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by OOPMan
Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 378
Views: 240375

Re: Math Books

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... I was a student studying Applied Computing (University of Caper Town, 2002-2005, Computer Science + History) Unfortunately I never finished my degree (In part because I failed 1st year maths 4 years in a row) and to be honest it hasn't stopped me from ge...
by OOPMan
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scala?
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

Re: Scala?

Berengal wrote:I personally think Clojure is better than Scala, but it's certainly an interesting language. Better than Java by far.


Well Clojure is a LISP so it figures that it's a better language :-)
by OOPMan
Tue May 31, 2011 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scala?
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

Scala?

Anyone else been looking at learning this?

I'm not a big fan of Java but Scala (Along with Clojure) put the JVM to a better use IMHO...
by OOPMan
Tue May 31, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What can I do with coding skills?
Replies: 25
Views: 12393

Re: What can I do with coding skills?

Varsity is mostly about theory... Real-world development is something else entirely... If you manage to complete a CS degree then employers will assume that you have the mental muscle to pick up the real-world layer as you work in your first job. This is also true even if you don't have a complete C...
by OOPMan
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 210240

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I really want them to release Opera 10.5 for Linux now. I've tested the Windows version and can't wait to actually run it full-time...
by OOPMan
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moon
Replies: 47
Views: 6881

Re: Moon

A great movie and one of those rare pieces of Film SF than can be compared to great SF literature in a positive fashion.
by OOPMan
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Skynet
Replies: 44
Views: 10763

Re: Skynet

4chan achieving sentience would be quite a feat. Happily, there's far too much idiocy in that next of the woods for it to ever be very likely.
by OOPMan
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 4544

Re: David Cope: Wizard or not?

I suppose I could have been a bit more specific on one regard.

In the context of this post, the word Wizard is used in it's dated Brittish slang form (http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/w.htm).

As in: "Cor! That's pretty wizard that is..."
by OOPMan
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: David Cope: Wizard or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 4544

David Cope: Wizard or not?

Over the last few months I've read articles here and there (One on Ars Technica and more recently one linked via SlashDot) dealing with David Cope. He's a professor working with music and programming in what seems to me, as a layman in the field of music and a professional in the field of programmin...
by OOPMan
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: LILO vs. GRUB
Replies: 10
Views: 7873

Re: LILO vs. GRUB

I use to use LILO until a few years back when some kind of system update on my distro (Mandriva) left me with an unbootable system thanks to LILO being annihilated. Since then I've used GRUB.

As others have said, LILO is no longer actively developed which kinda makes GRUB the winner by default.
by OOPMan
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?
Replies: 105
Views: 92610

Re: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?

I've pretty much switched from FF to Chrome for my web dev work. Chromes speed is very useful and the web developer tools component is generally faster than FireBug (Even if it's not quite as featureful).

For day-to-day browsing, I still use Opera :-)
by OOPMan
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Adobe Here for the Better?
Replies: 21
Views: 6203

Re: Is Adobe Here for the Better?

Flash and DreamWeaver need to be consigned to the funeral pyre sooner rather than later. The rest I don't care about because that's "designer" stuff. It would be nice if there was some genuine OSS and Commercial competition to the various Adobe products though. I mean serious competition. ...
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux's downfalls (IMO)
Replies: 19
Views: 6182

Re: Linux's downfalls (IMO)

Files downloaded from sources other than repositories via a package manager must be added manually, providing no automatic short cut generating or "uninstall" functions. There is also no way other than the package manager to "install", with manual programs simply being unpacked ...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

I'm actually surprised this thread is still going :-)
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Releasing multiple unrelated source patches
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Releasing multiple unrelated source patches

If I do that, can it be that the two patches end up incompatible because of how much has changed after applying one? Are patchers generally smart enough to handle that scenario? Yeah, I think so. You'll only have issues if you make two independent patches to the same file or files. In that case, co...
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Replies: 20
Views: 3524

Re: the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I've seen 12 Monkeys. Hated it. The world was oppressively grim and filthy, the plot was an incoherent mess, Bruce Willis played dumb which is annoying in and of itself and obnoxious in a protagonist, the production design sucked, the time travel was stupid, and Brad Pitt's excellent performance wa...
by OOPMan
Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Sessionless Cookie-only logins?
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Sessionless Cookie-only logins?

This is called re-inventing the wheel.
by OOPMan
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 21835

Re: District 9

*ugh*

Invictus

Yetch...

I've seen the posters around and I just am not even slightly interested in watching it.

I guess I just don't think the 1995 Rugby World Cup was the big a contributor to the making of present-day SA...
by OOPMan
Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sherlock Holmes Movie
Replies: 79
Views: 13196

Re: Sherlock Holmes Movie

I watched this on the weekend with my fiance. We were pleasantly surprised as we really weren't expecting much thanks to the rather lame trailers that we'd seen. The film itself delivered a very cool, almost steampunkish action-adventure experience that was just plain fun to watch. The visuals were ...
by OOPMan
Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 21835

Re: District 9

Zohar wrote:The point wasn't "She's moved to South Africa", it was "She moved, to South Africa". She's incredibly busy with grown-up stuff such as finding a place to live, getting a job etc. It wasn't criticism against SA.


Point taken :-)

But that was the September last year...
by OOPMan
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

I also thought the action was much more entertaining in D9, but that might just be because I fucking loved the sci-fi guns in it, and the meat-explosions of people who were hit by them. I agree. I felt that the final action sequence in D9 was, hands-down, the best I've seen in any action movie in y...
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 11625

Re: Awesome Acheivements

Yeah, shouldn't be overly difficult. I support most types of queries in the select() function in my homebrew database abstraction. I haven't implemented joins solely because there isn't a good, concise way to represent it in PHP that I've found without chaining (which I might introduce later anyway...
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 21835

Re: District 9

Erm...

