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Comment Re:WWII was in the 1990s??? (Score 0) 320

This article is really bad. The Super Tucano is *not* a WWII-era plane, and it could never, ever fill the role of supersonic interceptor. The Super Tucano is a great airplane, although not modern at all. You wouldn't send your race-car driver to the race in an out of date car. It would be just as stupid to send pilots into war in a Super Tucano.

Comment For me, yes, but with a caveat (Score 1) 170

I am a programmer for a AAA video game studio.

When I was young, my parents encouraged me to love and play video games, but they limited my play time, and they didn't buy many games. I probably got a new game an average once every 3 years.

They did however let me spend almost unlimited time programming my own games. And when I asked for new games, they would say "games are so expensive. Why don't you program your own?"

My programming skills definitely benefited from this. Many of my friends had more, newer, and cooler games than me. But hey, I'm happier now.

Comment Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (Score 1) 117

What you're complaining about is that the growth isn't linear. But all of the improvements you're pointed out have seemed "smaller" than the last. Imagine if we could get the kind of improvement SNES had over NES again. But that sort of thing just isn't possible in modern games; the required complexity of the art grows way faster than the required complexity of the hardware.

Comment Should be: Lies Bad Programmers Tell... (Score 1) 452

The lies listed in this article are all focused on doing unnecessary cleanup. Real life isn't full of down-time where we can polish everything perfectly. Anywhere you go where there are experienced programmers, you will see they avoid issues by not over-extending themselves. Don't tell yourself your code will be clean if you want it to be fast, or you want to develop it quickly. Don't tell yourself you'll fix it later if you honestly don't NEED to fix it later.

I get annoyed by programmers who get stuck in the weeds. Solve it, and move on.

Comment Re:Let's hope that 15%... (Score 1) 350

The group was 47/31 female to men, so guessing "female" would be a 59% success strategy, so blind guess does not have 50% chance of being right, however you're still right on the main point, I think. To rephrase their finding, something like 30% of twitter posts are markedly masculine or feminine. I can't think of any way to use that information practically.

Comment Re:Lutz is dead wrong (Score 1) 487


The world has a plethora of people with skills. I can hire 50 coders before lunch who are skilled enough to work on my enterprise app, but not to design it. I'm sure MBA's are the same.

In my opinion, the most intelligent people I know are those that have successfully mastered multiple skills at professional levels, who concern themselves with knowledge at all levels from the big picture to the small details. These are the type of people who are constantly ahead of everyone else. These are the people that understand statistical bias, sample size, leading questions, Rayleigh scattering, and are confident and interesting speakers. This is where (I think) you'll find the best CEOs.

I guess I'm saying, there are lots of people smart enough to get degrees... less who can run huge companies well.

I also really like the term "myopia" you've used to describe the current state of business.

Producing goods and improving life are cooperative tasks, that are best served with long term planning for global maxima. Modern corporations make that approach impossible because they actively compete. The rationale for a competing agent is totally different from a cooperative one. Competing agents need to think more carefully about the near future, and less carefully about the long term future. Competing agents have incentive to chase local maxima instead of global maxima. Etc.

Comment Re:Dress it up! (Score 1) 421

Yes, its valuable to research the hard, practical stuff. But come on, do you really want to live in a world where no one explores the interesting possibilities?

This post strikes me as narcissistic and pessimistic. Reminds me of those wise words, "If man was meant to fly, God would have given him wings."

GNU is Not Unix

New LLVM Debugger Subproject Already Faster Than GDB 174

kthreadd writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB that's already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++, and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects, are the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?" LLVM stands for Low Level Virtual Machine; Wikipedia as usual has a good explanation of the parent project.

Comment Re:Lucid Dreaming = teh suck (Score 1) 308

I started taking a medication years ago that made my dreams more vivid, and for the last 4 or 5 years I have lucid dreams almost every morning right before I wake up. I find them very interesting, and I have often wondered about dreams and if their evolutionary purpose is to train us for potential threat situations.

So yes, I am interested in hearing more research on this topic.

I remember reading a previous slashdot story about dreams being "threat simulators" and a lot of people were quite skeptical that dreams could actually serve this purpose. Anecdotally, most people recounted dreams that seemed pointless and unrealistic. I would argue that those dreams could have actually been training them in many ways that those people don't realize.

Any time your dream changes in a way that is totally unrealistic, you learn to expect the unexpected. And if that's true, then dreaming really is an important area of human study.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau