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Comment Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 331

Not going to happen, and it never was. The rules that applied then apply now. Companies do not pay to rewrite all their applications in the latest new technology which does all the same stuff their old one did - and nothing more.

So be it, if that is what these companies desire. But they should keep in mind that it will become increasingly expensive to keep their software running on newer machines (and their old ones will fail, eventually), and if they even require new features, it might be very hard and expensive to find someone who is willing and able to implement them. I'm not saying they should rewrite everything in a new language every few years (which would be expensive and foolish busywork), but if you're stuck to one vendor and they announce they will no longer support the language you're using, that seems like a great time to start moving on. The longer you delay updating, the more expensive it gets.

Hell, we're still talking about bloody JavaScript after all these years.

How is JavaScript even remotely comparable to a dead languages like VB or COBOL? Sure, no language will truly be dead as long as there are still applications running and being supported, but nobody in their right mind would start a new project in 'classic' VB or COBOL. Some might say the same about JavaScript, but even they must admit they hate JavaScript for a different reason.

Comment Re:"restrictions on travel" - but not for 'refugee (Score 1, Troll) 361

Secondly, appeal to authority fallacy much? Who cares what Stephen Hawkins thinks about the real world? He is totally divorced from reality (not his fault, but it's a fact nevertheless). How many times does he have to go down a street at night, in an 'enriched' area, and worry about being mugged or raped?

Well given that he is paralyzed, I imagine even a small child wielding a pillow could kill him quite easily. So why don't you ask him what it's like going down any street at any time of the day, in any area, and having to worry about being mugged or raped or killed by anyone who isn't also in a wheelchair.

Comment Re:Mozilla: Another victim of "social justice". (Score 1) 191

It's hypocritical and contradictory of them to state that they want to provide "a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all", yet they turn around and almost right away use a very unfriendly and unwelcoming threat like "We will exclude you from interaction".

And how would you maintain a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment without removing people who would make that environment unfriendly, unsafe, or unwelcoming?

The moderation policy even states that anyone could be "indefinitely excluded". That's also not not creating a "welcoming environment for all"!

I think it's quite clear that 'all' involves only those people who obey the rules. If the code of conduct stated "We will exclude you from interaction if you murder anyone", would you then be complaining that they are such hypocrites because they fail to provide a "friendly, safe, and welcoming environment" for people who really like to murder?

It's a total lack of justice, as far as I'm concerned. Arbitrary judgment, arbitrary enforcement, arbitrary punishment, and no public appeal process all reek of injustice.

Yes it's so terrible, that's probably why so many people who try out Rust mention how friendly and helpful the community is. A code of conduct is not like the law. When you are banned from the community (or leave it voluntarily) the code stops applying to you and you can happily complain about how unfairly you were treated on your blog, or slashdot, or wherever. There is no Rust-police that will come to your house and kidnap you. And the whole project is open source, anyone is free to fork it and start their own community.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 2) 385

Being a theist may be a fundamental belief, but I'm not sure the same applies to atheism. If the majority of humans believed in unicorns and I had to state that I believed in unicorns as well to get a job (which does not involve any equines, horned or otherwise) I wanted, I would happily lie about believing in unicorns without feeling I've "betrayed a fundamental belief".

Comment Re:Worth less, not worthless (Score 1) 159

It's not a clever idea at all. Criminals will simply exchange their bitcoins for another currency, possibly multiple times, immediately after committing their crimes. Unless you think the right response after a theft of $X is grabbing some random people from the street, taking a total of $X from them, and then burning it is the correct way to stop crime?

Comment Re:Worth less, not worthless (Score 1) 159

And why would anyone cooperate with this crazy scheme? Perhaps you are willing to say that (using the numbers from your example) a bitcoin tainted by a particular crime is worth only 90% of its former value. The rest of the world might not agree that the value has reduced and pay full price (well, not to you of course, since you'll accept 90% of full price), but among one another. At the end of the day a bitcoin is only worth what others are willing to trade for it, and unless you manage to get most of the world on board with your scheme, it's just not going to happen.

Comment Re:But rust is supersecure? (Score 2) 288

Nope, Rust is being used by Mozilla to develop the experimental layout engine Servo, but there are (as far as I am aware) no plans to completely rewrite Firefox in Rust. There are plans to gradually replace some components in Firefox written in C/C++ with Rust, e.g. a url parser and a mp4 parser, but I don't think these are part of the current Firefox release.

Comment Re:Step 1 (Score 1) 151

Commerce? Are you mad? What could the moon possibly produce that, after the cost of moving it from the moon to the earth, couldn't be produced for a fraction of the cost here on earth?

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