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by WanderingLinguist
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 58728

Re: Avengers!

I have to agree; the first Avengers was much more enjoyable, but I still quite liked Age of Ultron. That said, I'm somewhat biased as a few of the scenes were shot near my workplace, and one flyover scene was near the wedding hall where I got married (it's possible the wedding hall actually shows up...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The worst contract in the world
Replies: 80
Views: 18637

Re: The worst contract in the world

The sales pitches I hear are along the lines of "If your child gets whole life insurance when they're 5, look how cheap it is compared to your ripe old age!!". The child needs to maintain their life insurance policy when they get older, but it is extremely cheap since the insurance compan...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:37 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Tracing an IP address .......
Replies: 2
Views: 3055

Re: Tracing an IP address .......

I doubt there's any way to do that without contacting the administrator of the site. Even assuming they have kept those records, however, there's no guarantee that two posts from the same IP address are the same person. These days, IP addresses are re-used, so unless the two posts were made within m...
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17022

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Ugh, I don't know how I feel about this one. The implication that being self-taught leads to messy code bothers me. Maybe you can guess that I'm self-taught. But in all my years of programming, and working with many other engineers, I have yet to see a significant correlation between code quality an...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]
Replies: 18
Views: 11579

Re: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]

Problem is, the SVG doesn't do font hinting (at least not the same way as TrueType), and screenshots are all gonna look strange due to differences in subpixel layout between monitors. Yeah, those are details, but with fonts, details matter. Personally, I quite like Menlo. A bit hard to compare it w...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]
Replies: 18
Views: 11579

Re: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]

Problem is, the SVG doesn't do font hinting (at least not the same way as TrueType), and screenshots are all gonna look strange due to differences in subpixel layout between monitors. Yeah, those are details, but with fonts, details matter. Personally, I quite like Menlo. A bit hard to compare it wi...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Subject/Object/Verb ordering in code
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

Re: Subject/Object/Verb ordering in code

What I would *really* like, is to have a language which “tags” the parameters Swift, Objective-C, C#, and Python all do that. Probably a few other languages, too. (And you can fake it in Javascript). (edit: you can even sort of do it in C, if your compiler supports C99. See here .) I use Objective-...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Subject/Object/Verb ordering in code
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

Re: Subject/Object/Verb ordering in code

Qaanol wrote:What I would *really* like, is to have a language which “tags” the parameters


Swift, Objective-C, C#, and Python all do that. Probably a few other languages, too. (And you can fake it in Javascript).

(edit: you can even sort of do it in C, if your compiler supports C99. See here.)
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 125175

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

period and space had been my method of choice (I can now see why some people love the languages that aren't reliant on brackets now; significant whitespace is a blessing and a curse) This is a bit late, but... what language were you using where you indented with a period and space? Among languages ...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18036

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

mythago wrote:Sad that BeOS is absent.


If it was a graph of operating systems in MY house, BeOS would certainly have been there. Wonder how Haiku is doing these days... haven't checked on it in a while...
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1506: "xkcloud"
Replies: 101
Views: 25009

Re: 1506: "xkcloud"

http://xkcd.com/1506/#post/dbe49154-fe70-59b5-81b7-bbfd8d29cf6d If I am interpreting this correctly, dolphins are flying into the sky, where an inverted skyscraper (spaceship?) with crosses on top (bottom?) is levitating and the happy sun is winking. I want to believe the entire image is upside-dow...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript/HTML help
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Re: Javascript/HTML help

Personally, I find jQuery a bit more concise than the new HTML5 JS APIs (which newer jQuery uses under the hood anyway, if supported) but it's really a matter of taste at this point if you only care about supported newer browsers. I was going to suggest something kind of in-between your approach and...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript/HTML help
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Re: Javascript/HTML help

Well, to start with, it might make a difference if you put sizes (width and height) on the images. If you don't, then once the images load and the size is known, I think it has to re-wrap the page with the new size. Edit: Ah, I guess there aren't as many images as I thought. Still, not a bad idea to...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript/HTML help
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Re: Javascript/HTML help

