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Comment Re:Honestly ... (Score 3, Informative) 65

It's a lost cause. Our school sends home permission slips to allow the teachers to post pictures and videos of our kids on the school website at least once a year, sometimes more. I always say 'no' and my wife respects this, but she gets annoyed with me. She thinks I'm paranoid, and I told her I'm not paranoid, I'm just trying to make a point to the school, and in a way that's fairly painless for us.

Then one day she signed a permission for a video to be posted without consulting me. I was a bit upset, and she started saying that "it was password protected with a different password for each class." I got her to login to see our classes videos and pictures, and I could see at the top that once you were past the login page, it didn't seem like there was any session or anything. I showed her how I could take the URL for that picture and post it into another browser and it let me in without asking for a password. She still didn't quite get it or believe me. The URL was in the form of a GET request, with a picture ID number in the URL. I just started modifying the URL and typing in other numbers. Not every one was a hit, but I started bringing up pictures of kids in other classes. I said, "how can I see these if you've only entered the password for our daughter's class?" That finally seemed to prove my point, that the school (and whoever their web portal supplier was) just wasn't competent at making this secure, if I could get past their security in a few minutes. Unfortunately I can't really report that to the school or anything because I would just end up with police at my door.

Comment Re:Jar Jar Binks (Score 5, Insightful) 424

Natalie Portman is an award winning actor and quite good in other movies. Hayden Christensen might be terrible, but you can't come to that conclusion solely on his performance in episodes 2 and 3 because clearly even a really good actor couldn't act well in that situation. The blame has to fall on Lucas. He thought he was inventing a new form of film-making where he could fix everything in post production so he didn't push for good performances. He was wrong.

Comment Re:Linus is right. (Score -1, Flamebait) 576

I don't see why being professional is so complicated: "This code is terrible, and here's proof - if you wrote it this way it would be much more understandable. It's not OK to submit code like this." That's acceptable, but "you're a fucking moron and my gramma is smarter than you" is not OK (for several reasons). Why is that so hard to understand?

Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 2) 279

Not exactly true. If you have a lot of people in their 20's, even at one child each, they'll be able to give birth faster than people dying, especially if you improve the health care (increasing life span) at the same time.

Comment Re:Why the hell would anyone use Go? (Score 2) 185

Why the hell would anyone use Go?

(Serious question, since our editors didn't tell us why Go was created, what Go's intended purpose was and whether or not anyone is actually using Go.)

As a software developer here that likes to fiddle with all languages, the second paragraph from Wikipedia seems to answer your question nicely: "It is a statically typed language with syntax loosely derived from that of C, adding garbage collection, type safety, some structural typing capabilities,[2] additional built-in types such as variable-length arrays and key-value maps, and a large standard library."

So from the first few words someone might know C and desire garbage collection to be handled for them? Golang might be a better selection for them than Java.

Personally for me, the built-in primitives for concurrency make it a great language for tinkering in realms of software design that were once onerous to me. But that's only one of a few of the language's goals.

Maybe a better set of questions would be for an elevator pitch on why someone should use golang? Or perhaps if they have dropped some goals of golang for others as development went forward?

Comment Re:Wisdom of naming it "Go" (Score 2) 185

There's already a game called Go, which has about a gazillion articles on how to program it. Couldn't you come up with a name that would be less ambiguous? Now, when you see a user group for "Go programming", you have no clue which one it is.

In conversation, I refer to it as golang. You are right on your point about potential for confusion but I don't think your example is apt anymore. Googling for programming go appears to yield only results about golang. Also, it is not without tangential benefits like being able to call Go developers "gophers."

I think when I first started programming Groovy long ago I stumbled upon a website promising that software development was groovy ... that's no longer the case when I google for groovy programming resources.

In short the success of your language is a big enough concern than the name of your language is negligible (with the exception of negative words). The search results will follow.

Comment You're really the right one to do it (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Yes it can be annoying to have to deal with their constant tech troubles, but you probably owe them (I have 3 young kids, and they definitely owe me big time). Let's face it, while people are still very active in their late 60's, you should enjoy it while it lasts because most people will really start to slow down in their early to mid 70's. As people age they become much more susceptible to scams (as you've noticed), so the only person you can really trust is you (or your siblings). I think that in 5 or 10 years you might have wished you could have spent more time with them.

Building translators is good clean fun. -- T. Cheatham