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Comment: Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (Score 1) 373

by exploder (#46582821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Saved me from writing the same thing. The GPS code I've seen, written by engineers and not programmers, was an incredibly hacked-together, barely-functional set of kludges to implement a lot of very elegant mathematics.

Yeah. If you want elegance, you should probably just go straight to the math. As soon as you put it into a computer with its pesky limitations of finite time and space, elegance goes right out the window.

Comment: Re:GPS? Are you kidding? (Score 5, Funny) 373

by exploder (#46582805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

As someone who got lost somewhere deep in a single sentence (which consumed three whole screen-width lines) that spent nearly 100 words on a dependent clause (which itself contained two parenthetical clauses) before even getting to the subject (I was starting to wonder if there would be one at all) I question the value of your comments on the topic of elegance...

Comment: Re:Please.... (Score 1) 321

by exploder (#46474113) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

You kept the "N hours" but conveniently forgot the "just keeping them entertained" part. Hooray for honest discourse!

Look here: I spend N hours already keeping him fed, sheltered, healthy, and educated. I also have my own responsibilities related to and financially supporting those. If I have a few hours left over, do I want to spend them watching over his shoulder while he plays PokeSmurfVillage or whatever game he's into this week? Fuck no. But I guess that makes me an incompetent parent. Right?

Parenting is a whole lot more than supervising your children while they play. There, you learned something today. You're welcome.

Comment: Re:Please.... (Score 2) 321

by exploder (#46473999) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

To begin with, the justice system should be based entirely on rehabilitation, not punishment, so it's our "Tough On Crime" mentality that causes these problems in the first place. So we should be tailoring it to the individuals, anyway. I care more about real justice than anything else.

Well, this is where I bow out. I agree entirely that rehabilitation is more worthwhile, but less emphasized (at least in the US, where I live) than retribution. But if we're beginning the discussion with a complete overhaul of the entire criminal justice system, then I think I'll sit out. I came here to talk about Google's payment authorization scheme.

Have a good day.

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