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Comment: Re:From Scratch (Score 1) 452

by Volguus Zildrohar (#46489071) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

There is only anecdotal evidence to help counter yours...

The problem is not when developer (or team) A writes something, learns from the experience, and then rewrites it with all those lessons in mind. The problem is when A leaves, and B takes over. B fails to understand the mess left behind, and decides on a rewrite because they could certainly do better... except they don't, because they don't have A's battle scars.

I have seen this at my workplace - new developers reimplemented a core administrative tool and managed to reimplement a number of bugs that had been both made and fixed in the original, on top of all the new bugs they created.

Comment: "Special purpose" (Score 3, Funny) 82

by Volguus Zildrohar (#46364337) Attached to: Github Rolls Out New Text Editor Atom

On the other end of the spectrum, Emacs and Vim offer extreme flexibility, but they [...] can only be customized with special-purpose scripting languages.

So, what, Python is a special-purpose scripting language now? What special purpose might that be? Pissing off whitespace fanatics? Confounding Javscript programmers with sensible behaviour?

Comment: Re:Not surprising if you state Macs aren't support (Score 1) 281

I assumed that would be the case, but I know that if I hear about a game and want to learn more, I go to the game's website to check it out. I generally don't browse around Steam, or even open it up until I'm ready to try the game out.

I like the Steam service, but as a game browser it's really horrible (like Apple's App Store, it basically takes a website and crams it into something that's not a real browser, and won't do multiple tabs).

Comment: Re:How does one prevent this ? (Score 1) 120

by Volguus Zildrohar (#45657297) Attached to: Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

Gee, I'm using Opera Next on a non-retina MacBook Pro... and I'm considered unique among a paltry 3.6M samples. On a site that's *extremely* likely to be visited primarily by Firefox users.

As a long time Opera user, this does not surprise me at all. I cleared my 'browsing data' for the last hour and tried again... a 50% reduction in uniqueness! Huzzah ;)

Comment: Re:whitespace (Score 1) 169

by Volguus Zildrohar (#44681361) Attached to: Interviews: Guido van Rossum Answers Your Questions

It's at the bottom of every reply window.

Allowed HTML
<b> <i> <p> <br> <a> <ol> <ul> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <em> <strong> <tt> <blockquote> <div> <ecode> <quote>

<ecode> looks reasonable:

def make_adder(n):
    def adder(x):
        return x + n
    return adder
 
def make_adder(n):
    return lambda x: x + n

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 566

by Volguus Zildrohar (#44236197) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

Time for TCPvAngrySlashdot!

C: SYNCHRONIZE
C: Start-Sequence: 484725
C: Source-Port: 7742
C: Destination-Port: 80

S: SYNCHRONIZE
S: ACKNOWLEDGE: 484726
S: Start-Sequence: 95823
S: Source-Port: 80
S: Destination-Port: 7742

C: ACKNOWLEDGE: 95824
C: Sequence-Number: 484726
C: Source-Port: 7742
C: Destination-Port: 80
C: Payload-length: 1033
C: -- BEGIN PAYLOAD --
C: <bytes>

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