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#670849 Goopies - Evolving neural networks (w.i.p.)

Posted by gregwarner on 06 May 2014 - 06:14 AM

I haven't posted in a while, but I just wanted to drop a note in here nino to let you know, I'm still following the progress of this project, and it's still of great interest to me! Great work so far, and I'm looking forward to getting to see the release!
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#657965 Online Privacy SOPA is back (OK CISPA)

Posted by gregwarner on 01 May 2013 - 01:30 PM

I'm sure they'll try to bring it back again. There's already noises about bringing gun control back up.

Here's Lesson #2 on "How the US Government Works"

Legislators: Darn! Our bill didn't pass! We HAVE to go back and work on it some more, and try and pass it again!

(Time passes and the bill still doesn't pass.)

Legislators: Darn! Didn't pass again! How can this be?! It's IMPERATIVE that we pass this bill! Let's go work on it some more and try again.

(Time passes and the bill STILL doesn't pass.)

Legislators: Darn! Let's keep trying because HEAVEN FORBID we fail to pass every bill we ever come up with!

The rest of us: Dude! Give up! Your bill didn't pass because either we didn't want it, or it's just a bad bill!
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#657559 Online Privacy SOPA is back (OK CISPA)

Posted by gregwarner on 26 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

Looks like CISPA died in the Senate. Let's hope it stays dead.
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#657191 Online Privacy SOPA is back (OK CISPA)

Posted by gregwarner on 22 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

Well I am not sure how USA politics works...

Here's how US politics works:

Congressman: We have to pass this bill! We're protecting all the things!

The rest of us: But you can't. The Constitution doesn't grant you that power.

Congressman: But we have to! It's for America! For protection!

The rest of us: But you can't. You're not allowed to. (Points to Constitution.)

Congressman: But we must pass this bill! To stop all the evils going on out there!

The rest of us: I understand that, but you aren't allowed to. What you propose is against the law. (Points to Constitution.)

Congressman: What, that old thing?! Pffff! Who cares what that thing says. We have to pass this bill or else bad things will happen!

The rest of us: But you're breaking the law. (Points to Constitution.)

Supreme Court: Constitution? What Constitution. I thought we were making things up as we went along?

Ok, ok, I'm done. But seriously, you can't just go around violating people's Constitutional rights just to catch a few bad guys. (One could argue it won't catch any bad guys. Just look at TSA.) People today have somehow lost respect for and forgotten the authority of that ancient document that men literally lost their lives defending. It's supposed to be considered the Supreme Law of the Land, however, our own lawmakers seem to have the luxury of selective obedience to this Law.
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#653307 Introduction

Posted by gregwarner on 27 February 2013 - 06:44 AM

I am made of steak and potatoes.
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#653136 Playstation 4 Announced

Posted by gregwarner on 25 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

I was never a console player.  For me, they never could compete with PC gaming.  PCs have so many options, etc., that the consoles have only tried to match.

I agree. I'm not much of a gamer, but I really only stick to PC games. #1 reason is money: I've already invested a lot in a powerful desktop; why would I go out and drop another couple hundred on what is essentially just another computer that happens to be hooked up to my TV? But you're completely right, lespauled, about PC gaming having so much more value due to the options. I can install mods for my Fallout games to customize the gameplay to my exact liking. You can't do that on the console.

The fact that Microsoft puts games out only for XBox and not PC shows me that they want to steer you away from PC gaming.

This aggravates me to no end. The state of gaming with Windows 8 (as Microsoft would like you to see it) is simply the stupid little mobile device games (like angry birds) that have been scaled up to play on the desktop. (Just look at the games Microsoft ships with its new "Metro" interface on Win8.)

The sad fact is that EVERYBODY (with maybe the exception of Blizzard) is pushing the high-end gaming market away from PC's and toward the consoles. I can't for the life of me figure out why.

I've been playing sports games with a gamepad on the PC.  A joystick for flying games, and so on.  I've never found a need or even a want to buy a console.  
There are games that simply don't match PC game play.  FPS games are much better with a mouse and keyboard than a controller.  I forgot what game it was, years ago, where they tried to merge the 2 and it was a slaughter.  PC gamers routinely outplayed console users.  It got to the point that they had to give console players auto-aim.  What fun is that?

