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Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 2) 886

by SAN1701 (#49339377) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
Oh, that's easy. The real ones are when two people love and care for each other and hope to leave the remaining of their lives together. The fake ones are motivated by economic, politics, or even when two teenagers are bullied to it by their parents.

It always amazed me that (most) religions are fast to discard the former if the couple are from the same gender, but absolutely have no problem whatsoever with the latter if it's between a man and a woman, even when it's obvious there's no love. You know, that "God's gift".

Comment: Re:I am so exited. This will be great. (Score 1) 331

by SAN1701 (#49184445) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
What's wrong with Minority Report?

I get that most people don't realize that it doesn't end the way it seems it ends (the kicker: the long and somewhat strange talk with the prision officer of how it's to be in suspended animation). But if you pay attention I'll realize maybe one the finest Spielberg moments of all time. Even the exceptional lame way his wife discovers what happened starts to make perfect sense when you consider that conversation in the beginning.

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.

+ - Happy 50th Doctor Who!->

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beaverdownunder writes: To commemorate 50 years of the Tardis, today the BBC is airing a 75 minute special finally revealing the secrets of the Time War.

What did you think off the special? And what's your fondest memory of Who? And what about that Capaldi guy?

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+ - 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?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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