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Comment: Re: It's stupid (Score 1) 159

The STL was a special case. I will never understand why it took so long for the big vendors to stop using wonky, novel, non-compliant implementations of the STL. The worst offenders where VC++ and IBM's VisualAge, neither of which even bothered to get the string class right. The closest I could get to compliance before I started Linux development was using SGI's implementation on a Borland compiler.

In all my years as a Windows C++ dev, I was never allowed to use the STL because the chances of hidden library changes affecting otherwise dormant code was too great. Old code should be low-risk, and you have to choose your libraries accordingly.

Comment: And why not? (Score 4, Insightful) 202

Considering that nuclear power is the safest form of power the world has ever known, I'd say it's worthy of recognition for offsetting carbon more than anything else. To borrow a phrase, "It's the energy density, stupid."

There's a reason why China has 30 nuclear plants under construction, while the US just approved its first new plant in 30 years.

Comment: Re:Socialism (Score 2) 114

See, that's a serious image problem right there. Since absolutely no self-described socialist or communist government in the world is considered "true" socialism or communism by those philosophy's respective defenders (who then go on to praise "socialist" European nations that are, in fact, simply capitalism plus robust welfare), it leads the rest of us to believe that those philosophies are simply impossible to implement in reality.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 199

by halivar (#49348331) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Man, all you did was throw red meat to the dogs. Customer service departments exist because all your most well-intentioned communication can do give angry people a chance to exact revenge for your company's perceived slights against them by attacking you. At long last, someone they can blame. You really need to let your customer service dept. handle this.

Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 199

by halivar (#49347647) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

FWIW, the Magic Mouse is two button (errr... two touch?) and swipable not just up and down (for scrolling), but side to side also (does not, however, support the three-finger swipe of the Magic Pad). It's weird; I didn't like it at first (predominantly PC user), but after a while I really, really dug it and wish I had something like it for the PC.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields