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  • redgrave


    March 11, 2015, 12:10 am

    The only thing Obama has in common with Hitler is his desire to use war to accumulate the resources for those that he serves and that he is a persistent defender of the accumulation of that wealth......both of which are key features that ignite and sustain imperialism.

    Rio got it as Brazil is an emerging economic superpower, the US is in severe economic decline and by 2016, things are probably not going to look good in the US. Rio is in terrible trouble now but they will 'clean' the place up with whatever means necessary by that time (i.e., re-locate the poor and impoverished of Rio elsewhere).


  • gilgoomesh


    March 11, 2015, 12:58 am

    Bilski isn't about excluding all software patents -- it doesn't matter if transformational machinery logic is mechanical or electronic.

    Bilski is about excluding patents that don't include a specific pipeline from source to destination.

    Patenting a specific way of anti-aliasing a TrueType file will still be permitted (as it contains a source -- TT font -- to destination -- pixel buffer -- workflow).

    Patenting the use of a specific differential equation for use on "edges" will be excluded because the patent has no specific transformation -- while the equation might be specific, its usage is not and could apply to anything depending on how you want to construe the definition of "edge".


  • genida


    March 10, 2015, 5:20 pm

    Interesting. Thanks :)

    >what's killed Heroes

    I heard a while back that they were planning on killing off or finishing characters stories while replacing them and continuously renewing the momentum of the show. Then they got stuck with a 'cast' and they all got famous, so they had to stay. [can't source that just now...]

    Meta-retconning Ali Larter's death for instance, really made me flip. After sleeping through the second season I really just stopped caring about that show. Was a shame too, the first couple of episodes were neat.


  • Voerendaalse


    March 10, 2015, 5:51 pm

    So I think that you can safely say with five digits to the right of the radix point you can store numbers with a precision of one digit to the right of the decimal point in the "normal" decimal system?

    (Because you show that you need 5 digits to approximate the 0.1 from the decimal system; I assume that once you can approximate 0.1, you can also approximate 0.2, 0.3 and so on. I'm not sure if this always holds true...).

    (And yes, with these five digits you can also represent precisely 1/32 which is 0.03125 in the decimal system. But the point is that with these five digits after the radix point in binary you cannot represent ALL five-digit-after-the-radix-point-in-decimal-system numbers ... so it is safer to say that you can AT LEAST code for 1 digit).

    Therefore, you need this "insight" to be able to calculate how many digits you need at the right of the decimal point to obtain the precision that you need in your computer program.



  • stygyan


    March 11, 2015, 6:51 am

    I once told a interviewer I knew how to use Autocad perfectly. No problem at all, my man, I can do almost everything, I'm the perfect guy for the job.

    And while i'm saying this with the most straight face I can make up, I'm nervous as hell, don't know what to do, wtf.

    I land the job. Then he says me as we're on holidays he can't hire me yet, and tells me I won't we working till next month. Wow.

    Hello, Autocad crash course. BTW: I managed to hold the job for ten months. Then I got sick of it and got out.


  • exscape


    March 10, 2015, 11:31 am

    Is this your full time job? ;)

    I'd like to mention that there's a trick some like to use to avoid the pitfall of typing statements such as "if (x = 1)" - when comparing to a static value (such as a number, or a constant), you can switch the order, to "if (1 == x)". It does the exact same thing, but if you accidentally type "if (1 = x)" the compiler won't let you do it, since you can't **change 1 to x**.

    My personal opinion is that the above is pretty ugly, though, and you learn to use == pretty quickly. I'd say that the only time a programmer who isn't very new uses = by mistake (you can use = in if statements on purpose in other cases, which I'm betting will be covered later) is when there's a simple typo.


  • intangible-tangerine


    March 10, 2015, 7:59 am

    I'm getting a little frustrated with shows like prison break and heros (and I assume lost and 24 might have the same problems but I don't know cus I've not watched them much)

    They start off so promising with a good cast, well produced, decent scripts etc but there's no story arc. It's all exciting plot twists and no actual plot.

    They just seem to be written like soap operas with characters coming and going and situations happening any old which way to chase ratings. I get the feeling the writers haven't a clue what's happening any more than the audience and are flying by the seat of their pants which would be fine if they could maintain a decent level of integrity and steer the narrative to some sort of satisfying conclusion. But instead it just seems to be a season or two or really great telly followed by several seasons of shit which gradually fizzles out until someone pulls the plug.

    Basically what I'm saying is, when people pitch shows they should have some concept of how it ends other than 'it gets cancelled'

    The Wire was the complete opposite of this, the absolute proof that it's possible to have a well crafted, structured and coherent tv series that's still exciting and makes you anticipate the next episode.


  • Saiing


    March 10, 2015, 8:20 am

    If Brits were mocking you, you really have it bad. Britain has the lowest number of holidays in Europe. Be thankful you didn't meet a Finn.

    Country annual leave public holidays total leave

    (average) (statutory)

    Finland: 25 14 39

    Austria: 25 13 38

    Greece: 25 12 37

    France: 25 11 36

    Portugal: 22 14 36

    Spain: 22 14 36

    Sweden: 25 11 36

    Denmark: 25 10 35

    Luxembourg: 25 10 35

    Germany: 20 13 33

    Belgium: 20 10 30

    Italy: 20 10 30

    Ireland: 20 9 29

    Netherlands: 20 8 28

    UK: 20 8 28

    Figures are number of days.

    Source: Mercer European Employment Conditions Report


  • Lard_Baron


    March 10, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Protip: claiming I've "fallen apart" without me "falling apart" doesnt do yourself any favors.

    My narrative explains.

    1. The funding of Israel

    2. the enmity that exists between the US and Iran.

    3. the relationship with the Saudi,

    4. the abandonment of the Shiite during the uprising in Iraq after the 90 war.

    5. Chinas strategic worries over energy supply.

    All facts fit.

    Do you really think we care so much for Israel that we've put the 5th fleet into the Gulf, funded Israel massively, vetoed UN resolutions, etc etc, all out of the goodness of Uncle Sams heart? Dont you think there might be a deeper and more sensible reason? Do you really think Iran would launch a strike on a nuked up Irsael? really?


  • zahlman


    March 10, 2015, 6:24 am

    > women bear sole responsibility for birth control? check.

    Um, no; the allusion was to abortion, not birth control. And men *can't* take responsibility for abortion, because they aren't the ones who carry the fetus.

    > men should not even be bothered by the results of their actions? check.

    Um, no; more like "men might very well be freaked out by the results of their actions; cleaning up after them is one way to prevent that from happening".

    > violence against women? check.

    How do you twist a warning to avoid a situation where violence might occur ("don't be near the top of the stairs when you tell him, because he might push you in order to cause a miscarriage") into advocacy?


  • WritingImplement


    March 10, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Each internship had its perks.

    At Microsoft, I absolutely loved the other interns. I had a ton of fun with them, there were a lot of really cool people, and I met a few of my now-best friends via that internship. However, I was working on a team I hated for a manager who treated me like shit (I worked on one of the few non-Office mac products, and would not recommend it). I learned a lot about Objective C and Cocoa, but as I own no Apple hardware and don't intend to, it's fairly useless knowledge that I don't even bother listing on my resume. I was in Redmond, WA.

    At Google, I felt I didn't click as much with the other interns, but my team was absolutely awesome and I ended up hanging out with them just as much as the other interns. I don't think it'd be smart to mention what team I worked on, honestly, but it's a live product and my code is live right now, and is used by millions of people every day. That's an absolutely wonderful feeling. Much like at Microsoft, I learned fairly little about actual software engineering, but I used the opportunity to learn Javascript (something I've been putting off for a long time in favor of C#/XNA stuff). I was in Kirkland, WA.


  • Rafe


    March 10, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Interesting that you should mention cap-and-trade.

    If climate change is as dangerous as it's cracked up to be, and if it takes economic recession to prevent CO₂ emissions from rising further, then wouldn't it really be for the best if we experienced a protracted recession until the transition to clean energy is completed? I know I'd rather not have to live on a rapidly changing, increasingly inhospitable planet.

    That said, I agree that cap-and-trade is not the best way of putting a price on emissions. Carbon tax is much more efficient.


  • transactioncost


    March 10, 2015, 10:16 pm

    I used to take a lot of interviews in Google, so I can probably help..

