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Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 1) 374

by techno-vampire (#49787079) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping
Kids are forced to pay for aged baby boomers who didn't save their money to pay doctors to guess at extending their lives another month or two. Old people are gonna die, don't make kids pay for doctors who can't change that.

I'm a retired boomer, and a 'Nam vet. I get all of my medical care from the VA, meaning that some of what you pay in taxes goes to keeping people like me alive. If you feel so strongly about not paying for other people's medical expenses, I'd be glad to have you exempted from having your taxes used this way, provided only that you also accept the fact that when you retire, you won't be eligible for Medicare, Obamacare or any other government assistance program other than Social Security and that only because you've probably spent your working life paying into the system. And no, I didn't vote for BO, I voted against him; twice.

Comment: Re:Trolls serve a purpose. (Score 1) 77

by techno-vampire (#49780465) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll
First off I think all Intellectual monopoly will go away in the next few decades because it will prove to be unworkable.

Just a few seconds of research told me that patents have been in use for 565 years. I find it hard to believe that they would have lasted that long if they were as unworkable as you say. Maybe, just maybe, there's a good reason that they've worked for so long especially when you consider that they only grant a temporary, non-renewable monopoly.

Comment: Re:For me it's Windows NT 3.1 (Score 1) 386

by techno-vampire (#49756809) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
For that, NT 3.1 is the most significant Windows release ever imo.

The big change for me was with Win95. All earlier versions of Windows were bolted on top of MS-DOS, although many people had it started by AUTOEXEC.BAT so they never needed to notice that DOS was still there. Starting with Win95, however, the default was for the computer to boot directly into Windows unless you went out of your way to make it come up in CLI mode. And, as most users were more comfortable with the GUI, that just made their computers work the way they wanted without having to jump through any hoops to set it up. And of course, the ability to have it autorun CDs when they were inserted was another great convenience.

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 2) 169

by techno-vampire (#49749143) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...
I do use the term "sheeple" on occasion, but only when I really think it fits. As an example, I've been known to use it to describe people who post nothing but slogans either in favor of one side of the question or insulting everybody who dares to disagree with them because they end up sounding exactly like a bunch of sheep baaing, "Four legs good! Two legs bad!" You see that type of thing regularly here, whenever there's a discussion of politics, operating systems, copyright or anything that polarizes people because there are so many posters here that find bleating catch phrases easier than thinking, or finding out why other people don't agree with them.

Comment: Re:Only one and it's vi not emacs. sorry (Score 1) 441

by techno-vampire (#49744463) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
Maybe when you get to be half my age you'll know better. But I'm not holding my breath, youngster. Now git off my lawn!

Unless you're more than 130 years old, I'm at least half your age, and am possibly older than you are. Hint: I was on the Gun Line in Tonkin Gulf in 1972 doing shore bombardment during the Easter Offensive, before leaving the Navy and going back to computers. Before I joined up, I'd been using an IBM 1620, with punched cards. Want to try a different ad hominem attack?

Comment: Re:No he doesn't... (Score 2) 494

by techno-vampire (#49744355) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
However your phrasing makes it sound like you have some definitive and "very clever" things in mind.

C has, among other things, the increment operator, ++, that adds one to the variable after taking the old value. (If you put the operator in front of the value, such as ++x, it increments before, rather than after taking the value.) It also specifies that the compiler can take the values of variables in whatever order is most efficient. That means that it is a Very Bad Idea to use the increment operator inside an assignment if the variable is referenced more than once because you can't know just when it gets incremented. The same goes with tests, but more so, because as soon as the answer is known, the test stops. (That is, if you're using a logical AND, if the first condition is FALSE, the second isn't checked.) That means that any "side effects," as these things are called, may or may not occur, and forgetting this Very Important Detail can cause some nasty bugs. The point of that question in the interview was to see if I remembered this.

Comment: Re:Only one and it's vi not emacs. sorry (Score 1) 441

by techno-vampire (#49744273) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
We got the system back with a Linux live CD and the sysadmin started the vi tutorial the same day.

That's one way to prevent that from happening again. Another way, of course, is turning off line wrapping in whatever editor you prefer to use. Personally, I have nano aliased to include -w to disable wrapping. The fact that one sysadmin managed to misuse nano doesn't mean that it's a bad editor; it's just a tool like any other.

Comment: Re:Kaspersky is not special (Score 2) 288

I don't remember claiming that *nix systems were immune to malware.

Agreed. I run a Linux-only household, except for one Windows laptop that my sister uses because some of the programs she needs for school won't run properly under Wine. I don't run ClamAV or anything like that because I'm not in the habit of downloading random Windows programs and sending them to friends. Right now, almost all of the malware writers are targeting Windows for two reasons. First, that's where most of the potential profit is. Second, there are a lot of anti-social script kiddies out there either using cheat-sheets or cookbooks to write malware programs to exploit vulnerabilities that other people discovered; they've no clue how to fine one of their own. And, those who aren't using the cheat-sheets are using programs that create custom malware for them, so that all they have to do is select a security flaw and a payload and the rest is done for them. And guess what: all of those script kiddies are writing malware for Windows because they can't get their hands on what they'd need to write Linux malware, and wouldn't know how to do it on their own anyway.

And there's another factor here: Linux has much more security designed into it than Windows does, making it a harder target to attack. Yes, I know that there are still people out that who hate SELinux because it was problematic ten or fifteen years ago, but it does make it harder for a malicious program to do its job. And, of course, the fact that most Linux users get their software from their distro instead of downloading files from various third-parties and hoping they're safe helps a lot.

Sorry to go on so long, but once I got started there was just more and more that I realized needed saying.

Comment: Re:No he doesn't... (Score 3, Interesting) 494

by techno-vampire (#49741311) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
That alone - that one thing - makes me want to work there. Every single software position I have applied for has been full of "look how tricksy we are, har har, he'll never figure THIS one out!" kind of time wasting trivia questions.

I remember, once, back in the early 90s, being interviewed for a position doing C programming. Part of the interview was looking at various snippits of C code and telling them what they did, just to make sure I really knew the language. I was almost stumped by one example, but finally told them that there was no way to say for sure what would happen because the outcome of that code was quite literally undefined. (Those of you who know C will know what type of thing I'm talking about.) They were quite impressed that I'd recognized this because they'd had a number of other applicants make guesses because they'd forgotten that there are some types of things that C specifically (and for very good reason) leaves undefined. I'm not sure, but that might have been what got me the job.

Comment: Re:Only one and it's vi not emacs. sorry (Score 1) 441

by techno-vampire (#49739477) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
you present a dogmatic attitude.

If anybody's being dogmatic, it's you. I, OTOH, keep telling you that I don't care what editor you use while you keep denigrating my choice and making ad hominem comments about me because I dare to differ with you. Why does the fact that I don't agree with you make you feel so threatened, especially as I keep telling you to use whatever editor you want?

Comment: Re:Only one and it's vi not emacs. sorry (Score 1) 441

by techno-vampire (#49737993) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE
Keep pushing your opinion on what is the best editor for occasional one line edits on a thread discussing heavy duty programming as if it's relevant, no skin off my back.

At what point in this discussion did I ever insist that nano was the best editor for anybody other than myself? My whole point in commenting has been to explain why I personally like it and why others who's tastes are similar might like it. And, for that matter, this entire thread started off as a remark that with the proper CLI tools you don't need an IDE and it's drifted (as threads often do here) off into a discussion of the merits of various editors. You like vi. Fine; use it if it makes you feel empowered. I've outgrown the need to use obsolete programs just because I can, and use whatever serves my current purposes best, be it GUI or CLI.

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