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Comment Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 492

Sanskrit is presumably readable by those who need to read it. I would assume scholars in antiquity from the region and period would be well versed in Sanskrit.

In a similar vein, C does not need to be readable to the average person on the street. However, it should be readable to who need to read it (i.e. practicing programmers). If you struggle with the C syntax, you need to find a different job because Java, Javascript, C#, C++ are among the most popular languages and they look syntactically similar to C (though they are conceptually different).

Comment Those who can't... (Score 1) 648

Mr Gristwood justifies the age old saying "Those who can, do; Those who can't, teach".

It's annoying that he doesn't substantiate nuggets of "wisdom" like:

  • Python based on C
  • Complex constructs impossible in Python that have to be done in C.
  • Implied in the previous point, such impossible constructs are possible in VB.

Comment Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (Score 1) 79

jQuery hardly qualifies as a "huge ass" javascript framework. The gzip minified production version of the script weighs in at under 34kB. Worst case scenario if you're hosting jQuery yourself, this is a one off download. This is hardly going to cause problems, even on a mobile data connection.

On the other hand, jQuery does make code a lot neater. Especially with judicious use of selectors


p.s. Nice going trying to pin the Obamacare fiasco on jQuery. I don't think I've heard that one before.

Comment Re:It's like learning to drive vs taxis (Score 1) 391

However it's very clear that you are just winding me up for a bit of fun and nowhere near as ignorant and stupid as you are pretending to be.

Seeing as you're genuinely confused as to what I'm talking about, we've been running tasks in parallel in Python ever since the beginning. Just use processes instead of threads. There are differences (no shared heap, IPC) but there are benefits (no shared heap!). If you're used to the thread pool paradigm, Python has both a thread pool and process pool with the thread pool obviously limited by the GIL while the process pool isn't.

So what's with the thread obsession? It's not the only way to run tasks in parallel.

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 213

What the hell is ACM and why would it benefit me to join them?

If you were a halfway competent software developer, you'd already know, and if you were an elite software developer, you'd already have joined...

If you were an elite software developer, you'd be too busy to join a jumped up organisation like the ACM.

Comment Why is it silly? (Score 1) 435

From the summary:
(silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command)

Why is that silly? Do we really think crooks will not find some way of overriding the "slow down" command? As for "partners", a computer does not get stressed or feel under pressure when chased by cops and thus will be less likely to make mistakes.

Why is worrying about this silly?

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