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IE actually displays a logical number. This is just a FF bug (or possibly joke). I also have seen 'i GB/sec', '-infinity GB/s', and 'NaN GB/s'. I think someone at Mozilla might have a sense of mathematical humor.
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Yesterday it was my sons third birthday, which we celebrated by going on a trip on a real steam train. He was at first very afraid of the engine as it was big black steaming and made a lot of noise. But later on he couldn't wait to go back.
Today he didn't want to go to kindergarten (as in totally freaking out screaming). He wanted to go to the train instead.
Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES! Abraham Lincoln
It's amazing that they could power such heavy locomotives with nothing more than a fire that made steam. We recently went to Wisconsin and visited the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. They have a restored Union Pacific Big Boy - the thing is massive. I've also been to Steamtown in Scranton, PA (30 mins from where I grew up) which is awesome.
Sorry, misread your post, my reaction: "They are older than THAT!!!" Here's an interesting timeline http://www.sdrm.org/history/timeline/[^] and a quote: 1804: Matthew Murray of Leeds, England invents a steam locomotive which runs on timber rails. This is probably the FIRST RAILROAD ENGINE.
Of course, later I realized I hadn't seen the show, so you could have been seeing 80 year old technology. It's amazing comparing 10 to 20 year old tech. We're still advancing, but not as astounding yearly advances as we saw 25 years ago. (And I'm not referring to steam tech )
Just read an article here at CodeProject (I shan't mention which) that was formatted poorly, had code samples that don't compile and wasn't well written, but it received numerous comments. Of course, they were mostly negative.
It struck me afterward that if you do something right (write a terrific article), we may just download your code and ignore you. However, if you do something wrong (write a poor article) we are going to let you know.
So, doing something wrong actually allows you to build more community (though it is constructed upon negativity) than doing something right. Ah, the human condition. It's a challenge.
Do you find my topic interesting or even well thought out? You probably won't comment. However, if you eschew my point you will comment heavily. Am I funny yet? I guess you can prove me wrong, easily, by being positive. I just played you, my friend.
But, I'm serious. I feel a serious paradox coming on.
Yes of course I'm kidding. I have articles on CP that I get positive and negative feedback after many years, but on my site where I have a lot of giveaway code and on Visual and Atmel Gallery Gallery I very rarely get any feedback so I guess it depends on the audience your addressing? Don't know what to tell you there!
Not to be contrary, but this hasn't been the case for me. I only have two articles here. The first was originally written in 2003, and I updated it a year ago. I occasionally get comments on it, even though it's old and no longer of central interest. The second article, which has a much narrower focus, hasn't received as many comments, but that's to be expected.
I don't generally use someone's code directly from an article. I will use it to learn how to do what I need. In either case, if I like someone's article or use their code, I make a point of commenting and thanking them. Even from my limited experience as an author here at CP, I know how much those comments mean.
I don't trash articles, unless they are obvious spam; in that case, I nuke'em 'til they glow.
You haven't met my mother. The lady is an absolute bear about good manners. 'Please' and 'thank you' were the order of the day when I was growing up. As a middle-aged professional in a world that seems to turn ever more callous and self-interested, expressing my appreciation for someone else's hard work should be a reflex. I'm ashamed when it isn't.
As far as the positivity goes, CP goes through cycles where the barbarian hordes run loose and bad behavior reigns. I've been guilty of it in the past. This is my favorite place on the web, so I'd rather not slip on my own spilled vitriol.
Interesting point, and one that made me ask if this is human nature or condition? Even kids at 2 and 3 pick on each other and seem to find joy in the shortcomings of others. Hmmm.... Add the anonymity of the web and people can be pretty darn ugly. It would be interesting to see the ratio of upvotes to downvotes in different forums. I have to admit that I am more likely to comment on something I disagree with, but I haven't found much use for downvoting.
I have have one article/blog post that gets almost daily downloads of the source but very few comments.
