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Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 1) 267

by smallfries (#48945753) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

I tried to use this a while ago with local unique passwords. Could not get it to work without allowing unauthenticated logins, which was a bit scary. Seemed like a neat feature though as it is more available than rdp/vnc running inside the guest. Will probably have another go when I get some time. In combination with teleporting guests between hosts I can have some fun.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 408

by smallfries (#48924001) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Ah a drive by troll. How refreshing. Today I am bored enough to respond.

Once there was a Mongol army of such power and ferocity that it came close to wiping out western civilisation as we know it. So you are suggesting we should worry about that happening again? Are you really worried about getting nuked today, or tomorrow? I'm not. But then again I associate the frequency of an event with the risk of it reoccurring. I guess that by your reckoning we should not, and that all events that have ever happened are equally probable in the future, so we should treat them all the same.

I will now start worrying about herds of velociraptors raging across major cities causing carnage and destruction. After all, it is about the same level of hysteria as complaints that the one-time mob attack of a paediatrician is relevant 15 years after the event.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 211

by smallfries (#48912471) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

How much experience do you have, and what is it worth?

I've seen hundreds of students who try to learn to program. Some of them have the right kind of mind for it and most don't. The ratio seems to be about 40:60, which is what has been recorded in the literature as being the norm for most samples.

The right kind of mind is not necessarily that clever. It is not a 'special mind' in any kind of wonderful precocious sense. It is normally people who see through superficial explanations, that have a knack for modelling cause and effect in abstract systems that they cannot manipulate directly. I'm not sure how it relates to other clusters of skills that people may possess, but I have never seen any effective way to teach it to somebody who does not possess it naturally.

I've tried various methods of teaching it directly to students that do not have it. None of them have worked so far. I still hope that it is something that can be taught, although my experience so far suggests otherwise.

Comment: Re:Midrange? (Score 1) 114

I'm using an Asus PB287Q with a GTX970. It sits on the boundary, so Elite Dangerous and Wolfenstein are comfortable in 4k. Far Cry and Metro need to drop to 2560x1440 to hit 50-60fps. Anything under 40fps is unplayable on this combo, not so much to do with looking bad, it feels like the input lag jumps below that rate.

The monitor looks alright at 1440p, a little soft and washed out but still better than my previous monitors in their native modes. In 4k the picture is unbelievable. At this size and sitting about 50cm from the screen it has a cinematic feel, but 1080p is painful to watch.

Comment: Re:Families (Score 1) 218

I can't quote directly as my phone is playing up, but is the evidence really that clear cut? I found three studies that claimed the opposite: famous controversial one from the 80s, a Canadian one from the 90s and a later American one. I also remember that when we were finding a place for our child there were specific guidelines limiting hours per week at different ages to prevent developmental problems.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis