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Eelco

Member Since 31 Mar 2003
Offline Last Active Jul 19 2014 10:42 AM

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In Topic: specialistism?

10 July 2014 - 09:19 AM

I share the sentiment actually (to a degree).

It was one of my hidden motives to become an indie, and to effectively do it 'all on my own': know every angle.

 

There's a lot of satisfaction with doing more parts, being 100% responsible for a brick is more satisfying than 1% of a NASA shuttle.

 

That being said, that train of thought originated in the fear of not being able to do 'shit' after an apocalypse. My fear of not being able to properly build some of the commodities of today (Microwave!) led me to try to have a more hands-on experience. The compartmentalization of our society had led to great progress (otherwise un-achievable), but it also makes it that much more frail. However unlikely, what if all engineers and engineering books disappeared? How would the rest of us fend for ourselves?

 

I generally don't think too much about that, until somebody else mentions it obviously ;)

 

Yeah, I very much share this sentiment. Even though specialization is great for the economy, I cant stand not-knowing. I may not be the best programmer, the best mathematician, the best physicist, or the best biologist, but my employability in knowing a whole lot about all of these subjects is just fine, and I get to do actually interesting work. Aspiring to be a generalist has worked out for me. Lying here in my self-constructed bed, Id like to think id do relatively well if society did collapse.


In Topic: Another 'building a PC' thread

12 June 2014 - 03:17 AM

Bah Samsung is crap i recommend the Kingston HyperX 3K  
For the rest Freaking nice build!

 

http://www.kingston.com/en/ssd/hyperx#sh103s3

 

I havnt been geeking out on SSD stats for a while, so I don't want to make a specific recommendation, but as a general one: don't geek out to much about SSD stats. The performance differences between current gen SSD's are not that interesting in practice. Aim for reliability and a good price per GB.


In Topic: Another 'building a PC' thread

12 June 2014 - 03:12 AM

If you can wait a few weeks, Intel have just released the i7 4790k. It's basically a 4770k but with a 4GHz base frequency. It will be the same price as the 4770k, so if you're looking at a longer term machine, I'd wait.

Then in a year or two, you could add a liquid cooler and overclock it.

 

also GTX 780 and a 750GB ssd? That is awesome. 

 

Seconded


In Topic: Scott Meyers - The Last Thing D Needs

30 May 2014 - 12:14 PM

Great talk. Reminds me of why I don't use C++ for anything but extension modules.

 

Speaking of which, its over ten years ago that I started using D. Havnt touched it in a while, but a) im getting old, and b) shame that it hasn't caught on more yet.

 

That being said, pyd is looking pretty cool; it might just be the entry point I need to start using D more again.


In Topic: Questions for all programmers.

20 May 2014 - 01:32 PM

Good old QBASIC, around the age of 9 or 10. I didn't have any books, instructors, or internetz. Just me and the QBASIC help, of which I neither grasped the CS jargon, or the frigging language it was written in. But QBASIC made it quite convenient to copy and execute lines from the help, and by combing through the help file and example programs countless of times, I reversed engineered my first CS and English language skills.

 

Not the most efficient way to study, but it was a blast. Damn you grown up life, with all your responsibilities, and so little time.


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