(glancing at OP's age - a self reported 18 doesn't help the case much)
At times I despair that the next generation of programmers is going to be asking questions like "hey, I downloaded the frob framework - how do I use it?" to which someone will ask "Have you read the documentation? What are you trying to do?" and get a response back of "No, I just want to know how to use it. I don't want to bother reading anything."
RTFM is an initialism for the expression "Read The Fucking Manual" (sometimes "flaming" or another metaphor or profanity is substituted for "fucking") or, in the context of the Unix computer operating system, "Read The Fucking Man page" (see man page).
The RTFM comment is usually expressed when the speaker is irritated by another person's question or lack of knowledge. It refers to either that person's inability to read a technical manual, or to his perceived laziness in not doing so first, before asking the question.
In expurgated texts, substitutions such as "read the flaming manual", "read the...
"The initialism appeared in print in 1979 on the Table of Contents page of the LINPACK Users' Guide in the form "R.T.F.M." -- Anonymous, suggesting that it was already well established."
no citation but still fun: "The phrase RTFM was in common use in the early 1950s by radio and radar technicians in the US Armed Forces. Operators frequently did not check for simple faults before asking questions; for example, checking whether a power switch was on, a fuse had blown or a power cord had become disconnected. A common response would be, "Did you check the oh en oh ef ef switch (On/Off).""
@MichaelT The $0.55/mile is a standard set by the IRS. Pretty much everyone uses that rate for reimbursement as it avoids having to set individual company policy and that's what the IRS will allow them to deduct for business expense purposes. I remember back when gas prices were more volatile the IRS would update that rate on a quarterly basis.
Looking for question with worst answers of the format 'pros and coms'
ok... found some.
My experience with pros/cons is that in practice they give a good overview about the most important points that are relevant for most applications. The main difficulty is probably to sufficiently specialize the question. If one has narrowed it down then discussing pros/cons is probably still a good idea. — Trilarionyesterday
hmph. I don't like the "Why would programmers ignore ISO standards" question currently at the top of the page, but I can't find any reason to fault it beyond it being confrontational, which, to my understanding, is inside the rules
Of particular interest are weapons that can be used one-handed, hidden relatively well, and are light, but I'll take a look at everything that's suggested. Weapon proficiency is not a problem for me in this since I don't intend to use it for much else besides Coup de Grace.
Right now I'm lookin...
I was chatting with a friend about Dungeons and Dragons, and he had mentioned that in 4th edition, there is an item that converts coins to different denominations. In the campaign that I am running, the players are carrying around quite a bit of copper and silver, and it would be useful for such ...
As long as you can fit a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without touching it (and costing you your Bag), could you put the Sphere into the extradimensional space of a Bag of Holding and carry it around as your mobile disposing device/magic murder bag/orphan pickpocket deterrent/whate...
Fortunately, no one works in Canada where dates may be formatted as YMD (government), DMY (French speaking) and MDY (English speaking). I really feel sorry for people trying to do localization there. — MichaelT55 mins ago
I'm at the San Diego Int'l Beer Festival. If anyone else is here let's meet up! I'm with a few friends. Mostly electrical engineers.
@GlenH7 Long term, I suspect that home-brew is likely to survive and beer not, and home-brew expand scope to cover beer. The reasoning is that home-brew has problems, not discussions. People don't have problems with beer as such (beyond a few 'basic' ones).
Beer.sx is quite active in the first days of its closed beta. But now, there is no new question in the last 4 days, and there is very low activity on the existing questions.
I can say I am novice in beer topics, I try to answer if I can and I try to richen my answer using web so it may help more...
All beverages might be too wide, it can be narrowed to alcohol beverages too. Wine itself may produce quite a lot of questions alone, adding this to other alcohol beverages and local drinks will make the topic wide enough. — FallenAngelMar 18 at 8:55
I tend to agree with you. I will be evaluating the private beta of "Beer SE" soon, and this is what has become evident to me as I watch this site develop:
My Beer SE Evaluation
The cross-cultural interests between "Homebrew SE" and "Beer SE" have way more overlap than I would have anticipated. ...
