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Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 2) 66 66

Then why would they blog about it... and then submit an article to Slashdot describing and linking to their own god dam blog.

Because other people like to see it, and it's really cool. Specifically, if you don't like this kind of thing, you shouldn't be on Slashdot. See also this.

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 1) 66 66

When people find skills they are jealous of, they often try to discourage it and cover it up with phrases like:

* Don't you have a life?
* What a nerd
* You have too much time on your hands
* There has GOT to be a better use of your knowledge and skills
* There's something wrong with you

Ignore those critics and do what you want anyway. Your life will be better for it.

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 3, Insightful) 66 66

If only the people who want to take on challenges like this put their skills to something actually useful....... There has GOT to be a better use of your knowledge and skills.

Sometimes people do things for fun........not because they want to please internet critics.

Comment: Re:C++ metaprogramming is just like functional pro (Score 4, Insightful) 66 66

metaprogramming is like functional programming in these senses:

1) Uses lots of recusion
2) Has no variables, only constants. Nothing is mutable.
3) Has functions

Because of 1 and 2, it helps to think in terms of functional programming if you want to do anything substantial.

Comment: Syntax (Score 3, Interesting) 66 66

Once you get over the syntax, C++ metaprogramming is just like functional programming.

No, the syntax is the entire thing wrong with C++ metaprogramming. It clearly wasn't designed for things like this. To clear up any doubt about the syntax, check out this file. In addition the inscrutable error messages (although those have improved over the past decade). If anyone likes template metaprogramming, I suggest they just use LISP.

That said, this project is really cool. Nice hack mattbierner.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 361 361

I feel like there's something wrong with a community when people start having loyalty to the mods. A mod should be there mainly to filter spam, and to a lesser extent trolls. They aren't there to guide the conversation and gain loyalty.

Comment: Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 1) 307 307

Those are lousy reasons to take away someone's freedom. The walled garden hasn't kept malware off devices, and Android has shown you can get all the benefits of the walled garden without giving up the freedom.

There are always more people who will try to take control of your device if they can. We've seen this play out before with Microsoft Palladium....first being a way to ensure you had legal copies of windows, then expanding to mean you could only play media approved by the RIAA/MPAA etc. Fortunately it got dropped back then.

Even in this story we have a story where Apple is censoring software (alternate browsers), making the lives of their users worse.

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin