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Comment No mention on NHK in Japan? (Score 1) 55

Just watching another news program and sort of disappointed it didn't get any coverage. The last few days had quite a bit of coverage about a new and quite small orbit-capable rocket, though the payload is quite small, on the order of 3 kg. There were several stories before the launch, and then some reports of the failure. (The early reports suggest a telemetry failure?)

Comment pooh. (Score 1) 196

Assuming you believe lie detector results, it sounds like they were just measuring how honest the participants were about how many naughty words they new. And from that perspective it goes without saying that there would be a correlation between being honest and reporting more words.

Also, as regards holding back on the actual use of naughty words (which, BTW, they didn't measure), they need to consider the difference between "dishonesty" and "manners".

Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 1) 273

Windows is the last remaining bastion of the keyboard-accessible GUI. Mac never had it,

Huh? OS X is completely keyboard accessible (though there's a thing that you need to flick in System Preferences to enable it). In any OS X dialog that uses the standard NSAlertPanel interfaces, enter will perform the okay action and escape the cancel action.

Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 2) 273

Windows excels in building user facing apps with good UI and good experiences

An odd quote about an OS that manages to get the buttons in the wrong order for basically every dialog box. Quick quiz: In your web browser's tool bar, does the left or right arrow mean forwards? In any random Windows dialog box, is the left or right button the proceed forwards one?

Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 1) 184

Add to that, anyone who says that static typing improves performance clearly hasn't been paying attention to the last 30 years of compiler research. The StrongTalk team disproved this hypothesis quite soundly for any language that includes subtyping. The problem is that static type annotations must be conservative. They give you loose guarantees that are always true, but for optimisation you care about what tight guarantees that are usually true. Profiling (which JIT environments do at run time and AoT environments do as part of the build) gives far more useful information.

Comment Re:That's not how it works... (Score 1) 217

I quite agree with your opening, though I would go farther. I would even say that good ideas are plentiful, practically an inexhaustible resource.

The rest of your reply shows a highly fractured interpretation of what I wrote, but I'm getting quite accustomed to people twisting things to their own mental convenience (and on my interpretation I've largely discounted your reply as unrelated to what I actually think, even if I wrote unclearly (which I doubt)). On Slashdot that twisting often involves burning straw men arguments. I certainly don't think "complete" is equivalent to "perfect". Or perhaps I should just agree with you that there is no "perfect", even in project proposals. No skin off my nose since it has no relation to my suggestion. Well, on second thought I admit it would be nice if the project proposals were perfect, but I certainly have no such expectation. I think the metric of sufficient goodness would be that enough people want to support the project. (One obvious response to a proven lack of funding is to improve the proposal and try again.)

Perhaps it would be better to suggest that my presentation could be taken as a constructive suggestion to improve some of the flaws in crowd funding? At least all of the crowdfunding websites I've investigated suffer from problems that might be addressed by this approach to adding accountability. The problem I have with that suggestion is that I'm approaching the problem from the perspectives of modular software design and cost recovery, with various tweaks such as the metric of a successful architect or lawyer applied to programmers who choose to adopt it. There is quite a bit of research that supports the claim that people enjoy their work more when they have more control over it, and even though some people claim they care only about the salary. (There's also a chronological problem in that most of my suggestion predates my first encounter with Kickstarter.)

Or maybe you are upset that I reject the purist (and non-monetary) philosophy of Stallman? Sorry, but I don't think a pledge of poverty is the only way to be a better person. (Amusingly enough, one part of my suggestion was strongly influenced by a constructive email exchange with rms himself, but so far there is no credit to be shared. Actually, based on that exchange, he'd probably reject it.)

As I see it, the real problem is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, but only in the literal sense. The idiomatic interpretation is quite misleading. These days I have become so casual I just find it amusing to watch the world spin along its increasingly crazy course. #PresidentTweety, for example.

Not sure if you regarded it as a constructive suggestion about hiring contractors, but if you are so wealthy, then I'm glad to send you my congratulations. Even more so if the congratulations would get some money donated to some cause that might make the world better.

Comment Re:Gender change as collateral damage? (Score 1) 261

Your point being? No connection that I can figure out to my comments or my concerns, but I guess I can count your rudeness to other people as additional evidence of your troll status.

I regard this so-called discussion as pointless and closed, and I'll dismiss further comments as some form of masturbation along the lines of your deep concern with other people's sexual problems.

Comment Re:How many *useful* packages? (Score 1) 133

I agree that it's nice to have a large standard library that's decomposed in such a way that you can only pick the bits that you need, but a good standard library follows a common set of conventions and is designed in such a way that no individual parts conflict with others. NPM is not this: individual developers provide functionality using their own set of conventions and packages often conflict (made worse by JavaScript's lack of easy tools for encapsulation). As such, you may pick half a dozen useful functions, find them all in separate NPM packages, each with their own idea of what a sane parameter order or callback design is, and find that they all add a method on String with the same name and different semantics.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 268

Why on earth do you think that the ruling class is unhappy with this one? A lot of people used the referendum to protest the policies of the Westminster Parliament that have been to the detriment of people outside of the South East for decades. The ruling class are now 'doing what the people demanded' by shifting more power to Westminster.

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