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Comment: Here is police opinion (Score 3, Informative) 436

by gatkinso (#48910421) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

From the cited article:

>> “There’s no expectation of privacy” for a vehicle driving on a public road or parked in a public place, said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department in Texas.

Man that must be a real bitch for them.

Comment: Re:Delphi is dead, just accept it. (Score 1) 479

by gatkinso (#48901669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Not much to think about - at one point the Borland tools were head and shoulders better than Microsoft's. Then MS came along and in a classic and well documented debacle, poached all of Borland's talent, copied their tools... ...and gave the world the autistic encephalitic mutant that is MFC.

Comment: Re:Pascal is awesome, but... (Score 1) 479

by gatkinso (#48901637) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

True - the march of science is never ending - and current language design owes much to Pascal.

I guess it would be more precise to ask what is the point of resurrecting an old language that doesn't extend current languages capabilities? One thing about Pascal.... that stuff compiles FAST!

True it would let me recompile all of my undergrad work - all of which I would have to scan/OCR or fat finger in as it is all hard copy. Not sure how the world of CS advanced without access to that corpus of cutting edge work.

Comment: Re:Java is Pascal++ (Score 1) 479

by gatkinso (#48901605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

That stuff was even before my time - but IIRC that was more akin to an interpreter than a VM... this was running on the PDP-11 where I went to college and I only had access to the VAX... so I cannot say for certain. However there **was** what we would these days call a just in time compiler that generated object (or something ?) code (this must be the P-Code you mention) for the interpreter so I will give you points for that as that is definitely Java like.

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