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- What is an old concept?
- Is a function an old concept?
- Is addition an old concept?
- Why havent't they been abandoned?
- Why don't they feel old?
- Because they've been integrated wholesale into every modern paradigm. They haven't been left by the wayside for something slightly different.''
- How do you exit the situation as a professional?
- How can you maintain your prestige, dignity, honor and self-esteem?
- What can you learn from the experience?
- Speaker of Hearers
- Does this sound right?
- Does this depict the situation accurately?.
- Do you get a feel for the subject?
- If the responses are based on a sense other than the one you're employing, you might be be able to rephrase your discussion and base it on the sense they're employing.
- Hearers Not Listening
- Perhaps a three of Non-Active-Listening patterns may clarify thing?
- PassiveAggressiveListening??: where you ignore everything that other person says, unless it can be used in evidence against them.
- AggressiveListening: spend your listening time thinking of counterarguments and rhetorical techniques. (Categorizing each statement you hear under the appropriate FallaciousArgument category).
- PassiveListening??: you think of something that is off topic.
- "Let me summarize what I'm hearing ... is this right?' when the speaker is delivering a lot of information or things like "Why do you feel that ..." and "How does this relate to ... you were talking about earlier"
- Some of the most active listeners I've seen in action also challenge the person they are listening too, rather than just make comments that indicate they are in tune with the 'speaker'.
- Is the centuries-old academic value system still relevant today?
- Which parts of time-honored tradition still apply, and which need to be reformed?
- Where else do you pay for a service (like teaching) which, when it fails, is blamed unilaterally on the customer?
- What are the core values of academe?
- ... independent peer review is one, and this is still valid today. In practice though this value is skewed by the funding culture supporting academe.
- Was this some occult illusion, some maniacal intrusion?
- These were choices undesired, ones I'd never faced before.
- Carefully I weighed the choices as the disk made impish noises.
- The cursor flashed, insistent, waiting, baiting me to type some more.
- Clearly I must press a key, choosing one and nothing more,
- From "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"
- What demonic nether world us wrought where lost data will be stored, Beyond the reach of mortal souls, beyond the ether, into black holes?
- To this day I do not know the place to which lost data go.
- So, John, are you going to tell us about yourself?
- Have you seen NewUserPages yet?
- How do you reduce the overhead of creation and destruction of resources?
- Precisely how does RecycleBin differ from GOF's flyweight? --- are they synonymous?
- Hmmm... or is that a different pattern?
- Unix is the operation system. Does this count?
- Is that why not having GC is part of the context?
- Can you explain why that is a bad idea?
- Also you say Programmer-Tester probably isn't a good combination
- Is that true even if the customer writes the functional tests in a special format he can understand and the programmer only implements the code that parses this format and uses the result to test the program?
- Is the Tracker or the Coach what others would call a Technical Lead?
- Is the Doomsayer an essential role?
- what are the necessary/sufficient PersonalityTypes? for xp?
- I initially wanted to ask "Why is Customer-Programmer a prohibited role combination?",
- but in the process I came up with two more questions:
- Why is the Programmer role not to be combined with anything except Doomsayer?
- What is the minimum XP team size?
- How can XP be adapted to very small teams?
- If there are fewer than four people, is XP possible?
- Manager and Doomsayer in the same person sounds pretty scary for me. Can this work?
- What part below is the original text, and why is it off the mark?
- What is the etymology of 't-state'?
- Is it 'transition state', or 'state at time t', or something else?
- It doesn't matter what else the component does as long as it Can_Deliver_Mail. Sounds very utilitarian, doesn't it?
- What if something can only deliver mail on weekends or only deliver packages lighter than 2 pounds?
- "Sets" are open-ended, are they not?
- Then how does one differentiate between a "set" and "type",
- if both concepts describe a collection meeting certain criteria?
- Why are we bothering to make these distinctions?
- I suppose this gets into the sticky definition of "type".
- A collection?