Trypophobia (/ˌtraɪpəˈfoʊbiə/, from the Greek: τρύπα trýpa "hole" and φόβος phóbos "fear") is a term that was coined in 2005. It is not recognized as a condition in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or other scientific literature, but thousands of people claim to have a pathological fear, revulsion or disgust of objects with irregular patterns of holes, such as beehives, ant hills and lotus seed heads.
== Research ==
British academics Arnold Wilkins and Geoff Cole, who claim to be the first to scientifically investigate trypophobia, believe...
Please excuse my ignorance in low level things. A lot of the written below might be very wrong.
As far as I understand (and I might be very wrong), there are two types of memory locations a microprocessor can have: registers and stacks.
My question is what is the most basic set of memory locati...
Its not that far... (joking mostly about people's perceptions of maps)
Years ago, young woman that I knew from England was visiting the US and wondering if it was possible to drive from Vegas to San Francisco to New Orleans and then up to NYC to visit (and spend time with) people in a week.
@Oded ah so a large gathering. Guess must be if they're dragging your ass all the way from London. Well late october in Denver there's every possibility for snow, and at least A-Basin will be open for skiing while you're here.
@MichaelT this is true, but then those places haven't much to them other than fine restaurants during the off season, and in the summer months they have some outdoors activities, but october it'll be too snowy for anything and not snowy enough for skiing
I am in the process of developing a C version of a program originally written in IDL. The programs generate arrays with random number generators. I use gsl_rng_uniform and gsl_ran_poisson in the C version, and both random number generators use the gsl_rng_mt19937 algorithm. It's important to note...
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The Sierpinski carpet is a plane fractal first described by Wacław Sierpiński in 1916. The carpet is one generalization of the Cantor set to two dimensions; another is the Cantor dust.
The technique of subdividing a shape into smaller copies of itself, removing one or more copies, and continuing recursively can be extended to other shapes. For instance, subdividing an equilateral triangle into four equilateral triangles, removing the middle triangle, and recursing leads to the Sierpinski triangle. In three dimensions, a similar construction based on cubes produces the Menger sponge.
@ajb it could be, though before doing so an effort should be made to narrow it down to one question (rather than three). I don't see a similar question in the chess tag on P.SE. You might want to visit The Whiteboard (P.SE chat room) to talk about how to do this. Furthermore, since this question has an answer its best to flag it for migration rather than reposting so that all the answers remain in one question. — MichaelT7 secs ago
I want to implement a chess game in java. So far I thought of these classes :
Piece: an abstract class. All the pieces types are inherit from this class (like Queen,King,Pawn and so on. The class piece will have methods like getLegalMoves() getMovePath(Cords source, Cords dest) that are implem...
@Ampt It would be... problematic for me to design that and then have you buy it from me when I haven't done any licensing of the image. On the other hand, you could probably do it for yourself (I bet your GF would love that - I hope she's the one wearing it) for 'personal use' without getting in any licensing issues.
In mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy a tuple is an ordered list of elements. In set theory, an (ordered) -tuple is a sequence (or ordered list) of elements, where is a non-negative integer. There is only one 0-tuple, an empty sequence. An -tuple is defined inductively using the construction of an ordered pair. Tuples are usually written by listing the elements within parentheses "" and separated by commas; for example, denotes a 5-tuple. Sometimes other delimiters are used, such as square brackets "" or angle brackets "". Braces "" are almost never used for tuples, as...
A tuple space is an implementation of the associative memory paradigm for parallel/distributed computing. It provides a repository of tuples that can be accessed concurrently. As an illustrative example, consider that there are a group of processors that produce pieces of data and a group of processors that use the data. Producers post their data as tuples in the space, and the consumers then retrieve data from the space that match a certain pattern. This is also known as the blackboard metaphor. Tuple space may be thought as a form of distributed shared memory.
Tuple spaces were the theoretical...
The question mark (?; also known as an interrogation point, interrogation mark, question point, query, or eroteme), is a punctuation mark that indicates an interrogative sentence, clause, or phrase in written English and many other languages. The question mark is not used for indirect questions. The question mark glyph is also often used in place of missing or unknown data. In Unicode, it is encoded at U+003F ? question mark (HTML: ?).
== History ==
Lynne Truss attributes an early form of the modern question mark in western language to Alcuin of York. Truss describes the punctus interrogativus...