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Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 507

by flargleblarg (#47753609) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

[...] Java was only sold as a silver bullet for portability, not speed, not efficiency, not scalability, but solely for it's ability to be shifted from one vendor's platform to another's.

Your memory is partially correct. What it was actually touted as was:

“Java: A simple, object-oriented, network-savvy, interpreted, robust, secure, architecture neutral, portable, high-performance, multithreaded, dynamic language.”

Comment: Re:Still... (Score 1) 192

by flargleblarg (#47706219) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

Using 0b is dumb. They should of used a letter that isn't in hex, say 0z1101.

There's nothing dumb about it at all. First of all, the prefix 0b cannot be confused with a hex digit because you need the prefix 0x to get hex.

Secondly, if you're concerned about b looking like a hex digit, well, there's your problem. Lowercase hex digits are the devil's work. Always write hex digits using uppercase letters, as $DEITY intended.

Finally, what the hell is the z supposed to stand for in 0z?

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 239

And that is why autonomous cars will NEVER be programmed with a "choice" to hit person X in order to avoid hitting person A.

I completely, totally, utterly, and vehemently disagree with you on that.

Given a choice, I think autonomous cars at some point WILL be programmed with such a choice. For example, hitting an elderly person in order to avoid hitting a small child.

Comment: Re:Review (bad, boring) (Score 1) 91

And the ship just happened to have enough fuel to change its course and make its way to a some star instead of wherver it was going? In a time-frame short enough that the human brain inside the robot didn't die? Doesn't seem likely to me. Also, that fireball that was supposed to be a sun exploding was pretty unrealistic. I mean, a sun doesn't look like a fireball, and a supernova explodes pretty much instantaneously from your ship's point of view. It's doesn't gradually expand like that. You get hit by it expoloding and you're gone. There's no pretty fireball.

Comment: Re:Is this really the biggest problem? (Score 1) 316

by flargleblarg (#47617653) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

C forcing you to interrupt the flow of typing by reaching for the shift key on identifiers, whether you use camel case or underscores. Although I still remember the magnificent ADM-3A, where underscore was a gorgeous UNSHIFTED keystroke.

That's your keyboard's fault, not C's.

And just one's own laziness. I mean, if someone has a disability that makes using the shift key difficult (for example, you only have one good hand, or you are looking at pr0n while writing code), then I sympathize. But if they have no such disability, then they're just lazy. It's not that difficult to type an underscore character.

Comment: Re: where's the money?! (Score 1) 213

by flargleblarg (#47589675) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
If you say some person's weight is 400 pounds, and it's pointed out to you that no, their weight is in fact only 208 pounds, and you try to argue that 400 was "close" to 208, then you probably would only have about 1 person in a million agreeing with you. A factor of 2 is not "close", and a factor of 10 is not even remotely close. I think you're confusing logarithmic closeness with geometric closeness.

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