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by canuckotter
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting pass that tech interview
Replies: 36
Views: 5385

Re: Getting pass that tech interview

True enough. I'm used to doing software used on the periphery of financial institutions... Critical stuff, but nothing that directly touches any of the numbers. So we had slightly unusual requirements. Still, it can't hurt to brush up on all the basic topics dealing with security. After all, not eve...
by canuckotter
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting pass that tech interview
Replies: 36
Views: 5385

Re: Getting pass that tech interview

I'll add a couple more bits of advice... First, don't be afraid to say you don't know the answer. Many places will deliberately ask you questions that you can't answer. The trick is to admit that you don't know and then give them your best educated guess and explain your logic. It's obvious to every...
by canuckotter
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 142561

Re: eating meat

I am a strict vegetarian, and I could care less about cows being raised for slaughter if it wasn't for the sheer wastefulness of it all. The amount of resources it takes to raise cattle, slaughter it, and transport it to your dinner plate is astronomical. I don't know about the big factory farms, b...
by canuckotter
Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The economy scares the hell out of me.
Replies: 196
Views: 15706

Re: The economy scares the hell out of me.

Another thing to keep in mind... You're not necessarily going to get the best long-term results by focusing on debt repayment. If you're able to use the money to speed up economic growth, then in a lot of cases you're actually further ahead to do that instead, because the extra money you bring in fr...
by canuckotter
Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: MFC or .NET?
Replies: 33
Views: 2873

Re: MFC or .NET?

VS 2003 can write .NET 1.1, VS 2005 can do 1.1 and 2.0 (and I believe 3 with a plugin). VS 2008 can do 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5. Again, my numbers may be off, but 1.1 should be available to all of them. That wasn't true a few months ago... it's possible it's finally changed though. There certainly we...
by canuckotter
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: MFC or .NET?
Replies: 33
Views: 2873

Re: MFC or .NET?

If removing your will to live is your goal, I recommend MFC. Well, it's not quite that bad... ...but it's close. :lol: As has been mentioned... It's safe to assume that people running Windows have .NET. Heck, at work, we even assume that people have .NET 2.0, because... well... most people do. Then...
by canuckotter
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing in books
Replies: 57
Views: 11927

Re: Writing in books

Personally, I've never written in or highlighted portions of a textbook. There's never been a need. I read the material, and then... I have the knowledge. If I need to rehearse it to fix it better in my memory or to make sure I've understood the nuances, I'll answer the review questions. On an intel...
by canuckotter
Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Growing up like your parents?
Replies: 41
Views: 5331

Re: Growing up like your parents?

1. The validity of one turning their parents (the ones who swear to never become that)? 2. Is there a way to fix it? The answer to 1 is the answer to 2... :) We do inherit a lot of personality traits from our parents (remember, you have two). Some are inherited through learning, but there's a lot o...
by canuckotter
Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming Library (like with real books!)
Replies: 17
Views: 6602

Re: Programming Library (like with real books!)

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master , by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. Not a programming reference book, but... well, like the title says, it's pragmatic. It's all about getting as much done as efficiently as possible. It suggests ways of thinking about what you're doing and finding...
by canuckotter
Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Univeristy Choices for Computer Science
Replies: 25
Views: 6403

Re: Univeristy Choices for Computer Science

Haven't heard anything about either of them, sorry.
by canuckotter
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is gravity delayed or instant?
Replies: 24
Views: 2849

Re: Is gravity delayed or instant?

Cool. Thanks!
by canuckotter
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which method for a mathematically defined constant?
Replies: 14
Views: 1966

Re: Which is better/more desirable?

If your compiler can recognise that CONST2 will always have the same value and optimise it to a const value, then go with that definition. If not, you're probably better off calculating it yourself and saving the processor some cycles at run time.
by canuckotter
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is gravity delayed or instant?
Replies: 24
Views: 2849

Is gravity delayed or instant?

