral high ground all the time. You learn to kick ass and you have to do it.

Again, the prequels sucked. The original movies aren't great, but they are a cultural artifact that impacted a lot of people. But, Lucas isn't not a good script writer. Period. Sorry.

Comment: Hum.... (Score 1) 570

by ndykman (#48867713) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

I wonder if the days of selling Windows are over. Sure, at the worst, it could be a subscription service, but it could be that Microsoft realizes that on the consumer side, people just get the OS on their PC. Or, they are hoping enough people will get back on board with Windows and they can sell Windows 11 when it comes out.

On the enterprise side, businesses already have licensing, so they are already on the subscription model.

Anyway, I'm more interested in what you can turn off and opt out of. For example. Cortana is built into Windows 10. I have no interest in talking to my computer. But, Cortana has a typing mode (this is great). However, some people will want to opt out of the tracking and data that it does.

However, looking at the live event, Windows 10 finally looks completely sane. The "break it, fix it" pattern that they established with Vista seems to be in place here too.

And HoloLens? That's just some geeky bling right there.

Comment: Re:Paradox (Score 1) 200

So, equip them. Provide incentives to bring faculty in at competitive rates. I'd be thrilled to teach at community college. I have extensive experience and an advanced degree, but there's little room for growth right now.

Of course, you are correct in that the industry wants nothing to do with developing talent, so we would have a problem that even people with good fundamentals can't get work.

However, it'd be great if computing was a minor or an AA degree that people used as a starting point for other degrees. Imagine if the people you worked with all had a basic understanding of coding and software development. It'd be a boon to projects. Also, the logical thinking skills do just have value on their own.

Administration: An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. -- Ambrose Bierce