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Comment: Buy three computers for three apps (Score 1) 186

JavaScript lets you run web applications on any platform that supports JavaScript. If developers are forced to make the applications native instead, they are likely to make the applications exclusive to a particular computing platform, which is not necessarily the platform that you happen to run. Does JavaScript use more energy than it costs to manufacture and run three different computers, each for an exclusive app?

Besides, a lot of these "managed" environments provide type safety guarantees. Preventing your data from being lost or disclosed due to a defect in a program can be worth more than the marginal cost of a managed environment.

Comment: VA VistA (Score 1) 154

by tepples (#49361543) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

Thats why the VA cannot figure out how to use a computer

Since when? The US Department of Veterans' Affairs was among the first to adopt an electronic health record system. In the late 1970s, it began to develop the MUMPS-powered VistA system now used by nearly half of all U.S. hospitals with electronic health records. And VistA is free software.

Comment: Re:Thank you, Tekla Perry! (Score 2) 36

by tepples (#49359327) Attached to: Behind the Scenes At a Quantum Dot Factory

There is no red envelope or similiar notifications button, to see replies at a glance

Click the word "Slashdot" at the top left of each page to go to the home page, and your replies should be just below your username in a box at the top of the right column.

No way to even find old comments that slip off the relatively short comment list

I get a "Load More Comments" button at the bottom.

Comment: Statutory rape (Score 1) 200

by tepples (#49359269) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

But in the case of rape or murder, well, that will end family ties for a few decades.

For this purpose, would you consider "rape" to include sexual contact between an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old when the 17-year-old has presented fake ID? Or are you in the "save it for marriage to avoid accidental molestation convictions" camp?

Comment: I pledge allegiance to Jehovah God (Score 1) 323

by tepples (#49359229) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

How about Pledge of Allegiance — is that a "cohesive contract"

Members of some religious groups handle this by not saying the Pledge at all. They pledge allegiance only to god, or they say a parody pledge referencing a pyrotechnic accident in 1984:

I pledge allegiance to the flag,
Michael Jackson makes me gag.
Pepsi-Cola burned him up,
Now he's selling 7 UP.

Comment: Godwin on Godwin's law (Score 1) 200

by tepples (#49358909) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

In practice, the meaning of "Godwin's law" has grown from the original "later posts to threads about social topics invite more comparisons to the NSDAP" to "he who makes such a comparison loses the argument". Mike Godwin wrote about being surprised about how this law took root in popular culture: "I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about the Holocaust."

Comment: ArrayList and StringBuilder use this (Score 1) 484

by tepples (#49354885) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

I would realloc the buffer doubling the size each time it overflowed. This allocation strategy is simple, is bounded to 50% worst case overhead, and requires only log N reallocations for a maximum buffer size of N.

It also happens to be the policy used by Java's ArrayList and presumably by its StringBuilder.

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