If the time is being spent in "Parse HTML" then moving the HTML code for each section into JavaScript strings and only inserting it on-demand the first time a section is expanded should do the trick nicely. Can you post a snippet of the HTML, for example for one expandable section?
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript/HTML help
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Re: Javascript/HTML help

I'm not primarily a web developer myself, but there are some tools available that may help. If you are using Chrome, try View->Developer->Developer Tools. In the timeline tab, click the record button, then reload the page then click the record button again to stop. This will show you a timeline of w...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript/HTML help
Replies: 14
Views: 4049

Re: Javascript/HTML help

I think iframes are the only general solution for your first (specific) question. If this is just for testing purpose, try using Firefox instead; I think as long as the file is in the same folder it may allow access. In general, however, for security, I think most browsers don't allow it. Running a ...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1502: “Wasted Time”
Replies: 21
Views: 5134

Re: 1502: “Wasted Time”

I generally find that I think much faster than I type, so if a keyboard is too slow and inconvenient, I get frustrated and don't actually end up typing anything. I absolutely love that OS X Yosemite lets me use my real keyboard to send real text messages, and I've been know to wait until I get home ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mac Newbie Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Re: Mac Newbie Help!

What version of OS X are you installing? And which software update causes the problem (it should list it on the update screen; if there are several updates at once, turn them off and try doing them one by one and see which one causes the problem). I'm not sure I can help, but having specific version...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: sound and mute in mobile games and apps
Replies: 4
Views: 2270

Re: sound and mute in mobile games and apps

Yes, absolutely. On my iPhone, if the physical ringer switch is off, I expect the device to make no sound ever, under any circumstances, unless I take specific action. Some games get this wrong, and you have no idea how embarrassing it is to be in an important business meeting, unlock your phone to ...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 12931

Re: What are your "core" programs?

Chrome, Internet Explorer (it's still impossible to use a lot of Korean websites without it), MS Office suite, VLC. If it's not a work machine, then also Steam. I just don't bother with web sites that require Internet Explorer. First of all because I don't use Windows, and second of all because, ev...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube changed. Did you notice?
Replies: 24
Views: 3940

Re: Youtube changed. Did you notice?

I don't know if it's specifically what YouTube is doing, but from how you describe it, it sounds a lot like HLS . Or, at least, it sounds a lot like how Twitch works, and I know Twitch uses HLS. Anyway. It's not specifically to thwart downloaders, though that is (from their point of view) a bonus. ...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 12931

Re: What are your "core" programs?

Chrome, Internet Explorer (it's still impossible to use a lot of Korean websites without it), MS Office suite, VLC. If it's not a work machine, then also Steam. I just don't bother with web sites that require Internet Explorer. First of all because I don't use Windows, and second of all because, ev...
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Braces vs indent vs "end ..." syntax preference
Replies: 49
Views: 17822

Re: Braces vs indent vs "end ..." syntax preference

Since we're talking about indenting, see how TUTOR does it: if n8<4 . write first branch . calc n9⇐34 elseif n8=4 . write second branch . do someunit else . write default branch . if n8>6 . . write special branch . endif endif Loops are even more interesting; rather than break or continue , you have...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 11200

Re: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages

Korean is wrong. 이유 (pronounced ee-yu no ee-oo) means "reason" (a noun) not "why". What you want is "왜" (way). The pronunciation is just like the English word "way" but you can draw it out longer if you want (just like a whiny child who wants to know why they ...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1765593

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

OK, but what XML library? When in doubt, use Boost. Right? (Boost.PropertyTree contains a read and write function for XML) .NET should have a (unique, single) XML parser for C++ too, if you're in a visual studio environment. If you're going for something very fast and lightweight, I've found rapidx...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Android music players keep crashing
Replies: 1
Views: 2551

Re: Android music players keep crashing

There are loads and loads of things that could be causing it. If you're comfortable with setting up the Android development tools and getting adb logcat output from the phone at the time of the crash, you might see some information that would give you (or someone else, perhaps on the forums) a clue ...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why is video compression such a big deal?
Replies: 15
Views: 7200

Re: Why is video compression such a big deal?

