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by photosinensis
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 65851

Re: "Base System" discussion

OP: you're meant to add commentary. I'm sitting in a class trying not to giggle. and trying to figure out what the binary says Edit: It says "base 2". *groan* I knew someone would have translated that ASCII for me. I really didn't want to do it myself. ETA: Red flag: on Shark Week? I'm ju...
by photosinensis
Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0533: "Laptop Hell"
Replies: 95
Views: 23424

Re: "Laptop Hell" Discussion

This was one of my favorite comics in a while, even though I've never heard of that laptop. Also, the title text made me laugh even more. Also, Conclusive proof that Sony is the anti-christ. Didn't we already have some of that? They're not the anti-Christ, just in league with the devil. I want to k...
by photosinensis
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 52503

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Vista is supposed to be bad? It's better than XP .. . I don't know. Teal Deer response to this under the cut. The case against Vista; -It's a hog. Not only does it require one hell of a graphics card, but it takes up quite a bit of memory -DRM built in! -Too damn many versions -It costs too muc...
by photosinensis
Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: 'Academic' programming language
Replies: 35
Views: 4975

Re: 'Academic' programming language

If you want to do serious research work in CS, in almost any subfield: ⋅ Know C cold For CS ? I really, really doubt that. For serious. I mean, C? For what? So your loops run faster? Dude, if you're in a field with heavy numerical computing, everyone uses FORTRAN. Because it's good at tha...
by photosinensis
Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Women in CS
Replies: 110
Views: 12813

Re: Women in CS

I would be amongst the chorus blaming the common Western culture for the lack of women in CS. A part of it is the "girls are bad at math" meme that's floated for far too long (my sister's the one that's good at math, but she abhors machinery 1 ). I've found that women are far more represen...
by photosinensis
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 32882

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

I am both a biology and CS major. So I have to choose between computational biology, i.e., data meta-analysis, or ROBOT CEPHALOPODS. Guess which I'm picking. I dunno about you, man, but I'm working on some ninja pirate zombie robots with my degrees in both fields (not one degree with two majors, bu...
by photosinensis
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever had a weird roommate?
Replies: 43
Views: 4662

Re: Ever had a weird roommate?

I wouldn't do anything malicious. After all, it sounds like he's having a hell of a time as it is.

I'd offer him some alcohol, unless he's a mean drunk. In that case, I suggest pot.
by photosinensis
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Raptor sympathizers? In my hometown?
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Raptor sympathizers? In my hometown?

It's more likely than I thought. I was looking up info on Leonardo, the partially mummified Brachylophosaurus that paleontologists found in 2000. I not only found that it was in town, but that it's currently under the care of Robert Bakker, a known raptor sympathizer (as evidence, I submit the novel...
by photosinensis
Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Upgrade PC: Now or later?
Replies: 40
Views: 6924

Re: Upgrade PC: Now or later?

My response is a bit odd, considering my history. Vista isn't the wonderful thing Microsoft wants you to think it is, but it's not the giant turd that ME was. It's got a bad reputation thanks to Linux activists (who have valid points), Apple's marketing machine (which has done a good job at achievin...
by photosinensis
Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Terminal and/or Ruby's motiveless hate campaign against noob
Replies: 7
Views: 2282

Re: Terminal and/or Ruby's motiveless hate campaign against noob

Also, if you want to run the code directly (./yourfile.rb instead of ruby -w yourfile.rb) as the first line of your file, write #!/usr/bin/ruby -w (But use the path to your ruby executable). Ruby does have some weird things about it, but one of the best sources of information is the ruby sidebar fo...
by photosinensis
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: To scan or not to scan?
Replies: 50
Views: 11016

Re: To scan or not to scan?

make it so that you don't actually have permission to install software - you have to log in as admin to do it. That's a great idea in theory...until you realize a lot of programs were written so poorly that they require admin permissions to run. (See: Battlefield 2, probably 2142, and plenty of oth...
by photosinensis
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Should you learn C before C++?
Replies: 40
Views: 31458

Re: Should you learn C before C++?

I would learn C in lieu of C++. If you're going to do object oriented stuff, use a language designed for it (illud est, Java, C#, Python, Ruby, something along those lines). If you need C++ at some point, learn it then. The fact is that C++ not only allows but encourages a lot of really bad ideas.
by photosinensis
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: I'm getting a laptop.
Replies: 20
Views: 7951

Re: I'm getting a laptop.

