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Comment: Re:visited to USA recently (Score 1) 813

by Paul Dubuc (#40569241) Attached to: After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?
Australia may be as big as the US, but what about population density? If 90% of it's people live in 10% of the area in one country while 90% are spread out over a much larger percentage in the other, that makes a big difference in what it takes to provide good infrastructure. How many miles of power lines, bridges, highway, sewers, railway is needed per capita in each country?

Comment: Science is not as trustworthy as most people think (Score 1) 408

by Paul Dubuc (#39980345) Attached to: Positive Bias Could Erode Public Trust In Science
Science journalists William Broad and Nicholas Wade were writing about this back in 1982. See their book, Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science . Science is a human enterprise. We have always trusted it more than we should. Better that our romantic notions about the objective standards of science be exposed for what they are than to continue believing them.

Comment: Re:Way too confusing (Score 1) 1264

by Paul Dubuc (#39859301) Attached to: Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

What a bullshit excuse. If a business can manage to keep track of their assets, their accounts receivable and payable, and so forth, then they can manage keep track of their software licenses.

If they can't pass a BSA audit, they probably can't pass an accounting audit either. Game over.

Yes, but the point was that ensuring license compliance, just like having to keep track of these other assets, costs money! License compliance for use of FOSS, costs nothing.

Comment: Re:Down-modded (Score 1) 743

Consider that /. is largely populated by analytical thinkers (computer people tend to be that way or else they'd do something else for a living) and that religion, regardless of what flavor, is predicated on the abandonment of analytical thought at least where one particular idea is concerned.

Just like the guy this article is about, in a group of analytical thinkers, anti-analytical thinking is bound to be suspect.

I find this sort of thinking very "anti-analytical" and simplistic. The problem, rather, is that /. is largely populated by people who are undereducated when it comes to religion and who think that doesn't matter because they know so much about technology and computers. As if their competence in one area makes them good judges of the other. So they often do fall into the trap of "judging a belief solely on the merits of the stupidest people who believe in it" because they really don't know any more about religion than those people do and their own beliefs are predicated on the abandonment of analytical thought at least where religion is concerned.

"We must know where to doubt, where to feel certain, where to submit. He who does not do so, understands not the force of reason." -- Pascal

/. karma be damned.

+ - New C Language Standard in the Works->

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Paul Dubuc
Paul Dubuc writes "Sorry if this has been mentioned here before, I couldn't find it with a search or your site.

Danny Kalev has recently given a two part tour of the new C1X update to the C99 ISO standard. Among the changes are multithreading suport, type-generic functions, unicode support and bounds checking functions."

Link to Original Source

Comment: They're working on the C1X standard. (Score 1) 406

by Paul Dubuc (#37323376) Attached to: 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

I'm sure the C spec will eventually add some better parallelism.

You are right. C doesn't need to be replaced, just updated.

Comment: Re:What a waste of time. (Score 1) 689

by Paul Dubuc (#36776846) Attached to: Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo
"Actually, it is a bit more complex than that - atheism was often not an integral part of the belief system for Marxist movements outside Russia. ..." Or, Cambodia and China. Good point about Marxism not being inherently atheistic. Yet it seems that where religion has been excluded, Marxist regimes are most repressive. As for Hitler, he appropriated a distorted Christianity for his own purposes. It wasn't like the Christian Church has any religious freedom or influence in Nazi Germany. Pastors who dissented were either killed or had to flee the country.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.