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Comment: I agree!! (Score 1) 240

by Rob Riggs (#48140365) Attached to: Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

All of my competitors should adopt the author's philosophy of software development immediately. His ivory tower FP idealism is worthy of emulation by all.

I will keep muddling through based on years of experience, leveraging existing code and know-how, maintaining backwards compatibility, planning long-term changes that sometimes take years to complete, deprecating unneeded features in as non-disruptive a manner as possible. And then, when the opportunity arises to do something radically different (like with the C++ "auto" keyword), make it happen. We're called pragmatic programmers. We are clearly losers. Do not emulate what we do.

Comment: Re:Malware (Score 0) 103

by Rob Riggs (#48102289) Attached to: The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

It's already here. They're called smartphone apps.

Exactly. If the ${INSERT_SPY_ORG_HERE} wants to know what you are doing, you will only be presented with a notice that one of your apps has been updated. The government with the most influence over the companies that control the app stores wins the spy war. There are three majors. They are all multinationals based in the U.S.

When any one of these companies stops playing ball with the U.S., their IRS tax bill will come due. That's your clue to how well they are protecting your privacy.

Comment: Re:How do we know life can't adapt to it? (Score 1) 80

by Rob Riggs (#47967473) Attached to: Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

To get a sense of the energies involved: if you're a light-year way from a supernova, the neutrinos will kill you, even though they barely interact with matter at all.

Complete and utter bullshit. You are pulling numbers out of your ass. I give you the truth. I stopped reading your post after that sentence.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 4, Informative) 981

by Rob Riggs (#47928725) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You do realize that "gates of Vienna" is a reference to the Islamic expansion into Europe which was only halted at... Vienna?

If you want to know why people are a bit dismissive of the OP's post, please read this critique of the website the OP linked to. Trust me when I say that you don't want to get your history lessons from that site.

Comment: Commercial Vehicles (Score 1) 185

by Rob Riggs (#47851893) Attached to: GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model
I would think that this sort of technology would be tried out on commercial vehicles (long-haul trucks, local delivery vehicles, taxis, etc.) first, before letting it loose on amateur drivers. I also think it is high time to replace Chicago's CTA drivers (especially on the 'L') with this technology.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky