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Comment: Re:Unencumbered (Score 1) 293

by DickBreath (#49356239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?
Unfortunately, whether or not code is encumbered by patents is not up to the author of the code. That is one (of many) major FAIL of the patent system. Your code, yes yours, could be encumbered by some pending patent, that the 'inventor' is keeping from being issued until your code is suddenly making money. Poof! Patent is now granted and you are infringing.

Comment: Re:must fail (Score -1, Flamebait) 293

by DickBreath (#49356205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?
> Code needs to fail in an easy to understand and predictable way.

Being written in C++ is a sure way to guarantee both!

Did it fail in an easy to understand way? Yes. It is easy to understand that it failed because it was written in C++.

Was it predictable that it would fail? Again, yes.


Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to be promoted to a decision making role.

Comment: A Question That Almost Answers Itself (Score 1) 130

by DickBreath (#49353641) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman
> If the project was "back on track" as the agency and Northrop Grumman claim,
> then why has the budget suddenly increased by another billion?

The project is back on track to be able to stick around for another fiscal year in order to ask for another budget increase.

See? How difficult was that? Simple actually.

Comment: Tell a story of progress (Score 1) 698

Among the stories of your life, family and other things, also tell a story of progress. Tell of things that we enjoy today that didn't exist when you were a child. How did those things come to be?

I am very sorry to hear of your impending death and the pain it will bring to your family.

Maybe also tell a cautionary tale for when she is an adult. The world has had dark episodes of history before. And it could again, but on a much larger scale. What lessons can be learned from the past to prevent it happening again?

Comment: Re:Ummmm.... (Score 1) 319

by DickBreath (#49087321) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare
To get the best of both worlds, use each tool where it works best.
1. Use Java Applets in the browser to get Java's famously good start up times and the kind of Security that comes with complex interactions between JavaScript and a Java Applet that has elevated permissions
2. Use interpreted JavaScript on the server (not Node.js)

Use Windows as the Server OS, in order to get the kind of security, robustness and stability you've come to expect from Microsoft
Use Linux on the Desktop to get it's legendary ease of use*

(* however Linux ease of use is great in the last few years)
(I hope I do not need to add a humor tag)

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 1) 131

by DickBreath (#49079615) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones
Um, I am going to be very surprised if they forbid citizens to buy unlimited numbers of armed drones. Or if they regulate ownership, or require background checks or registration. After all, when the 2nd amendment was written, it envisioned every citizen having enough firepower to start a world war.

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To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton