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Comment Re:What Envirmental Wacko caused it? (Score 1) 309

This is the fundamental problem with nuclear. You can try to build it to be as safe as possible, but it still has to be operated by idiots for 60+ years.

Nah, the actual trouble with nuclear power is there are a lot of alarmist idiots who've convinced a bunch of other idiots that radioactivity is so horrible, horrible that absolute perfection is necessary to deal with it, and since perfection is impoosible, QED.

Thought experiment: if this were a plane crash caused by substituting the wrong kind of bolts, what would the result be? (1) It would actually kill people, not just cost a bunch of money; (2) No one would claim it meant we should ban airplanes forever.

Comment Re:Mozilla's starting to get back in shape (Score 1) 236

cfalcon wrote:

Also consider Pale Moon.

I gave Pale Moon a serious try, recently, since I'm always jumping through hoops to revert the changes Firefox keeps making to the UI. Pale Moon is okay, but using it heavily reminded me that not *all* of the changes to Firefox over the years have been gratuitous designer bukkake. They did actually improve memory handling at one point... e.g. if I've got hundreds of tabs open and close half of them I can see the memory footprint of Firefox decrease. Pale Moon is a lot more heavy-weight, so I've reluctantly stopped using it as my main browser.

Instead, I seem to be gravitating toward "iceweasel", which is essentially an alias for whatever Firefox calls it's LTS release. It's a reasonably recent version, but I don't get tortured by ridiculous changes quite so often.

Though just today I got this wonderfully inspiring message:

Congratulations, you just upgraded to Video DownloadHelper 6.0.0 for Firefox
Version 6.0.0 introduces a brand new user interface
Please take the time to watch this tutorial video.

I decided it was a good time to punch "Remove" on that one. There are other video download addons (at least for the present, before Mozilla starts declaring them unclean).

Comment Re:A Disaster for Users of Many Tabs (Score 1) 236

If this option actually stays permanently, I'm fine with having e2s.

That's the question with Mozilla, isn't it? Firefox is wonderfully customizeable, but they get pissy if you don't like their wondeful innovations... first they give you a check-box to disable it, they they yank that and you have to mess with about:config, then after awhile they yank that...

But remember, they're "Commited to you"! It says so right there on the web site.

Comment Re:for a minute there i thought i had freedom. (Score 1) 236

... and their intentions are good

It hardly matters what they're intentions are, in the past they've put egomaniacs in charge of the UI and forced changes on the user base at their whim.

They talk about empowering the user ("Commited to you"!) and all that jazz, but they struggle with the concept of freedom.

Comment Re:for a minute there i thought i had freedom. (Score 1) 236

If it turns out Mozilla will be nefarious about it, ...

I think you're missing the problem here. It hardly matters if Mozilla is "nefarious" or just benevolently dictating to us for-our-own-good, I'm going to be seriously pissed-off if a plugin I've been using for years is zapped by this. I've already had to jump through some hoops to keep "It's All Text" working...

... then you can always recompile Firefox from source with the mandatory signing thing cut out, or go to some fork.

Yes, that's what I'm looking for in the comments right now. Palemoon isn't a bad idea, but I think they forked a little too far back, they dropped some improvements in memory handling (it's worth remembering that Mozilla does occasionally-- very occasionally-- work on fixing fundamental problems, it's not all gratuitous nonsense like tabs-on-top).

Comment Re:suspect assumptions and conclusions (Score 1) 241

Perl you can bank your head forever and never get which magic combo of $#~ willl give yo what you want (at least that was my experience).

Bank your head, with perl! That sound's like a good slogan. It has the virtue of sounding-nice without meaning anything.

I see in this listing perl clocks in at #13 (#12, once you scratch out CSS), which isn't bad going for a language that's been "dead" for over a decade.

Perl is however, #1 in languages people are willing to admit that they're too stupid to use correctly.

