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Comment Re:Quorum looks a lot like Pascal (Score 1) 538

Yes, I realise that my editor (emacs) has an indent region function, and I use it when I move python code around. But I still have to think about how much to indent, and if i don't I can change the meaning of my code. In braced languages, I can simply re-indent the lines without thinking and the meaning of my code still stays the same. If python had braces I would say it would be one of the most perfect high level languages, without it...just a decent one.

Comment Re:Quorum looks a lot like Pascal (Score 1) 538

I find brace-less languages fantastically difficult to move code around in. At least with braces you can cut from the start brace to the end brace, and then paste without losing your scope. Doing anything like that in Python means you not only have to get the code you cut correctly bound, you also have to make sure that you get the correct amount of whitespace on every line of code you paste so as not to lose your original scoping. It's a nightmare.

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Submission + - Cleverbot Passes Turing Test (geekosystem.com)

kruhft writes: "It seems that Cleverbot, the chatbot so ready to admit that it was a unicorn during a discussion with itself, has passed the Turing test. This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing test held at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India were released. They revealed that Cleverbot was voted to be human 59.3% of the time. Real humans did only slightly better and were assumed to be humans 63.3% of the time. That being the case, Cleverbot's success in conning people into thinking it was human is greater than chance, and therefore, one could argue that it has technically passed the Turning test."

Comment Missed a closing bracket in the submission (Score 1) 1

I was recently doing some research into Genetic Programming and found a library through a blog post that looks to be useful. After looking over the code and license, I found that this was the first piece of code I had seen that was protected by a patent, issued on June 19, 1990. I read that patents last for 20 years, meaning that the patent that this code refers to is expired. Is there any way for me to be sure that using this code is safe from any patent troll attacks if I choose to use it? Would rewriting the code keep me from violating any other patents that the author might have regarding the use of such an algorithm? Does the code pass into the public domain after the patent expires?

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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Using Code with an Expired Patent 1

kruhft writes: "I was recently doing some research into Genetic Programming and found through a blog post that looks to be useful. After looking over the code and license, I found that this was the first piece of code I had seen that was protected by a patent, issued on June 19, 1990. I read that patents last for 20 years, meaning that the patent that this code refers to is expired. Is there any way for me to be sure that using this code is safe from any patent troll attacks if I choose to use it? Would rewriting the code keep me from violating any other patents that the author might have regarding the use of such an algorithm? Does the code pass into the public domain after the patent expires?"

Comment Disable Select all Text on Click in URL Bar (Score 1) 599

I have to work on windows at work and the default behavior for clicking in the URL bar is to select all text, which is generally because *normal* people don't want to edit the url, they want to replace it. Exactly the opposite of what I need.

The best thing is that in Firefox this is a user configurable option in about:config: browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll. I haven't seen an option like that in any other browser, so for now, things like this keep me with Firefox (and NoScript, and AdBlock and Firebug and....).

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