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Comment Moret and Shapiro (Score 1) 304

My preferred book is:

I basically bought it because it is a superb hand craft (I mean cover, paper and print).

The contents is an easy read. When I bought it, it was the most expensive book I ever bought ...

To sad that the announced second volume never was published.

Comment Re:Read the first volume (Score 1) 304

Learning an Assembly language, especially 6502, is not that useless.
First of all it makes learning other assembly/machine languages easier.
Secondly, that is why I said "especially 6502", you learn that your language is so limited that you most likely want to use it to implement your own mini virtual machine like Sweet16.
The particular interesting thing about the 6502 is: it was designed to have a minimalistic 8 bit opcode set, with 127 free to use 16 bit registers in the so called "zero page".
Yes: 16 bit "registers". Ofc. they where not registers in the sense of a true processor register. However programmers used them to implement all kinds of "pseudo code" VMs.

Comment Re:Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 304

Aren't these the attack vectors used by malware and viruses today?
Yes and no.

And what exactly does that have to do with algorithms?

Security, Attack Vectors, Bounds Checking, Input Sanitation: that all has nothing to do with algorithms. Hence for anyone it is easier to buy 5 books:
One for algorithms
One for security
One for Attack Vectors
One for Bounds Checking (while that might touch algorithms, see "sentinel based algorithms")
Input Sanitation

And if you are up for it, you probably might buy several books for each topic. Keeping books on topic is one of the most important things you might learn in "programming" anyway: separation of concerns.

Comment Re:Models are inaccurate, but not wrong (Score 1) 322

No, AGW was genuinely scientifically controversial in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
No it was not. As I said before. It is a "pop news" myth spread from the USA.

Out of curiosity, where are you from?
Germany. 30 years ago winters had like -30 degrees centigrade. Perhaps people remember the exceptional cold winters after WW2.

Now we barely hit 0 degrees, or in every 3 or 5 odd years -3 degrees. (That does not count for the higher mountains ofc.)

We even have heat records in winter now. 23rd of december in 2013(I think) with 23 degree centigrade (plus). It is supposed to snow around that time. When I was 10, I had my appendix removed. Went to hospital at 23rd and got out at 30th of december. At night of 30th - 31st of december we had -35 degrees.

Right now the melting of the glaciers is more a loss for tourism. But in future it will affect water supply in summer in north Europe.

Comment Re:Sexting is a health issue? (Score 1) 65

The magical number 16 is for a 16 year old having sex with an ADULT!!! Because the Adult might be so exploiting if the other part is only 15 years 364 days 23 hours and 59 seconds old.

The age limit in most countries in Europe is 14, not 16. 14 year olds can have as much sex as they want as long as the partner is below 18 or 16 (depending on country) but not with an adult (who actually might know some nice tricks ;D )

Comment Re:About time... (Score 1) 94

There is no uni degree in Germany that requires english or proper english, why should it? Oh ... I forgot: of course you can study "english" and then you probably might need "proper english" before you get accepted to the course of studies.

On the other hand, what do you find wrong in his sentence? We learn in all the time: "in english commas are more or less optional". And besides for the lack of commata/commas I don't see anything wrong (albeit I would try to word it better ;D )

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