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Comment You telling me C lacks structs? (Score 1) 300

I am not buying this. Anything in COBOL is readily and easily done in C.

And C excels at UIs? Huh? Are you telling me that writing, say, UIs for Gnome (or low-level Windows API) is well-thought-out?

OK, OK, maybe these C-based simulations of object-oriented programming paradigms to handle UIs are better than the stuff sandwich of C++ with either Qt+ or MFC? But, seriously?

Comment So, what's the problem? (Score 1) 300

"COBOL is so easy to read and debug that even without training, I could just follow the flow of the program . . ."

So, then, why do you need 70-something Dude out of retirement (not that I begrudge 10-somethin Dude making some coin on this job)? A reasonably skilled C++ programmer, as you point out, should simply be able to learn enough COBOL to do this work? Think of Joel Spolsky hiring C++ programmers because they can reason deeply how code works and then he puts them in front of Visual Basic 6 to pound out his application because they don't have to fiddle with MFC to get the GUI part?

Is the problem that a C++ programmer will be bitchin' and moanin' the whole time, "COBOL sucks" that you cannot hire him for this work. That maintaining a mission-critical but legacy COBOL program is beneath a C++ person? What if they, like, paid enough coin -- would C++ dude keep those negative vibes to themselves to finish the project?

Comment X-15 pilot promoted to nuclear carrier captain (Score 1) 236

Milton Thompson's book on the X-15 rocketplane program spoke of one of his colleagues flying the X-15 and a Navy officer.

The anecdote goes that after the X-15, the Navy interviewed him for serving as Executive Officer of a nuclear carrier. Why someone who was skilled at flying the hottest aircraft in the sky and in precision flying to collect aeronautical research data for the engineers, why that person should be promoted to second-in-command of a nuclear carrier is not clear, but the armed services are "up or out" in terms of career building and an officer does whatever the Navy tells them to.

Said Navy officer was subjected to one of these condescending interviews. Instead of the Liskov substitution principle it was something along the lines of knowing what to do if 6 of the 8 reactors were to malfunction. His response was that he didn't know and when scolded about it (it may have even been Rickover himself doing this), he replied that he would rely on his "Chief" (as in a Chief Petty Officer, the high-ranking enlisted person in charge of the ships Engineering section). When pressed on this, his further response was that if the Chief of Engineering or his immediate subordinates didn't know what to do, the ship was in deeper trouble than he as Executive Officer could do anything about.

Comment Dog stuff (Score 1) 71

What about the neighbors who drop their dog waste in your can, after garbage pickup and before you return home from work, that you have to store that dog waste in your garage until the next week? If it rained there is water in the bottom of the can in which the plastic baggie is swimming (we have robotic-arm collection trucks, and the lid is often open after a collection). Ewww!

That's the need for that Nest device.

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