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Comment Re:Hell no (Score 1) 357

The pascal article was satire, in defense of abstractions by "Ed Post" (whose name I thought was a stand-in for 'editorial post' when I saw it,) in 1982. A lot of the crochetty old nerd guard was getting antsy about making computing into the use of a 'black box' or simply bragging about their arcane skills, and bemoaning that the programmers of today wouldn't be able to hand toggle their way out of a locked filing cabinet. Same as some linux folk (who are becoming increasingly rare,) who insist that anything you can't do on a command line isn't worth doing. Like all satire, there is some merit. But mostly it's just good laughs of the "Get off my lawn" variety. Thanks for that link.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 86

Linking who you share your location with their habits. Alice went to McDonalds. Bob went to Burger King. Both like fast food, show Bob ads for McDonalds.

Very elementary example, but they are basically asking the users to confirm that when Alice and Bob are in the same (or a similar) place, it is not a coincidence.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 86

Thank you, you nailed it far more succinctly than I.

What gets me are the "So? Every other company does it." as if that makes it right. These are the same people that check in on Facebook, leave location metadata on in photos, and run Google Maps in the background because it gives them the warm fuzzies thinking they're helping.

Comment Re:Hell no (Score 3, Insightful) 357

"Real programmers don't use PASCAL!" I picture 110010001000 toggling the OS into the front panel while the rest of us have already bootstrapped the machine with kixtart a month ago. It's ok to stand on the shoulders of giants, but at the same time, it's good to look down and see how the foundation is you're standing on is really laid. There are times in my storied career where I have actually benefitted debugging c# or ruby code because I understood how parsing and execution worked. I have written better database queries in 4GL by knowing what was happening on the metal. So, before you get overly dismissive of knowing soup to nuts, I'd say that you should be aware that YES you can get by without it. But knowing the whole shebang, all the way down to the machine code, at least in broad strokes, DOES help you out occasionally, if not all the time.

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