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Iowa was getting nearly 30% of their power from wind energy two years ago, already.
I'm sorry. This is Slashdot so we'll be needing a car analogy.
Eating slowly helps with putting down the knife and fork while some of the calories are still on the plate.
Software update is software to call it to you when it calculates that you will not be able to make it to your destination.
I mean, as long as we're all speculating I may as well throw in my prognostication.
Slashdot. Seriously? The Post button is all but completely hidden and elements are randomly overlaying other elements. Sigs are on top of the reply links. "You may like to read links" overlay the "voting on submissions" text. Buttons appear and disappear as you hover over them. Everything just has a smashed-together feel.
Is it really so very, very hard to just leave things alone?
Interestingly, that is exactly the situation the article describes as ideal for hiring an agent: developers who want short-term contracts.
It goes on to say that a regular recruiter might be the best route for someone looking for a permanent position.
It's not 120 times. It's 120 orders of magnitude or 1,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
(the spaces are to get past the lameness filter)
Touché. I guess I wasn't clear. #define lets you change which symbol you use to enclose code blocks. But when you said your language should give you a choice, I thought you meant "a choice between using indentation and using block enclosing symbols."
Wait... You work in a language that gives you a choice of how to enclose code blocks? What language is that?
multi-line anonymous functions for the pedantic. A lambda function is usually referred to as "a lambda" in my circles.
I started with BASIC on a TRS-80 myself. I am convinced it gave me a certain level of brain damage that took years to remove. On the TRS-80, everything interesting (graphics, sound) had to be done by poking into memory anyways, so it's not like BASIC gave me any powerful constructs to do those things. Mostly it got in the way. Honestly, C would have been better.
But that's besides the point. I agree with you that C is a bad language for a beginner these days, but for the reasons you cited, not the ones in the summary. Specifically, because it is boring, not because it is "complex".
That doesn't make Visual Basic the right choice.
I use Python every day and I love it, but he may have a point about variable declaration. Statically typed languages are important to learn about.
I do find it hard to imagine what other constructs he is teaching his beginners that cannot be done in Python. Anonymous functions, maybe? Does VB do that yet? It didn't when I last used it. Tail-end recursion? I don't think VB does that either.
But with so many languages to choose from, VB seems like it would be way down on the list.
I also disagree about C being "incredibly complex for a beginner". I found C to be very easy to grasp and very good at exposing what the computer is actually doing under the hood. I would agree that programming C well is complex (and also time-consuming), but that is because it is simple, not because it is complex.
Volcker kept ratcheting up interest rates to stop inflation and it wasn't working because while it brought down demand, it also brought down productivity because it became more and more expensive to borrow for capital investment. Reagan's policies were designed to combat the problem of low productivity. An increase in payroll taxes also served to dampen demand which also helped reduce inflation. I still contend that these were the right policy decisions at the time.
Reagan is not to blame for the fact that later Republican politicians (and constituencies) refused to change course when the economic situation changed.
The mid to late 70's was NOT prosperous for the middle class. Interest rates were nearly 20% and inflation was huge as well. The US was suffering simultaneously from low productivity and high inflation. Reagan's solution was to boost productivity by cutting taxes and regulation. And, while it took a couple of years, it worked.
Yes, this led to a situation ripe for growing inequality, but the real problem is that self-described "conservatives" think that since Reagan's recipe for fighting "stagflation" worked once, it is the solution to every economic problem which it is not. Today the US (along with most of the world) is dealing with unhealthily LOW interest rates and inflation. Large businesses are sitting on giant piles of cash while many households have unhealthy levels of debt. Yet the so-called "conservatives" want to fight our problems with "Reaganomics" instead of developing new solutions that fit today's problems.