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Comment: Re: Greece cannot make debt payments... (Score 1) 626

by Tailhook (#49770681) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

They *are* productive.

No, they are not. They export some commodities, but beyond that they add no value to anything. Their factories are shut because their labor laws and practices make them non-viable. No significant intellectual property is created there, despite their vaunted "free" education. Rampant, endemic corruption keeps investors out.

Do you understand that the Euro is zero sum?

I understand that people invent strange concepts such as that to rationalize their world view when reality fails to cooperate. Worse, I understand the people of Greece are prone to indulge such falsehoods, which doesn't bode well for their post-Euro future.

Comment: Re:I never pretended it would help for a long time (Score 1) 185

by Tailhook (#49721473) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

I am jsut stating that it should help.

Covering your weapons in mirrors is stupid and impractical. The "just put mirrors on everything LOLZ" trope your kind always trots out doesn't become more feasible just because you're naive enough to keep repeating it.

For a much cheaper price than such a lser system itself.

Defense is always more expensive that offence. It's easier to break things. That's why being wealthy is important to self preservation.

Comment: Re:When Nixon did that... (Score 1) 276

WTF is wrong with you Americans, anyhow?

Hillary et al tell us we deserve more bennies and the "rich" need to pay their "fair share"... and the rest is so much noise from the `vast right wing conspiracy' that goes in one ear and out the other. As long you can stand there and tell people they deserve things they know they don't you can do anything you want. All else is forgiven.

Comment: Re:Pretty weak (Score 1) 386

by Tailhook (#49701741) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die

You're exhibiting some reading comprehension problems.

Google has not stated that outside contributors must not use exceptions. They declare:

"We do not use C++ exceptions"

The "We" in that is inclusive. Google themselves "do not use C++ exceptions." They also elaborate on exactly why they themselves do not use exceptions.

There is no reason to interpret the Mozilla policy as applying only to outside submissions either. Unless, of course, this is not to your liking and you invent fictional reasons.

There's any number of style guides that endorse C++ exceptions, but they aren't typically as public-facing.

Cite some. How you know this about non-publicly facing policies is an interesting question.... but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt if you do, remembering that others around here might call you on it if your claims aren't correct.

And Microsoft doesn't count. They've integrated their deviant compiler with their proprietary OS according to their own questionable design and vertical implementation.

Comment: Re:socialism's benefits (Score 3, Funny) 294

by Tailhook (#49700511) Attached to: The Solution To Argentina's Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless

It's all lies. Argentina has no reason to seek alternatives; they have a fair, equitable socialist government that would never manipulate its fiat currency to raid savings.

We must outlaw these robber baron digital schemes right away. These digital currencies are a threat to The Good and the Great's ability to provide the fair and just governance the people of the world deserve.

+ - Rust 1.0 released->

Submitted by TopSpin
TopSpin writes: Rust 1.0 has appeared and release parties in Paris, LA and San Francisco are taking place today. From the Rust Programming Language blog; `Today we are very proud to announce the 1.0 release of Rust, a new programming language aiming to make it easier to build reliable, efficient systems. Rust combines low-level control over performance with high-level convenience and safety guarantees. Better yet, it achieves these goals without requiring a garbage collector or runtime, making it possible to use Rust libraries as a “drop-in replacement” for C.'
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Comment: Re:How is killing him Unislamic? (Score 1) 284

by Tailhook (#49684077) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months

That whole page is the worst piece of weasel word riddled crap I've ever seen on Wikipedia.

On the other hand, some scholars argue that such verses of the Quran are interpreted out of context, and argue that when the verses are read in context it clearly appears that the Quran prohibits aggression

Multiculty claptrap straight out of The Guardian. "some scholars argue" and "clearly appears."

Comment: Re:better reasons (Score 1) 386

by Tailhook (#49677641) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die

The only one on your list that actually worries me is the compile times.

It's explicitly not a goal to produce the most concise language possible. It's not a competitor of Haskell/Ocaml/F#/etc., and it doesn't need to be to succeed. Cargo is a build system for a beta language.... fixable. Slow regex isn't inherent to the language.

But if Rust suffers Scala like compile times then yeah, that's bad. Compile time matters.

Comment: Pretty weak (Score 1, Troll) 386

by Tailhook (#49677285) Attached to: Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die

I'll limit myself to the 286 word (!) summary and not RTFA — because Damn! — that's bad enough.

[W]hat actually makes Rust safe, by the way? To put it simple, this is a language with a built-in code analyzer

What makes Rust safe is language design that permits that code to be analyzed. Costly C++ code analyzers that hardly anyone actually uses can't match Rust's built-in, for-free, automatic analyzing compiler because the C++ language itself precludes this.

The rest of the first paragraph amounts to `Rust isn't necessary because C++ is improving.' Anyone that's been watching C++ develop for the last 30 years knows there are both technical and political limitations to how much C++ can ever improve and some people can't wait another 30 years to get halfway there.

Then we get into this drivel;

I can generally understand why it doesn't have a decent inheritance and exceptions, but the fact itself that someone is making decisions for me regarding things like that makes me feel somewhat displeased.

Decent? C++ has `decent' inheritance? I'd be surprised if the author actually understood C++ inheritance. I know most C++ programmers don't. Rust spaces that '80s OO crap and gives you a clean, simple system of traits. You're not limited in any way by that design unless you're employed to write FAQ answers and blog posts about the subtleties of mis-designed C++ OO.

As for C++ exceptions; here is Mozilla's policy on C++ exceptions: "do not use try/catch or throw any exceptions." Here is Google's policy on C++ exception's: "We do not use C++ exceptions." C++ exceptions are broke. Full Stop. These people understand this. The author doesn't.

If the lack of C++ inheritance and C++ exceptions are the best you can come up with to disparage Rust then sign me up for Rust.

Comment: Re:Ebola (Score 1) 186

The Ebola River for which the disease is named is sensitive and doesn't like having horrible diseases named after it.

The best policy is to simply not name these sort of things until they appear in a Western nation somewhere. The media could refer to Ebola, for instance, as the Unidentified Tropical Wasting Syndrome until a nurse in Texas catches it, at which point may be named the Dallas Hemorrhagic Fever, or DHF.

Far more equitable and highly unlikely to incur the wrath of WHO.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.