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Comment: Re:life in the U.S. (Score 1) 255

by Reziac (#48916813) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

If good upload speeds were widely available, I suspect online backup would quickly become a mainstream market, especially as more people become aware of the need to back up (witness the solid market for flash drives and external hard drives, mostly to ordinary folks and largely used for personal backups).

I know I'd use it, but my paltry 600k up will not cut it.

Comment: Re:Hints from an over-the-hill programmer (Score 1) 485

by Reziac (#48908415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

"To be a great programmer, you need to write code that reads like English."

That's an interesting observation, and see what I (not a coder but an interested bystander) say above about two programs I know equally well as a user -- one in Pascal (I can pretty much grok what all the code does despite zero comments), the other in C (lots of comments, but still makes my brain hurt even when I can figure it out).

Comment: Re:One important use left for Pascal (Score 1) 485

by Reziac (#48908347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

From the user standpoint (I'm not a programmer, but I take an interest, and have rooted around a bit in various source codes), these are my observations:

1) When a program written in C crashes, it may do damnear anything on its way out.

When a program written in Pascal/Delphi crashes, it simply closes down and returns you to the OS.

2) I have an ancient (1990) database program I can't live without. When it was retired from the market, its owner kindly shared source with me, which happened to be in Pascal. There's not a single comment in it, but as I know the program so well, I can tell what nearly all its code does.

I can't say that of the other antique program which I still use and know very well (and have perused much of the source), but is written in C.

I doubt it's entirely coincidence, or even relative marketshare, that's given us those marvelous Obfuscated and Underhanded Code contests for C, but no such for Pascal.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 417

by Reziac (#48821403) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

There are already lots of inexpensive community colleges (last place I lived it was $25/credit). There was a huge expansion of the program back in the 1960s, and it has continued to expand -- there are now over 1100 such schools.

And in Montana, the state university is entirely free to seniors.

Comment: Re:Agent Smith was Right (Score 1) 110

by Reziac (#48815651) Attached to: Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

Deer will also eat themselves out of house and home, even in areas where they are native.

And looking at the history of the Sahara (which during major warm periods has not been a desert), and the difference between grazed (vibrant) and not-grazed (desertified) -- it appears that climate changes and disuse are the culprits, far more than anything humans do.

Comment: Re:what's the point? (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#48296069) Attached to: A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

That may be, but there are always folks who want to build something with their own hands. Considering how many different kits are available, there must be plenty of demand, and they must work well enough to stay in business against the integrated solutions.

And total price may be a factor, especially if a person already owns the two major parts.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl