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Comment: Re:Not Bill Gates' Microsoft (Score 1) 339

by Moondevil (#42708781) Attached to: Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?

Great, maybe they can attempt to implement C99 now 12 years later. I am still required to cripple my C code so it will be accepted by Microsoft's crappy compiler, years after everyone else has moved on. Respecting standards in one place doesn't mean they actually respect standards.

They sell a C++ compiler why should they care about C? C is officially legacy for Microsoft.

http://herbsutter.com/2012/05/03/reader-qa-what-about-vc-and-c99/

There is no law that forces C++ compilers to support plain C. It made sense when the language did not had a big user base.

Plus there are plenty of C compiler vendors for Windows that would happily sell you a compiler.

Comment: Re:Drones are dirt cheap and no pilot dies. (Score 1) 232

What if this (extreme and unlikely scenario) occurred: an enemy force launches an extremely large flight of propeller-powered fighter/attack aircraft. Sure, our F/A-18s and such might blow them away until they run out of missiles. The dynamics between propeller (slow but extremely maneuverable) vs jet (fast but makes bigger turns) might prevent a gun-range, outnumbering dog-fight from playing out in our favor.

There was a short story something like that - some modern jet fighter slips back in time to WWI, and could not engage the enemy planes due to the speed difference, and the inability of the fighter jet's radar to get a lock onto the paper and wood enemy planes. It turned out that he didn't need to fire weapons at the warbirds of the era. All he needed to do was to buzz them while supersonic. They didn't have the speed or maneuverability to get out of the way, and their airframes were so relatively fragile, that they couldn't handle the shockwave. The planes would snap like twigs in the wake of the jet. And being supersonic, he could travel up and down the entire front lines in a matter of hours.

I imagine that you wanted to say WW II.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

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