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by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Velocoraptors had feathers!
Replies: 12
Views: 3120

Great, just what we need. More maneuverable velociraptors.... Looks like my assumption about then not being able to make it through the chimney before I light up the gas fire is bunk now.
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C89 vs C99.
Replies: 30
Views: 11387

Personally, I really like some features about c99, however, learning c89 first will generally not teach you any bad habits that are illegal in c99. IIRC, c99 added a bunch of new features to the languages which are very helpful. struct mystruct{ int first_mem; int second_mem; int third_mem; int...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minors and Alcohol
Replies: 168
Views: 17453

I think to be flamingly conservative you'd have to argue that drinking *is* immoral and that the government should have to protect all those innocent little childrens from it. Perhaps via a more expensive fashion than just outlawing it? :D I'm not going to stop calling myself conservative because s...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19336

Keep in mind that when most people think of math, they think of the stuff they went through in grade school, and maybe up to algebra. However, I don't always (but sometimes do) think that way, and that is why I put in the logic there as well. That just makes them wrong. And that kind of confusion i...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Owijad's Democracy Thread!
Replies: 127
Views: 12035

I'm kinda late into this discussion, but here goes. I'll start off with a quote: A democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. - Thomas Jefferson Human nature added to a democracy without checks and balances ends up in a tyranny of the majority. However, despite this, I be...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19336

People have their own style when they code. If it were pure math/logic there would be no room for such differences. When I code, I just have a feeling about how some things should be coded, a feeling that this is the way that I should code this. You haven't seen proofs yet have you? There a several...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Collapse of Civilization as We Know It
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

Even IF civilization did collapse, which I highly doubt will happen, especially not in my lifetime, we just have to look back to the previous "major collapse of the civilized world". When the Roman empire collapsed, yeah there were many many years of hard times, but we didn't regress all t...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19336

Heh, I forgot my own "ambiance" for coding. I have many. Home: When I actually code at home, I tend to start shortly after I get home from work. I put on a mix of my normal tastes in music, and tend to skip songs when they are disrupting the "flow". I generally use kate because I...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19336

I am on the fence between art and craft. There is a reason that programming classes in colleges can use a heuristic algorithm to determine if people are cheating. People have their own style when they code. If it were pure math/logic there would be no room for such differences. When I code, I just h...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Is there a good book for a complete coding novice?
Replies: 14
Views: 4191

My first programming language was Basic. I highly recommend against using basic first. After my introduction to Basic, I learned a few other languages in the "Basic" line (QBasic, Visual Basic, TI calculator Basic). Then the first real programming I did was in C. Learning C can be painful ...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 572439

Programming in C is for people who would rather sit at home and match up pairs of socks by the count of their elastic bands, than to just get dressed with mismatched shoes and take the lady out to dinner and nail her in the car on the way home. Give me scripted languages dammit! To hell with microm...
by Aperfectring
Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censoring: Protecting Us? Or Infringment on Our Rights?
Replies: 20
Views: 3153

I am against censorship of any kind as a matter of principle. However, in a school setting, I can definitely see why they would block such things as YouTube and Google video (are those things still separate anymore). Streaming content takes up a lot of bandwidth, and people of college age are some o...
by Aperfectring
Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A thought on automation and job losses
Replies: 19
Views: 3591

We are continually moving from an unskilled labor society to a skilled labor society. We are still not 100% skilled labor in the US, and it will be a long time until we are (if we ever make it that far). Pretty much all service positions are unskilled labor. Yes, the person flipping burgers DOES hav...
by Aperfectring
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43739

CS isn't totally focussed on the theoretical. Operating Systems and Processor Design are both required courses in CS here. It really does depend on the curriculum at the school you go to. At mine, Operating Systems was an elective class for CS students (and one they typically did poorly in). CS stu...
by Aperfectring
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 146131

At the top of a 2500 line file:

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//TODO write comments in this file



I almost broke down in tears when that was the first thing I saw....

EDIT: put the comment into a code block because I don't get to use them often enough.
by Aperfectring
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43739

Oh no, it doesn't have to do with the how computers work? Aww... and here all my hopes were getting up! Oh well, math is still fun :wink: CS does have to deal with computers. However, later in CS, they will abstract away the computer, and just focus on the algorithm or whatnot. In CS, software engi...
by Aperfectring
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107256

Re: Well, actually...

Let's see, (25.992/2 + 7)<25.972<(25.992-7)*2, Check. I hate to be a pedant (Audience: oh, no you don't!), but that inequality isn't right. It should be: (25.992/2 -7) < 25.972 < (25.992/2 + 7) By that argument, this person is looking for someone in the range of ~6 - ~20. The ranges were correct. A...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This just in: nudity is disgusting!
Replies: 69
Views: 9450

As fowl as I am, I had to go with "Nothing wrong with it."

