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Comment: Re: Perl (Score 1) 532

Agreed, which is why I get really annoyed with Python bigots. My main exposures to python have been trash piles like Anaconda and cowboy crap that is seven layers of libraries to implement and process check that has such poor syntax that it can't even fail, no matter how screwed the process.

I've seen incomprehensible junk written in tcl, bash, java, javascript, c, c++, visual basic, fortran, cobol, basic and assembler, most often written by "experienced" coders who think comments and structure are anathema and risky to their job security.

Give me "unsophisticated" and/or heavily commented code, thank you.

Personally I can write legible perl, but with vbscript you have the choice of putting 'on error resume next' at the beginning and hoping for the best, or a crapload of error handling code for every function turning a fairly simple program into a steaming pile of spaghetti with shitballs. I am sooooo thankful that Powershell against all odds happened to escape from Microsoft Labs (AKA Where Good Ideas Go To Die) giving us a proper native scripting environment for Windows.

Comment: Re:640KB ought to be enough for anyone (Score 2) 198

by jd2112 (#47345745) Attached to: Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

It seems that for a long time (say, up to 90s or 00s) it was believed that Gates said that 640KB thing. Then people did some research and didn't find any solid evidence of him saying that. So for some years people were reminded that "Gates never actually said that". But during the recent 5 years or so, talks about it being true after all have been coming back. I personally haven't followed the research much to know what's the current opinion. Hmm.

At the time he is alleged to have made that statement, most versions of the then-dominant desktop OS, CP/M, were limited to a maximum of 64 KB. Weather or not he actually made that statement, at the time it would have been true.

Comment: Re:maybe not sex toys (Score 1) 126

by jd2112 (#47330301) Attached to: Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

How about something that can read an IR sensor such that: 1. approach woman at bar, place phone on bar next to drink 2. phone takes baseline body temps of said woman 3. chat with woman for 5 minutes 4. phone takes update body temps to see where the blood is flowing 5. pick up phone and get 1 to 10 scale on how "excited" the woman was with me could work on men too just have to look for different "hot spots"

Easy, when started just print "1".

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 83

by jd2112 (#47312437) Attached to: What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

If you think that there isn't a file somewhere in the depths of the Manned Flight Operations Manual (or whatever idiot acronym that NASA gives it) detailing exactly what you are supposed to do with a dead body, you're crazy.

They've thought of things you haven't thought of to think of.

Death is a pretty obvious one.

Ground Control to Major Tom,
Your circuit's dead. Is something wrong?
Can you hear me Major Tom?
Can you hear me Major Tom?

The person who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.