If you ditch Vista, go for some kind of Linux or something, though dual booting is a better option. XP really is a step backward now. For your browser, I'd actually recommend Google Chrome, as it's actually a decent Webkit browser on Windows. Of course, it's still experimental. For IM, Pidgin is sti...
by photosinensis
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

EvanED wrote:From what I can tell, Python doesn't have this. Is my Google-fu weak now? (Wouldn't be the first time today.)


Python has self, which is always the first argument in a method.

This is what happens when stuff disappears, and I read something out of context.
by photosinensis
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 87376

Re: Hardest Major

The biology disciplines aren't that hard, actually. The only problem is the general disdain that biologists in academia have for people interested in the medical professions. I can't entirely tell you why this antipathy exists, but it is there. When I was a bio/pre-med sort of person, they'd relax o...
by photosinensis
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gen X vs Millenials: The Generation gap wars...
Replies: 45
Views: 10948

Re: Gen X vs Millenials: The Generation gap wars...

And there was an entire generation between X and M, it just didn't have a catchy name. This. These were the people who played Super Mario (the original, not the sequels) not as teenagers, but as children. These are the ones that got shat on by the universe and thus built their own world online, wit...
by photosinensis
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

fishyfish777 wrote:Oooh Ohh I got one!


ENGLISH!

I hate how 99% of n00bs have HORRIBLE spelling/grammar errors...


English is a terrible programming language. That said, you have a point. The ghost of the English language wishes to be avenged.
by photosinensis
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Your mission, should you chose to Accept it.(Keep vista Y/N)
Replies: 53
Views: 9278

Re: Your mission, should you chose to Accept it.

You know, you get better bling from Compiz Fusion than you do from WinVista. Also, you don't have to worry about corrupted registry entries or various bits of malware on <insert Linux distro of choice here>. Ditching Vista for <insert Linux distro here> will be the best choice you've ever made. Also...
by photosinensis
Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Java IDEs: Eclipse vs Netbeans
Replies: 20
Views: 6698

Re: Java IDEs: Eclipse vs Netbeans

As for the protected, generated GUI code. It is a pain. On the other hand, make your own life easier and just skip GUIs altogether. Swing is a pile of crap and I believe SWT isn't much better... Indeed. Unfortunately, console I/O isn't much better in Java, at least when it comes to writing it. Sure...
by photosinensis
Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

This is really treading on the territory of the typing flamewar now. Could we get a branch and merge? #6 is closer to my definition, but still not quite it. It's not about implicit/explicit casts, but instead about whether I can use a function/method on type A that doesn't exist on that type, but do...
by photosinensis
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

Actually, Python's total lack of types or required variable declarations sort of does cause brain damage. Python has types and variable declarations. Variables are declared (instantiated) at initialization--there's no point in having a variable without a value assigned to it. What's more, Python is...
by photosinensis
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

Python is this generation's Basic. Except that Python doesn't suck (or cause severe brain damage). Perhaps the easiest way to start would be to learn python first, write a few programs there, then learn C, C++, Java or D and write the same programs there, then repeat with a new language etc. until ...
by photosinensis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which language to learn?
Replies: 6
Views: 1478

Re: Which language to learn?

My vote's for Common Lisp, from amongst your choices. I believe there are compilers/interpreters that will handle concurrency issues properly. In addition, you get awesome points for using Lisp.
by photosinensis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 234
Views: 38985

Re: Pet Peeves

Pet peeve: hardware complaining about overclocking errors when it isn't overclocked. I've got a box on my desk right now that I've got to screw around with and figure out why it started doing that exact shit.

Pet peeve: underdocumented/undocumented hardware. This goes without saying.
by photosinensis
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Static vs. Dynamic Typing
Replies: 144
Views: 46763

Re: Static vs. Dynamic Typing

Okay, so my inexperience with functional languages other than Lisp (and what support the paradigm has in Ruby and Python) is showing. In short, if you're worrying about typing in a dynamic language, you're probably doing it wrong. I couldn't disagree more. Because ultimately, the type of an object t...
by photosinensis
Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: "And thou shalt take up thy father's modules.."
Replies: 19
Views: 5119

Re: "And thou shalt take up thy father's modules.."

