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Comment: Re:Overpopulation is a myth; abundance a reality (Score 1) 213

by DamonHD (#49072627) Attached to: Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

Hi

It is a silly demand because the scarcity is artificial and unless you are a fisherman (and possibly not even then) it is by no means an essential.

We can all just make up demands for things like 10t of precious metal each that might also be highly desirable because of how we happen to price them, but artificial scarcities are not meaning for a discussion.

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re:The search for positive reinforcement (Score 1) 267

by DamonHD (#49059849) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

Confirmation bias is strong even when people try to avoid it, but I have once or twice even here on /. said words to the effect "thank you for that explanation I didn't have a clue" and "yes, I take your point".

It can happen, just not often, and changing an opinion is often a slow and gradual (and sometimes embarrassing) process, unlikely to be visible in the course of a single response.

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re:That Explains Why Online News Is Removing Comme (Score 2) 267

by DamonHD (#49059805) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

One of the reasons that I have not run my own forums, even as one of the first people with Internet connectivity in the UK for example, is the horror of dealing with that effect. I sincerely believe most people around me to be decent human beings, with some rougher edges exposed when not talking face to face.

But what is it that happens with discussion threads?

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 677

by DamonHD (#49045509) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

Possibly I *could*, but as it's running on our custom hardware writing the emulation would be ... time consuming.

But being able to bootload over serial with all the compilation (etc) happening on the laptop is still a huge boon. I still have burnt in my memory the sound of the grind grind of the floppies compiling and assembling on CPM, and with my one contact with Bill Gates (by telex) because of a boneheaded misfeature in the Microsoft tools... %-P

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re:GOTO is a crutch for bad programmers (Score 2) 677

by DamonHD (#49040053) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

The key virtue, such as it is, of the do { ... } while(false), better wrapped up in a macro, is that it makes it harder to get the nesting wrong by accident, which is critical.

With goto there is no such safety net.

But I think we're agreeing furiously.

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 677

by DamonHD (#49039857) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

Lots of 'Internet of Things' code will be written in C (with some ASM and C++) as the 'things' tend to be resource constrained. That's a big market coming up.

I'm enjoying using C again on devices with similar performance to those I was using 30 years ago (now: ATMega328P running with 1MHz CPU, ie 1 MIPS; then Z80A with 4MHz clock making for ~1MIPS) but with lots better development tools this time, and several GHz of laptop to run them on.

https://sourceforge.net/p/open...

When not writing C (and developing hardware) I knock out (parts of) huge mission-critical Java systems for banks.

Each is good: each for its niche.

Rgds

Damon

Comment: Re: Who cares what RMS wants? (Score 1) 551

by DamonHD (#49016241) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

OK, good, I already understand that linking Apache and GPL code is a bad idea (though Apache and LGPL much less bad to completely OK depending on the details).

I thought that you were suggesting some problem between Eclipse and Apache that had completely passed me by.

(FWIW, I try to license code Apache 2 as far as possible to maximise the number of places that that code can be used.)

Rgds

Damon

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