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Comment: It's all part of the revisionist history plan (Score 1) 386

by KlomDark (#49726603) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

The end game here is to phase out cursive entirely, then a couple generations down the road, nobody can read it, and thus the US Constitution (written in cursive) will be meaningless gibberish to the common man, and then "they" can tell them what it actually "says" with their own injected bias.

Next up, a cashless society...

Comment: Re: PowerShell is yucky yucky yucky! (Score 1) 265

by KlomDark (#49641315) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

Oh yah, bitch cause the Windows of old was insecure. Then bitch when they add security to the system. What you are disabling is a security setting that completely disables some things unless you specifically enable them. Not broken, it's called enabling a feature that isn't used on a standard user's machine.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 4, Informative) 342

Close to where I live are large intertidal mudflats. Every other summer some tourist drives a brand new four by four out there and gets stuck. And then, of course, the tide comes in. When the vehicles are recovered two or three tides later, they are insurance write-offs - the electrics, interior, and engine are all beyond repair.

You do not want to immerse something complex and expensive in salt water unless you really, really have to.

Comment: Re:Landing vs splashdown (Score 2) 342

Remember: seawater ruins everything.

One of those occasions where I wish I had mod points but don't. Mod the parent post up!

Seawater is extremely corrosive. Engineering the rocket engine to survive sudden immersion in seawater when very hot would add a great deal to the complexity and cost (and probably weight). And that's before you add the cost of engineering the rest of the vehicle to resist corrosion.

Comment: Flexibility, rich literature, deep culture (Score 1) 626

The reason English is is widely spoken around the world is not just that England had a long period of aggressive expansionism. It's also because English is an extremely flexible and expressive language, with a rich literature - literally millions of texts, many tens of thousands of which are fine works of art. Of course, this is true of many other well-established natural languages, from Farsi to Mandarin. But it isn't, and cannot be, true of any new artificial language.

I'd guess it would take any artificial language at least a thousand years of hard use by millions of people before it could become a contender to supplant a natural language, and by that time it would have mutated into a natural language.

Comment: Re:Stack Overflow? (Score 1) 428

by Simon Brooke (#49427829) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

I turn 60 this year. And your problem is?

Either you're good at your job (and if you've been doing it for twenty-five+ years you almost certainly are), or you're not. If you're good and experienced, you won't have any troubled getting an interesting job at a high salary. In my present employment, I was specifically recruited to mentor (and teach software engineering discipline to) a group of good but inexperienced junior developers.

When I was starting out in this game, thirty years ago, the person who fulfilled the role I now have in the team I was then working in was Chris Burton, who, as an apprentice, worked on the build of the Manchester Mark One, and who (after his retirement) led the rebuild of it. He was one of the best software people I've ever worked with, and he was already in his sixties when I met him.

"To take a significant step forward, you must make a series of finite improvements." -- Donald J. Atwood, General Motors