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Comment Re:MUMPS, ancient and rarely used (Score 1) 166 166

Epic drives their staff into the ground but they are a pretty cool place to work. They have been moving to a web platform for their front end and use C# so unless you were going to be working as a Technical Services rep you probably would have had an opportunity to do cool stuff on their core developer team rather than work with M (the Tech Services folks do a lot of M programming)

Comment I work with M at work (Score 1) 166 166

At first I thought it was a ridiculous anachronistic language developed by a bunch of IT guys in the 60's that had a poor understanding of even most contemporary ideas of programming languages. now? I think it has it's place. It is very focused on mutli-dimensional arrays and makes manipulating hierarchical data structures very efficient. Another person's Perl code is easier to read but it is efficient for what it does.

Comment Re:In time (Score 1) 591 591

But he clearly said "pay up front for service". Maybe pay up front is strong....how about put a lien on all your own and can dip into your bank account to take money until it is repaid and the debts can not be discharged in bankruptcy.

Maybe if the financial costs were bad enough people would stop being idiots and "choose" to buy insurance.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie