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Comment: Re:Read that book you opened... (Score 1) 318

by SombreReptile (#40937287) Attached to: For Much of the World, Demand For Water Outstrips Supply

Crack open a book sometime,

While you only cracked open the book, I have read them. In fact many.

In fact if you bother to open a history book instead of the comic books you apparently feast upon for your simplistic world view, you'd find that MANY past civilizations have migrated after conditions changed where they were - this was all pre-technology. Bays receded, rivers changed - the story of people migrating to other areas because water has moved is literally as old as recorded history.

Further, it takes a certain level of technology to make use of aquifers - the level of technology that would help to enable a migration... the poor still work off shallow wells or rivers the world over.

Most of the world is unlike the fantasy world you have constructed, people are far more practical and able than you can possible imagine.

Maybe they could move to your backyard. You wouldn't chase them off with a gun or anything, would you?

Comment: Re:Who cheats who (Score 3, Interesting) 684

by SombreReptile (#31115714) Attached to: How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

I had a similar experience with a co-worker who had an MSc in CS (from U. of Windsor, Ontario).
"Stack, stack! What's all this about stack?" he impatiently groused to me one day during a work conversation.
I pulled him into a back room (because I was embarassed for him) and explained to him what a stack was.

Comment: Re:null or not null, that is the question (Score 1) 612

by SombreReptile (#27052955) Attached to: Null References, the Billion Dollar Mistake

When debugging at the hardware level it's fairly common to fill uninitialized memory (or newly allocated in a debug version of the malloc libraries) with a value that will either cause the computer to execute a system level break ( eg: TRAP / BRK etc) or something fairly obvious such as ($BA).

If you don't like the 0's, then replace your memory allocation library.

$BA ?
Does that stand for 'bugger all'?

"What if" is a trademark of Hewlett Packard, so stop using it in your sentences without permission, or risk being sued.