Comment Re:The Hunting of the Snark (Score 1) 167

Because I understand that despite what you seem to think, the technical challenges involved in language choice for larger software projects are about 1% "does the syntax of language x allow me to do y in this particularly neat way?" and 99% "how many keen programmers skilled in language x do I have/can I attract right now? ... "

What I'm hearing here is you're arguing that the smear campaign worked, you convinced enough of the kids that perl is not bright and shiney, and obviously management should move on to something that is regarded as bright and shiney so they'll have more kids to mess around with.

The thing that folks like yourself should ask yourself is (1) am I ready to drop my favorite technology when it's no longer the latest fad? (Ruby programmers are going through an awkward phase right now...); (2) when getting a project started, there may be virtues with being fad-compliant, but are you going to tell management to throw it all away and re-write it all when the next fad comes along? (There are *always* guys like that around, everywhere... and many people in management have learned to stop listening to them...)

... so there's really no point wasting time having the argument I imagine you want to have with me that goes like this: me: "oh, but Perl doesn't have such-and-such a feature" you: "of COURSE it does, you just cross the index and middle fingers of your left hand and recite the last verse of Genesis backwards!".

There are features of perl, by the way, that to my knowledge don't exist in any of the competing languages, like full unicode support, including the ability to use regexps to search for characters in a particular unicode character class.

What I expect to hear in response is: "Oh, that crap doesn't matter." (Uh, Unicode?); And then once the other languages catch up I expect to hear "Look, we have that crap now too!". That's the way it goes in the fabulously rational world of Software Engineering.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 203

DerekLyons wroe:

"A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you'd never even hear about it." Huh? [...] in the (early) 20th century not so much.

Yeah, actually someone would notice something had happened to the next village long before "never".

(Note: World War 1 started in 1914. "A hundred years ago" just isn't as long as it used to be.)

When will computer geeks grasp that most of the human race actually enjoys the company of others and that there are actual economic reasons why people cluster?

Okay, so Kurzweil is betting on "the Naked Sun" scenario, rather than "the Caves of Steel", but to be fair to him, he's at least noticed that there's some tension between VR technology and New Urbanism. At Kevin Kelly's last Long Now talk, it was clear that this hasn't registered on him yet.

Comment Re:The Hunting of the Snark (Score 1) 167

My problem is (and always has been) that Larry Has Opinions. And lots of those are expressed in such a heavy-handed manner: the language syntax, the intrusive keywords, the proudly gnomic and condescending tone that early on propagated down through Perl user groups, that they are off-putting ...

You see, this don't sound like a technical dispute to me.

Why buy into a tool and ecosystem with warts that piss more people off than the next tool's?

Point the first: this is a non-sequitor. Once again, you're trying to claim it's primarily technical issues with the software, and I'm making the point that you just don't like Larry Wall. He's just not *one of us*. Why no gentleman would take swipes at Python's one-true-way.

If you were actually someone in management, would you listen to someone like yourself? Why?

Comment Re:The Hunting of the Snark (Score 1) 167

My problem is (and always has been) that Larry Has Opinions. And lots of those are expressed in such a heavy-handed manner: the language syntax, the intrusive keywords, the proudly gnomic and condescending tone that early on propagated down through Perl user groups, that they are off-putting ...

You see, this don't sound like a technical dispute to me.

Comment Re:Stupid python comment (Score 1) 167

Ah, well, "local" assigns a temporary, dynamically scoped value to "$/", defaulting to an "undef", i.e. undefined.

"English" is a module that provides alternate, more readable names for the old-style globals like "$/". It hasn't really caught on, so my point is that using it would be a source of confusion for different reasons.

It is however, pretty funny that on a typical unix box a "man English" will take you to the docs for an odd perl module.

Comment Re:Stupid python comment (Score 1) 167

By the way, the Perl 6 way of doing this is:

# read entire file as (Unicode) Str
my $text_contents = slurp "path/to/file";

See: https://docs.perl6.org/routine/slurp.html:

And the same thing can be done in perl 5 with the CPAN module Perl6::Slurp: https://metacpan.org/pod/Perl6::Slurp

I look forward to hearing why Python's chained method call syntax is so much more newbie-friendly than a single, colorfully-named built-in command.

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