10 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010
It is Jonathon. Especially.as the buses into and out of Whitby are seat blocked by free riding OAPs.
Re: Latin, softwre and misunderstanding
The main requirement for starting to learn programming is the ability to think in abstract.
The main requirement for actually doing a non trivial programming (anything more than 200 lines that has existed for more than 6 months) is being able to debug.
Maths and physics are a good grounding. Physics is useful for working out why things catch fire after leaving a machine operating at 80C+ in a non air-conned room.
Maths tends to apart as software becomes more complex. Have a google for Joe Armstrong's 'The State we're in' talk. I'm still waiting for a Mathematician to 'prove'/solve Chess. It should be simple: 8x8 2d grid, 16 pieces.
I had a French teacher (age 11-14) who could not speak French too. I spent 3 years doing 2 hours of French a week. The class consisted of sitting down, reading a bit of the French book, followed by writing down 20 odd words. We then had to spell the words and get them checked by whoever we were sat next to.
She'd been doing the job for 5 years and getting away with it until a bi-lingual kid in my brother's year joined. Says a lot about the school system that she was not sacked on the spot after the Froggy (we did do original nicknames back then) attempted his first (and probably her's) conversation in French.
I've learnt more French watching the odd French skin flick in foriegn hotels then I ever did at school.
A while ago, after listening to loads of BS on a companies fine-tuned econometric model, put together by top Economics PHDs, I asked to for a demo/look. Out trundled an Excel spreadsheet, full of errors.
You may laugh but I was talking to someone a while ago who claimed - and I have no way of verifying the claim, one way or another - that the UK's Treasury and BoE were pretty much the same.
Still, they do wear a suit and sound cleverer than me.
So after demostrating macro-economists are not good at economic modelling
They've now gone on and proven they are no good at programming either.
And so the struggle for something an economist can gainfully do, with a modicum of success, goes on.
Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?
Horses for courses. There is no easy decision for a target platform esp. when you are dealing with a very unusual environment - the city is one of the places that is willing to throw money at short-lived, proprietary software. MS is no longer the 'easy-money bet'
I've taken the safe option: standard (not MS), C++11 + python to get the mix of slow to develop, fast to run (C++) with fast to develop, slow to run (python). And Boost C++.
GUI-wise its less clear cut. I'm targeting a mix of HTML/webserver (for forms and client/server) and QT4 for singing + dancing, point-click graphics stuff.
Then after recruiting the muddlement they'll find that they need western engineers to sort out the muddlement's mess.
Why doesn't everyone in the West swap places with everyone in the East? That way we'd do the work that they were meant to be doing and they can have our bust public sector debts. Win-win.
I've just bought this. It better be good.
Hmm, not a bad idea
Maybe an R18 special starring Rosie Webster.
Virgin cabinet infrastrucure
He's right. Virgin (joined with the jibbering retard that NTL was) do have a lot of cabinet. In the streets adjoining my street there's a lot of it spread around, on the floor, in the buses etc.
NTL/Virgin have specced the lowest grade metal and hinges possible. I helped some kind sole (who foolishly gave his credit card number years ago - he told me) gaffer tape the front panel to the box - he did not want to lose his phone, tv and internet when the pubs kicked out and someone tried to tip their chow mein into the cable distribution.
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