- What about operations? I thought types usually also involve operations.
- And DataAndCodeAreTheSameThing (operations=code), just different perspectives, no?
- Well, if we have one generic type called "thing", then what use is it as a definition or conceptual tool?
- OK, so we need at least two types:
- Object (everything is an Object) and
- Bottom (the result of undefined operations).
- Is that better?
- Do types exist?
- Can everything be defined as types?
- Does defining something as types preclude other EverythingIsa's?
- Are types useful?
- If so, are simple/base types more useful than complex/user-defined types?
- But before even beginning to consider whether types are an "ideal model", I'd want to see a proposed list of alternatives (if there are no alternatives, then yes, something is ideal!);
- was there one that I overlooked already on this page?
- If a person has multiple "classes of licenses",
- do they receive a drivers license card for each class,
- or one card that may say something like "Classes: A,M,Q".
- Should we abandon the concept of type because it is imperfect?
- On the other side of the coin, should more "flexible" systems like Lisp (which leave typing as an exercise for the programmer; to make as flexible or as rigid as he/she likes) be condemned?
- Types, like models, allow us to grok the details of things or ideas. Like models, they can be tailored to fit the application (is it sufficient to define a set of colors as enums;
- or should we use RGB triples?
- there are many things in RealLife that aren't typable (at least not without some controversy, ambiguity, and/or arbitrary declarations).
- Is a plant a tree or a shrub?
- If we in the real world cannot decide such things,
- then how can we model them in the computer?
- What's an example of an axiom scheme that generates an uncountable number of propositions, or a countable number of higher order propositions, in such a way that it escapes the Lowenheim-Skolem theorem?
- which verbs are allowed on which nouns?
- Are types nothing but a many-to-many association table?
- Is typing just another way to say "validation"?
- A person has a jillion traits.
- Is each trait value a "type"?
- What about user-defined types?
- Should a distinction be made?
- I've come to the point, however, where I need an answer to a question before I can keep reading. Here is my question:
- do types exist in data persistence?
- Types are also about abstraction: moving away from the CPU bits
- "... computers can (process)...what" interpret? understand the meaning of?"
- How many computerized accounting systems do you know of where the accounting transactions are "not in a form that computers can process"?
- Is this what we're really trying to get at?
- And if so, is such computer "understanding" really necessary or desirable?
- That sounds cool, but excuse me, where's the model? -- CostinCozianu
- Don't understand the last question. The model is what you design in your UML tool ... Did I miss a point?? --DirkDetering
- Is this just a re-invention/re-marketing of the translation approach of ShlaerMellor??
- Hmm, what is the scope of "our" in this case? A whole industry? A whole company? A whole division of a company? Department, team?
- Why doesn't Wiki do HTML?
- Is it any more intuitive to type two single quotes than <i>?
- What was the first programming language you learned?
- How do you believe that this has affected you?
- Who else comes from "non-standard" programming backgrounds?
- Is that a UK Perspective?
- How in the world can you program this without knowing the addresses to which it gets compiled?
- It would also be interesting to know the last language ever programmed in?
- My daughter, born in 96, is now 7. I wonder what her FirstTimeLanguage will be?
- Does editing an executable with a hex editor count as using a programming language?
- Who was this Lisp-from-scratch Life-in-TTL guy?
- Why is it written above that BasicLanguage is not a RealProgrammingLanguage?
- Need I say more?
- Could you expand on this?
- Can you print "Hello, world." ?
- Ah, but can you print quotes around it ?
- OK I've got to ask: would it be cheating for the program to access its binary image, reverse compile itself, and write the result to stdout?
- Any thoughts?
- Isn't this a case of a Tree a Rope or a Wall?
- Is this a bug or a feature?
- Uh, maybe I'm missing the joke, but what do you prove by using such obfuscated code in your example?
- Does this mean that you believe in some radical alternative, like thinking about the problems of software in abstracto and then declaring the solution as a pattern?
