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Comment Re:both are bastardized. (Score 1) 1145

your example is no more and no less applicable to imperial units. In each case, you get a third. How do you write a third of a cake? Maybe you take the perimeter or the area and divide by three. Suppose the perimeter is 11 inches. What's that divided by 3? 3.66666(...) inches. Since the inch is subdivided by powers of 2, you won't get a clean fraction.

So your example only highlights the inability to write down irrational numbers in either systems.


Irrelevant. This is a VERY common use case. THIS use case, and other COMMON use cases, do not need to be so hard. Different choices would make them easier. That is all.

Comment Getting started (Score 1) 623

I taught myself to program on a VIC-20 when I was 7 years old by reading the manual. First program was a recipe database for my mom that saved its data on cassette tapes. She found 3x5 index cards more practical, so I switched to writing games. Taught myself assembler by reading Byte and Compute! and the like. Taught myself LOGO while visiting family one weekend when I was 8. Learned Pascal in computer camp as a pre-teen.

My parents had a system for hardware upgrades... if I got straight A's in school with no exceptions, they would pay for half of the next piece of hardware, as long as I worked my paper route and earned enough to pay for the other half myself. That's how I got my floppy drive, and man, did I ever appreciate that thing.

Comment Re:both are bastardized. (Score 1) 1145

I've said it before, but it bears repeating. You boast the 6 sub-division of base 12 (namely 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12) as being better because it's more than in base 10.
You are mistaken however as in base 10, there are 10 sub-divisions. (.0, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5, .6, .7, .8, .9) and each of those also have 10 sub-divisions, and each of those also have ... you get the idea.


Take 1 cake. Divide it evenly amongst 3 people. Represent the amount of cake each person gets in decimal. Sorry, you can't. It's impossible.

Get the idea?

Comment Re:Agile doesn't mean that the project won't fail (Score 5, Interesting) 349

I hate to break it to you but "fully defined requirements analysis" is a pipe dream filled with rainbows and unicorns. I have never, not once, seen a requirements document that accurately captures exactly what the system will do.

Well, I've written them, and I've never had a project fail.

One example involved interviewing

i) the owners of the company

ii) an executive from each department

iii) a "regular joe" representative from each department

This became a 40+ page project specification, which was signed off by all stakeholders and became the contract.
Then this document was fed into a series of code generation engines, which created hundreds of thousands of lines of code. This was all done with an eye towards allowing various professionals to go away and do what they do best without getting held up waiting on each other or tripping over each other, filling in the missing functionality in the generated code.
That system is still in operation close to a decade later, organizing the working lives of thousands and serving the needs of millions.

Now I work in Agile. I hate it. I'm always having to check with other people constantly to move forward, I never get in the zone, there's a lack of clarity and vision, and I feel like I'm getting stupider each day and I'm not producing my best work.

Comment Re:both are bastardized. (Score 4, Insightful) 1145

Frankly, decimal is kind of a cruddy system. It was a bad call in the first place to use base 10. Yeah, it's good for counting on your fingers, but it's only cleanly divisible by 1, 2, 5 and 10. Base 12 would have been a much better choice, it's cleanly divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12.

I say we ditch metric, imperial and the decimal system as well.

Comment Re:And what do we learn from this ? (Score 1) 189

What sort of work are they being taken away from to deal with his insignificant little problem, I wonder.

In determining the eitology and perhaps a therapy for this condition, what other medical conditions will be subsequently solved by the newly gained knowledge?

None of us knows. It could be zero, it could be dozens. It could have no bearing, it could cure heart disease.

If only the Pages and Huntsmans of the world were the common model of spending by the wealthy, the world would be better off.

It's offensive.

Comment Re:And what do we learn from this ? (Score -1) 189

Kind of sad that he's been given the power to direct the efforts of a large number of respected medical professionals to address something that is extremely rare and neither crippling nor life threatening. What sort of work are they being taken away from to deal with his insignificant little problem, I wonder.

Comment Re:They've shot themselves in the foot legally (Score 4, Insightful) 258

We should just do away with copyright already. From now on, the only way to get paid for porno is by the cameraman who offers you 500 euro while he's giving you a ride to your friend's house. He'll have no way to recoup, other than taking money from investors who convinced him to release the footage on Bittorrent.

Hot Legal Teens Fucking on a BMW. Brought to you by BMW.
Product placement would be an easy way to fund free porn. And really, how much more Pavlovian can you get than to have someone masturbate while looking at your product?

Comment Re:Art doesn't need remuneration (Score 1) 684

People like to say things like this as if it is literally nothing, but I do not really believe them. The entire entertainment sector would be completely gutted if they could make no money from their work put into their respective projects. Everything from movies to games to books and more.

Good. I hate em. I think they SHOULD starve.

Sure, people would still make these kind of things, but it would be personal projects just for the sake of doing them and nothing more. The variety and quality would be extremely variable if these paths weren't tied to their livelihoods anymore and they needed employment in other areas.

That's the goal. If you're not creating solely because you have something to say, great. You shouldn't be creating things for the purpose of manipulating us into feeding and clothing and housing you. I'd rather see them die.

Comment Re:Who wants a driverless tesla roadster? (Score 2) 199

I find driving incredibly relaxing.

Then, like most people, you're not doing it right.

Try riding a motorcycle for a while and see what happens if you don't concentrate 100% of the time.

It's the need to concentrate that makes it relaxing.

It's like rock climbing. You have to focus on the immediacy of the moment. It relieves my overactive mind from cycling over emotionally charged thoughts and leaves me unable to return to them because I'll die if I do.

Comment Re:Who wants a driverless tesla roadster? (Score 1) 199

I find driving incredibly relaxing. It requires just enough focus to get me into a zen like state, but not enough that it ever gets taxing except under unusual circumstances. Sometimes if I'm really stressed, I'll hop behind the wheel and drive for an hour or two in some random direction, then come back and feel totally relaxed.

But, right now my car is in the shop, and I'm taking the bus, and it's stressful as hell. Buying groceries is either an expensive taxi or a painful ordeal, sleeping in 10 minutes means I'm half an hour late for work, and visiting my friends has to be weighed against the boredom of an hour each way bus trip.

I don't know how anyone could possibly think of driving as boring and stressful. It's right up there with sex, tobacco and whiskey as far as I'm concerned.

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