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Having said that, the really stupid questions are rare, and its normally someone
who hasn't thought that we can't see his screen so tries to give us as little as
possible because they assume we know what they are taking about.
That's because every noob and idiot who jumped into this business to make a "quick" buck thinks it's easy and there's only ever one way to solve a particular problem.
But it's surprising how's much you can learn answering stupid questions.
What I'm teaching myself is WAY above what these stupid questions are ever going to teach me. I haven't learned something new from answering a question here in quite a long time. I'm actually looking for some more advanced questions 'cause I'm bored regurgitating the same old crap every day.
many of them are obvious homework problems or could be easily solved by googling
The funny thing is that you litteraly can take the heading of the question and google that, and usually the 2 or 3 first hits would solve their problem.
Makes you wonder why they established the Q&A forums. I assumed it is to get answers that could be googled in the first place (or tips on how to proceed to solve the problem), but articles and blogs are usually way more helpful then.
The funny thing is that you litteraly can take the heading of the question and google that
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Makes you wonder why they established the Q&A forums.
A few years back, I remember the forums having some really interesting questions posted by reputable members, not [insert an outsourcing country] wanna-be programmers asking questions of us hardworking English speaking citizens. Yes, I'm prejudiced.
I never liked the QA forums. I think they were established for people who wanted quick answers to smaller questions, ones that don't required a lot of discussion.
Unless you're a regular around here, users think that every question gets a quick answer, even if the answer requires a lot of back and forth discussion. The QA forums just are not equipped to properly format responses, like code blocks, and following a discussion is not easy as people don't know how to use the QA forums and don't know about the little Reply links on each post. Frankly, it's not a good UI setup.
Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing the QA forums go away and reverting back to the standard discussion format. It's easier to use for people who don't have a lot of experience on the web, and, let's face it, the vast majority of the questions asked around here are by those very inexperienced people.
The questions seems to be abondantly from people that have never taken any cources in programming whatsoever, and most of them would benefit immensely by reading the manual.
I have questions of my own, but I can really see how to ask them in such a way that it could be answered in a paragraph or two. It involves best practises (scaling and hugh projects), and all I can do is to look at articles that other people have written and try it out and see what works best. I have no clue about how to frame that into a small sized question.
I've seriously scaled back what I do here just because it's the same old questions over and over again. Half the time you can't even figure out what they're talking about. Ask them some questions and you never hear from the them again. Other times, the required answer is so long as to require writing a short book. I don't have time for that.
Frankly, I'm looking for some more advanced questions, something that will get me thinking, but that's becoming more and more rare.
Though, with the project I've taken on at work, I don't have a ton of time left to really research some good questions anyway. It's a shame really. I do like those kind of questions, but they don't pay the bills. I've got too much to do and teach myself to get this project done, for about another 6 months.
<layer>It's the equivalent of my being allowed in the operating room doing open heart surgery. "Plz help, I don't like blood."
oh come on now. I'm sure you're a few orders of magnitude more qualified to do open heart surgery than those idiots are to program. After all, you know that washing your hands before you start is important, and can figure out which end of the scalpel goes in your palm and which end goes in the patients chest.
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Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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I've noticed a decline in the number of questions I can make an attempt at answering even over the past few weeks. It does come and go and occasionally there will be a patch of reasonable C++ questions that can be answered with a simple example or some reasonable advice but they are getting fewer and further between.
The endlessly repeated question like 'how to read a file in C' seem to me like they should be able to be solved by indexing previously given answers correctly. A systematic way to direct people asking these FAQ to existing stock answers which can themselves be improved over time doesn't seem beyond the scope of Bob's genius.
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I'm considering buying a new PC, and I'm yo-yoing between two models. One is a mini-PC with a SSD but without a traditional HD. The other is a bit more expensive, but includes a traditional HD (one TB).
Do I "need" a traditional HD in there (for frequent writes, say, a swap-file), or does an SSD suffice?
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Don't disable the pagefile! There's a lot of uneducated nonsense going on about the pagefile on the interwebs...
I'd like to chime in with a "me too" response. Disabling your page/swapfile does not make paging stop - it causes thrashing earlier when your system needs to use physical memory. All contemporary hardware/software nowadays uses virtual memory, which needs to be able to remove physical pages from memory. If there is no page/swapfile, then executable pages are removed. This is a bad performance decision to make.
There's a lot of uneducated nonsense going on about the pagefile on the interwebs.
There is. But I actually know what it does and how it works and still recommend disabling it. (if you have an SSD anyway, otherwise it's more tricky)
By the way, see "set the paging file minimum to be that value minus the amount of RAM in your system (if the value is negative, pick a minimum size to permit the kind of crash dump you are configured for)"
That value is almost always negative these days, and crash dumps are useless.
Personally, I'd go for SSD for OS/App installs and physical for storage and swap. These [^]were popular a while back. I've heard the write problem on SSDs isn't as bad as reported http://ef.gy/statistics:ssd-write-endurance[^], but I've also read that it is. For me the cost/GB is a bigger worry.
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