- Should these patterns be written by someone with no real software experience (such as the folks at SEI?
- I shouldn't say things like that in public - pretend I didn't?
- Or should it be the authors of the code, authors of code that has fared well and been maintainable and demonstrated other good qualities, such as QWAN?
- Wouldn't that, then, be like mining patterns?
- isn't that what I suggested?
- How about combining this with ScalableVectorGraphics, now when mainstream FireFox supports this?
- Are there good tools to help with something like this?
- Or maybe even MozillaXul, does anyone have any experience on that?
- Design Goals! If you don't know where the finish line is... how can you finish the race?
- Huhu, quite an objective, isn't it?
- Will I develop internally or buy an off-the-shelf solution?
- What are the main IT functions?
- How does it work?
- What is architecture?
- Could the FlyingCar, or something close, become a reality, perhaps assisted or controlled by computers to reduce human error?
- Should this topic be renamed FutureOfPersonalTransportation?? or the like?
- Politics are just as important in academia. How else does one line up research resources?
- Whether the issue(s) in question share the important and discussed characteristics ..
- Software produced by now defunct companies, or for historical machines that have fallen into obsolescence, has been described by some as "abandonware" - in other words, software that has become defacto public-domain due to it no longer having an interested owner. The vast majority of programs labeled as abandonware are old video games (often in the format of ROM images).
- The abandonwarering.com FAQ discusses the issues involved at http://www.abandonwarering.com/?Page=FAQ
- So, how do WikiZens feel about this? Should people be allowed to freely exchange software that now has a commercial value of zero and nobody to call daddy?
- Also note that cookies are user-editable by a sufficiently sophisticated user. This editability and the simple politeness of not storing a pile of data on the user's drive are good reasons for only storing a user ID value in a cookie.
- Please note that modern browsers (Netscape 7, InternetExplorer 6, Opera 7) have the selectable cookie facility as an option in the setup. One can choose to accept or reject cookies from all sources individually. One can also choose to allow the source of a cookie to modify that cookie at will. Once you have made these decisions you need not be bothered again. Very nice for repeat visits that require cookies and change them with every new session.
- How does one set that *after* setup, I'm running MozillaFirefox and can't seem to set c2.com to allow cookie modification? I have to go to UserName each time I restart the browser.
- AnIdleQuestion "Why Tick-Tock?"
- Question is - can you find any examples in any language where the vowel structure goes the other way around?
- I for one can't imagine anyone saying "Tock-Tick".
- So, I'd be very interested in examples - thank you. ... my experience is that programmer types tend to have a passing interest in linguistics.
- I presume the pattern you haven't described explicitly is "in (pseudo-)words with syllables that repeat consonant structure and vary only vowels, the syllable that contains the letter i will always be first"?
- No, the pattern is that things more marked in obstruency come first. StephenPinker?? has a discussion about this; it certainly has been studied. I don't recall whether anyone has done a good study in terms of language universals, as opposed to within individual languages like English, or not, but Pinker would be a good place to start - and has a pretty good bibliography. -- dm
- I'm missing something. How is "tock" more markedly obstruent than "tick"?
- Well, actually he said "...vowels where the tongue is high and in the front always come before the vowels for which the tongue is low and in the back. No one knows why they are aligned in this order, but it seems to be a kind of syllogism from two other oddities. The first is that words that connote me-here-now tend to have higher and fronter vowels than verbs that connote distance from "me": me versus you, here versus there, this versus that. The second is that words that connote me-here-now tend to come before words that connote literal or metaphorical distance from "me" (or a prototypical generic speaker): here and there (not there and here), this and that, now and then, father and son, man and machine, friend or foe, [and so on...] The syllogism seems to be: "me" = high front vowel; me first; therefore, high front vowel first. It is as if the mind just cannot bring itself to flip a coin in ordering words; if meaning does not determine the order, sound is brought to bear, and the rationale is based on how the tongue produces the vowels."
- Pinker, "The Language Instinct" 163-164.
