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Comment: Re: To Kill An Egotrip (Score 1) 131

by Snufu (#49062657) Attached to: Elon Musk To Write a Book About Earth Sustainability and Mars Colonization

Elon Musk is not an expert, except perhaps at being at the right place/right time. He won the internet lottery:

internet banking

and sinks the windfall resources into unprofitable geek hobbies:

solar panel installation, electric cars, launch systems, or satellites

Good for him. I share his enthusiasm. But don't confuse lucky celebrities for experts.

Comment: Re:Poor Alan Kay (Score 1) 200

by Snufu (#48895843) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

it does a reasonable job of "good enough" on all three fronts, and that is what has made it so enduringly popular over the last few decades.

Well put. Real science and engineering often necessitates a compromise of multiple incongruent requirements. For a tool, such as a programming language, the proof is in the pudding, as programmers will usually default to the best tool for the job. I am not a programmer. Is there an alternative language that does a better job meeting the three criteria indicated?

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