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Comment: Re:Hot Glue Guns (Score 1) 175

by marcosdumay (#48618709) Attached to: 3D Printer?

I do own one...

does it have plastic jams the way we have paper jams? Clogged nozzles? Low "ink" or whatever the consumable is?

Yes, yes, and yes.

Driver problems? Compatibility problems between template any my printer?

Surprinzingly, those are incredibly rare (free software is awesome).

Of course, they only make any economical sense if either you take utility out of just owning one (hobbyst tinkerer) or if you use it to print stuff that isn't mass produced at all.

Comment: Re:Misleading slashdot headline (Score 1) 385

by marcosdumay (#47932313) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Maybe OS kernels are indeed too small nowadays, and we do need some basic services packaged in an integrated suite.

Or maybe it's due time to POSIX to die, and to divide issues differently between kernel and user space.

Anyway, the ascendence of Systemd is clear evidence that the way we organize our software is currently outdated.

Comment: Re:Python is eating Perls lunch (Score 1) 387

by marcosdumay (#47873185) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Python have some problems with I/O being allowed only in ASCII or Unicode on some circunstances, depending on your version. It also has some problems with composing codepoints, lengths, encode translations, and other of that stuff that nobody does right.

Yet, Python has the most comprehensive support for Unicode of any language that I looked out, outside of C/C++. (Beats Perl 5 in any day. I don't know about 6.) It's just that no language has complete support (except for C/C++, that properly ignores the entire issue).

Comment: Re:Infoworld... pass (Score 1) 729

you can give a type to an arbitrary pointer, and do strongly typed enums that way?

Strongly typed... C... Those things do not belong in the same sentence.

The point is probably that there must be some behaviour, and it's better to define it. Thus, they defined. I hightly doubt it has any practical application, besides minimizing the damage in case of some kind of error.

But yeah, it's amusing.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre