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Comment: Re:What a crap of title... (Score 1) 450

by Improv (#47052483) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Thankless means that few people in broad society adequately respect the need for or the practices of police officers. They're underappreciated.

Police don't usually have the time, when people pull a gun on them, to carefully consider every possible option. If they can pick the least bad option, great, but if the situation is that someone pulls a gun on an on-duty cop (meaning pulls it out and begins to point it at them), I'd be very reluctant to second-guess them if the policeman shoots that person.

Comment: Doesn't always work all that well... (Score 1) 274

by Improv (#46915449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

I'm 35. I recently left a startup where most of the people there were about 10 years earlier. The difference is a bit more than age for me - I spent most of the 10 years I had on them working for a University, but the combination of age and differences in interests were very rough - I didn't feel that I fit in, I didn't hang out with them after work, I didn't want the same things out of life, and so on. It can be rough.

Comment: Brain damaged project (Score -1) 134

by Improv (#46534251) Attached to: GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

I like how they place an emphasis on it being small, but they require you to link the whole damned thing into your app. And of c ourse that doesn't help you write correct software, because you won't figure out if you really need -lm unless you also test your app on a more correct libc.

Lightweight and correct indeed.

Comment: Re:Native Targets? (Score 2) 166

by Improv (#46518309) Attached to: Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

My point is that with modern VMs and JITs and partial nativisation and other systems/PL technologies, you no longer should care whether something "runs native", and that that's a distinction that is so blurred anyhow that it barely makes sense to talk about it. It may have once been important and simple, but nowadays it is neither.

Comment: Re:Native Targets? (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by Improv (#46518161) Attached to: Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

So what? Perl can compile to C too, by bundling the interpreter into your target binary. Windows apps can compile "to native" as well. Neither makes it exactly native, similarly to having your app interpreted by a native HTML5 engine is.

The most native way something can be for a platform is to be written directly for its platform, bound directly to its APIs. Anything but that gets very conceptually fuzzy. And if you're worried about this for performance reasons, you should look at the Quakelikes that have been ported to HTML5.

Almost anything derogatory you could say about today's software design would be accurate. -- K.E. Iverson