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Comment: Re:When upgrades break code (Score 1) 432

by ThirdPrize (#45915917) Attached to: Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

Yeah, because I would love to spend my time maintaining something that is no longer supported, while my skill set slowly goes the same way as my will to live.

You really need to badger your managers to upgrade things every couple of years or so. If you do it continually then it is not going to be as painful as jumping a couple of releases of the language in one go. Unless you do new stuff and use the latest technologies then your working practices are going to remain the same. Things move fast these days (though not that fast in the python world). To reference a language I am more familiar with, I am sure a C# application written in .Net 1 would probably still compile and run on a new machine, however, whatever it is doing, you can guarantee there are better ways of doing it these days. Probably in half the code.

Comment: Re:Complete Garbage (Score 1) 321

by ThirdPrize (#43974187) Attached to: Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

Lets face it, the original iPhone was all about running "web apps". Crappy bits of HTML running over the web. It is only because people started jailbreaking and writing their own apps that Apple opened up iOS to developers. Without the original jailbreakers Apple would be a lot, lot poorer.

Comment: Re:That bad huh? (Score 1) 313

Come on, its not like you meet someone on a $30/M web site, start dating, cancel your subscription and you are suddenly forced to stop dating them. You go on for a few months, contact all the possibles and if there is nothing, then you cancel. Stay on there too long and you just start contacting random ones.

Comment: Lazy (Score 1) 260

by ThirdPrize (#43180999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

You see i have this old 286 machine i found in the loft. I can't be bothered to take it down the tip so i thought a charity might like it. ;)
Certainly where I live, the charity shops (of which there are a lot) won't touch hardware. Full stop. They are mostly run by old ladies who wouldn't know a top end PC from a hole in the ground. If they started accepting PCs, old printers, scanners (remember them), etc their shops would soon be full of them.

Comment: Re:Get into Mobile Computing (Score 1) 247

by ThirdPrize (#40893071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Jump Back Into Programming?

I would second this. I program for the day job but a few years ago i got an iPhone. I had always looked down on shareware and freeware but once i got my first app on the app store I was converted. As long as you come up with a vaguely original idea you can write a small puzzle/board game in a month or two of evenings. Probably quicker if its full time. Make it free and people WILL download it. Objective C is fairly good now they have sorted the memory management.

Comment: Re:C, raw machine independent assembler-like langu (Score 1) 594

by ThirdPrize (#40592005) Attached to: Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One

Well, C is one step above assembler but not much more than that. Most of its commands and operations map onto assembly quite nicely (x++ to increment a variable, etc) and outside of the libraries, there is not much "high level" functionality built into it. Its portable as most of it is "lowest common denominator" stuff.

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