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Comment Re:Time of Intermediate free-form descriptions (Score 1) 125

Business Driven Development. The little I know is you write out in English the business rules you need a piece of software to operate on. Then you program around these requirements. I mainly see it in testing/QA right now and it's my only experience with it. Those business requirements get compiled into a class with empty method that I fill in and test the dev code with. Basically unit testing but at a higher level that covers the business rules. I'm working with SpecFlow right now if you're curious.

Comment Re:Robert Heinlein said it best... (Score 1) 908

I wish I had some mod points for you, alas I don't so I'll reply. I could not agree more with what you said about knowledge helping you understand the world. I have a CS degree, but my interests are much broader than that. I wound up minoring in history, have music classes, sociology, psychology and extra math under my belt in addition to all the normal mandatory classes a degree requires. It has helped me tremendously in that I have context for what is happening now in the world, and understanding people/behaviour. I would not trade that for anything. Even if I have forgot most of my calculus now haha. I wish more people would be open to this, too many have blinders up, often forced by attitudes within their own faculties. My academic adviser even questioned me on my choices of extra classes as it was not 'CS' enough. Still got my degree, I am good at what I do professionally, but I know more now than I would have if I would have listen to them... Although I know this is a big topic of debate, especially with some of my engineer friends haha.



Submission + - Canada's Tories' Omnibus crime bill passed by House (

all204 writes: The Conservative government's controversial crime bill passed a final vote in the House of Commons Monday, a few days later than the government expected. The Tories had planned to pass Bill C-10 last Wednesday, but the NDP was able to delay the last day of debate until Friday and push the final vote to today.

Comment Re:And for good reasons... (Score 2) 227

I've shot some projects on 16mm with both an old Aaton camera and a small Bolex. The Bolex was quite small and handy, but has some major drawbacks. (Although cool as hell to play with.) One of the issues most people seem to gloss over or ignore is the effective resolution of the film stock itself. Namely 16mm will give you a good 1080p conversion, 35mm somewhat higher than 1080p and 70mm, I'm not entirely sure, but greater than 4k. Notice all those WWII in HD footage on the history channel? That was all 16mm news footage transfered to HD. I ramble a little, but the point is, there is an element of future proofing what you've shot when you do it on film. Don't want >1080p now, no problem, but shoot it on a 1080p camera now and you're screwed later. Shoot it on 35mm and your good for 2K later. Trouble is, it's expensive, not that renting a Red camera that shoots at 4k is cheap either.

Comment Re:I agree, with one caveat (Score 1) 769

Have a look at the CANDU reactor. It's a heavy water reactor that fissions natural uranium, which cannot sustain a chain reaction if things go terribly wrong. Low pressure heavy water (deuterium-oxide) is the moderator and coolant, and again, if the primary coolant loop stops and it evaporates away, the reaction stops because it's the moderator. It is an inherently safe design, much safer than the light water reactors that seem to be used by Japan in those plants. The CANDU is not without its problems, but name a large industrial process with no problems.

Comment Took similar course, but as a college junior (Score 4, Informative) 1021

We did a book a week. Some of it was tough sledding. I doubt that will be a viable speed for HS - where the student's won't be buying their own copies.

We spanned HG Wells (Time Machine) through Larry Niven (Ring World). A lot of it depends on how the material is presented. My prof at the time was a repressed poet, and went into the deep meaningful relationships in Heinlein's "Double Star" and swore that the author was seeing a shrink while writing the book. We also went through the original Foundation trilogy where the prof kept pointing out how the administrators of the planet were going through a feminization and had an oral fixation. During the discussion of "Dune" (and again later in "Ring World") there was pointing out of the male fear of falling into a hole - especially a hole with teeth.

Personally, I would look at the older scifi (golden age, 30s-50s) for technology that they proposed and see how long it took to actually implement. Then look at technology mentioned in contemporary scifi and see how close we are to getting there.


Comment Re:Perspective (Score 2, Insightful) 277

Depends on what you're mining. A chunk of ice the size of Mt Everest could keep a spacecraft supplied with propellant, breatable atmosphere and water for many years. VASIMIR could tug one of those out of the asteroid belt and nudge it into orbit around Mars. Then when our brave and noble astronauts arrive, there'll be plenty of raw material for propellant and life support.

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