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Comment "syntactic sugar" except for OOP (Score 4, Interesting) 304

I would agree with you except for the fact that Java, C++, C#, Objective C and even Javascript all have Object Orientated Programming aspects to them which is much more than "syntactic sugar" (which is a great term).

Unfortunately for some, C saddles the user with the dreaded pointer. I'm not sure how pointers are taught today, but "back in the day" when I was taught pointers in university, the approach taken was pretty sadistic with the goal of instructors to demonstrate their intellectual superiority over their students by showing (and testing) the most bizarre and unlikely combinations of * and &. I suspect that this is reason for the fear of C and pointers (when all you really need to know about pointers is how to pass data to and from methods and how pointers can be used with strings).

Comment Cost/Entertainment Analysis. (Score 1) 326

I totally agree with what Mr. Cameron says; going to movies is a fun, social experience. Maybe this isn't true for other people, but I enjoy being part of a group performance (which is really what this is). It's a chance to get out with family and friends and treat yourself.

But why is it so bloody expensive? Taking a family of four out to see a movie will cost $150 CAN minimum, - $65 for four tickets (this includes a "Child") plus popcorn, drink and candy. Now, compare this to waiting a few months for the DVD - normally around $25 CAN for a Blu-Ray. Wait a year or two and it ends up in a bin at WalMart for $8.00 CAN (Blu-Ray again - DVDs are $5.00 or less).

So, when we go out to a movie, it's something that *everyone* wants to see and expects to enjoy. We do reasonably well with our picks but there are often duds which makes you question why you spent all that money and become more wary in the future.

Comment The IOC is run by clueless, stupid lawyers (Score 1) 242

This is not a facetious comment - I've been involved with a few things for kids over the years and the Twitter restrictions listed in the article are minor compared to what you have to put up with trying to promote *their* event with kids.

For example, you can't have any kind of media publicity without the local IOC's permission. You cannot use the terms "Olympian" or "Olympic Athlete", instead you must use "Athlete that has/is going to compete in the Olympics". You cannot display the five rings (even if it's adorably drawn by a five year old). You cannot have your own "Olympic medals".

It's amazing because you are promoting *their* event for free, for them.

Comment This validates how many cheesy movies? (Score 1) 93

Yet another case of popular media predicting actual science.

Seriously, I think there was at least one James Bond ("Never Say Never"?) with this theme as well as one in which eyes were carried around in plastic baggies to break security. I think the big part of this was the "ick" factor to create audience buzz.

Comment If you answer "Yes", then I won't be hiring you... (Score 2) 151

I have a Win (various), Mac, Linux and Chromebook devices which I install OS (as well as browser) previews on to test my software on and hopefully give me a bit of runway to report a problem in an upcoming release. As a few others have noted, my primary (development) systems have stable versions of the OSes in which I review all updates and only install security patches.

If somebody is so irresponsible and so chained to the idea of being on the bleeding edge that you put previews on your primary machines, then I wouldn't trust you with my company's software.

Who is this "We" that were wondering in the question? Why would you think that serious professionals (or even semi-serious hackers) would do such a, frankly stupid, thing?

Comment Re:I'm morbidly obese... (Score 1) 202

If you haven't been to a doctor in 15 years - how do you know you are "in better health today than I ever was before"?

I'm very suspicious about the claim that you are maintaining 350lbs on a 1,500 calorie a day diet. With any kind of exercise, you should be losing weight, not maintaining it. Maybe if you were eating 1,500 calories a meal, three times a day you would be maintaining that weight.

I'm happy you feel good - but at 350lbs and not losing weight on what should be minimal caloric input, I suspect that you should be seriously thinking about swallowing a bit of humble pie and going for a much delayed doctor's appointment.

After all, you don't want those relatives of yours spilling drinks and cigarette ashes into your coffin.

Comment âoeCell on Wings.â??? (Score 5, Insightful) 114

Aren't we at the point where enough is enough?

To the /. powers that be, could you please update your systems so submitters can copy and paste with a reasonable expectation that characters like double quotes (") don't get mangled? At the very least, downgrade your editor system so these issues can be seen before the item is released?

Isn't this supposed to be the premier site for âoepropellerheadsâ? I think that it is long past when annoyance this should have been fixed.

Comment So Philip Marlowe belongs to? (Score 1) 354

Would it be:
- Humphrey Bogart
- Elliot Gould
- Robert Mitchum
- Dick Powell
- James Garner
- Robert Montgomery
- James Caan
- George Montgomery
- I think there's another couple or three actors that also have played the Mr. Chandler's detective.

Not to take away Mr. Takei's performance as "Sulu" in ST:TOS, but it's a role and when another actor performs it they should be allowed to put their own spin on it. That goes for the writers, the director and the producers.

I guess you could argue that the creator has the final say, but apparently Mr. Takei approach Gene Roddenberry about making Sulu gay and he refused saying that he was pushing too many buttons already and didn't want the show to get cancelled.

Unfortunately, Mr. Roddenberry is dead and the franchise has been moved onto others who have different ideas about the characters.

Personally, I think that's a good thing.

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