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Comment Re:not the only coutry (Score 4, Informative) 236

> Base 12 is arbitrary

Not really.

It is chosen because it is divisible by 1,2,3 and 4.

You want also divisible by 5. 60. There are reasons why 12 and 60 have been common for time and measurements. So you can describe fractions of something without fractions (or decimal).

10, on the other hand, is less interesting, except that you can count to ten easily on your fingers. (The reason why it was chosen).

Comment If roads were not free, would you still drive (Score 1) 654

Even with free public transit, the government spends far more providing roads (for free) to private/individual cars.

If all roads were toll roads, would you still drive.

If the budget for private/individual transportation was equal to the budget for public transit, which would be preferred?

Comment No. Use optimal language(s). Write less code. (Score 1) 296

A few suggestions:

1. If possible, do not write new code.
If there is open source that does something close use that, and update for your needs.

2. Use a language that fits the problem.
It could be nodejs for certain complex http state machines. It could be python for high level applications. It could be C or assembly for low level performance requirements.

3. Don't limit to one language. Sufficiently large applications are usually implemented in several languages. Not purely for programer preference. But because it fits. If you write 1000 lines of C++ for a task that could be done in 20 lines of python or nodejs, then you are doing something wrong.
Solving the same problem twice (in multiple languages), will often help in design but also in revealing the optimal choice.

4. Keep code modular, so you can easily replace an implementation( with a new language or new design). Modular, meaning split at a library/executable/networking boundary, not "Object oriented", which does not necessarily aide with any software engineering principal.

Comment Re:Prototypical (Score 1) 80

I assume they just grew tired of the uniformed C++ masses saying. "JS is not 'real' OO, `cause it has no classes".

Classes are not required for objects, obviously. JS always had objects with properties and methods. And while using objects as prototypes for creating other objects is different than a Class based system, objects are still objects.

They just caved, and added class syntax sugar. You can still use JS the original/correct way, and ignore the class syntax.

I guess the class syntax does help those C++ programmers, who in the past insisted on creating ugly class wrappers in JS. At least their c++'ized code will be slightly less ugly.

Comment How? Fork Ubuntu? Use Devuan? (Score 1) 347

I am a skeptical.

Will Mint really fork Ubuntu? And keep an Upstart optional system?

An easier path, is perhaps have two paths (as Mint currently has).

An Ubuntu based system, which would have SystemD,

And a Devuan based system, which would offer other init systems. (The Devuan system would replace the Debian derived Mint).

Comment "overwhelming support" (Score 1) 863

I think I missed the poll. Can someone support the statement with a poll/survey data?

My experience is the opposite.

There is enough of a divide over systemd to make it an option or a fork will result.

If debian does not allow turning systemd off, I think the following will happen:

- debian fork created, allow turning systemd off.
- majority of debian users adopt fork.
- majority of systemd people use Ubuntu or fedora.
- systemd-off becomes option in Debian
- systemd-off becomes option in Ubuntu and Fedora

Comment Systemd distribution (Score 5, Funny) 303

The Systemd distribution (or GNU/Systemd/Linux as it is now called) deserves the Man of the Year award this year, because it has unified so many stand alone Unix style components into one unified quality program. By unifying everything into one program, we have eliminated redundant code, bugs, and rallied all of the Linux community behind the one user-space kernel. We can continue this trend of streamlining and eliminating waste, by merging in a compositor, a browser engine. We believe that molecularity will only allow the user to be confused with choices and that good incremental development is like making good stew. Throw everything in.

Comment Re:illogical captain (Score 2, Insightful) 937

The distinction between an Agnostic and an Atheist does not serve any real purpose. Except, perhaps that the Agnostic is scared to admit their belief.

Instead of God, consider Bigfoot.

Atheist: Does not believe that Bigfoot exists. (reason: no proof)
Agnostic: Does not know if Bigfoot exists (though has no proof)
Theist: Believes Bigfoot exist (though has no proof)
Gnostic: Knows that Bigfoot exists (though has no proof)

The above list is ordered from most logical to least logical.

If there is actual scientific proof of Bigfoot/God, then perhaps we could reverse the list.

Comment Re:Oh, man, what a mess (Score 2, Informative) 151

"secure commercial product"

I assume you implying that closed source is more secure.

Doe you really believe that? Why?
  - Do you think security by obscurity is real security?
  - Do you believe that closed source has more code audits?
  - Do you believe that there is less change of NSA or other back doors in closed source software.

"IIS was never vulnerable..."

Really? Try a search for "IIS SSL vulnerability".

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