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by zeruslord
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47629

Re: 1270: Functional

That's not terribly surprising, and might not have anything to do with it being a functional language - in the early-mid nineties we figured out that programming languages could be fast without requiring really low-level programming, and C is from way before that revolution. To get a real compariso...
by zeruslord
Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47629

Re: 1270: Functional

Imperative programming languages seem like an awkward attempt to tell a computer what to do like it was a human following orders, rather than telling it what problem to solve like the sophisticated problem-solving machine it is. A computer isn't a sophisticated problem-solving machine. It's a bunch...
by zeruslord
Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47629

Re: 1270: Functional

Reminds me of a talk that John Carmack recently gave about functional programming in video game development. It was interesting to hear that it actually might have some real benefits, and he apparently rewrote the Wolfenstein 3D game engine in a functional language (can't remember which one he used...
by zeruslord
Mon May 11, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How did you start liking music?
Replies: 31
Views: 3886

Re: How did you start liking music?

I always listened to Springsteen (Born to Run), the Eagles (Desperado, Hotel California), David Bowie(Ziggie Stardust), and a smattering of other stuff. In middle school, I got into Green Day and Linkin Park. Around freshman year of high school, I started getting into metal with Metallica and Atreyu...
by zeruslord
Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Two Votes?
Replies: 52
Views: 5733

Re: Two Votes?

The US house of representatives is actually, in a reversal of the original constitution, elected by the state legislatures through a lovely process known as gerrymandering . Basically, the state legislature sets the districts for the House, and the party in control of the state uses fancy computer a...
by zeruslord
Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203477

Re: Song Identification!

What's that one song they always play at games with the thudding base and the synth 'oh's?
by zeruslord
Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What level of mathematics do people know on this forum?
Replies: 63
Views: 9614

I'm starting AP calc BC in a week, so I already did basic derivatives and limits, but that's it for advanced math.
by zeruslord
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Jokes
Replies: 133
Views: 52009

a saxophone player, a tuba player and a trumpet player all die in a horrific accident. When they arrive at the pearly gates, st. peter asks them why they should get into heaven. The saxophonist says "because I made beautiful music and made many people happy." The Tuba player says "bec...
by zeruslord
Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favourite song(s)?
Replies: 45
Views: 5667

Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven
Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody
by zeruslord
Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 337254

I don't actually remember how I (first) got to xkcd. I know it had to do with the spoiler alert comic with rosebud, but I was sent to that one at least twice. I read because I get just enough of the math to get something from it, and exist on the very outskirts of the Linux/coder community. Why I'm ...

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