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Comment: The watch (Score 5, Informative) 74

by operagost (#49744977) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

Since a lot of your folks are too young to remember...

The watch Jobs is wearing appears to be an LED digital watch. Because LED displays drained the battery a lot quicker than LCD watches (which came later), you had to press a button to see the time. In retrospect, this is kind of a feature, because when the display was off the face was completely dark and mysterious. It was like Darth Vader's watch.

Comment: Re:Corollary: It's difficult to be "clever" in Jav (Score 2) 409

by Waffle Iron (#49743689) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

It is not difficult to be "clever" at all. Look at various "bean" frameworks. Use their object marshaling features. Throw in some of their aspect-oriented programming features.

Now you usually have a bloated, incomprehensible mess. Sure you can easily read any couple of lines of code in isolation. But the system as a whole is a huge pile of gratuitous redundant layers of abstraction and confusing action-at-a-distance creepiness.

Comment: Re:Its funny (Score 2) 214

The Qur'an instructs believers to go to war against Jews and Christians.

The Bible records the history of wars.

There's a difference between recording a violent history, and instructions to commit violent acts.

The Qur'an has no order to love your neighbor, to treat others as one would wish to be treated, or to not resist an evil man. The Qur'an's plan for peace is to obtain it by force.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1082

by operagost (#49735463) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

It's funny how progressives use percentages when it benefits them. Big Oil has been getting single-digit profit margins for many years, but all the progressives could point out when they wanted to make a money grab was "millions of dollars". Yes, a single-digit percentage of billions in sales is indeed millions.

You really want to hold up Walmart, the leftist's favorite punching bag, as a good example? That's exactly where the ire of the left (mostly for unions, who want in) is focused.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955