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Comment: It's a test of reading bad code, not writing it (Score 2) 252

by AC-x (#49017041) Attached to: AP Test's Recursion Examples: An Exercise In Awkwardness

It's not telling students to use recursion to output that number sequence, it's asking students to read and understand a bit of code that does it. Being able to read and understand other people's badly written code is absolutely essential in todays software industry...

Comment: Re:ExFAT (Score 1) 229

by AC-x (#48865855) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Logically it's a bit of a grey area though, because while cameras have tightly integrated hardware and firmware laptops almost entirely have general purpose, easily replaceable OSs and peripherals like card readers are internally attached via general buses like USB so are more like standalone card readers.

If putting an SDXC logo on a laptop depended on having a specific OS installed, not just SDXC hardware, then selling that laptop without an OS installed or with a different OS would need a different production line for a different case without the SDXC logo.

Comment: Re:ExFAT (Score 2) 229

by AC-x (#48864145) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

But in order to carry the SDXC logo, the device must be capable of reading and writing the patented file system.

That makes sense for self-contained devices like cameras, but for card readers (especially add-on readers) there must be an exception because the reader itself can't read ExFAT (or any other filesystem for that matter), it's the host OS that does.

Comment: Apart from all the other languages (Score 1) 245

by AC-x (#48804459) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

But then some clever kid discovered he could get JavaScript running on the server. Suddenly, there was no need to use PHP to build the next generation of server stacks.

What is this blogspam shit doing here? There's no "need" to use either of them, there have been loads of alternatives to PHP for years and there are still plenty of alternatives for both. The individual points make no sense either, it's like they've just quickly Googled for "PHP advantages" and "Node.JS advantages", bullet-pointed them on a page and stuffed the rest full of ad links.

Comment: It only destroys jobs if you don't share profits (Score 1) 688

by AC-x (#48616279) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Here's the thing, there's no less money because of AI, if AIs are willing to work for "free" then instead of putting people out of jobs everyone could still be paid the same amount as before for, and just work less hours.

The reason wages are stagnant is because instead of sharing the profits of technology with everyone all that money has gone straight to the top instead.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 377

by AC-x (#48572141) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

...because jpegs are so huge to begin with :|

The BBC news site gets 40 million unique users per week and their homepage contains around 400k worth of JPEGs.

If BPG reduces the size of those images by 100k and If each of those users loads the homepage just once, that would save them 570 gigs of bandwidth per week.

Not to mention the saving for users with bandwidth caps on their connection...

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