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Comment: Re:R... (Score 1) 142

C is most certainly a low-level programming language. There's a reason people call it "portable assembly language".

"Portable assembly language" is an oxymoron. And I have never heard anyone use that phrase to describe C.

Of course, as with almost all programming languages, people build useful abstractions in C to bridge the gap somewhat. But that doesn't make C itself a high-level language, any more so than does the use of functions and macros to increase the expressive power of an assembly language.

Never mind building abstractions. The C language itself is a significant abstraction from the machine level. Only a small handful of operators and constructs in C have a close analogue to assembler statements (e.g., accumulation, shift and bitwise logical operators.) Therefore I maintain that it is not a low-level language.

Comment: Re:R... (Score 1) 142

[...] as opposed to C which is a low-level programming language.

Assembler is a low-level programming language.

Machine language is a low-level programming language.

C is not a low-level programming language, although you can do low-level programming with it.

Comment: Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (Score 4, Insightful) 1318

by ClickOnThis (#47357805) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

you should learn to read
SCOTUS specifically said it has to be a closely knit ownership structure with a history of religious beliefs against abortion

just like aereo, this is a narrow ruling

It seems to me that companies owned by Scientology members can now opt-out of health insurance plans that include psychiatric treatments.

Or companies owned by Jehova's Witnesses can opt-out of health-insurance plans that include blood transfusions.

Or companies owned by Orthodox Jews can opt-out of plans that include medications derived from pork products.

Or companies owned by Hindus can opt-out of plans that include health products derived from cows.

We all want our friends and neighbors to have religious freedom. But when they become our employers, shouldn't there be a limit to their expression of it when it affects our access to health care?

Comment: Re:Need doublethink training (Score 3, Insightful) 376

by ClickOnThis (#47338713) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: 'now, you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.' You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, "you are free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe you have been completely fair... This is the next and more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity—not just legal equity but human ability—not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.

-- Lyndon B. Johnson

Comment: Re:Visual Studio most common for .NET (VB, C#) (Score 1) 359

Research shows most VB.NET and C# programmers use Visual Studio.

Well, that's basically a tautology. It's like saying "research shows most people think water feels wet." True statement, but so what?

Considering the Windows-centric nature of .NET, it's hardly surprising that Visual Studio has far more VB and C# programmers than any other IDE.

And yes, I know about MonoDevelop.

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 2) 561

by ClickOnThis (#47322005) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

If they were that smart they would know that the IQ test is neither a valid no reliable test for comparisons between groups, only within groups.


Someone once said that IQ tests only measure how good you are at doing IQ tests. I would put it another way: they only measure a certain kind of intelligence -- the kind that is good at solving logical puzzles. Not necessarily the kind that excels at sports, arts, empathy, ethics, etc. As the OP says, they might be a proxy for ranking within groups, but not between them.

Comment: Re:Sad, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 66

by ClickOnThis (#47269217) Attached to: HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

Many nerds were forced to read his book in grade school before going on to a non-English-lit major and making several times the salaries of the teachers who forced them to read it.

And arguably are the better for it. (I remember the book fondly.)

Just about everything you read in High School is "forced" on you. I still appreciate the teachers who taught me, who knew full-well the majority of their students would out-earn them.

A computer scientist is someone who fixes things that aren't broken.