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Jul
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May
11
comment Single line comments for multiple indented lines of code
Yes but: like I said elsewhere in this thread, longer-term commenting of code is not uncommon, and version control may not always be practical for this purpose if you have hundreds or thousands of updates already.
May
11
comment Single line comments for multiple indented lines of code
@whatsisname: look through 1500 updates to see which one to revert back?
May
11
comment Single line comments for multiple indented lines of code
Yes, except it's not always for testing purposes. Sometimes you leave a few commented lines of code as a message, e.g. "this could have been here" or "might come back one day". Customer's requirements, you know, they come in an arbitrary and illogocal manner. In these cases (longer-term commenting) I go for 2 or 3.
May
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asked Single line comments for multiple indented lines of code
May
5
comment Complexity point of no return. What do you call that?
@ Developer Art: ...realizing if you're still happily before that time or sadly passed beyond it - I think that's the key in giving a good definition of the point: a project that's gone beyond the point is one that no engineer would take over voluntarily.
May
5
comment Complexity point of no return. What do you call that?
I see one controversy in your definition of the point in question: ...in less time that you would need to rewrite everything from scratch, which implies those who are going to rewrite the project are good enough, or at least better than those who created the mess in the first place ;)
Apr
29
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@Gary Rowe there is probably some misunderstanding: I'm not saying NN's don't work. My point is that they are not solving any problem that can't be solved without them. The fact that NN's are not mainstream (does Google use them? Microsoft, Yahoo, any major company?) is a best proof that NN's as a paradigm doesn't bring anything so novel that it's considered, let's say, an essential tool in programming.
Apr
28
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@Gary Rowe clicked on 5 or 6 random links there, some didn't work (probably too old), others were mostly press releases from 2008 and earlier, none of which have survived or yielded any significant results by now. E.g. Quintura, never heard of it and it's absolutely unimpressive. One or two were again research projects, e.g. one of the first steps in a long-term project that is aiming to build a large-scale artificial intelligence by reverse engineering the brain. So what's real-world and commercial about all this?
Apr
28
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@Gary Rowe I can't evaluate the paper, and that's academic research, I was interested in seeing NNs in commercial applications, such as face recognition etc, everybody is talking about. I know none of them.
Apr
28
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@SnOrfus can't find the article, it was on reddit and YCnews some time ago, by one famous, disappointed game developer who says the entire AI theory and ANNs in particular are in the end of no use in game development. There are always simpler and more pragmatic (or more "engineering") ways of implementing something AI theories offer. I think it's because there is nothing more universal than the Turing machine and there is nothing that can produce or handle complexity more efficiently than any T-complete programming language.
Apr
28
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@Stefano Borini: that looks like a good example at first glance, but I'm not sure if the same problem coouldn't be solved with even simpler code without ANNs. Actually, I am sure it could.
Apr
28
comment What is a Neural Network in simple words
@SnOrfus: "you apparently don't know anything about Neural Networks, or what they're used for" - I'd be glad if someone finally explained me where exactly in the commercial world have NNs been used so far. Academia doesn't count because it is conservative in general (which it should) and has slightly different goals. In a separate answer here in this thread would be fine too.
Apr
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answered What is a Neural Network in simple words
Apr
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asked Can memristors change programming paradigms? In what way?
Apr
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awarded  Nice Question
Apr
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answered Is quitting the only reasonable response to this situation?
Apr
17
comment What is an algorithm?
@Apalala so what stops you from redefining it for the sake of clarity or, say, better understanding of its essence? Algorithm as a "set of instructions" says almost nothing to me.
Apr
17
comment What is an algorithm?
I liked this answer a lot, and I think we could take it a bit further and say (though not related to the original question): any algorithm is an optimization of a brute force/tree search solution. Was wondering if it can be proven formally.
Apr
16
answered Should I re-architect client's web app?