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Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 567

by William Baric (#49176467) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

1) How many times have you already been out there protesting for Snowden?
2) How many times have you seen your government change its policies because someone, somewhere is protesting about something?
3) Who do you think will gather the biggest crowd : people who want this hero to be given a full pardon or people who want this traitor to be executed?
4) People don't even protest for their own constitutional rights. What makes you think they'll protest for Snowden's constitutional rights?

Comment: Re:Why not use commit date as version (Score 1) 199

by William Baric (#49049345) Attached to: Torvalds Polls Desire for Linux's Next Major Version Bump

Sorry to be blunt, but you're kind of ignorant yourself.

Suppose today is the 2015-02-13 and suppose someone is calling you to ask you when will be your next meeting. Suppose it's 10 days from now. How will you say the date? Will you simply say "it will on the 23rd" or will you say "it will be in the year 2015, the month of February, on the 23rd day for that month"?

The "logic" behind European dates is based on the way we truncate dates in our day to day conversation.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 297

by William Baric (#49005737) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

You need to realize that even if many times scientists funded by governments do not produce something useful to you in your day to day life, they do create knowledge which is essentials to scientists who work in the private sector. Without government funded scientists, you'd still live like an Amish.

But then again, maybe that's what you wish for...

Comment: Re:Anonymity (Score 1) 467

by William Baric (#48994761) Attached to: Twitter CEO: "We Suck" At Dealing With Trolls, Vows To Kick Them Out

I do agree anonymity is useful against tyranny, whether that tyranny comes from governments, employers, coworkers, friends or family, but I think it's better to fight tyranny openly than trying to hide. People who are not able to fight for their ideas, whatever the reason, can still find others who will agree to carry the flag for them if those ideas are worth fighting for.

I believe very few babies with be thrown out with the bathwater.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 212

by William Baric (#48913323) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

I was there in the 80's. One of the first program I wrote with the school computers was a light cycle kind of game (actually, my inspiration was Snafu for the Intellivision). And you know what? Out of all student in my school, you'd had to hit ME with your stone, because I was the only one who made something more than tic-tac-toe.

As for anyone being able to program... I'll take running as an analogy : although almost everyone can run a 4 km race, it just takes interest and a bit of training, very few people could do an Ironman, even with years of training.

Comment: Re:Discussion is outdated (Score 5, Insightful) 492

by William Baric (#48899651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

You're right and that's pretty much why computer programs are now so ridiculously buggy and require bug fix releases every two weeks. But then again, as long as customers still buy without complaining, why bother with quality? Worse, a lot of people now think a bug fix release every two weeks is a sign of quality!

Comment: Re:Safety? (Score 1) 161

by William Baric (#48789003) Attached to: Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

For example, and maybe I'm wrong, the language doesn't force the programmer to declare variables outside of the code (in fact it looks like the language allows the declaration of a variable anywhere in the code) and it doesn't force the programmer to specify the type of a variable when declaring it (a quote from the documentation : "Variables can be type annotated when declared. However, in most cases, the compiler will be able to infer the type of the variable from the context, heavily reducing the annotation burden"). That kind of thing is an open door for sloppy programming.

What irks me the most is the "heavily reducing the annotation burden". For me, that should never be a goal with a language whose objective is safety.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.