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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.


South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur" 421

Posted by timothy
from the tell-me-again-about-our-troubled-youth dept.
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes In South Carolina a 16-year old boy, Alex Stone, was arrested and charged with creating a disturbance at his school, as well as suspended, for choosing to write: "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business," in response to a class writing assignment. The story has attracted international attention.

Comment: Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by Nutria (#47578983) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

The majority were a buncha eggheads who thought it was cool they'd found someone willing to fund them,

And willingly worked 12,000 "undesirables" to death.

put the blame where it belongs

Square on Frank Malina's shoulders for wanting to do something else.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.