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Comment: Re:We used C in high school (Score 1) 643

by euroq (#48911607) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Holy shit AC.

It's reliable, you never get in the position VB puts you where you can have a working program which you copy over to another identical machine, and suddenly it stops working. Or you where you shut down the computer and come back later, only to suddenly have it suddenly not working.

That never happens with C? Are you kidding me?

C programs are easy to deploy, as opposed to for instance java.

WHAAAAT?

Compiler error messages tend to be pretty concise, readable and comprehensible

OK I've officially been trolled.

Comment: Re:Pascal (Score 1) 643

by euroq (#48911589) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

You know, this perked my interest and I went researching why GOTO is bad. As it turns out, it was a long process. Dijkstra himself made "a case against the goto statement" which was later presented as "goto considered harmful." Donald E. Knuth also made a statement which disagrees with GOTO always being evil.

Dijkstra:

Finally a short story for the record. In 1968, the Communications of the ACM published a text of mine under the title "The goto statement considered harmful", which in later years would be most frequently referenced, regrettably, however, often by authors who had seen no more of it than its title, which became a cornerstone of my fame by becoming a template: we would see all sorts of articles under the title "X considered harmful" for almost any X, including one titled "Dijkstra considered harmful". But what had happened? I had submitted a paper under the title "A case against the goto statement", which, in order to speed up its publication, the editor had changed into a "letter to the Editor", and in the process he had given it a new title of his own invention! The editor was Niklaus Wirth.

Knuth:

I believe that by presenting such a view I am not in fact disagreeing sharply with Dijkstra's ideas, since he recently wrote the following: "Please don't fall into the trap of believing that I am terribly dogmatical about [the go to statement]. I have the uncomfortable feeling that others are making a religion out of it, as if the conceptual problems of programming could be solved by a single trick, by a simple form of coding discipline!"

Comment: Re:Gotta react to the market (Score 1) 382

by euroq (#48902339) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

A a;
a.something;

"something" might be a member. It might be a property. It might be a method with no arguments (which gets called). It might be a function defined outside the class with a special property. It might be any of the above on a member of A, specially defined (subtyping). I will not be surprised to hear I missed something.

How is that simple?

You just described a simplified syntax for doing 5 things. That there is only 1 syntax as opposed to 5 syntaxes makes it simple.

Comment: Re:We deserve this guy (Score 1) 496

by euroq (#48815683) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Complaining about the disproportionate nature of the Senate is just downright silly and ignoring its purpose in the first place.

Oh fuck off. That's like saying "complaining about the electoral college of representatives is downright silly and ignoring its purpose in the first place". There used to be something called State's Rights. It was a big deal. Then there was something called the Civil War. State's Rights hasn't been such a big deal since. And it shouldn't be; 80% of the people in this country couldn't give a fuck about the state in which they were born/live, unlike 200 years ago, when they really did represent more quasi-tribal regions.

The electoral college and "tribal"-based Senate are antiquated and now bad ideas. Unlike the electoral college, which is a uniquely fucked-up American thing, the non-democratic disproportionate representations that exist similar to the Senate does exist in other countries, but it's usually a sign that shit ain't working well (see Lebanon's power sharing president/prime minister/speaker of national assembly based on religion, another type of tribe).

Anyways, complaining about the disproportionate nature of the Senate is correct, and there SHOULD be changes made to it.

Comment: Re:But (Score 1) 640

by euroq (#48814123) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Do you happen to know if said software will return table column divider lines to table widgets? One of my biggest problems with Windows 8 is that anywhere there is a table widget, I can't tell where the divider is between two different columns without moving the mouse around to find where the cursor changes, in order to change the column size.

Comment: Re: How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 420

by euroq (#48703275) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Because .08 is a fucking bullshit number. A breathalyzer is an arbitrary device that does NOT calculate how impaired you are. The amount one can drink before imparidness differs greatly from person to person. .08 is lower than what the medical field established in the 70s. It is low because governments take in LOTS of money from the DUI industry. Therefore, .08 is VERY political.

Comment: Re: How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 420

by euroq (#48703251) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

The bullshit here is that the measurement for ".08" is bullshit. It's calibrated for a 100lb woman and is only meant to "get" as many people as possible. The problem is that you're saying people who have .08 are at a certain impairment, but it's a scam. A complete bullshit scam, that breathalyzers actually can measure impairment impartially and justly.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 420

by euroq (#48703241) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I'm actually OK with the system erring on the side of public safety when picking up drunks as long as the actual convictions require proof that the law was indisputably violated.

This is the same as saying "I'm OK with the death penalty as long as..." In my case, I'm telling you, I had one beer. I am an (almost) anonymous internet poster, and I have no reason to lie. I live in the USA where there are checks and balances. The behemoth system was there to get money, and it got some from me. The large dispute against "We should legislate against those who would harm us" sounds like it's an easy and obvious case, but I'm telling that it fails and it failed 1000% percent in my case. My life would be ruined if you had your way, and God can only help us if you evil scum have your way to lead the USA to the laws of Saudi Arabia.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 420

by euroq (#48686791) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Put some fear of real punishment into the hearts of the people who can't control their drinking and they might be less inclined to try their luck.

As a person who was charged with a DUI after having ONE BEER (I was in no way impaired) when stopped at a roadblock, there are serious problems with your strategy. Many local and state conservative governments like to have things but not pay for them, so they use DUIs as a grossly unjust money-generating source of revenue. Luckily I'm a upper-middle class white man so I was able to buy my way out of it.

It's people like you that ruin people's lives, not me.

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