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Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 258

So you think Amazon should know exactly how many books its going to ship in advance so it can divide a known quantity (bulk shipping costs) by an unknown (total shipments)?

Or maybe you think Amazon should retroactively bill people for their shipping at the end of the year?

Amazon can charge you $50/book for shipping if they want, or $0.01 ... so long as they're paying the shipping company what the company expects to be paid, it can't possibly matter.

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 412

by MikeBabcock (#47412377) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

What problem have you ever had with indent-based parsing?

Many many people have a problem reading other peoples' C and C++ code because of how it is not always enforced and allows some incredibly poor legibility.

You may not personally have this problem *writing* code but you've almost certainly had it when reading code.

Not all Python is readable, but forcing programmers to use good style is one of the first problems in a braces-based parsing environment. Python just formalized it.

Comment: Re:Touch Server (Score 1) 674

It takes N hours to develop and test a solution on platform X.

Given that the platform in question is working, easy to deploy, and fully tested, adding platform Y to the mix would require another investment of time and resources that are unnecessary when staying with platform X.

I understand fully why some people only develop Windows software for the same reason. In our case, we develop Linux-based servers, Android and WinMobile based handheld industrial software, and some basic Windows-based interface software for said database.

Deploying the database system on Windows would be a huge hassle and a totally unnecessary cost to clients.

Comment: Re:E-mail? (Score 1) 346

by MikeBabcock (#47385015) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Sure, maybe ... for the vast majority of cases, I'd rather users *never* send attachments by E-mail and instead use corporate web-based sharing for secure documents.

Attachments downloaded from servers can be verified as transmitted, and how many times, and by whom. E-mails cannot. You can't even guarantee a user received the E-mail.

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