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by rar222
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Adobe Here for the Better?
Replies: 21
Views: 6588

Re: Is Adobe Here for the Better?

Personally, I actually really like Adobe Illustrator CS3/4, haven't touched Flash in a while, and Dreamweaver is right out. My main issue with Adobe is that I actually liked Illustrator, and so I bought CS3 Student Licensing, and it said it was Vista compatible... ...I haven't been able to check, s...
by rar222
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9968
Views: 1950092

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If I have a list with a very small number of elements (say n=5-10 ish), and array list speeds for swapping (though with pretty small data chunks, like 8-16 bytes), expensive random insertion, but cheap random access and iteration. In other words: It's a good old fashioned array. What's the best sor...
by rar222
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Java GUI suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: Java GUI suggestions

Easiest way to start a new GUI application in Java to see what you'd like to use.... 1. Download Netbeans 2. Install it 3. File -> New Project.... -> Java Desktop Application -> Fill in Wizard 4. Fill in the rest of the application Then if you want to play with Java2D then do the following: 1. Exten...
by rar222
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 223908

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

What would I do with an infinitely fast computer?

See what score I get on the "Windows Experience Index"....
by rar222
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Automatic recommendations based on similar preferences
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

Re: Automatic recommendations based on similar preferences

I use the Amazon "other customers bought this" and choose books with at least 4 stars. I then go and order them from http://www.betterworldbooks.com , which if you live in Australia like me, is WAY cheaper than Amazon for delivery. I've been pretty happy with what I've bought in this way (...
by rar222
Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 301796

Re: What is your favourite book?

I find it interesting that so many people have voted Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco).

For me, hands down favourite book is Eco's The Name of the Rose.

Edit: The Godfather is also high on the list
by rar222
Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Data compression in DNA
Replies: 22
Views: 5185

Re: Data compression in DNA

There's a difference between input vs output size. If we consider DNA to be the code, and the body to be the output then how about considering this simple analogy :

Code: Select all

while (true) {
  print( random() );
}


Encoding this program is extremely small, but the output is infinitely large.
by rar222
Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 223908

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

There was a lot of nonsense in that book, but an uncrackable cipher isn't one of them... one-time pad isn't susceptible to a brute-force attack (though it's impractical for a myriad other reasons). I wasn't really commenting on the possibility of there existing an uncrackable cipher, more than the ...
by rar222
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Theoretical computing power maxima
Replies: 8
Views: 4170

Re: Theoretical computing power maxima

think Accelerando, if anybody here has read that Now that's a book to hurt your head, but it's pretty much the first thing I thought of when I was reading this topic. A quick (???) wikipedian read about Matrioshka Brains suggests to me, the limit of computing power === the limit of energy/mass/entr...
by rar222
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 223908

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Has anyone read "Digital Fortress" by Dan Brown? Worst techo-babble ever - talking about a cipher that is immune to a brute force attack.

Anyway, I'd use my Inifinte Computing Power (tm) calculation device to crack it.....
by rar222
Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 143026

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Here are the basic rules I follow at work : Indenting C/C++/Java : 4 spaces Indenting HTML/XML etc : 2 spaces (otherwise it's too verbose) I've also worked on a 1M+ line, 20+ year old software package that is a combination of both C and C++. In it there are mixes of all coding styles, brace styles a...
by rar222
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Components in Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 953

Re: Components in Australia

Toeofdoom wrote:...


+1 entire post - I second this advice
by rar222
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Non-Widescreens
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: Non-Widescreens

I agree completely - I have a 24" widescreen Acer at work, and a beautiful HP 20.1" 1600x1200 4:3 at home. For me, the HP wins hands down even though it's technically smaller. Dollar for dollar, widescreens are WAY cheaper; the HP was $500 AUD second hand, but it pretty much comes down to ...

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