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Comment Re:sure, sure. (Score 1) 464 464

Oh, please let me introduce you to a common problem. Assume you have a nice hot pot of coffee. Now you stir it and at the end you put a shot of milk in. Now, I really can't tell you how hot any given point inside the mug is within the next 5 minutes. But, let me share a long term prediction it'll be within a degree of room temperature in 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 370 370


Also, e.g. why should Europe wait a friggin' year to watch 'Lost' or 'Two and a Half Men'? Especially if you prefer it in the original language anyways? Give me a reasonable option to get it on release (preferably in HD) and I'll gladly pay up. Waiting a year for it - ain't gonna happen.

Comment Re:Ted Dziuba (Score 3, Interesting) 619 619

OK, I did actually read this blog he wrote and yes I think his position is valid. To summarize: Coding in your free time does not make you a good coder. Neither does not coding in your free time make you a balanced person. Both unrelated, thankyouverymuch. This is all in all a discussion you can have or simply ignore.

The one point I'd like to make is ... have your read this guys other posts? To summarize: He's a little young fuck with little experience raining down on everyone. It's mixture of the standard troll and Mr. Whiney-Whiney; with a focus on whiney-whiney. Cheers.

Comment Re:Sigh. Not this shit again (Score 1) 1073 1073

1) Countries don't do an even job testing their students. In the US, everyone gets tested, even kids with severe emotional disabilities (meaning from broken homes and such). In some countries, only kids who are in the "college track" schools get tested. Yes, in some places young kids are tracked like that. In Germany students go to the Gymnasium, Hauptschule, or Realschulabschluss depending on ability. The Gymnasium is for kids who are going to university, the Realschulabschluss is for kids going directly in to the work force. Unless they changed it since last I checked, they only test kids in the Gymnasium with these higher level math tests.

Meeep ... they check Hauptschule and Realschule against the tests your junior high does. And test those from grades 10-12 of the Gymnasium against your high school attendees of comparable grades.

So to retort the fallacy, why don't they test kids that dropped out after junior high with those higher level math tests? ...See that easy.


The Best First Language For a Young Programmer 634 634

snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions whether Scheme, a dialect of Lisp taught as part of many first-year CS curricula and considered by some to be the 'latin of programming,' is really the best first language for a young programmer. As he sees it, the essentially write-only Scheme requires you to bore down into the source code just to figure out what a Scheme program is trying to do — excellent for teaching programming but 'lousy for a 15-year-old trying to figure out how to make a computer do stuff on his own.' And though the 'hacker ethic' may in fact be harming today's developers, McAllister still suggests we encourage the young to 'develop the innate curiosity and love of programming that lies at the heart of any really brilliant programmer' by simply encouraging them to fool around with whatever produces the most gratifying results. After all, as Jeff Atwood puts it, 'what we do is craftmanship, not engineering,' and inventing effective software solutions takes insight, inspiration, deduction, and often a sprinkling of luck. 'If that means coding in Visual Basic, so be it. Scheme can come later.'"

Speed of Light Exceeded? 393 393

PreacherTom writes "Scientists at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ are reporting that they have broken the speed of light. For the experiment, the researchers manipulated a vapor of laser-irradiated atoms, causing a pulse that propagates about 300 times faster than light would travel in a vacuum. The pulse seemed to exit the chamber even before entering it." This research was published in Nature, so presumably it was peer-reviewed. It's impossible from the CBC story to determine what is being claimed. First of all they get the physics wrong by asserting that Einstein's special relativity only decrees that matter cannot exceed the speed of light. Wrong. Matter cannot touch the speed of light in vacuum; energy (e.g. light) cannot exceed it; and information cannot be transferred faster than this limit. What exactly the researchers achieved, and what they claim, can only be determined at this point by subscribers to Nature.

Edgy Eft Knot 2 Released 183 183

Klaidas writes "The Ubuntu project has released a second Knot CD — an alpha version of Edgy Eft. Notable new features include a new 2.6.17 kernel, Gnome 2.16 beta 2, Firefox 2.0b1, 2.0.3 and much more. It is availible for download on Ubuntu's image server. The final stable version is still slated for release in October 2006."

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.