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Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 689

So JFK Jr. is still alive? And didn't die in a plane accident *just in time* for her to take the New York Senate Seat?

And all of those wikileaks releases are false?

There's also a lot more than one bankruptcy related to The Donald, it's just that after that he played a little game called name licensing to give himself an extra layer of deniability.

I see no reason to vote for either of these idiots.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 235

I'm not talking about the anti-AGW people. I'm talking about the pro-AGW people. They aren't *acting* in accordance with their *words*.

Let's take the pro-AGW people at face value. Their data shows we just passed a tipping point, one which hasn't been passed in the last 800 million years.

That is a FAR bigger threat to humanity than any government could ever be. So why aren't the pro-AGW people *acting* like it is the biggest threat?

Comment Re:So they only prosecute a safe, "no-harm" target (Score 1) 111

I'd personally prefer a village. A 2000 mile long, three city block wide, village.

That way, you could have newcomers to the country welcomed with a place to stay within three blocks of the border. Include a 2000 mile long sewer and water system, and have the back yards of the interior row of houses be farms to feed everybody.

Problem solved for the rest of the nation, and such a village/city could probably absorb all of the immigration possible from all of Latin America.

Comment Re:A poor craftsman blames his tools. (Score 1) 531

The first time I was confronted with C I was shocked - they check for binary zero as a string terminator? seriously? wtf?
I studied compilers and languages (amongst other things) in the 70's and that one decision - which Dennis Ritchie has since said he very much regrets - flies against everything we were being taught. Of course C had been released a year earlier but I don't remember it being mentioned directly as something to avoid.
What else was there?

  • Pascal with its fixed-length strings was certainly not the answer.
  • Algol68 never achieved critical mass although it had a hell of a lot going for it.
  • Fortran (the 1977 standard, not earlier versions) was/is a decent language.
  • PL/1 was designed to run on IBM 360/370s and its deficiencies tended to be mandated by the hardware inadequacies.
  • I can't remember what some of the other offerings were even called nowadays.

I have worked on a line of computers where the OS was written in pre-1977 Fortran and some assembler, later versions of the OS were written in PL/1 but I had moved on by then.
We were taught that the compiler should take care of a lot of the error-checking for you and when I do any programming nowadays, the languages I use still do that. Some have runtime array-checking as an option at compile time, one you can turn off later if you feel the need. Works for me and has done for decades now. I try and avoid languages where a subroutine cannot ask how long argument n is.
Several of the things we were taught turned out to be bad ideas but not that one.
If only Algol68 had made it, there would be no code-obfustication competitions there.

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