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Comment: Re:If I use an IDE, does it mean I'm a bad program (Score 1) 432

by serviscope_minor (#49754923) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

You really are an incompetent. Your entire argument is based on a misquote.


Do you deny you actually said precisely this:

No, using an IDE means you are a productive programmer

Because the meaning is entirely clear. I like how you have now admitted that you've lost (by claiming I've "misquoted" you even though the quote is entirely clear). Well done. Nice to see you admit defeat with honour and good grace.

Comment: Re:The Betrayal (Score 1) 360

by tylikcat (#49754509) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

A research student was just by talking to members of our lab, and this is pretty much the argument I made. (And I wasn't making a Java bashing session, I was making a joke, though the two are not mutually exclusive.)

I'm not fond of Java, but it's a perfectly serviceable language and I'm not against writing code in it. I think I'm a little suspicious of the instructional language model, just because my observation has been that for most people it's around language three that they start realizing that learning new programming languages isn't hard and that it's not the language per se that's important. (I really realized this when I heard that Python was being widely adopted. I actively like Python - and I'm really dubious about it being a useful instructional language in a classroom setting. Even though I have run a Python club at times.)

Comment: Re:The Betrayal (Score 1) 360

by tylikcat (#49754417) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Mm, yes and no.

The U of WA was my home institution - but it was also where my father taught, and I didn't take my degree in CS. Partially because so many people had known me since I was cutting my teeth on the department machines when I was five, partly because I wasn't super keen on the curriculum... and I had other interests as well. But then it was the the mid-nineties, and my fiance wasn't big on following me around the world, and so I acquiesced to my destiny and became backend server girl at Microsoft. (Until I was the right combination of vested and bored that I returned to research. I'm now doing Neurobiology, via Computational Biochemistry, which is less profitable but awfully entertaining.) ...but there were courses I would have taken were not Ada a prerequisite.

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Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 240

You are specifying an entirely arbitrary condition.

The link I gave you gives sources for the predictions and sources for the data. The earliest prediction was made in 1990. The data is from 2013.

It's pretty hilarious that in order to "prove" that you are right, you have to impose arbitrary conditions that are of no relation to the topic and then jump up and down squealing about how those conditions haven't been met.

So far the only thing you've proven is that you're not interested in the truth. But since you're intent on digging a huge hole for yourself.


There's the first of the pair of links.

You now have two links, one from 1990 and one from 2013. The 1990 link has predictions of future temperature, the latter has measurements. The measurements lie within the predicted error.

Since this is obviously an emotional point for you and not a rational one, I look forwards for you rationalising reasons why thos doesn't count for some reason.

Comment: Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 0) 360

by roman_mir (#49752831) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

- No operator overloading.

- good.

- Type erasure for generics

- good.

- Lack of first class functions.

- good

- Lack of properties.

- irrelevant.

In fact the syntactic sugar added starting with Java 5 is mostly bad. Generics - bad, horrible code. 'for (blah: type)' - bad, no Iterator access. Autoboxing - horrible, gigantic mistake, etc.

But what do I know, I just end up releasing one working project after another by hiring novices and training them in a month to a level they become to projects.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 240

I'd be happy to - could you post any? Being as "intellectually honest" as you are?

I don't know why you put "intellectually honest" in quotes. I suspect you're accusing me of dishonesty because for some reason pointing out blatant flaws in your reasoning is dishonest.

Well, it's easier to attack the person than it is to attack the argument.

So, since you're happy to be intellectually honest will you go ahead and retract all your claims measured against media pundits rather than scientists?

If you want predictions by actual scientists, you should look at some actual scientific papers or reports.

Of course this is all moving the goal posts, which is another intellectually dishonest tactic. Nonetheless, I'll play ball.


Go to Figure 1.4.

You can see predictions from 1990, 1996 and if you like more recent plotted alongside the actual temperature measurements. As you will see, the predictions match the observations.

Comment: Re:How could you protect against this? (Score 2) 162

The search results thing is not the right to be forgotten. Some stupid journalists got confused and called it that, but that was actually just existing data protection rules dating back to the mid 90s.

The right to be forgotten is still being looked at, but basically will allow EU citizens to require companies to delete data supplied by them (accounts, uploaded photos etc.) on request. The data must really be deleted, not just marked as dormant or whatever.

Comment: Re:How could you protect against this? (Score 2) 162

You could do things like splitting email addresses off into a different database on a different server and just keeping a hash in the main one, but it's only mm marginally better. Basically you can't be both secure and provide this kind of service.

As well as the terrible male to female ratio (16:1) the other big issue here is that deleted accounts were not really deleted. The European Right to be Forgotten is designed to force companies operating in the EU to really delete accounts, and this illustrates why it is needed.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 2) 240

predictions made over these years by the "alarmists"

Wow, score 1 for intellectual dishonesty. How about you look at the predictions made by the scientists rather than random pundits in the media. You don't expect the media to accurately report tech news, so the fact that you refer to predictions from "alarmists" rather than scientists implies that you are intentionally going for bad reporting rather than trying to find out what is actually going to happen.

Comment: Re:The Betrayal (Score 3, Interesting) 360

by tylikcat (#49749947) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

*grin* I weirdly managed to completely miss Pascal. Cut my teeth on Fortran* because it was what my father's grad students were using - though I then picked up Modula2, out of a book written in German, which I didn't speak because my father was convinced it was the Next Big Thing and figured if I learned it I could teach him (thanks, Dad). My undergrad institution was all about Ada ridiculously late, though... Picked up C++ at the beginning of my professional life, back in the mid-nineties, though these days I use more Python than anything else. I've written my share of Java. It wasn't horrible, I was more amazed that it kept being kind of subliminally annoying without being downright awful.

* Which keeps still being relevant - okay, I'm in the sciences now - though I often deny knowing it. I think I took it off my resume in '96.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins