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Comment: Re:The Left is in charge (Score 1) 356

by Viol8 (#49189801) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

"Your "miserable existence of food queues and no prospects" rhetoric suggests to me that you are interested in beating some political drum. Whether a product is unavailable (as tends to be the case for poorer people in socialist societies) or unaffordable (as tends to be the case for poorer people in capitalist societies) is immaterial to the person who needs it."

Whatever. Next time you see 50 metre long food queue at a supermarket that has next to nothing on the shelves in a western country then maybe we can have this debate.

Comment: Re:The Left is in charge (Score 1) 356

by Viol8 (#49187551) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

"he USSR in particular did not "sink" until Gorbachev,"

Heh, funny. The USSR had been virtually bankrupt since the 70s and spent a huge amount of what GDP it had on defense ti try and keep up with the USA. It still failed plus it plunged a hundred million people into a miserable existence of food queues and no prospects.

But you keep on dreaming the communist dream if you like. Whatever makes you happy.

Comment: Re:This is a reflection of the aging Apple demogra (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by Viol8 (#49165245) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Most people when they're young are rather tribal about their musical tastes as they see it as significantly defining them, no only as who they are but as who they're not.

However once we grow up and become full rounded adults then music simply becomes another form of media entertainment and we no longer limit ourselves to metal/rap/r&b/whatever but listen to anything we like.

And thats a good thing.

Comment: Re:The fun of coding... (Score 1) 65

by Viol8 (#49125615) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

Nice try at some conflation there but no cigar. Sports and music are meant to be watched as well as played. Watching someone typing into a text editor has never been and never will be a recreational activity. The musical equivalent would be watching the composer write down the notes or for sport watching Roger Federer do practice shots over the net for 3 hours.

"and I can assure you it has several thousand viewers when it's on, so there's your proof that there is an audience for people writing code."

All that proves is there are thousands of people with absolutely no life, not that watching the activity itself has any merit. You can put any old shit online and some bunch of mugs will watch it.

Comment: The fun of coding... (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by Viol8 (#49117745) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

.... is solving problems yourself and creating a working piece of code at the end along with a sense of achievement and self satisfaction.

The fun of coding is NOT the physical typing in of the code text along with edits, deletions what whatnots. So quite why anyone would want to watch someone *else* do it frankly is beyond me. If you want to learn to code in language XYZ go buy a book or look at some example code online then most importantly try it yourself.

Comment: Re:LOLWUT (Score 1) 65

by Viol8 (#49117739) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code

"* manually indents his code"

To be fair, I find manually indenting code a lot less frustrating than auto indent because the number of times when I *don't* want auto indent to work but it does anyway and I have to manually undo it just makes it more hassle than its worth.

Agree with you on everything else though.

Comment: Re:What will really happen (Score 1) 110

by Viol8 (#49110153) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

Unless the "winners" are completely stupid - but then this is reality TV so who knows - they'll probably notice the complete lack of G's at "take off" and the persistence of gravity once they're supposedly in space.

Personally I think 99.9% of the contestants know full well the whole thing is dubious but are going along with it simply to get the experience of astronaut training and have a bit of fun knowing the nearest they'll ever get to space is on the 747 on the way to the training centre.

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