You've hit on something spot-on, here. For certain styles of games, there is an optimum or most efficient controller. For FPS, mouse and keyboard (due to the "point-and-click" nature we're all trained on from all the time spent navigating a desktop GUI.) Racing games are best played with a wheel, but if you don't have one, an analog game pad is almost as good. But you'd never try and play a racing game with a keyboard and mouse. RTS games are generally played with keyboard and mouse, but if the way mouse motion controllers are written in games didn't make it kinda wonky, I'd LOVE to play Starcraft 2 with my Wacom tablet.

Point is, for different tasks, there's a specific tool which does that task most efficiently. A fact the game companies won't address by continuing to push FPS's for the consoles. PC's will ALWAYS dominate here.
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#652353 Good code / Bad Code

Posted by gregwarner on 14 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

I like to pretend I never ever used GOTO as a kid, learning to program in TI BASIC. :)
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#651804 What to do with a lazy employee

Posted by gregwarner on 06 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

Please don't take things so personally when someone disagrees with you. Like Roger said, Vaielab handled his situation, so I think we better back off of this subject now.
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#651640 What to do with a lazy employee

Posted by gregwarner on 04 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

In college, we studied the Hawthorne Effect, which states:

The Hawthorne effect is a psychological phenomenon in which participants in behavioral studies change their behavior or performance in response to being observed by the individual conducting the study. In the workplace, the Hawthorne effect can explain how the more attention an employee receives from managers, coworkers and customers, the higher the level of effort and employee productivity. Essentially, productivity increases when employees think that they are being watched or observed closely.

Source: http://education-por...oductivity.html

This is a well documented and replicated phenomenon that is used by managers to help deal with exactly what you are dealing with yourself.

I would suggest rearranging their workplace, if you can, so that everybody can see everybody else's screen. This way, you're not singling anyone out. Everybody is on equal footing, and everybody can observe everybody else. You can explain to them that you're doing this in order to experiment with improving productivity (which is the truth, but you don't have to state specifically who's productivity you're trying to improve).

In addition to this, try giving him some personal attention throughout the day. Ask him what he's working on. Ask him to explain what problems he is currently tackling, and come back a few hours later and ask him if he's been able to solve that problem. Ask him to explain to you what unique or innovative accomplishments he thinks he's come up with. Give him an opportunity to prove to you that he is an accomplished programmer. Maybe if he sees these opportunities, it will motivate him to work harder when your back is turned, knowing that you're likely to return soon expecting results.

If his productivity doesn't improve within a week or so, sit down and have a talk with him. Explain how the others have higher levels of productivity, and you want to see him improve to their levels. If he still doesn't improve, fire him.
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#651345 Interview: Vaielab

Posted by gregwarner on 31 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

Sounds like you and I have the same problem with Hofstadter's Law. See my signature below for clarification.
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#651258 Programmer outsources own job

Posted by gregwarner on 30 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

Well, if there ever becomes a Royal Court of Code Call, then I'd like to be The Lord Chamberlain of Java.
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#651246 Programmer outsources own job

Posted by gregwarner on 30 January 2013 - 07:43 AM

"The Archbishop of Standards is here to critique your work!"

Groans heard from the developer's floor.
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#651044 Programmer outsources own job

Posted by gregwarner on 28 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

It's much easier to notice someone who threw soda all over the floor than someone whose code isn't as good as it could be. I think many other jobs have the same sort of problem though - managers aren't necessarily specialized in the work itself, so they can't always do their own quality checks. On the other hand, even a brand new manager knows that if someone spilled their soda everywhere, the cleaners are going to want overtime :laugh:

This is why, if I were King of my own software company, my method of quality assurance would be peer review. A manager may not possess all the skill and knowledge to ensure everybody's proper coding, but what a manager can do is organize a peer review session and assign workers the task of reading and commenting on a coworker's code. That way, eventually everybody gets a chance to see and remark on everybody else's code, and good habits and clever ideas will begin to circulate among the pool of knowledge.
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#650825 Interview: Gregwarner

Posted by gregwarner on 25 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

I recently substituted 4 of the regular pillows for 2 body pillows, so actually now I'm down to 5 pillows.
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#650815 Codecall Band...?

Posted by gregwarner on 25 January 2013 - 08:40 AM

I currently play violin, but I can also play guitar and bass. I am also quite proficient in fooling people into believing I can play piano.
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