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Comment: Simplicity of Programming. (Score 1) 662

by refactored (#36258600) Attached to: Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
Ye olde Turbo Pascal running computers you could just set graphics mode and peek and poke pixels straight from and onto the screen, You could wait on a keypress, you could write to screen, WITHOUT PAGES AND PAGES AND PAGES of gluey gui setup code.

Sniff. I miss those days.

And the Good old Turbo Pascal license. "Treat this software like a book..."

And to make a beep was just "play(N,S)" where N was the freq and s was the time in secs.

At most the set up was "require sound" or something simple like that.

Comment: Re:Anything by Feynman... (Score 1) 66

by refactored (#34348696) Attached to: 60 Years of Hamming Codes
Flame bait nothing, wake up call to see past the hype... yes.

Maybe if I was a Nobel Laureate material... I'd agree with you.

However, Feynman is not a suitable teacher neither for I, nor for that 99.9% segment of Humanity we call "mere ordinary mortals".

My wife, bless her, is quite capable of digesting and following Feynman's books, but then her skills are "world class" (to me "goddess-like").

By far most maths / physics university graduates, let's be honest now, get a "Whee! Wow! That was exciting!" feeling when reading Feynman...

Very very few can then move on to doing anything useful with what they should have just learnt.

Learning to do stuff with that material takes either genius, or days and days of hard page after page after page of slogging through the math. (Often both)

Comment: Anything by Feynman... (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by refactored (#34345266) Attached to: 60 Years of Hamming Codes
... is excessively vague and handwaving requiring literally hours and pages of close work to fill in the gaps between the equation N he shows and the next equation N+1 that he says follows from N.

Yup, a brilliant guy I'm sure, but not the guy I want teaching me. At the end of a course, (call me greedy), _I_ want to know how to do everything in the course, not merely have a warm fuzzy WEE-WOW feeling that something exciting just went by that I can't quite reproduce.

Give me Richard Hamming's books instead of Feynman's any day. Ok, they won't make you go "WEEE WOW!!!", but on the other hand you will have an excellent understanding of the material AND be able to reproduce and USE any result in them yourself.

Comment: Re:Simpler "Hello World" in C? (Score 2, Informative) 582

by refactored (#31504328) Attached to: Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C
Parent said, I always liked the "Strangest Abuse of the Rules" catagory winner for Hello World

char*_="Hello world.\n";

That is it - the whole program.

echo 'char*_="Hello world.\n"; ' > a.c
$ gcc a.c
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.4.1/../../../../lib/crt1.o: In function `_start':
/build/buildd/eglibc-2.10.1/csu/../sysdeps/i386/elf/start.S:115: undefined reference to `main'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

Doesn't say "Hello" to me!

Comment: End game... (Score 1) 192

by refactored (#31422528) Attached to: Dot-Com Craze Peaked 10 Years Ago This Week
So what would you do if you held trillions of Junk American debt?

I'd keep chanting about how marvelously solid the America dollar is (must be).... while buying hard assets / resources from whoever would sell them to me in exchange for Junk America bonds.

But wait, that's exactly what China is doing.

End game?

Guess who ends up owning the hard assets... and guess who ends up owning "Intellectual Property".

I know which I'd rather own.

Comment: It depends... (Score 1) 1051

by refactored (#31393498) Attached to: Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

Feed me a pop up or pop under and I instantly block.

If the page takes ages to load because it's waiting for the ad server. I block.

Feed me more content than crap, and I disable ad block on that site.

ps: I usually use "no script" because 99.99% of what I care about doesn't need JavaScript and 99.99% of what pisses me off does!

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.