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Comment: Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 1) 242

by LordWabbit2 (#48930161) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator
So what you are saying is that we should all STFU and not speculate and toss ideas around about a better mouse trap because we already have a working mouse trap. I have another idea, you STFU and we will toss ideas around about a better mouse trap. You do realise this is /. and there are actually mechanical engineers taking part in the discussion, sure most of the commenters are armchair engineers, but sometimes a bit of "outside of the box" thinking can open new avenues of thought. Either that or make a lot of mechanical engineers shake their heads and grimace.

Comment: Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (Score 1) 333

by LordWabbit2 (#48911693) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!
A bunch of rich people with no real military protecting them

You do realise these are uber rich people.
They can just hire their own military
You do realise a good portion of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq were not actually fought by the American military.

Comment: Legions of crappy programmers (Score 0) 208

by LordWabbit2 (#48911673) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
Sigh, forcing people to "learn to code" is just going to create legions of substandard programmers. Every year we get interns fresh out of varsity, it takes at least half a year to teach them to forget the crap coding standards that they got away with in varsity and to code properly. Memory leaks they didn't even know they had because their programs never ran longer than 20 minutes, and these are people who actively sought out becoming programmers. Imagine a legion of people who didn't want to learn to code in the first place.

Comment: Re:COBOL (Score 2) 383

by LordWabbit2 (#48884385) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?
Soz to burst you bubble but new COBOL programs are written every day, my wife is a COBOL programmer working for a major bank and she's on new projects all the time. I do agree with you that a lot of COBOL systems are being replace though, but the main drive around that is a lack of resources to write new COBOL programs. I worked with COBOL a long time ago, and I have worked with lots of other languages since then, nothing has come close to the ease with which COBOL parses data. Just define your working storage and drop the chunk of data into the 01 level. Tada, parsed. Hate the rest of the bloody language though.

Comment: Re:TED talk about proprietary SW in schools (Score 1) 647

by LordWabbit2 (#48863687) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
Could not agree more. Everything is a bloody youtube video, wanted to do some modding in Skyrim, there's a youtube video for that, and precious little else. Then the first 5 minutes is waffle waffle waffle about his dietary requirements and recent bowel movements, as if I cared. There used to be the &wadsworth=1 option to skip the first 10% but apparently it's not working anymore. (Youtube is banned at work, and I avoid it like the plague at home).

Comment: Re:COBOL (Score 1) 383

by LordWabbit2 (#48863559) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?
COBOL has increased in popularity because all the people who know it are retiring, so the people who are willing to learn it are getting humongous salaries. There are literally billions of lines of COBOL code still churning away, working out your interest payments and processing your credit card transactions etc. I know of one company (retail) which have bought the SAP cool aid and are spending millions to convert their systems to SAP. SAP said it would take 5 years, well it's 5 years further down the line and they have only finished phase one, and that was a fvck up of note (and still not finished). There are another 3 phases to go, and they started on the "small" one first. So yeah, COBOL is going to be around for a LONG time, and anyone with 2+ years experience in it will coin it big time.

Comment: Re:As a former scientist: (Score 1) 287

by LordWabbit2 (#48744301) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
True to a point, but the knowledge gained from the ISS is nothing to sneeze at either. I do agree that a manned mars mission is a bit silly at this point though, we don't really have the technology yet to make it feasible. More research into alternate energy sources should be where most of the money should be going.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923