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Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 142

Say what you will, but perl is very, very good at parsing text.

Yes, it is. Unfortunately, it isn't maintainable the way the vast majority of programmers use it, and to do that you have to give up quite a large set of its features -- the ones that read like Sanskrit or APL. For that reason, I won't allow it to be used for any of our projects. If speed is an issue, we can always drop to c, which can be *both* maintainable *and* faster than Perl or Python. Because our style requirements don't rule out any language features. Just poor style, such as K&R.

For most anything else Python v2.latest is the obvious choice. Unless you need backwards compatibility (older OS envs), and then Python.notcurrent is the choice.

Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 142

Like I said. Viable.

I used REXX too, BTW. On the Amiga (which would be William S. Hawes's AREXX, of course.) The Amiga OS was the only OS where Rexx was properly integrated, IMO, along with a decent range of applications with ARexx ports you could use. It certainly isn't in Windows or Linux. Don't know about OS2, never dipped a toe in that.

I built an ARexx interface into our Imagemaster application when ARexx first came out, and every Amiga application we did thereafter (my company was one of the most broadly known, and easily one of the most profitable doing software for the Amiga -- small team, great products, proper compensation, great tech support, and only one competitor who was always playing catch-up (ASDG Inc.)), you could do just about anything you could think of with it high-level IPC the way it should be done, and doesn't seem to have been done since then. A real shame. Oh, and as a current OS X user, Apple-script is a horrific, broken kluge by comparison. Again, a real shame.

But viable beyond that... not really. Perl was what the powers that be always seemed to insist on, and Rexx simply didn't have the string handling chops that Perl did, so arguing always pretty much foundered on that point alone.

Today, we have Python, and Perl is not a viable choice in comparison. The only reason to choose Perl now is if you can't, or refuse to, learn a better way. Although there certainly is a lot of that, lol.

Comment Re:Were you endangered? (Score 1) 191

New York is where both engines of USAir flight were hit by soft bodied geese weighing less than 20 pounds each and forced the plane to crash land in the Hudson river. The drones have hard metal parts and hard plastic. They would do far more damage to the plane.

As this is an obvious design flaw in the plane with or without drones, perhaps the FAA should consider mandating suitable filters on the engine intakes for commercial planes, instead of trying to ban anything that might cross a plane's path.

Comment Re: Not the total cost! (Score 1) 264

Pumped storage is a superb energy storage system for short interval use. But it doesn't replace standby generation requirements, as it can't sequester enough water to last very long (and remember, it's not a generator, you need sufficient capacity to fill it while also covering normal consumption as well.)

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 264

Yes, and you were given what was needed.For anything else, contact Ethan Zindler at Bloomberg Energy and they will sell you the raw data since that is what they do. And considering that energy companies are putting in more wind and solar, I would say that it is indicative that Bloomberg is accurate.

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus