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Member Since 08 Jan 2012
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In Topic: Terra Nova

26 September 2012 - 07:47 PM

I was told it was spectacular, and then I watched it.

I'm sorry, but you're millions of years in the past. I don't give a single fuck about some teenager's romance subplot. If I watch a scifi show about surviving in the past, I want at least 80% of the time spent on that topic.

Didn't make it past the third episode.

In Topic: Post your current wallpaper here.

23 September 2012 - 08:33 PM

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In Topic: nyanify.js

22 September 2012 - 08:57 PM

This is glorious

In Topic: New to programming, whats a good first language?

21 September 2012 - 08:57 PM

I probably won't say anything that hasn't already been said here, but as a professional software engineer here's my two cents.

Do not learn Java as your first language. It will ruin you as a programmer forever. Java has a lot of abstraction and automagically takes care of a lot of things like memory management. That is why a lot of people try to teach it as a first language, but I am going to go against the grain here and say that it is a Bad Thing.

I learned C (pure, unadulterated) as my first language and because of that hated Java when I had to take it in college. On the flip side, knowing C helped me in my numerous assembly courses (which I loved). I now use C++ at work and for hobby game development. I also work a lot in Perl at my job, and I am approaching Guru status in both languages.

A friend of mine, on the other hand, learned Java as his first language, and never had to take assembly courses because of his special program (combination of CS and business). Now he is going for his Masters, and he's asking me questions about bit-twiddling and memory management and pointers because he was never taught it at the beginning.

Don't get me wrong, Java is a very useful language. Yes, it is great to not have to worry about malloc() and free() and levels of indirection when working on enterprise level applications. But learning to use them effectively makes you a stronger hacker, because you understand what is going on behind all that abstraction even if you're not directly doing it.

In Topic: what is your favourite sci-fi movie ?

03 August 2012 - 08:19 AM

I see no Blade Runner here. :C But mine would probably be Blade Runner.

I couldn't stand the narration for the whole movie. I just wanted him to shut up and let me watch. They added the narration in because they thought nobody would understand the plot.

The director's cut (no narration) was great though.