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Comment: Re:Delphi is dead, just accept it. (Score 2) 492

by SAN1701 (#48901159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
I've been hearing this kind of stuff since at least 2002. Still using Delphi and waiting for judgment day. It is funny how VB'ers were for some time the most vocal group preaching Delphi's imminent demise, and then they were struck with the "Visual Fred" fiasco. Many of them had to learn OOP the hard way, many didn't and are still supporting VB6 apps.

Anyway you can use the open-source Free Pascal or other proprietary solutions for Pascal. With both Delphi and Free-Pascal current multiplatform capabilities, I bet many companies that unsuccessfully tried to migrate Delphi internal apps to Java, C# or other offerings are having a second thought about it.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 5, Informative) 492

by SAN1701 (#48900677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
In my experience (about 20 years professionally working with Delphi, since the first version), the biggest advantage of Object Pascal over C++ is its strong typing discipline. It makes a program more maintainable on the long run, and errors are easier both to avoid and find. Pointer and String handling are also better in Pascal IMHO, and finally compilation time is also much shorter, which is not something to be disregarded when debugging a big project. Against Java or Python, desktop applications are usually more responsive with Object Pascal as it outputs machine code without JIT or GC involved (and usually Delphi will output a single .exe, without the need for any DLLs). Sure enough, you have to remember to destroy your objects, although newest versions of Delphi can use ARC on mobile platforms. My 2c. Sure I've already used all 3 (Python, C++ and Java) when I needed, but I've never felt as productive in any of these as I am in Object Pascal. So maybe the language has it's values.

Comment: Strawman (Score 1) 46

by SAN1701 (#48244571) Attached to: Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a FAIR Approach
"While stressing over Ebola, the media is oblivious to true public health threats like obesity, heart disease, drunk driving, diabetes, and the like."

No, it's not. Actually, no matter how much the media repeat warnings about these issues, PEOPLE (a part of them) is oblivious to these public health issues. I dare you to watch CNN or read MSN, HuffPo or any news aggregator a day without something being said about at least one of these issues, mostly (in US) obesity. We even had a mayor on NYC that went into a series of highly controversial steps to prevent obesity (limiting size of sodas, really? Coach potatoes would buy 2 of them). it's just that some people doesn't pay attention because they don't want to change their lifestyle.

Ebola is something "new", so gets more flash from news outlets since people will cringe for, well, news. It's the way people work, unfortunately. In a BTVS season, the much bigger issues above would be the Big Bad. Ebola is just the monster of the week. Granted, it gets full attention now, but once current crisis is gone, I doubt you'll hear about it until another outbreak.

+ - Looking for a career change ? Here's what it takes->

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CarelTranslations writes "Ever been in one of those peculiar states of mind where you feel like you are on the very brink of finding your dream career, yet for some annoying reason you can’t quite figure out what you want to do?
Take a look at the list below. If you recognize yourself in all (or most) of these points, there’s a huge chance becoming a translator might appear to be your path to success and joy (careerwise)."

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+ - Who can afford Open Source?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Francesco, a self-employed software developer, just wrote to me to explain why he feels he can't afford to release his school administration software under a FOSS license. In a nutshell, he says that only big organizations can afford that luxury (at least in today's Italy). What do you think?"
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+ - Wikipedia to be blacked out to fight PIPA tomorrow->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Delivering what others promissed, wikipedia will block itself for 24 hours to fight both PIPA and (the now dead) SOPA. From the explanatory page: "Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.". This might be the first time I'll be happy to see wikipedia offline."
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+ - Wikipedia set for full blackout Wednesday->

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "Jimmy Wales confirms that the entire English language Wikipedia will be on blackout January 18th from midnite to midnite, Eastern Standard Time. The site's 25 million daily users will redirected to an education page with a call to action. Votes are still being taken on the exact implementation."
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