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Comment: Re:harmful constructs (Score 1) 159

by kybred (#45420179) Attached to: Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

For some reason, I always hate it when people choose an explicit

if (boolean == true)

rather than just

if (boolean)

I'm glad those people have to hunt for extra bugs ;)

Absolutely! If you give the boolean variable a good name it makes the code read logically:

if (thing_is_valid)

Comment: VMS VERSION 4.1: (An official DEC memo) (Score 2) 238

by kybred (#43969749) Attached to: HP Discontinue OpenVMS

VMS VERSION 4.1: (An official DEC memo)

Please stop submitting SPR's. This is our system. We designed it,
we build it, and we use it more than you do. If there are some
features you think might be missing, if the system isn't as
effective as you think it could be, TOUGH. Give it back, we don't
need you. See figure 1.

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                                                        Figure 1.

Forget about your silly problems, let's take a look at some of the
features of the VMS operating system.

1) Options. We've got lots of them. So many in fact, that you need
      two strong people to carry the documentation around. So many
      that it will be a cold day in hell before half of them are used.
      So many that you are probably not going to do your work right
      anyway. However, the number of options isn't all that important,
      because we picked some interesting values for the options and
      called them...

2) Defaults. We put a lot of thought into our defaults. We like
      them. If we didn't, we would have made something else be the
      default. So keep your cotten-picking hands off our defaults.
      Don't touch. Consider them mandatory. "Mandatory defaults" has
      a nice ring to it. Change them and your system crashes, tough.
      See figure 1.

3) Language Processors. They work just fine. They take in source,
      and often produce object files as a reward for your efforts. You
      don't like the code? Too bad! You can even try to call
      operating system services from them. For any that you can't, use
      the assembler like we do. We spoke to the language processor
      developers about this, they think a lot like we do. They said
      "See figure 1.".

4) Debuggers. We've got debuggers, one we support and one we use.
      You shouldn't make mistakes anyway, it is a waste of time. We
      don't want to hear anything about debuggers, we're not
      interested. See figure 1.

5) Error logging. Ignore it. Why give yourself an ulcer? You don't
      want to give us the machine to get the problem fixed and we probably
      can't do it anyway. Oh, and if something breaks between 17:00 and
      18:00 or 9:30 and 10:30 or 11:30 and 13:30 or 14:30 and 15:30 don't
      waste your time calling us, we're out. See figure 1.

6) Command Language. We designed it ourselves, it's perfect. We
      like it so much we put our name on it, DCL - Digital's Command
      Language. In fact we're so happy with it, we designed it once
      for each of our operating systems. We even try to keep it the
      same from release to release, sometimes we blow it though. See
      figure 1.

7) Real Time Performance. We got it. Who else could have done such
      a good job? So the system seems sluggish with all those priority
      18 processes, no problem, just make them priority one. Anyway,
      realtime isn't important anymore like it used to be. We changed
      our groups name to get rid of the word realtime, we told all our
      realtime users to see figure 1 a long time ago.

In conclusion, stuff your SPR. Love VMS or leave it, but DON'T complain.

R.I.P. Malcolm

Comment: GSM allows 5 emergency call codes (Score 3, Informative) 354

by kybred (#42273237) Attached to: ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?
Per the 3GPP specs for GSM, the SIM has an item for Emergency Call Codes (EFecc) that can contain up to 5 call codes, each up to 3 digits. If any of these codes is dialed the phone will put the call through as an emergency call. This is to allow for localization of the emergency numbers. Since in a mobile, you enter the entire number to be called then hit SEND (or the equivalent), the switch doesn't have to decide how to route your call as you are dialing it, like is done for landlines.

I think the mobile phones are the easy part, the hard part will be the 'other devices' which presumably will include landlines.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS