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Comment: Quotes are useful (Score 2) 113

by wonkey_monkey (#48015197) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

whose name means death

That would sound a lot less sinister if you'd put quotes around the word "death."

control-A to guzzle a healing potion or shift-S to draw a sword, for example — and he could dance between them without taking his eyes off the screen.

He can hit Ctrl-A and Shift-S without looking? The man's a wizard!

Comment: Objective-C, hands down (Score 5, Informative) 314

by tyme (#48006841) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Swift is still a very immature language, with lots of bugs in the compiler, rough support in the debugger and IDE, and the syntax isn't even set in stone yet (don't expect the syntax to settle down before Swift 2.0, probably some time in late 2015 if not 2016). There are a number of things that you still can't do in Swift (e.g. providing a callback function for APIs that expect a C function pointer), and you'll just spend a lot more time hitting your head against walls than writing working code. On top of this there are many more resources available for learning Objective-C than there are for Swift, and the pitfalls and corner cases are better understood for Objective-C than they are for Swift. As a bonus most of your instincts honed on C will carry over to Objective-C (while they are likely to lead you astray in Swift).

Swift is a really exciting language, and fun to play around with, but it's not ready for production work (yet). It will get there, but in the mean time you should stick with the established tools, which means Objective-C for iOS and Mac OS X app development.

Comment: I feel like I've heard this before... (Score 1) 308

Isn't it usually the case, when some kid is touted as having done something amazing at a science fair, that it turns out to a) already be standard procedure in the field in question or b) is actually woefully impractical on anything but science fair scale?

I mean, we could probably (okay, probably not, just an example) make crops grow twice as fast by bathing them in artifical sunlight 24/7, but that's probably not very practical.

the girls found their test crops germinated in half the time and had a drymass yield up to 74 percent greater than usual.

What's meant by "greater than usual" here?

Comment: Re:"Publish and be damned." (Score 1) 98

by wonkey_monkey (#47971973) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

There's a theory that, in Doyle's Sherlock universe, it was also Holmes who pulled the trigger. Watson was being discreet about it when he wrote it up. I forget the details, but I think there wasn't a very good reason for the shooter to have been present at that time.

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