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Comment: Re:When you go back to it several months later (Score 1) 298

by Z80a (#49356345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

Indeed there's no such thing as a "do what i mean" function , but generally within the context of the application, its good when you run into a function that is "future proof" enough to not need to heavily hack it or rewrite it whole to do something slightly different.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are stupid enough... (Score 1) 318

by Z80a (#49327093) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

On other hand, this is a football game where your powerful and athletic team is allowed to murder any rival team that steps into the same field until they're the only team left, and then they use it to just do the hell they want on the field, even if its just 60 minutes of this team relaxing on beach chairs and from time to time flipping the fingers to the audience.

Comment: Re:Without workers power (Score 1) 437

As soon you join a large enough group of humans, this group automatically morphs into an horrible monster that tries to take advantage of everyone else, and the only way to stop it is to pit it against another monster, thus forcing both to make concessions that benefit the mere mortals to thrive.

The capitalism start to fail as soon you get the right to buy yourself a monopoly, and socialism is basically "everything is a monopoly from the get go", so not good idea at all.

Comment: Freebasic maybe? (Score 1) 648

by Z80a (#48863541) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

First, Freebasic is truly free and runs on several platforms unlike VB that is strictly tied to windows unless you use Wine etc..
Secondly, if you're trying to teach the basics of the basics (variables, if statements etc), an clean environment like the freebasic is much preferable to the visual basic one, as there's no functions, classes and things that are only useful on the vb environment itself like the window editor itself to worry the student and take his time.
Of course, if i was going to use it to teach, would be just the basics, getting the student used into how to formulate his own code and having fun doing so and then quickly boot him into something actually decent like python or C.

Comment: Re:PC MUSTARD RICE (Score 2) 78

by Z80a (#48837455) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

PC is not the "master race" because it is not a single race, but a variety of different kinds of machines with different kinds of purposes.
If you want a PC that can outlast a 3DS or PSVita by a factor of 3 in battery time you can.
If you want a really powerful PC that runs all games in 4k, you can.
If you want the cheapest box on the block that can run older (and arguably better) games, you can.
If you want a serious machine for actually doing serious work, PC is there for that too.
And you can run any software you want for it, can write new software for it, can actually write software for several consoles with it..
Its about freedom, not power.

Comment: Trolls and stalkers. (Score 1) 189

by Z80a (#48778675) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment

I think they should be clearly distinguished instead of throwing everyone on the same basket.
There are those people, like pretty much everyone on the internet that sometimes will get too bored, and will throw some hooks to cause some flame wars etc.. and well, this happens and sometimes its even fun, as it ends killing boredom.

But then there are the stalkers.
People that get fixated in making someone's life hell, someone that keeps "chasing the prey", that seeks every place the victim goes and slanders and don't let it go etc..
Those are indeed truly evil and should be clipped somehow.

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