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Comment: Re:if so, U.S. is stupid (Score 2) 200

by DocHoncho (#47994617) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

The US spends six times as much in order to keep the NASA boondoggle afloat. I'm for space exploration as much as the next guy, but lets not pretend that the modern US space program is kept around for any reason other than it's a massive jobs program for the defense/aerospace industries.

That they do some good science despite the cynical, money grubbing bullshit is a miracle.

Comment: Re:That's Messed Up (Score 1) 183

by DocHoncho (#47942663) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Some commas might make it a little better...

"The Interecept reports that contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups, has found no correlation, in either measure, to Snowden's leaks about the NSA's surveillance techniques."

It is one hell of a long sentence though, definitely longer than the modern reader is used to.

Comment: Re:What good is aid going to do (Score 1) 221

by DocHoncho (#47934247) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

You know, when you have a really nice, new, shiny weather vane. That warm and tingly sense of well being is Vane Satisfaction.

Vein Satisfaction is probably something from Dwarf Fortress. "Urist McHappyPants has been quite satisfied lately. He passed a beautiful vein of gold recently."

Comment: Re:Make the server version look like a server. (Score 5, Interesting) 543

by DocHoncho (#47923355) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Ctrl-C in any alert type box copies the content to the clipboard. Well, it copies much more than that, which is weird, but it does copy the important bits. Can't find an example right now, but the format is hideous. You've got to paste it in a text editor first, but it's better than nothing.

My personal most hated feature of windows is that god awful "Choose a Folder" dialog that gives you a shitty, small tree list that you can't resize to stumble through your file system with. It's one of the absolute worst dialogs in computing history, and we've been stuck using it since at least Windows 95. The worst part is that it's possible to use the regular Open dialog for directories, but lazy ass devs use the simplest (for them) method of calling that fucking mess of shit.

Comment: Re:Programming language? (Score 2) 306

by DocHoncho (#47644809) Attached to: New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

The distinction is determined solely by the prejudices of whomever is bothering to make it. Scripting is a domain in which a programming language is used, not some basic attribute of it. You could use C to write your system automation tools, but it would be a waste of time when a simple Bash script would get the job done quicker and in a far more concise manner. Likewise, you could write your virtualization software in Ruby but its going to be dog slow, and probably full of weird hacks to make shit work.

Programming languages are for solving problems, and depending on the problem you may need the higher level of abstraction provided by a so-called scripting language. Others are better served by getting as close to the metal as possible. Not every problem requires getting bogged down in the minute details of memory allocation, hardware IRQs, or chipset specific instructions. It might make it fast as hell, but you could easily get lost in the weeds and never end up solving the real problem at hand.

Comment: Re:Programming language? (Score 2) 306

by DocHoncho (#47644785) Attached to: New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

That's a distinction without a difference. All "scripting languages" are programming languages, quibbling over whether the particular domain a language is used in makes it a "real" language or not is fodder for arrogant asses who need to make others seem smaller to boost their own pathetic egos.

Obviously, different languages have different strengths and weaknesses. You wouldn't write an OS kernel in JavaScript, and you wouldn't write system administration automation in C++. Sneering at the domain of one language or another is just useless posturing.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 1) 300

by DocHoncho (#47463593) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

No kidding. We just witnessed the complete and utter flop that was Microsoft's "innovative Modern UI", complete with "Tablet on the Desktop" but"no Desktop on the Tablet". That went over real well, didn't it? Vista was bad, but mostly a PR disaster. Windows 8 is, in the minds of even the lamest of lusers, even worse than that. Hell, it's not even all that bad, as Microsoft OS's go. Windows 95 was a festering pile of blue-screening shit, but people liked that!

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