    You don't need to know many languages. You just need to know one really really well (preferably C++ or Java). Google tests people for their analytic abilities, smartness and ability to solve open ended questions.


    Data structures (not just the knowledge, but aptitude to use the right thing in the right place) - This is the most important thing. Also Operating systems and Object oriented programming

    Also make sure that you can code really well, you will be expected to code in the interviews for a given problem. (taking care of boundary condition, edge cases etc). You should be good at identifying complexity of a program and improving it

    Try to think about open ended problems that require processing of large amount of data. Think in terms of - how would you design reddit? - what kind of back end? what kind of search facilities?


  • hilo4321


    March 11, 2015, 8:41 am

    the "complete campaign map" was 2 maps... they even said it was shorter in interviews etc

    new game mode.. are you kidding me? it's exactly the same as playing the campaign, except you know you're going to lose eventually.

    those two versus campaigns should have been there. they obviously wanted it out by a certain date, so they decided to finish later, there's no other explanation.

    bug fixes/balances are part of every game.

    i liked the game a lot, and will still play sometimes, but it is not nearly as much fun as it used to be. it is in desperate need (and always has been from the start) of more variety.

    i feel let down by a company that has such a high reputation. people who bought l4d should get it for at least half price, it's just way too soon for another game, that is hardly even different.


  • Psycochem


    March 10, 2015, 6:17 am

    Seared Ahi Tuna

    *One Tuna Steak, Sushi grade

    *marinade for 20-30 minutes with Soy sauce, dash of honey, a little wasabi, Rice vinegar, and ginger.

    *Turn on BBQ grill to highest setting, on non stick pan on stove.

    *Remove Tuna from marinade and coat with sesame seeds. You may need to push down a little for the seeds to stick.

    *Grill about 2 mins each side and you are good to go.

    *I like to use soy sauce, wasabi and honey mixed together for a dip.

    *Good sides would be some blanched baby snow peas, baby greens salad with a wasabi vinaigrette, steamed Broccoli, and/or steamed rice


  • Voerendaalse


    March 10, 2015, 1:37 pm

    I ran this program and it said to me: the number is 32767. Which is indeed the maximum number that can be stored in a short int. Or is it?

    1 binary position can store 2e1 numbers, so that's two numbers, which are one and zero.

    2 binary positions can store 2e2 different numbers, which are zero, one, two and three.

    So x binary positions can store 2e(x) numbers, of which one is the zero; so the maximum number that can be reached is 2e(x) minus one.

    16 binary positions can store 2e16 numbers = 65536 numbers, of which one is the zero. It should therefore be able to store the number up to 65535; not 32767).


  • Endemoniada


    March 10, 2015, 7:35 pm

    Well, no, because I'm not trying to point out the literal fault the creationist is making. I'm trying to get the creationist to understand that the request to be presented with "transitional fossil" is nonsense from the very beginning. The problem isn't that we don't have the evidence to prove intermediates, it's that creationists are expecting proof of intermediates that neither they nor scientists expect to exist at all.

    Look at it this way: if all I have as evidence that my father existed is photographic evidence, one could very well claim that that evidence has been doctored. It is entirely possible that I'm lying about my kinship with the person I claim to be my grandfather.

    However, if both me, my father and my grandfather submit ourselves to scientific scrutiny, the creationist has still misunderstood the whole point of kinship, and expects the impossible by demanding to see the "transitional form" between my and my father, and between my father and my grandfather. Of course, there is no such thing, and the analogy is correctly applied to reality by changing the people involved to, say, me, my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, and _his_ great-great-great-great-great grandfather. It is simply an unfortunate fact that the hard evidence of those people in between no longer exist, but the whole concept of kinship would nonetheless be bastardized by creationists _even if_ every single person in between had been accounted for.

    I'm reminded of the mathematical problem of crossing a bridge: A person can walk from point A to point B, and arrive at the destination properly. However, suppose the person were to walk halfway from point A to point B, and from there walk half the remaining way to point B, and from _there_ walk the _remaining_ half... The person would then never arrive at point B at all. This is what creationists do with "transitional fossils". Instead of admitting that one can simply connect the dots directly, they make the ridiculous demand that we always make the connection half-way, and then half-way, and the half-way... Assuring that we're never able to reach our destination, and fully connect the ancestral line between species.


  • gtown999


    March 11, 2015, 3:13 am

    Ok, that makes no difference though. If you accuse someone of causing a problem without making it clear that the "simple solutions" are not really solutions at all, this may lead to violence.

    In this case: Bill Gates ran a technology company. This technology destroyed thousands of jobs and replaced only "some" (if you can call 93000 some) of them. Simple solution: get rid of Bill Gates or at least take all his money away and prevent innovation! Set up ethics commitees to closely watch all scientists to make sure they don't come up with more labour killers!

    Similar example:

    Obama wants to introduce a public option for health care. Socialists advocate public health care. Simple solution: get rid of Obama or at least block all meaningfull debate on the subject by crashing town hall meetings and the like.

    To make this clear, I do not think you have any of these views, however, I think it is neccessary to point out that the simple solutions are not viable and, more importantly, immoral.


  • thrthr


    March 11, 2015, 1:01 am

    Why I choose .NET over Java and PHP, 100% subjective:

    * I'm using windows for everything else, .NET fits perfectly into the Windows eco-system (and especially the Windows 7 one, damn it's amazing)

    * Visual Studio 2008 & 2010 are by far the best IDE's ever developed

    * C# as a language is a lot better then Java

    * The GUI library (WPF) is years beyond anything Java can muster

    * F# is by far one of the best multi-paradigm languages I've used

    Note that I run a couple of *nix boxes as servers, I do a fair bit of programming in C and Python as a hobby and sometimes PHP if I'm forced at work (I'm one of the few at work that knows it well enough)

    The only realy bad part with .NET is ASP.NET/WebForms, honestly it's the worst piece of shit I've ever had to work with. ASP.NET/MVC is amazing though.


  • vitameatavegamin


    March 11, 2015, 7:22 am

    Just because all the Congressional committees are working on a public option plan doesn't mean that they'll agree that any one of them is better than nothing. It's the nature of this type of legislation that requires it be delegated to a small group within the government for a successful drafting and passage, however, the scope of the legislation requires that it not.

    This is an unhealthy attitude towards democracy. First, you exclude the Republicans because they are against the public option. Then you find a way to run off the Blue Dogs and discredit those Democrats taking money from the insurance companies. Anyone else need to be excluded from the debate? Maybe Dennis Kucinich should just be made "health insurance czar" and we could be done with the whole matter?


  • registryclean


    March 10, 2015, 3:39 pm

    I can't believe how often I would just get frustrated to the point that I wouldn't even want to turn my PC on, before I found Registry Easy. Do the following questions relate to you on a daily basis? I know they did to me, my friends, and my family.

    -Does your PC run more and more slowly?

    -Does your computer pop up mysterious error messages?

    -Do you suffer from the System's memory strike all the time?

    -Are you annoyed by the ads when you are surfing the Internet?

    -Do you get the ActiveX or similar 'Unable to load' .dll errors?

    -Are you troubled with the blue screen, system crashing or freezing from time to time?


  • Endemoniada


    March 10, 2015, 9:03 pm

    >Is it not possible that they don't actually understand how evolution works

    Possible, yes, but unfortunately not very probable. See, the fallacies in their reasoning has been pointed out to them countless times, in varying degrees of complexity. It is now simply not possible that they could still misunderstand the very basics of evolution. They are _not_ that stupid.

    >I don't ultimately feel "attacked" by either; their beliefs are not ultimately my business or my problem. However, I think it damages discourse for everyone when punching holes in a propped-up self-made scarecrow, whether by accident or design (heh), gets presented as well-reasoned and carefully-grounded statements of fact.

    Sure, maybe "attacked" is a bit harsh, but when they deliberately set out to destroy public education with the sole purpose of indoctrinating religious beliefs instead of teaching facts and reason, I do consider that an act of "war".


  • jerryF


    March 11, 2015, 4:11 am

    >Um, what rock have you been sleeping under?

    I'll stand corrected - can you point to something tangible, 'cause I haven't seen any yet.


    Did some 'research' (read: a bit of lazy googling). Anyway, what I found is not too convincing. There is one or two old "early prototype photos" all other images are clearly renderings. Why have they not been able to produce even one actual photograph of a recent model.

    I surely wish it is going to materialize - but it has an air of 'too good to be true' ...


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