What Xanthir said, but I'll go a little deeper, in case you're interested. (If not, feel free to ignore this post; it gets a bit technical) Video compression is an extremely complicated field, and the compression ratios that are possible these days are quite impressive, but there are a lot of tradeo...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:27 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix
Replies: 5
Views: 2635

Re: Simple software for representing 3-D matrix

I really don't quite get what you are trying to accomplish. It kind of sounds like you just want a 3D modeling tool. If that's the case, check out SketchUp . It's pretty easy to use, and they have video tutorials available. For something more advanced, there's Blender , but the learning curve is ste...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7382

Re: Meatspace sorting algorithm

I have a few ideas that might help. Is there ever any overlap between items in different POs? If so, it might be better to forget about POs (they are essentially arbitrary in this case) and just look at orders individually, ignoring which PO they are in. When looking at orders, it seems to me you wa...
by WanderingLinguist
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best keyboard switch?
Replies: 43
Views: 18733

Re: Best keyboard switch?

I'm typing this on a browns. I used to use blues (and still do at home), but they were too noisy and people in the office complained.
by WanderingLinguist
Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word
Replies: 11
Views: 8125

Re: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word

I haven't used MS Word since before they introduced the ribbon, but this might still work. The search and replace function used to have a formatting search option. So I wonder if you use a search and replace-all based on the formatting you want to preserve (italics and bold) to insert some text mark...
by WanderingLinguist
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 104
Views: 32922

Re: stop walking on the escalators

Okay, time to jump in to the fray ^^ I agree with the op: People should stand two-by-two on the escalator. In Seoul, where I live, there are some crazy long escalators. One particularly long one, I'd estimate covers about six stories (I don't know exactly how long it is, but it is very, very long). ...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:42 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Problem with OpenGL
Replies: 2
Views: 2674

Re: Problem with OpenGL

I notice you're not doing any OpenGL error checking. Any of the OpenGL calls could be failing and you wouldn't know it. Generally, for testing, I define a macro* that calls glGetError and logs (printf or whatever) the line number and error code if there's an error. I then use that macro after EVERY ...
by WanderingLinguist
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1765593

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I saw the following code construct today if (predicate == Boolean.TRUE) {...} else if (predicate == Boolean.FALSE) {...} This rustled my jimmies. Well, it could be that predicate is defined as an Object, in which case it could hold other values. Not saying that's good practice, just saying it's pos...
by WanderingLinguist
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:58 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mac Mouse Pad is Broken.
Replies: 14
Views: 4317

Re: Mac Mouse Pad is Broken.

Most laptops these days use capacitive sensors in the trackpad, which means they won't work well if damp (wet fingers can be problematic too). They also don't work if you're wearing gloves.
by WanderingLinguist
Tue May 06, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1765593

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yeah, I mis-read what Philip said and was responding to my mis-read. When he said "I can't think offhand of any reason why you'd ever do that in real code." I thought he meant inner classes in general, but that wasn't what he was talking about, so never mind. I think the really confusing t...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue May 06, 2014 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1765593

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

An inner class has access to the member variables of the surrounding class, so therefore it needs to be connected to an instance of the parent class. There are use cases for this (I've used it myself a few times in Android UI development) although I can't think of a particular example off the top of...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: argh! No Mac Zoom.
Replies: 8
Views: 3062

Re: argh! No Mac Zoom.

Do you mean JUST enlarge text? Or do you mean zoom the whole screen? If you're talking about enlarging text only, that's app-specific... so you should tell us what application you're using. I'm gonna take a wild guess and say you mean Safari, because it has "zoom in" and "zoom out&quo...
by WanderingLinguist
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best anti-virus program?
Replies: 20
Views: 10481

Re: Best anti-virus program?

I'd vote for the OS installer. No virus survives a reinstall of the system. Um... there are plenty of viruses that can survive a reinstall of the OS. How many of them are in the wild? I don't know what in incidence in the wild is today, but MBR viruses used to be quite widespread, and these days th...
by WanderingLinguist
Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 40967

Re: Best Writing System?

The only disadvantage I can think of when it comes to hangeul is that it's a bit annoying from a software engineering standpoint, because of the combination of individual characters into syllable blocks. That makes it non-trivial to, for example, programmatically filter a list of words for everythi...

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