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Comment: Article shows fundamental lack of understanding (Score 1) 103

by CountBrass (#47915983) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't


And I think Swift is rather disappointing.

Given the opportunity to make a clean sweep and introduce a modern language for OSX and iOS Apple decided to make one that is so fatally flawed in so many ways.

Type-casting -oh my lord type casting- is so astoundingly bad in Swift it really beggars belief that in the 21st century anyone could design something that bad!

Comment: Re:CDC guilty of correlation == causation (Score 1) 290

by CountBrass (#47889717) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

A few thousand years is no time at all in evolutionary terms.

So I assume you're arguing that bread is something we haven't yet evolved to safely digest?

I agree: I'd go as far as to say that gluten intolerance and diabetes could be considered part of the evolutionary process, weeding out those of us who lack the genes to safely digest high carb, cereal based, diets.

Comment: HTML5 is a language. (Score 1) 380

by rjh (#47868549) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

HTML5 is, indeed, a programming language -- at least when paired with CSS3. You can implement Rule 110 in nothing but HTML5 + CSS3, and Rule 110 is known to be Turing-complete. Ergo, HTML5 + CSS3 is capable of any computable process, and is a full programming language.

It's a horrible programming language, but hey, when has that gotten in the way of widespread acceptance?

Comment: Missed Opportunity? (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by silentbozo (#47853993) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit
So... Getty Images, instead of using the power of image-matching algorithms to get more customers for its library by setting up a checkout point at the end of the auto-slideshow and/or tack on advertising (ala YouTube) just torpedoed the whole thing instead.

You figure they had the tech to identify the infringing images to begin with. Why not just say to Microsoft "hey, we have this set of algorithms that you're welcome to use to improve your widget. Let's talk about blanket licensing for Bing in exchange for downstream revenue."

Comment: Re:Where to draw the line (Score 1) 326

by CountBrass (#47852483) Attached to: Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

What? Your post started off "okay but mistaken" and then just descended into self-conscious gibberish.

Stallman's principles and objectives have been consistent. Just because you don't agree with them is irrelevant, even if you try to discredit them attaching derogatory labels to them: if anything you're post was a prime example of being obtuse and you've clearly gone wrong.

Comment: You're an idiot. (Score 1) 326

by CountBrass (#47852421) Attached to: Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

You're an idiot.

"...and wants all software to be open-source."

No, he absolutely does not want all software to be "open-source".

He espouses 4 freedoms which can only be achieved through "FREE/Libre software".

"Open-source" has different aims and he speaks against them.

The rest of your post is equally ill informed and utterly misses his points, which demonstrated either you didn't even bother watching the TEDx video before vomiting out your rather moronic post or you were incapable of understanding.

Free software is literally nothing to do with whether "it's harder to write and debug applications".

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 811

by gatkinso (#47845665) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room


I have flown over a million miles on United... and this is appalling. A Premium Service flight *used* to be an aircraft with all Economy Plus seats with increased recline pitch, a section of United domestic First where E+ would be on a conventional aircraft, and lie flat seats in First. Better food and entertainment. The fare price was roughly double.

Having stopped flying in 2010 I now see that as of 2012 a PS flight is simply a normal flight with a few Global first seats up front and wifi.

Well, I guess the decision to stop travelling for work was a good one.

Most people will listen to your unreasonable demands, if you'll consider their unacceptable offer.