Learn both the old way and the new. Knowing C (and knowing it well) does make you a better programmer, more aware of state changes and memory allocation. I guarantee that no matter what language you're writing in, you'll produce code that wastes less memory, and you'll probably know something about ...
by photosinensis
Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Static vs. Dynamic Typing
Replies: 144
Views: 46763

Re: Static vs. Dynamic Typing

In the grand tradition of flame wars everywhere (why else would this forum be called "Religious Wars"?), I'm going to jump in without having actually read the rest of the thread. Know that while these may be my actual opinions, my defense of them is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Personally, I ...
by photosinensis
Tue May 27, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1602199

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

In the theme of Sandwich/149:

Image

Alt text: Getting root access isn't going to be that easy.
by photosinensis
Thu May 01, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Should I just get a double major?
Replies: 14
Views: 1682

Re: Should I just get a double major?

If you're into both subjects, get the double major.

That said, I'm going to be leaving school with a lot of B. S.--one in biology, one in computer science. Don't follow me. Just get one degree and call it good.
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: CONSOLE WARS!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4728

Re: CONSOLE WARS!!!

There is only one shell: bourne-again. Everyone else is full of shit.

Of course, I prefer it in gnome-terminal, but if I can't get that, Konsole or a raw Xterm will do.
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 76668

Re: Operating Systems

And of course I can't figure out how to navigate the damn Apple website to actually get the compiler on my copy of 10.4 :( 1. Insert system disc (that's disc 1 from the OEM version) 2. Click "Install Extra software" 3. Open the Xcode directory 4. Install the Xcode .pkg file. Voila! GCC's ...
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Coding vs. Sex
Replies: 111
Views: 26667

Re: Coding vs. Sex

You know, when I created this subject, I forgot about a little gem in Python: import sex.

Coding and sex, now one activity.
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Dos- vs. Unix-like
Replies: 55
Views: 10274

Re: Dos- vs. Unix-like

Though I'm a Unix-like partisan, I can see the point that CP/M-like folk have about listing the drives at the root of the directory structure, particularly if all the system files are on a single partition. That said, I like the Unix way for one reason: it allows for easy mapping of root directories...
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Privacy of Whois information
Replies: 3
Views: 2773

Re: Privacy of Whois information

For my attitude on this, run whois on photosinensis.com.

I'm not one that likes anonymity, unless I'm raiding the Church of Scientology or something.
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: RoR vs PHP
Replies: 14
Views: 3235

Re: RoR vs PHP

A bit of advice: if you're going to use Ruby on Rails, use Subversion for your source revision control, and keep it on standard ports. Capistrano doesn't like it when you get cute or interesting with the port you use for Subversion, in my experience. That said, Ruby on Rails is hella easy to work wi...
by photosinensis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
Replies: 246
Views: 46582

Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

Did someone say distro whore? http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t243/argyl3/IMG_8661.jpg Can I keep you? As for being on-topic, I must say that I generally bow down before anyone who uses Slackware. This isn't because Slack's hard to maintain or anything, but I have to respect someone who uses a p...
by photosinensis
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 30484

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

Field agents? Who needs them? All you need to do is a series of generic form conversations. As for the kids, you don't have to kidnap them, but simply threaten them. Extortion goes a long way. Besides, remember, this is Python. "import turingtest" should make totally awesome threats. Somet...
by photosinensis
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 83622

Re: Best language for n00bs

This is really a question of age and whether you've learned algebra or not. Here's my (somewhat Python-like) bit of code to determine where you should start: from math import algebra, calculus from knowledge import * def languageToStart(): levelOfMath = knownStuff.math() if levelOfMath < algebra: re...
by photosinensis
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Coding vs. Sex
Replies: 111
Views: 26667

Re: Coding vs. Sex

Coding leads to sex. The boy is learning Objective-C and I'm helping him out (fuck yeah, I'm the coder in the relationship) and it's inexplicably sexy talking about it. It's very sexy wanting him, and watching his mind work. I don't think I can fully explain how hot this is. I know I'm not the only...
by photosinensis
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What's Your Stripper Song
Replies: 44
Views: 5765

Re: What's Your Stripper Song

If I were a woman that knew pole tricks, my choice would be "Comfortably Numb". Yes, I'm a sick, sick person.

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