- a British Columbian
How is this even legal? It is a crime to waste the money of corporations..
It is a crime to waste the time of Slashdot readers with idiotic drivel like this.
Maybe some of these tech support companies will put him in prison or send someone to physically harm him.
The first of your suggestions is ludicrous. The second is (surprisingly, coming from you) indeed possible -- provided they can find him. They are criminal enterprises, after all. And there's hope for you! You actually had a coherent thought!
Donald Knuth is an elitist. It is not necessary to have a background in mathematics to write software.
By this standard, anyone striving to enhance general knowledge in a field is an elitist. Albert Einstein was an "elitist". Richard Feynman was an "elitist". Carl Sagan was an "elitist".
I taught myself PHP and I certainly don't have any kind of mathematics background whatsoever. It isn't dumbing down as he claims. It's about creating opportunities. If you can code and you can do it well without mathematics, so be it. The math side is for those that want to do research. I work in the real world
As you didn't invent PHP yourself, you stand on the shoulders of giants to achieve what you are doing. Those giants quite possibly benefited from the work of Donald Knuth -- one of the true trailblazers of the field. Unknowingly and unwittingly, therefore, you are a vicarious beneficiary of his work. Have some respect.
But the country insists on ignoring these systems. Oddly enough, every time this topic comes up on
That's because you're making good sense. This is certainly not the forum for that.
What has this person done of note, other than charge lots of money for a product? I imagine some here will try to be civil, and ask him a serious question, but why? He is not a remarkable person, so please do not treat him as such. I know, I know, everyone is interesting in their own way, but then, we might as well interview a stomped cockroach on Slashdot next.
I'd really rather hear from the stomped cockroach.
If MS made this a 1st class citizen of Visual Studio it might gain some traction.
The same Visual Studio that phones home with telemetry about what you're coding and how well it's going? Yeah, thanks very much but no thanks.
I mean, the irony is hilarious: Microsoft (MICROSOFT!) being concerned about language safety issues!
"[...] reluctance to overthrow sovereign Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [...]"
In what dreamworld of Assange's was Gaddafi a "sovereign" leader by any stretch of the imagination? That's just ludicrous! Gaddafi seized power in a military coup in 1969 and clung to power for the next 42 years as a murderous despot. He is not forgotten and he is never missed. Libyans themselves shot him when they finally got the chance.
The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. Seek simplicity and distrust it. -- Whitehead.