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Comment Re:Doing something just because it's cool (Score 2) 45

Cloning an extinct species may be an important technology. We are currently creating a mass extinction event, and may need/want to bring back some species we killed off. It might even be profitable or lifesaving, like producing a cure for an infection or Star Trek IV.

I don't think there will ever be a cure for Star Trek IV.

Comment Re:income data? (Score 5, Informative) 223

Why is a healthcare insurance provider collecting income information on the people they insure?

I've worked in employee benefits for over 25 years, and the usual reason is that they are administering more than your health insurance. Often you also have short-term and/or long-term disability insurance, or life insurance. The benefits of these are based on some percentage of your salary. Your short term disability benefit may be 60% of your salary, or your life insurance benefit may be 2 X salary.

In all my time working for insurers like Anthem I have never been asked to pull salary data for anything not related to the above.

Comment Re:4 of 5 contained zero of the claimed ingredient (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Over-regulation is bad. Selling a bottle that is 100% not what it says on the label, is a reasonable expectation. Call it what you want - false advertising, fraud, etc. It's clearly something that shouldn't be permitted. I don't think you'd get much argument from either side of the isle.

Comment Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 492

Yes, there really is a good reason. To get the universe back into balance. Back in the day, people bought into their developments tools on the basis of cost and quality. Then companies like MS and Oracle followed the long established lead of the likes of IBM and charged managers through the nose for the 'most advanced technologies'. But the weren't really, and all of us techies knew it.

Turbo Pascal was a full participant in the PC revolution. It brought advanced capabilities - much more advanced than IBM or MS were offering at a hobbyist price. But it continued, until cheaper and better wasn't good enough. It had to be free.

There are some really great free products out there. But none of them are of a quality that can compete with the high end companies who are developing their programs for their paying customers rather than for themselves.

Companies like Borland found themselves in the middle of this. The ill-fated Kylix is the proof. Partially free didn't work. Now our choices are limited to Free or $10,000.

It sucks.

Comment Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 4, Informative) 492

Mmmm. PASCAL was designed by Wirth as an introduction-to-programming instructional language. It was supposed to teach the logic, methodology and 'best practices' of programming as they were defined then.

And it did.

Then it got adopted as a production language ... and God knows why ...

Oh, I don't know....maybe it represented the logic, methodology and best practices of programming

and went through a few iterations to iron out the bugs and add some features and utilities that a serious production/development language would require (including, most importantly, killing that one shot compiler).

And evolved into seriously great products like Turbo Pascal and Delphi.

As a result it has very few strengths compared to purpose designed languages/environments

It remains a great choice precisely because it isn't designed to a particular purpose, but is quite adaptable..

Comment Re:Delphi cross platform? (Score 0) 492

No, Kylix was a complete failure. It was an attempt to lure the next generation Turbo Pascal users, But that next generation was made up of Linux fans that didn't want to pay for *anything*.

Subsequent to that they started targeting cross-platform development on the latest devices.

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