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Comment: Re:Not their fault (Score 1) 356

by hey! (#48918827) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Something worth considering. We associate snow with cold, so it's tempting to see more and frequent snowstorms as disproof that the planet is warning. However temperature is only one of the constraints on snow. The other is moisture.

I have lived here in Boston over fifty years, and in the 60s and 70s the December climate was bitterly cold and *bone dry*. In recent decades there has been a marked tendency toward warmer AND wetter Decembers and Januaries, and thus frequent significant snow storms in December (almost unheard of) and January (rare until the 90s).

This storm was particularly intense, and in my town got two feet or more. This has happened on six prior occasions, once in 1888, and five times since 1969.

Comment: Re:Discussion is outdated (Score 1) 478

by jedidiah (#48900113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Also, that bit about anti-Pascal criticisms being outdated or due to the "wrong implementation" pretty much destroys any idea that it would be superior for "cross platform" development. The excuses for those misconceptions show why Pascal would have a hard time being useful for "cross platform" purposes.

What subset of "modern Pascal" do you have to restrict yourself to avoid those "problems".

Comment: Re:Ppl who don't know C++ slamming C++ (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by hey! (#48894501) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

Well it's been many, many years since I've used it, which was back in the late 80s and early 90s. My impression from this time is that C++ is unquestionably a work of genius, but that I didn't particularly like it. Part of that is that we didn't really know how to use it effectively. In that era most object oriented programmers used concrete inheritance way too much. Part of that is due to aspects of what we thought an OO language should have that turned out to add complexity while being only marginally useful in practice (e.g. multiple concrete inheritance and operator overloading).

But in terms of meeting its design goals C++ is a tour de force of ingenuity -- even if some of those goals are questionable by today's standards. The very fact that we know some of those features aren't necessarily ideal is because they were taken out of the realm of academic noodling and put into a practical and highly successful language that could tackle the problems of the day on the hardware of the day. It's hard to overstate the practical impact of C++ on the advancement of both theory and practice of software development.

Any prize for contributions to OO programming pretty that didn't include Stroustrup in its first recipients would be dubious.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 329

by jedidiah (#48894337) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

The idea that the markets for every other concievable consumer product should be turned into the PC upgrade treadmill from the 90s is hardly a selling point.

That bullsh*t isn't even tolerable on PCs now anymore.

People got tired of it. I doubt anyone wants a return of that crap.

Much like the music industry, video needs format churn to fuel unsustainable growth.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 329

by jedidiah (#48894309) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

The industry already has a problem convincing people that they need HD. A lot of people don't have the enthusiast sorts of setups where it would really matter. Or rather, most people don't.

A lot of people are skipping 3D too.

The industry got fat off of a forced technology switch. They were on the gravy train for awhile and don't want to go back. It never occured to them that they were experiencing an unsustainable bubble.

Now they want to throw all sorts of nonsense at us in a desperate attempt to keep the gravy train rolling.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 329

by jedidiah (#48894221) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

4K probably needs a media format to get off the ground. The extra bandwidth required for a 4K broadcast is probably a problem for most cable systems. The extra bandwidth required for streaming will VERY likely be a problem.

Streaming already has to make severe compromises as is.

Although most people probably don't have viewing setups that would benefit from 4K. Many don't have setups that benefit from BD even.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943