(I did a quick search, didn't find anything that answered my question... apologies if this is something old) If an object moves, does the gravitational force it's exerting on other objects instantly change to reflect its new position? Or does the change in force radiate out at light speed? Or some o...
by canuckotter
Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D security nerd rant
Replies: 78
Views: 7350

Re: D&D security nerd rant

So is this OCD, mean-spirited, or what? Discuss. I'd call it "missing the point", personally. :lol: Puzzle traps are there because they're fun for the player , not because it makes sense for the game world. If your players don't like puzzle traps, don't use them. If your players are, like...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Visual Web Developer, Worth the Trouble?
Replies: 10
Views: 1808

Re: Visual Web Developer, Worth the Trouble?

Failing that, get any of the various enhanced text editors (TextPad is my preference, for no other reason than familiarity) or even just Notepad. Oh god, don't do this. Please, save your sanity. ;-) I taught web development about 7 years ago... I forced the students to build their web pages in Note...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Visual Web Developer, Worth the Trouble?
Replies: 10
Views: 1808

Re: Visual Web Developer, Worth the Trouble?

If you're doing ASP.NET with heavy coding, or if you're doing web services with ASP.NET, then VS is good, in my experience. For simpler sites... honestly, don't bother. Get Dreamweaver if you can. Failing that, get any of the various enhanced text editors (TextPad is my preference, for no other reas...
by canuckotter
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Software version numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 3315

Re: Software version numbers

How do the programmers know to change it from version 1.0 to 2.0? In the big corporate world? When the marketing / product management folks tell them to. Seriously. Exactly. :lol: In my office, we tend to use major/minor version changes to signify new functionality, but that's not always true. We'v...
by canuckotter
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopt

The sort thing was just the first example that popped into my head of where someone could waste a lot of time overengineering stuff -- or underengineering stuff. And your "use the standard sort" isn't a great answer anyway, because the specific situation I was thinking of, the program's re...
by canuckotter
Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: favorite dungeons and dragons class
Replies: 142
Views: 14308

Re: favorite dungeons and dragons class

Half-orc sorcerer, if I get an 18 I can put into Charisma. It gives my character a chance to operate in a whole bunch of different social settings. Lots of fun, especially when we go to a new town and I can spend a while being the big dumb half-orc and really screw around with people. :D
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopt

I am still in school, but I also have 2 years of software development experience. I've seen far too many cases where somebody made a small hack, and then somebody needed to extend the hack for a slightly different application, and then somebody else adds some more functionality, and the end result ...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: justification for muscle mass.
Replies: 29
Views: 2250

Re: justification for muscle mass.

Exercise is a good idea, especially if you're sitting at a computer all day. The better physical condition you're in, the better/more consistent your blood sugar supply to your brain is, the more consistently smart you are. Also, the better your condition, the less you're affected by one or two nigh...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

I'll admit I don't have a lot of software development experience I do. :D I can think of plenty of times where I've cursed an awful hack, but I can't think of a single time where I've complained that a solution was over-engineered. I have. This morning. And yesterday, for a separate issue. And last...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Dynamic class instances? Is that how I say it? [C#]
Replies: 5
Views: 1553

Re: Dynamic class instances? Is that how I say it? [C#]

Wait... Are the properties predefined? IE, you'll know that you'll be looking for the .Title property of the instance of the object? In that case, just do something like the following: List<myClass> instanceList = new List<myClass>(); ... //Fill in the objects somehow myClass newObj = new myClass();...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Creating and implementing algorithms
Replies: 62
Views: 8806

Re: Creating and implementing algorithms

I sometimes think that there IS that elusive substance, which you either have or you don't, to be a programmer. Or maybe it is just me. It takes so much effort memorizing everything... I hate to be a dick, but the truth is that some of the things you've described having problems with... No professi...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

Oh trust me, I've seen some perfectly valid, completely professional solutions to problems that would be dirty in anyone's books. :lol: It's just that it doesn't matter sometimes. :)
by canuckotter
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Any Kobolds players out there?
Replies: 0
Views: 984

Any Kobolds players out there?

Anyone else here play <a href="http://www.koboldsatemybaby.com/">Kobolds Ate My Baby</a>? If so, anyone have any good adventure ideas they feel like sharing? Cuz I think I'm going to be ordered to run a couple games soon and I've already run the default adventure too many times.
by canuckotter
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

:lol: Thanks! But actually, I still have a horrible tendency to overengineer things, partly because I spent so long being forced to underengineer things... I have to stop myself and think about everything I'm about to build to make sure I'm not making things more complicated than they need to be. I'...
by canuckotter
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Agile Development or Bad Design? (AKA Chickens with Helicopters)
Replies: 24
Views: 6431

Re: Computer science vs. software engineering?

