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Comment: They did scrap the rules... (Score 3, Insightful) 104

by Viol8 (#47887725) Attached to: UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

... they just called it CB.

In theory a great idea, in practice you got a load if halfwit teenagers and other dimwits who had nothing to say keying up over people trying to have a sensible conversation and generally causing a nuisance. What with them and the people who seemed to think playing music from a crappy cassette tape into the mic suddenly turned their bedroom rig into Kiss FM eventually made CB unusable and it died (in the UK anyway) apart from the occasional diehard and some truckers.

Comment: Python is eating Perls lunch (Score 4, Insightful) 385

by Viol8 (#47862331) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Perl was used because it was a powerful scripting language despite a god awful syntax that took the worst parts of unix shell and awk and made them even more painfully contorted. When an equally (some would say more) powerful scripting language called Python came along with a sane syntax, a shallower learning curve and a properly interactive interpreter its no surprise huge numbers of people jumped ship.

I for one won't miss Perl - it had its day but its day is pretty much done apart from legacy code and the few dyed in the wool web sites still using CGI.

Comment: Trendy != popular (Score 1) 385

by Viol8 (#47862243) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

It might be fashionable in academia and certain CS circles but I've never once seen it used commercially in 20 years of working in IT. Now maybe I've not worked in the right sort of companies but I've worked for some pretty big blue chip ones and small houses so I reckon I've got a good spread of experience there.

Comment: Who thinks they were dumb anyway? (Score 1) 91

by Viol8 (#47805313) Attached to: Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

They survived in a hostile ice age climate for eons before we turned up. You don't manage that unless you A) Have a heavily adapted physiology (eg mammoth) or B) Are damn smart.

Anyway, the fact that apparently we interbred with neanderthals and the DNA got passed on - ie the offspring weren't sterile - means they were almost certainly the same species as us - probably just a different race. And we know how well races meeting can turn out.. If anyone wants to know why the died out , well maybe thats a clue.

Comment: For a country so good at engineering... (Score 1, Insightful) 212

by Viol8 (#47801905) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

... they have a very backwards, almost medieval view of anything nuclear.

Also I'm sure that idiot Merkel decided to close all their nuclear power stations because she thought they'd get nice cheap gas from russia. Hmm, wonder how thats working out for her now...

Comment: Re:Does chrome still require a root privs sandbox? (Score 1) 113

by Viol8 (#47772595) Attached to: Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

The OS doesn't need protection if the browser is running with normal user privs. If the OS is windows it might need extra help, I wouldn't know, but linux does not and I have no interest in googles feeble reasons for requiring root privs. A user app that requires root privs is not going on my systems. Period.

Comment: Re:Is this the missing "dark matter"? (Score 1) 85

"Now dont discuss this subject any more unless you learn at least a few basic things."

You should follow your own advice. Most brown dwarves are glowing away nicely in infrared. If there were triillions of them they'd be lighting up the sky in that band. They arn't, so unless something has cooled them all down to absolute zero (yeah, right), they don't exist. Back to school for you.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.