I would like to think that if we have few comments then we have been very clear on the content of the article and left no or few questions unanswered.
After reading articles for the last... umm how many years have I been here now.
Any way the ones that get the most comments are the ones where people want to do more with the source than what was originally intended or have a problem with what it does when it runs, if they can get it to run.
This is perfectly understandable, a well written article deserves and usually gets a 5 as a thank you, whereas as crappy article needs some comment so the author can improve their skills.
I consider the download counter as my thank you, they read the article and it sparked enough interest that they downloaded he code. Any upvote and comment is a bonus, appreciated but not the reason for writing an article. Negative comment on the other hand need to be addressed.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity RAH
To paraphrase my granny: If you can't say something nice, STFU".
I never saw any of my grandparents, but I did have a nephew three months before I was born. You would have to paraphrase what you just said to get the common saw used in the US, but at least 50 years ago it was a common saw here in the states too.
We yanks are taught to be rebellious, it's part of our heritage to be proud of. So, of course most kids don't listen to their parents. Then we get mad at them for following their heritage. We make total sense over here, right?
So, doing something wrong actually allows you to build more community (though it is constructed upon negativity) than doing something right. Ah, the human condition. It's a challenge
I tend to read the article and often ignore the comments. I figure most CP authors are savvy enough that they address the comments that have been made in the article long before I get there.
I come here to learn from others that know more than I do. I figure an author has done their best on an article, so if misspelled words, poor grammar and non-compiling code is what their article contains, then that's probably the best they can do and there might not be much I can learn from them.
We can program with only 1's, but if all you've got are zeros, you've got nothing.
I figure an author has done their best on an article, so if misspelled words, poor grammar and non-compiling code is what their article contains, then that's probably the best they can do and there might not be much I can learn from them
Well, I'll agree with you on the "non-compiling code" part, but a huge segment of the world comes from an area where English isn't the first language. I learned French as a second language in high school. I might attempt to read something written in French, but I wouldn't dare to write a word in it on a board. It takes a kind of courage to attempt something you know you aren't good at, that's something to admire. And what was written has the possibility to show me something I didn't know. I try to go beyond the grammer to see if they have something to teach me.
As long as the article is technically competent, that's great, even if they don't teach me a thing.
Sounds like this particular article would also have not taught me anything, so if I'd read it, I'd have to chalk it up as a waste of time. (A nitch which also holds the best written article when that article doesn't add anything to my knowledge.) I'd guess you could add this as an example of how not to write an article.
Just read an article here at CodeProject (I shan't mention which) that was formatted poorly...
I won't EVER hold that against someone posting an article in Code Project. Their formatting tool ROYALLY SUCKS! Spent hours fighting the tool. Including throwing out the whole ball of wax and starting from scratch. I gave up in disgust. I was able to publish an article years ago, it was a pretty poor tool then, but you could get it to somewhat work OK. Either they've designed it to be worse, or I've gotten better at screwing it up.
To criticize seems to be a human condition, especially when the "something" written is just wrong. There seems to be an unending supply of THAT on the web. Another web blog site had an article about the bubble sort. I went Ugh, but said to myself "It's a beginning author rehashing an inefficient process, that has been around forever. Leave the poor sap alone, doesn't have the background to know how bad the process is."
Then I read a comment, praising the routine, how easy it was to understand and how efficient it was.
That, I couldn't leave alone. I wrote a binary sort routine, test data, explained how inefficient the bubble sort was. (Every time you double the number being sorted, you quadruple the time it takes to sort.) I stopped testing the bubble sort at 200000 records because it was consistently quadrupling (or more) the time for double the ints in the array and 200K took 2 minutes 20 seconds to sort. The binary sort was still sorting in sub second times. I stopped it with 150 million ints because I didn't have the memory for 200 million and it sorted 150M in 49+ seconds.
The built-in sort was consistently more than 1.5 times faster than my routine (29+ seconds for 150M). Obviously using the same method for sorting, but with better register control.
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