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#4817147 Debate me about the bible

Posted by on 29 May 2011 - 10:26 AM

"The Bible" as we know it wasn't even remotely written all at once. In fact, it wasn't until well after the last events of the Bible that it was even compiled into something resembling what we have today. Even if you accept that some or all of its constituent texts were written under inspiration of God (I do), you have to understand that it was manually transcribed many hundreds of times between its original writing and its first printing-press edition. Imagine rewriting the five books of Moses by hand, then handing it off your your friend who does it from your copy, and so on for every one of your hundreds of Facebook friends. Now imagine that 90% of them don't speak your language natively. Now hope that none of them get bitter and intentionally mess it up... How well would the last copy resemble the original? Hopefully the message would be about the same, mostly, but you've got to understand that this book wasn't teleported down from on high in the King James (or New International, or whatever) Version.

#4790435 Do software engineers really need to know low level stuff anymore?

Posted by on 25 March 2011 - 12:05 PM

Absolutely, positively, yes. Who do you think designs the runtimes for C# and Java? Or works on kernels for existing or new operating systems? Or writes the code for robotics or space probes that have to make guarantees about timing? Or writes drivers for new hardware?

Even if you're working on an application, like Photoshop, sometimes performance really does matter. Do you know how to optimize a filter's execution against a 250MB image in memory? Do you know how the L1 and L2 caches operate? How common paging mechanisms operate? How spatial and temporal coherence affect all of those systems? Such knowledge can make a common operation like an image filter run an order of magnitude faster.

#4756798 What Does Everyone Think About The New Site Layout?

Posted by on 10 January 2011 - 01:18 PM

The site layout breaks when it's narrower than about 1200 pixels wide, which is wider than I usually keep my web browser. Usually about 960px wide is right for me, though I'm not sure how common that is for other people.

Also, I like the idea of letting you sign on with Facebook/Twitter. But I'd absolutely love to be able to do single sign-on with my Gmail account. I've implemented this myself for LucidChart (see sig), and I'd be more than happy to point you guys in the right direction or even write a little code to get it done. Of course, I'd want you to notice that I already have an existing account with my gmail address and just log me into the right account, rather than creating a new empty one for my Gmail account.

Is it just me, or is the :hover color on the top menu ('home', 'features', etc) white, therefore making the text invisible when you hover over them?

When I'm not logged in, the Reply button on a thread is disabled, with no login (or register) button nearby.

#3623173 [web] javascript onclick on 'select' element (combobox)

Posted by on 31 May 2006 - 10:12 AM

Great! Thanks, and rating++.

#395835 [web] javascript onclick on 'select' element (combobox)

Posted by on 31 May 2006 - 05:21 AM

I'm trying to make a combobox that, when a new item is selected in it, navigates the browser to a new page based on the entry in the combobox. I've googled for "html select onclick", "html select javascript onclick navigate", etc., but haven't been able to find anything. Currently it looks something like this:
function Chart(qs)
	window.location.href = 'http://www.nda.com/traffic_chart.php' + qs;
	<option onclick="Chart('?Month=5&Year=2006');">May 2006</option>
	<option onclick="Chart('?Month=6&Year=2006');">June 2006</option>
	<option onclick="Chart('?Month=7&Year=2006');">July 2006</option>

This doesn't work very well. If I click on the box, it runs the script before I select a new item in the box. How do I do this?