Disney is just doing it to cover their own ass before this could make it to the mass media on its own.
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Efficiency vs. Clarity of code (discussion)
Replies: 60
Views: 12089

Agreed. Comments are always needed. However, the comments should not describe the intricacies of the algorithm unless it is impossible to make the code clear (which is practically never). Comments should detail the sections of the algorithm, if it is somewhat large, and the algorithm as a whole, des...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 5 Influential Albums to Your Current Musical Taste
Replies: 92
Views: 9629

Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia It doesn't matter what kind of mood I am in, I can listen to and enjoy this album. Also, no matter what mood I am in when I start this album, by the time I am halfway through it, I just want to chill. This is one of very few complete albums that has...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The first album you bought?
Replies: 148
Views: 22015

First CD I ever received as a gift: Green Day - Dookie Quite probably their best CD ever. First CD I ever purchased for myself: Reel Big Fish - Turn the Radio Off Rationale for above: The RBF freaking ROCK, and my sister had/has all the 90s alternative a budding young man of the time could want. So ...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107256

Is it the same for males and females? Culturally speaking, which "creepiness" implies. And... why does it fall after middle age? Is it just because people start dying off? But doesn't that open a pool of widows and widowers? Or do they not count as "single" on a statistical surv...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cults
Replies: 116
Views: 11295

I call it a religion. Your point? It worked better in my head, I swear! I think I meant to put in something about ritualistic sacrifice of people every decade or so, or something along those lines.... Anyways. I actually agree with you, I just felt like throwing in a sleep-deprived hypothetical sit...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cults
Replies: 116
Views: 11295

I tend to think of the difference between cults and religions as time-based, not population-based. In order for it to be a religion, in other words, it has to have survived long beyond its founders. CRAZY HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION TIME! What if it's a small group of a hundred or so people, and it last...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9518

It will produce a warning if you put a 31 in there as first, because you will be shifting by a value >= the size of the type. It took me about a week to figure out where all those warnings were coming from the first time I wrote it. Dang you C macros for looking like functions.... The macro for the ...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Efficiency vs. Clarity of code (discussion)
Replies: 60
Views: 12089

Ah, let me clarify, i tend to like using indentation for structures, too ;) I never understood why people hold such a tight, personal grip to a specific type of indentation. 2 spaces, tabs, 4 spaces, braces on the the line, etc. I say this because if i mention python, the first thing I normally hea...
by Aperfectring
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9518

Yes it is, and for anyone wondering, the *2 in the first section is to prevent a compiler warning. The nice thing is that provided you put a constant in both arguments, it will be completely optimized away by the compiler (verified with gcc by looking at the assembly code generated).
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

One problem with that is the RIAA can still go after them for offering a product in the US, even if the product is for free, and they are hosting the broadcasts elsewhere. Another problem is that the copyrights held by the RIAA are valid worldwide, and they can still demand royalties. They would lik...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9518

C code this shouldn't be too hard to figure out:

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#define MN 0xffffffff
#define MYSTERY_MACRO(first, second)  \
     (((MN) << (first)) * 2) ^ ((MN) << (second))
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19571

No, General is for your average tomfoolery and discussion. If there's a chance a topic could cause heat under the collar, well, I think it belongs here in Serious Business, even if there's very little debate. Homophobia is a touchy subject. Agreed, if a subject is quite controversial (as this one i...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

The only "radio" I listen to is of the internet variety. That is mostly because I am too cheap to subscribe to any of the satellite variety, and hate the over-the-air variety with a passion. However, it is extremely easy to rip good (pretty close to the same as from iTunes) quality music ...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

The only "radio" I listen to is of the internet variety. That is mostly because I am too cheap to subscribe to any of the satellite variety, and hate the over-the-air variety with a passion. However, it is extremely easy to rip good (pretty close to the same as from iTunes) quality music ...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43739

Agent Anderson wrote:For a true nerd in CS, all engineers seem like jocks.


Hmmm, it was kinda the opposite for computer engineering and CS at my school. *shrug*
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

The only "radio" I listen to is of the internet variety. That is mostly because I am too cheap to subscribe to any of the satellite variety, and hate the over-the-air variety with a passion. However, it is extremely easy to rip good (pretty close to the same as from iTunes) quality music ...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

The only "radio" I listen to is of the internet variety. That is mostly because I am too cheap to subscribe to any of the satellite variety, and hate the over-the-air variety with a passion. However, it is extremely easy to rip good (pretty close to the same as from iTunes) quality music ...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Radio
Replies: 32
Views: 3275

The only "radio" I listen to is of the internet variety. That is mostly because I am too cheap to subscribe to any of the satellite variety, and hate the over-the-air variety with a passion. However, it is extremely easy to rip good (pretty close to the same as from iTunes) quality music f...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 39010

Best way to fight insomnia? 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tested this afternoon with me and two other subjects. It's like a drug-induced stupor. [I mean, I think it totally deserves its recognition, but in its quest to be realistic, it's not very exciting, almost like watching paint dry or grass grow; onl...
by Aperfectring
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107256

I violated that rule for a period of 3 months. We were technically dating, but I don't know that most people would consider it that. Meh. My rule is generally age +- ceil(age * .15). (Still violated that rule for that relationship). The problem down here in south Florida is the large number of bleac...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Madeleine L'Engle
Replies: 14
Views: 2071

*sigh* I must have read those books dozens of times. Farewell, and thanks for all the enjoyment you gave to so many people.
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientology Being Sued By A Country
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

What's with all of you people using the most vulgar word in the galaxy? Sorry, had to get that out of my system. I have mixed feelings about this. I usually don't like calling people nutters for their beliefs, but when it comes to Scientologists, sometimes I just can't help myself. I try to keep in ...

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