- This rule tends to take precedence even over semantics, e.g. "lock and load" (even though loading is done before locking) -- DougMerritt
From the sand box
- How do you add a picture?
- But if you do, keep it small!
- Heres' how to add a small picture (logo):
- A Gif 76 by 76: WardsWiki Page Logo:
Zero is just a transfer! - Transfer, eh? Show me where the apples are. And I won't count gobs of apple-paste because gobs of apple-paste is not an apple. I don't believe a material transformation is readily comprehended or modeled as a transfer.
Is zero a fraud? Is "adding and subtracting" also a fraud?
- In math, it is pretty much a made up fairy tail. No one can prove that a true adding and subtracting of anything actually exists, considering molecules, atoms, and ions can only be remixed and reformed.. but never fully zeroed or magically subtracted/added from life. Instead of thinking of subracting and adding items, we should see it as "changing the appearance or differing in visibility".
what, pray tell
, are they doing teaching children about subtracting apples?
- Apples are our world. Part of our world being described. --
Why teach math?
- Well, like it or not, the truth is that we use math to describe the world.
- The answer to your question and problem is that you misunderstand the issue entirely - This often happens with the "Talented And Gifted" (TAG) members of society ... a TAG individual can turn a simple concept into a very overly complex one.
Is there some point to this? It seems like meaningless rubbish.
You are referring to your comment, above?
- I'm referring to the whole page
- Your comment that this page is meaningless rubbish, was what I was referring to. It is meaningless rubbish to come here and add nothing useful.
- A dangerously interesting book report that I found while Googling about Zero and its problems:
From Recent RandomPages
- Specifically, in IbmSmalltalk, any change to the class definition that might cause a problem mutates and migrates the old instance to the new definition at the time the change is saved. The few cases where an instance of an obsolete class survives are caused by various pathological hanging references -- stack frames that refuse to die, stuck event propagation loops, that sort of thing.'
- If this is a current problem, will someone please post a terse example (in Smalltalk) that demonstrates it?
- mistrust, isolation, conservativism. Plan that your developers will quit in the middle of the project. Assume that the programmers can't design or will hack, gold-plate, etc. Try to get it as right as possible the first time, because there won't be time to make changes. Lock in the user/sponsors to requirements as quickly as possible. Try to make it so you can replace anyone, and hire the cheapest people possible, sitting anywhere in the world. Oddly enough, people get software out anyway. And they do quit in the middle of the project, hack, gold-plate, make last-minute requirements changes, sit anywhere in the world, shorten delivery times. It's actually astonishing.
- Could it be because software is really easy after all?
- It is interesting to note the type of questions, and the appearance or absence of attitude or agenda in the posing of the questions.
- Some are more statements than they are enquiries.
- Others turn out to be ConversationalChaff.
- Some are only understandable in the context of the question.
- Some statements are questions in essence
- As in the excerpt above - ArgumentByAnalogy
- Which restated is: Do the issues in question share important and discussed characteristics?
Why the hell did the wealthy Howells' board a junky boat with a goofy crew like The Minnow
- wealthy people are not always extravagant and sometimes miserly, perhaps it was the only boat available, or it was a dark night and they were intoxicated?
- Based on their personalities per the show, the 3rd would be the most plausible, in my opinion. They didn't seem very curious or eager to venture away from the amenities of wealth, always complaining about plebeian environments and people.
What is a Census.Designated.Place?
- A census designated place (CDP)is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places, such as cities, towns, and villages. CDPs are populated areas that lack separate municipal government, but which otherwise physically resemble incorporated places.
- example: Elkridge, Maryland in wikipedia
- awakes the following notions:
- what about the concept of a
- Virtually.Designated.Place( example: an Internet.Addressed.Locale, a Virtual.Corporation.Office )
- GeoPolygon?.Described.Place (example: Congressional.Districts?)
- Regionally.Designated.Place (example: Bermuda.Triangle
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