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Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 291

by hugetoon (#49056423) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Sorry for the infamous car metaphor but I think, for once it is appropriate.

By Your logic, in the beginning of automotive era (let's say around 1900) one could have said "most people aren't fit to drive a car". And in fact this sentence was most certainly true then given what the experience of driving one was.

But now in some countries lack of driving license is a sentence to a miserable live (compared to other representatives of the same society).

Could it be that today programming tools just aren't mature enough?

OTOH one could argue that if we need to improve coding experience as much as the driving experience has improved in a century then it would not be coding anymore.

Well, maybe, but then, in order to make it happen a critical mass of users is required and that will be achieved by rising more coders.

Comment: Re:Integrated this, integrated that (Score 4, Insightful) 840

I second that and would also emphase that many gadgets are made unfixable on purpose: glued in such a way that they would break if You try to open them, outside screws with non conventional head types. These are not cost reduction measures but rather anti-tamper protections.

Comment: Re:Original ethnics groups ... (Score 1) 522

by hugetoon (#46997267) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Then You might be interested in investigating the history of this region : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

My point is: Russian speaking people of east Ukraine have graves of their grand-parents on this land.
Abolishing their language and telling them to leave if they are not happy about that seem a tad excessive so there is no surprise that they decided to fight for their independence from Kiev.

Comment: Re:FWIW, the Regex Golf game (Score 1) 172

by hugetoon (#45938785) Attached to: Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig

Yep, lots of fun, thank You.

Got 3912 but I'm really confused by the "Alphabetical" level , I could craft a regex to discriminate both set that scores at 262, however I suppose it is considered cheating since I do not implement any underlying "principle" here because I cant recognize it. Any clues of what was the intent of this level?

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.

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