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Comment: Technical Barbarians (Score 1) 264

by haapi (#46899615) Attached to: An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

[Nazi architect and politician] Albert Speer said he regretted most that he grew up with a technical education only, in architecture and engineering. He learned little of the liberal arts and humanities, and nothing of philosophy.

"It was this lopsided education that made it so easy for many of us to fall under the spell of Nazism," he said. "We were technical barbarians, who did a fine job, but never inquired about the purpose, or the ultimate results.

Comment: Re:Oh for crying out loud (Score 2, Informative) 325

by haapi (#44970915) Attached to: Google's Scanning of Gmail To Deliver Ads May Violate Federal Wiretap Laws

To amplify, with Gmail, we [non-business] consumers are not Google's customers, we Google's product.
Perhaps Google can make this clearer what we are 'paying' Google in order to get our storage and mail services, but it was never a mystery to me.

If God forks the Universe every time you roll a die, he'd better have created a damned large process table.

Comment: Rather, compare JVM to CLR (Score 1) 319

by haapi (#44060627) Attached to: Java API and Microsoft's<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET API: a Comparison

In recent posts about implementing languages like Clojure over .NET's virtual machine (and why those projects tend to atrophy and die), the point was made that C# has a very good compiler, so the VM running underneath need not be as powerful as compared to what the JVM offers.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.