EDIT: Note that I don't have anything against coding/hacking (not to be confused with agile development). It's a wonderful way to become familiar with or discover new concepts and frameworks, but trying to pass it off as professional/academic work is shameful. Quick and dirty hacks in the right pla...
by canuckotter
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 449352

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Question")

Google Images, "otter" ? ...still haven't had any luck finding something I really like. There are thousands of pictures of otters, but none in quite the right pose for what I want. And I don't know of anywhere around here I can go to try to get my own photos of otters. I figure if I'm goi...
by canuckotter
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: |=_(|<1|\|9 hell (a.k.a. Verator is/has a pain in the balls)
Replies: 90
Views: 5836

Re: Fucking hell

Actually sounds similar to the time I had a kidney stone. Mind you, the pain level sounds nowhere close... The kidney stone I had felt about a hundred times worse than when I was kicked full-force in the balls by a tae kwon do black belt. Unbelievable torment. Pain beyond your wildest imagining. :sh...
by canuckotter
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 449352

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Question")

I've got an idea for two tattoos that I want... On my left arm (basically on the side of my shoulder) I want an otter. On my right arm, in the same place and in the same basic pose, I want a dragon. I've found a good tattoo artist but she won't do the otter without a picture as a reference. The drag...
by canuckotter
Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Odd discussions
Replies: 90
Views: 6162

Re: Odd discussions

Not to disrupt a perfectly good conversation.... But has anyone else noticed that the OP hasn't bothered to respond again in this thread yet?
by canuckotter
Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Telling kids about Santa Claus?
Replies: 141
Views: 11614

Re: Telling kids about Santa Claus?

To be honest, I don't see Santa Claus as a lie. It's just... not a very good lie. It's too easy to see through, and really, how many people put any significant effort into fooling their kids? Kids are way too smart to be taken in for long, and they're smart enough to figure out that nobody expects t...
by canuckotter
Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Telling kids about Santa Claus?
Replies: 141
Views: 11614

Re: Telling kids about Santa Claus?

I'm in the Yes camp. My son's still too young to understand anything we might tell him about Santa Claus (he's only a year old) but I'm looking forward to the humour of it all when he's old enough to understand and young enough to believe... It was always a lot of fun for my brother and I as kids, I...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?
Replies: 35
Views: 4156

Re: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?

Honestly, I can't speak for girls, but I've never met a guy that I'm convinced was really into both sexes. It always seems to be some kind political statment, or someone who really needs attention, or someone who's into guys but doesn't want to admit it. There's generally a lot of talk about "...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Surfer with a new theory of everything?
Replies: 39
Views: 5573

Re: Can someone explain this paper to me?

The summary sounds like it might have been created by a sibling of SCIgen... :) I can't make heads or tails of it. Then again, I also don't have the inclination to put a lot of effort into it.
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?
Replies: 35
Views: 4156

Re: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?

It just seems that with guys, (or at least with a bunch of teenage guys in a highschool setting, no experience outside of that setting) there is a sort of threatening mystery that emanates from not knowing the size of everyones penis. It seems that with that mystery over everyones head, you cant be...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Graduated College... Now I'm stuck! (A little long winded)
Replies: 13
Views: 2484

Re: Graduated College... Now I'm stuck! (A little long winded)

The product of a company has really no bearing on how interesting the job is. What you want is a position who's responsibilities are challenging (without drowning you), and with good people around you, especially your boss. Very, very true. My job is absolutely fantastic (especially lately, for var...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genius
Replies: 28
Views: 3078

Re: Genius

To me, genius is the innate ability to understand something, and take action based on that understanding, at a level significantly beyond what an average person is capable of achieving regardless of effort. An unmotivated genius wouldn't necessarily outperform a motivated person with high ability in...
by canuckotter
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?
Replies: 35
Views: 4156

Re: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?

faranim wrote:Put yourself in a room. Inside that room are tons of hot men and women. You can pick any one of them, and fulfill all of your sexual fantasies with that person. Which gender do you choose?

I disapprove of your unnecessary restriction. :P

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