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Comment: Can we even detect ourselves from beyond LEO? (Score 1) 498

by Nutria (#48032553) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Before getting all confident that we can detect ET civilization, how about sending a satellite or three to 10-20 Lunar orbits (what's the Lunar equivalent of the AU?) to determine if we can detect ourselves -- especially when Earth is between it and the Sun.

If not, then no sense bloviating on religion and ET.

Comment: Re:Null Terminated Strings (Score 1) 729

If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better.

Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend. Even back in the day, CompSci professors loathed/disdained it, and the most popular textbook series was from the grossly incompetent Shelly & Cashman.

Once I re-learned it from people who grokked the language, I discovered how powerful it is at it's intended task.

Finding people willing to write in it is hard, though, so -- before Java -- many managers decided that business apps would be written in C rather than the appropriate language.

Comment: Some COBOL features I like (Score 1) 729

- Variables can start with a numeric, since whitespace is the token separator. This has some distinct uses in a globally scoped language, when combined with PERFORM THRU.
- "Concatenated OR". It lets you write code like IF 8 = A OR B OR C OR D OR E THEN ...
- 88 Level variables

Comment: Re:Everything old is new again. (Score 1) 193

by Nutria (#47738963) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Tape has always had a limited life-span and is too easily damaged to completely trust with high-value archival data. Instead, archival on tape usually means "we're not quite confident enough to just delete this crap".

Maybe the cheap crap. I've pulled 7 year old data off of SuperDLT tapes.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins