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Comment: Re:C++ is the only logically option (Score 1) 387

by tgv (#49169889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Classic OOP Compiled Language: Objective-C Or C++?

Sorry, but STL is not a good example of C++'s superiority. It's bloated and unreadable due to C++'s template syntax. I still prefer my homegrown lib for lists and trees and such, but when I have to choose some publicly available software, I pick Boost over STL.

For the rest: Objective-C is not a great language. It has some cute features, but they are primarily useful for GUI programming and don't really contribute to better software development.

Comment: Re:Good read (Score 1) 71

by tgv (#49125493) Attached to: Facebook AI Director Discusses Deep Learning, Hype, and the Singularity

No, the whole point of facebook is to sell ads. Anything they can do to improve that, either by selling more ads or by making the end user more involved contributes to fb's selling power. So if people like automatic face recognition or link suggestions or whatever, that will support fb's business.

Comment: Re:What's not to like (Score 1) 105

by tgv (#49109605) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

> each manifestation of [creativity] should be embraced and supported as much as possible

Hold it right there. Did you support https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...? Why not? It's much more creative than this game. https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...? https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...? https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...? And that's just an easy search for classical music.

I'm betting you didn't. Then why this dumb game? Because you'd like to play it. There's got to be something in it for you. That's the reason. Don't be coy about it.

Comment: Re:Browser performance (Score 2, Insightful) 181

by tgv (#48911771) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

You might want to think again. I tested the current IE (11) and its JS performance is already better than Chrome's and on par with Safari 8, and the HTML implementation seems pretty standard compliant. I didn't care much for the clumsy dialogs that showed up in some places, but in all, it's a much better browser than IE9 and anything before that.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 212

by tgv (#48911731) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

This, indeed. Literacy is about being able to distill complex information from written sources that do not dwell too much on detail. Coding is about writing instructions for a machine that is too stupid to know that a cow is an animal unless someone tells it precisely how to do that. These two activities are pretty much opposites.

Coding does have a lot in common with math, and is also meant for problem solving. It does not share its universality, though. A more apt comparison would be: coding is the new welding.

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