I'm in SA too...

And we doo have broadband internet here...

And it's not quite as stupidly expensive as it once was...

Never mind our extensive urban 3G cellular networks...
by OOPMan
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

I saw this movie at last night. I thought it was pretty movie. It is the best movie of the year. It was entertaining and enjoyable movie. Awesome movie. I really enjoyed. Astroturfing? For sure :-) Personally, I think District 9 is hands-down better than Avatar in every respect. Including SFX. Beca...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Honestly, Avatar 3D has very little 3D in it. I'm willing to bet you could watch the 3d version sans glasses and miss very little. You'd still need the glasses, if only to have one of the polarizations, otherwise the parts with 3D really will look like crap. Also, most of the movie was 3D from what...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 11625

Re: Awesome Acheivements

To be finished by the end of next week: A SQL Query builder component for a prominent intranet CRM web application. Consists of a simple but powerful UI powered by jQuery that is capable of building most simple queries and many complex queries. Supports multiple joins, table and column aliases and v...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do apple stay in business?
Replies: 112
Views: 21977

Re: How do apple stay in business?

Nope, I use Mandriva but you are missing the point. The point is not that you see Kubuntu as being simple to use. Obviously you find it simple to use. This is because you are not the average user. The average computer user: ⋅ Does not know what an "Executable File" is. ⋅&nb...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 21835

Re: District 9

Fantastic find, thank you Enuja. When I have more time I'll try and find some clips of other types of South Africans they could have used effectively rather than a very stupidly stereotypical Afrikaner. Note: I'm not saying SHOULD have used, but to demonstrate that it doesn't all hinge on him being...
by OOPMan
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Saw this while on leave. I wasn't expecting much beyond a visual fest but I came out disappointed. The use of 3D was quite minor compared to movies like Coraline and Up. The plot and acting was a streaming pile of crap, which didn't come as a huge surprise given that James Cameron wrote as well as ...
by OOPMan
Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I need a 101 in Computational Linguistics...please help!
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: I need a 101 in Computational Linguistics...please help!

Computational Linguistics? Is that actually a field?

...Checks WikiPedia...

Wow, so it is...

Good luck, looks like more an an Academic kind of field and hence the kind of thing you're only likely to find employment in a research or teaching role...
by OOPMan
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 73196

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Saw this while on leave. I wasn't expecting much beyond a visual fest but I came out disappointed. The use of 3D was quite minor compared to movies like Coraline and Up. The plot and acting was a streaming pile of crap, which didn't come as a huge surprise given that James Cameron wrote as well as d...
by OOPMan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: JAVA dev on UBUNTU LINUX
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: JAVA dev on UBUNTU LINUX

For me, NetBeans is where it's at. Sure, it's slower than bare-bones native C/C++ editors like Geany but it more than makes up for it with powerful code insight, debugging features, project management, vcs tools and so forth which all reduce the time I spend mucking about each day :-) Also, jVi is t...
by OOPMan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: UI Programming
Replies: 55
Views: 5782

Re: UI Programming

UI programming was a bit of a pain when I last did any of it. I did some work with wxWidgets, GTK and QT varying years ago. None of them were amazingly bad, but neither were they great. Also did the Swing thing, which is a lot of repetition. At the moment all UI work I do is for Web UIs as I'm in we...
by OOPMan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme IDE
Replies: 7
Views: 2279

Re: Scheme IDE

A Scheme Editor component for NetBeans is in development. I think alpha/betas can be tested right now...

http://netbeans.dzone.com/news/scheme-editor-netbeans
by OOPMan
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Simultaneous Dual Boot, A Conceptualization
Replies: 18
Views: 3565

Re: Simultaneous Dual Boot, A Conceptualization

This is all pretty much handled by software such as Xen, VMWare ESX, VirtualBox and so forth in various ways.
by OOPMan
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: JAVA dev on UBUNTU LINUX
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Re: JAVA dev on UBUNTU LINUX

For Java, I recommend NetBeans IDE. Best of the best.
by OOPMan
Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?
Replies: 234
Views: 128452

Re: Why Java is a bad language for beginners

2. Conceptual overhead. It's the only language that will run on this "ideal machine" emulator. I'm not sure what you mean. There are tons of languages that will run on the JVM. Indeed, let us count the names: ⋅ Java ⋅ Scala ⋅ Groovy ⋅ Ruby ⋅&nb...
by OOPMan
Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: regular expressions
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: regular expressions

Erm.... You need to extact a part of a string, not the whole string and that part must match certain given constraints? Easy... In PHP form: preg_match('/(\d{2,3})x(\d{2,3})/', 'GEN_05_EG_Findout_120x600.swf', $arrMatches); Note how I do not insert the ^ and $ symbols. This is so that the regex matc...
by OOPMan
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Regular Expressions
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Regular Expressions

RegEx is very useful, but this sample problem sounds like an incredibly poor use of RegEx. It's far simpler to solve the particular problem in question by simpling processing each char in the string and storing counts of upper case, lower case, alpha, numberic, special chars and total chars and usin...
by OOPMan
Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Protecting code
Replies: 17
Views: 1623

Re: Protecting code

Were not a company (far from it really) and the basic source code is available in public domain, but we've very heavily modified it, fixing bugs, optimising, new features, etc. To make it more clear, we don't hold any copyrights or legal rights over it, so if it does get leaked then there's little ...

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