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Comment: Re:Contrast with Perl (Score 1) 411

by Mike (#49032345) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

So Java is 95% crap, and Perl is 100% delicious. I can go along with that.

Besides, the only Perl code I've seen that looks like line noise were the winners of the Obfuscated Perl Contest(s).

Well-written Perl code does not, unless you're shortsighted enough to look down upon the extremely useful and important variable sigils.

Comment: Nothing. (Score 1) 239

by Mike (#49025233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

Not encryption, not even government collapse, will end it. Encryption will slow them down, but all encryption is eventually overcome given enough resources. Government collapse would also be a bump in the road, as it's never 100% collapsed -- some parts would remain standing in the ashes -- usually the strong parts. And as history shows, those with the "power" will do and take all they can in order to remain standing, at the expense of everyone else.

No, the idea of privacy is an ever-fleeting myth, whether you view it from a technological or socio-political viewpoint, or simply one of human consciousness.

Comment: Yes (Score 0) 379

...because the younger programmers are willing to use newer, completely garbage languages such as Java and Python, neither of which can come even close to the power and beauty of older (but better) languages such as Perl. And in today's world it's not what's works well that's important any more, it's what's sexy. So it has to be Java (with all it's idiotic and broken GUI counterparts) or Python /Django or Ruby/Rails. Older programmers who aren't willing to sell their souls don't stand a chance in a world like this.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas