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Comment: Re:Yeah right. Then explain COBOL. (Score 1) 407

by Toshito (#49753247) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

The colon is no longer used, we only put one at the end of each paragraph (procedure).

Parsing XML in COBOL is very easy. You use the XML PARSE command in a loop. Each time the parser finds an XML tag it return control to your program, giving you the tag name, attribute(s) and value. You process it, then call the parser again until the end of the document.

Likewise, generating a complex XML document in COBOL is done by defining the hirarchical structure in a copybook, assigning values, and then calling a single command: XML GENERATE.

It's very easy, and very fast.

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 1) 852

by Toshito (#49685471) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

No. Christians claim that there's a very specific condition. John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Well, I believe that there really was a guy named Jesus who made a lot of fuss a couple of thousands of years ago, he's a real historical figure.

Am I covered now? I'll have eternal life? Please?

Comment: Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 852

by Toshito (#49685403) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

Hate? Where is the hate in my post?

I said that parents brainwash their children with their religion, is that not so? Where is the choice for that children?

How can HE chose what to believe when his figure of authority (his parents) impose their views on him at an age where he can't form his own opinion?

Personnaly I don't impose anything on my own kids. I answer frankly to any question they ask me, but they'll have to decide what they believe themselves.

I'm mostly atheist, was agnostic for a good part of my life, but these days I'm of the opinion that the idea of a supreme being makes no sense. And if we're in a simulation (a distinct possibility), I would not call the creator of this simulation god, he's just a sentient being probably way out of our understanding, but he's not a god.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 435

by Toshito (#49675793) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

If it's 8k resolution by window, maybe it will come close to a pale imitation of reality.

Anything less will be horrible. And it'll be covered in ads for the duty free shop.

What is it with those millenials and digital natives who want to feel, see and control nothing when they're travelling in a vehicle? Just invent teleporting and let us enjoy our trip!

Now get off my lawn!

+ - The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Submitted by writes: Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren’t those on officer’s bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don’t yet know who shot videos of officer officer, Michael T. Slager, shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves."

“We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is,” tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. “The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system.” The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero’s stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality."

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