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Comment Re:Programming for programmings "own sake" (Score 1) 276

Yeah that first line was a lame joke; and I realized after the fact that I was actually (in a way) half-trolling: I actually semi-consciously thought something like "this will get clicked, and they will read the rest"...
Now I'm gonna meditate on my errors and refrain from commenting or modding for some time. Smiley face.

Comment Re:Programming for programmings "own sake" (Score 5, Interesting) 276

I disagree, so instead of modding down I'll reply :-)
I guess there are several kinds of people, those like you (I think I get your point), and those like me : *I* was really fascinated about computers and programming *per se*.
It was not about one or a few particular goals, it is about the idea of an infinity of things that became possible, and being able to bring new kinds of solutions to almost anybody on the planet. In this regard, somehow I'm joining your point, because of course there always are ultimate goals, but they were not my own : they were other people's goals that I thrived to reach using my craft : programming.

Comment Re:I'd have expected better from IBM (Score 1) 182

Yes, the job has to be done, but I don't see how a full-automatic system can do it. It requires knowlege about the project, what's going on, etc. And yes there are developers who are really bad at committing code: writing helpful comments, but also paying attention to what the "diff" will look like (i.e. avoid slipping a critical change in the same commit as a refactoring, or at least explain it very cleary to help locate it).
This is the project leader's job to monitor this, and talk with developers who need to make progress on this...

Comment Re:There is extremely little value in changing. (Score 1) 339

The only attack is to get the users private key, which can be encrypted on their machine behind passwords, biometrics, or whatever.

Here is the problem with your suggestion. I don't think Joe Sixpack or my aunt Monique would take proper care of their private keys.
Biometrics may help with that, but there is no universal&practical solution right now.

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