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Comment Re:How is this news for nerds (Score 1) 320

Thats BS. I was refugee at one point, and at that moment, when I had to left everything I had and knew, obviously I chose rather prosper and rich european country. You need to learn language and start over, so it is good idea not to choose country that your children will have to escape from like you did.

Comment Re:Not Totalitarian (Score 5, Interesting) 75

Actually, I lived in then Yugoslavia, and we actually thought that both USSR and US (for handling of black people, supporting juntas everywhere) are "weirdo" countries on radical political corners, and we are normal people in the middle of the road. Now, with all info I have, I still think that was pretty accurate description of what was going on. Calling Yugoslavia "dictatorship" or even "totalitarian" is laughable for people who lived there.

Comment Packages = Win (Score 2) 382

Also, one of the main double-plus-good stuff in Java is concept of packages and jars. Anyone dealing with header files and libs (not to mention issues when libs are created by different compilers on different platforms) will know what I am talking about. If C++ in next iteration copy this concept and ditch header files, it will be greatest improvement in C++ ever.

Comment Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 2) 382

For each one of you wanting operator overloading, there are 1000 other programmers dealing with large legacy codebases, happy Java DO NOT support operator overloading, functions outside classes, classes placed in different directory then they supposed to be, generics to the point of Obfuscated Code Contest everywhere, all the time.

Comment Not Hard To Imagine (Score 3, Interesting) 172

If you accept this universe is simply mathematical function, weirdnes goes away. Function, that is itself probably intersection of multiple functions, some of them being evaluated backwards of what we percieve as "time", therefore creating weird effects in our perceived direction of time. Actually, laws of physics in not all that interesting to me (beyond some level), because physics is going after "particles" and "forces" that happen to be in this function, describing this universe. There is infinite number of other configuration. Function y = sin(x) exists just like our universe, so does set of integer numbers or PI.

If "universe" is locally predictable in one direction (which becomes "axis of time"), then self-replicating features (life) can emerge. In the case of our universe, there is atomic/molecular level complex and yet locally perfectly predictable, that enabled (under "perfect circumstances"?) life forms. atomic/molecular level isolates low level quantum weirdness. After all, life doesn't care if this function is predictable at ALL levels, molecular level is enough, and it happens to be good for many other reasons. There is so many random things needed for universe to sustain life, that probably insignificantly small portion of functions has any self-replicating (living) features, let alone intelligent.

Why should I be surprised by weirdness of quantum world then? It never needed to be predictable in our direction of time.

Comment EU rules? (Score 2) 392

I think it would increasingly create problems with EU legislation not to have USB port on telephone (AFAIK, so far they are circumventing this using adaptor, which is risky move with regulators). And USB-C is finally "good enough" for them not to push too hard on this, for banning iPhone in EU altogether would be a nightmare for them.

Without life, Biology itself would be impossible.