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Comment Absolutely not! (Score 1) 118

I haven't watched TV since the 90s but I often watch TV series over streaming -- and I'm pretty sure I have not come across any series about programming. Not a single one. :( The closest to it was IT crowd, which was admittedly great but only entertainment.

Anyway, perhaps I'd start watching TV again if there were more series about programming. I'd also like to see good TV tutorials on combinatorics, but that might just be my personal preference. I suppose I'd need to purchase some sort of antenna first, though.

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 250

There's gonna be software, and it'll fit together like KACHUNG!
Then stuff will flow through it all and be like woooosh! Then there'll be a result and one guy will own it all and be stood there with his hair waiving in the wind, and babes will be all like He's so awesome!

Goddammit, you just stole my business plan!!!! How did you get through the 7 firewalls into my Gibson server??

Comment Re:Core code in C/C++. UI code in Obj-C, Swift, Ja (Score 1) 83

Modern languages with runtimes like Java, C# (and presumably Swift when it gets its act together) can actually be *faster* than C/C++ in some cases because they have more optimization information at runtime than exists statically at compile time.

They can but in fact they aren't. Performance must always be measured.

No matter of wishful thinking will change the fact that the C and C++ implementations gcc and icc are generally faster than implementations of other current languages (mostly due to smart compiler optimizations) except that Fortran tends to be faster than C for numerical stuff and GNAT Ada can sometimes beat C++ and even C or at least be on a par with it. I'm not saying that there are no occasional outliers or that speed is everything (often, it is not needed, of course) but the data is out there and it is easy to write some tests on your own.

Comment Re:red / REBOL (Score 1) 428

Curiously, it got no recognition? Hm, perhaps rightly so...

Only the core language was free and they tried to sell all kinds of extensions, it was a weird commercial enterprise with all kinds of snake oil claims. Moreover, REBOL programs are about as readable and hard to maintain as Forth programs. In fact, it comes across as nothing more than Forth with some syntactic sugar on top. Perhaps I'm wrong about that, but that's the impression the language made, and the additional and frankly quite annoying language advocacy didn't make it appear any better.

Comment Re:I would hardly call R obscure. (Score 1) 428

Picolisp is kind of obscure but awesome if you've got the time to get into it. The most obscure language I know and have actually used in the past is probably Powermops, though. But it's not really obscure either, just another object-oriented Forth.

Thinking about, I don't think I know any language that is more obscure than C++...

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 726

People sometimes forget that Hitler was elected, and this election was (among other factors) possible because Nazis were spreading hate speech and violence directly on the streets. Once a certain amount of terror and propaganda is reached, you can stage almost any coup.For this reason Germany is a modern democracy that was designed deliberately with the failure of the Weimarer Republic in mind. One of the many concepts to correct this mistake is that democracy in Germany can defend itself. One of the built-in defense mechanisms is that the German high court can prohibit parties. Another built-in defense mechanisms is that hate speech can be restricted in order to make certain forms of propaganda less effective. The sharing of power is also much more elaborate in the German constitution than in older democracies.

By the way, if a totalitarian government would somehow grasp power in Germany and abolish certain parts of the constitution, then the new constitution would be void and every citizen would have a right to fight this new government. This right is in a sense more radical than the US right of bearing arms in a militia, but clearly influenced by it.

To cut a long story short, whatever you think of those speech restrictions in the end, they have not been put into place without thought.

Comment Re: Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 1) 726

WTF are you talking about? Germany was never great under Hitler for anyone! He deliberately steered the country into a two-front war that the country could never win and left it in ruins. Hitler was directly responsible for the death of over 80 million people, including around 1.5-3 civilian German casualties and around 5 million German military casualties.

Or did you mean to say "Germany was great under Hitler between 1933 to 1939 for his followers except that most of them died right aftwards"? (Not that I'd care for Nazis, just wanted to clarify that it certainly wasn't great from them either ...)

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton