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Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 163

I'm not sure I'd reject a language out of hand just because people can write terrible code with it. I'd rather reject those programmers.

I do agree with you on K & R style, though. Vertical space is valuable real estate.


Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 163

Except that their regex engine isn't very fast. I prototyped a project that used a lot of regexes in both python and perl and the python implementation was between 4 and 7 time slower. I really wanted to use python, but it wasn't the right tool for the job.

That's why anyone with a clue will see statements of "only viable" with comic disdain.

Say what you will, but perl is very, very good at parsing text.


Comment I don't care about your bottom line, even a little (Score 1) 519

I'm never going to unblock ads. Ever. The web is not usable without a script blocker and an ad blocker. That's the simple fact of the matter.

If that "kicks you in the guts" then too fucking bad. Find a viable business model. But don't expect me to put up with your intrusive, bandwidth-abusing horseshit.


Comment It's just "Linux"... (Score 1) 233

Here's what the guy who invented Linux has to say about what his OS is called:

Well, I think it's justified, but it's justified if you actually make a GNU distribution of Linux ... the same way that I think that "Red Hat Linux" is fine, or "SuSE Linux" or "Debian Linux", because if you actually make your own distribution of Linux, you get to name the thing, but calling Linux in general "GNU Linux" I think is just ridiculous.

The OS can have GNU stuff in userland or not, depending. So it's just called "Linux".


Comment Re:"Automatic" Weapon? (Score 1) 312

It is illegal to construct or possess a gun that is "readily convertible" into an automatic (more than one round per trigger pull); any such device is classified as an NFA weapon (machine gun). A common example is a rifle that can, with only a small amount of milling or other work, accept an autosear.

This is untrue. An AR-15 can be made to fire more than one round simply by removing (or incorrectly installing) a very tiny spring. An AK-style rifle can be made full auto by removing a small amount of metal in the right place, no other parts needed. And an SKS can be made to empty its magazine without any trigger pull whatsoever by simply jamming one piece of its mechanism into a certain position with a tiny wad of paper or something. Those are just three examples.

So then, I could legally have in my possession an AR-15, an AKM, and an SKS. Right next to those rifles I could have a pair of wire cutters, and small file, and a scrap of paper. I would not be breaking the law.

The thing you're likely thinking of is called "constructive intent". If I have all of the above in my possession with the intent of violating the NFA, then I'm breaking the law. Of course, it's up to the BATFE to decide if my intent was worthy of charging me with a crime, and then the court to decide if that crime was committed.


Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 452

Well, Pao doesn't seem like a font of great ideas or vision, so I could certainly see it going down that way.

I'm not really sure who has what connection to whom, but I'm sure if Jackson approached reddit out of the blue, they would be thinking about the eyeballs.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 452

How ironic. That's what the Usenet is and was long before WWW came alone.

Very true, and I certainly do miss it. Do you remember the day when AOL hooked up their network to usenet? So much "me too"...

Anyway, forum software sort of got itself into a rut. It seemed like everyone copied everyone else's bad PHP setup. So in that way, reddit was unique. And HTTP is far, far more ubiquitous than NNTP.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 452

I'm sure some will. Burn out can be pretty common from what I've read.

But that's how they set up their system: users can create and manage their own areas of the site, while users add content. It was actually a pretty good idea ten years ago. Back then you had slashdot and fark and other forums where the admins essentially created all the different content areas (subforums, I suppose). So it was always a little limited. Now reddit comes along and you can create an area all your own just to talk about beanie babies or whatever. The amount and type of content is limited only by your user base (and, lately, sense of morality).

The trouble is that as things grow and time goes, people move on, lose interest, whatever. You've got really huge super popular areas and they generate a huge amount of work for the guy who started the beanie baby area, and so he brings in other folks to help. At least they hope this is how it works. Way back when a few guys made subreddits for every common noun you can think of. Some of those folks have left.

I'm sure more people will move on.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 3, Informative) 452

The majority of users most certainly don't care (or care enough to sign a meaningless petition). But a lot of moderators, who are essentially the unpaid employees who are driving most of the content on the site, like those popular AMAs, DO care. A lot of them are pretty upset. The lack of communication and planning makes their (volunteer) jobs harder, which makes them less eager to do those jobs.

Take the AMAs for example. When Victoria was there, the mods could do what they do: verify the person's ID, make sure it happens on time, set up the schedules, etc. When they fired Victoria, the link between the admins and moderators was gone. That left the mods with no good way to do their jobs and make all that content the company is so eager to monetize. The mgmt team shot themselves in the foot, in other words, and now all the mods are getting are platitudes and vague promises without any deliverables, timetables, etc.

More people will likely start caring when the overall quality of content goes down as mods get more and more burnt out.


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