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Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 4, Insightful) 298

by stjobe (#49357697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

I am all over the place, I guess many programmers are.

Being a programmer is a trade in some parts, and you can get by with good craftsmanship.
In other parts it's a creative art, and you can't force creativity.

To write really good code, you need to both have the craftsmanship and the creativity.

Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 1) 157

by stjobe (#49156001) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

But to travel at 800 mph without making your passengers sick and barfing, the route actually needs curves to be 16 times as smooth as the 200 mph CHSR.

Some critics of the Hyperloop concept have focused on the possibly unpleasant and frightening experience of riding in a narrow sealed, windowless capsule, inside a sealed steel tunnel, that is subjected to significant acceleration forces, high noise levels due to air being compressed and ducted around the capsule at near-sonic speeds, and the vibration and jostling created as the capsule shoots through a tube that is not perfectly smooth or level.[25] Even if the tube is smooth upon construction, ground shifting due to settling and ongoing seismic activity will inevitably cause deviations from a perfectly smooth, level path. At speeds approaching 900 feet per second (270 m/s), even 1 millimeter (0.039 in) deviations from a straight path would add considerable buffeting and vibration. With no provisions for passengers to stand, move within the capsule, use a restroom during the trip, or get assistance or relief in case of illness or motion sickness,[26] the potential for a seriously unpleasant travel experience would likely be higher than in any other popular form of public transport.
  - Wikipedia

Comment: Re:So is he a replicant, or not? (Score 3, Informative) 222

by stjobe (#49147261) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Deckard and Rachel are both supposed to be dead by their targeted end of life engineering as replicants.

Only the Nexus 6 replicants had targeted end of life (the 4-year lifespan).

Deckard and Rachel can thus not be Nexus 6 replicants if they're still alive 4 years later, but they CAN still be another version of replicant .

You know: "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?".

Humans have an end of life too, you know? We're not exactly immortal.

Comment: Re:Don't fucking do it. (Score 3, Informative) 421

by stjobe (#49111169) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Known around these parts as "eighteen-hundred-froze-to-death".

As in "Wow, that's old. Haven't seen one of those since eighteen-hundred-froze-to-death".

My friends usually look at me weird when I explain that the expression references 1816 and the effects of Mount Tambora exploding and putting lots and lots (and lots) of ash into the atmosphere.

Comment: Re:Highlander III did it already... (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by stjobe (#49111103) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

To quote the (only) movie: "There can be only one".

I refuse to acknowledge that the fantastic movie Highlander ever has had any sequels, prequels, tv shows, a franchise or anything else.

Just that one movie, with its marvellous soundtrack and the mystery of who the immortals were, where they came from, and why there could be only one.

None of this "they came from space. No, the future!" malarkey. It is and was a mystery, never explained.

Comment: Re:Hurr durr I'ma sheep?? (Score 4, Informative) 264

by stjobe (#49110503) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

"Hurr durr I'ma sheep" won over the alternative "I like online polls" which got 38% of the votes. a vote Torvalds asked people not to vote in, and yet 5,796 people did.

In the real poll, "v4.0" beat out "v3.20" by 56% to 44% out of 29,110 votes.

Since nobody ever use the kernel code name, it doesn't matter in the slightest what it's called. Everyone will refer to the kernel as "4.0".

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 4, Insightful) 576

people in 1903 couldn't have dreamed of what the Saturn V would look like or how it would work.

Funny that you chose 1903 as your date, since that was the year Tsiolkovsky published The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Devices, wherein among other things were mentioned that escape velocity could be achieved with a multistage rocket fueled by liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.

So yes, at least one person in 1903 not only could have dreamt, but did dream and explicitly state how rockets like the Saturn V would look and work.

Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 1) 128

by stjobe (#49038529) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

Unfortunately, Google Fit won't currently let you correct it. You can change Biking to another activity, but NOT to one that it supposedly automatically supports so you cannot change "biking" to "walking".

This is not true. I've changed "biking" to "walking" in Google Fit so I know it works.

Funny thing is that after I did that (it was during the first week I used Google Fit) it has never confused my walking with biking again - even though I've set numerous "speed records" as I got fitter.

Comment: Re:You are not Us (Score 1) 411

by stjobe (#49038507) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

I've been a programmer for more years than I care to mention, and never - not once - has the speed a coder types at been an issue. But fine. I'm sure there's some coding somewhere where typing speed is a significant factor.

Speed coding contests, perhaps?

Swordfish-style hacking-with-a-gun-to-your-head situations just don't crop up that often in my experience - I lead a rather boring life in that regard - but I guess that might count as well.

So what experience do you have that leads you to be so adamant that typing speed is a major factor in coding?

Comment: Re:You are not Us (Score 1) 411

by stjobe (#49033731) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

Typing speed is nearly insignificant in coding.

Typing speed is nearly insignificant in GuB-42's coding.


No, he had it right.

If you look at what you actually spend time on when going from specification to release, the actual typing of code is a minor part, and as such your typing speed is largely irrelevant.

I have a colleague who can't touch-type to save his life, uses the mouse to copy/paste/undo (and even step through the debugger - drives me crazy), and while he may take a little longer to type in his code, it's so small a difference to not matter even in the slightest.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky