... the hard way
I might be daft, but I don't think there is an easier way to run python in a browser. Please enlighten me.
The problem imo is not that developers are incapable or unwilling to help out reporters. I wrote the better part of an article on InfoQ about a project I'm committer on once, and I can't imagine that most developers would not want to take some credit for their work if the timing is right.
The problem is that the timing is usually not right. I work one day a week on OSS. If I'm into something, I usually just ignore the phone, and read my email only when I'm done. If you're lucky enough to get a hold of me on a Friday afternoon when I'm stuck on something you'll get two hours of my time and probably something with less spelling errors and more to the point than if you'd had written it yourself.
The reason that I'm ignoring my mail and phone is not because I don't want to be helpful, I simply can't without wreaking havoc to my productivity. There are a few interesting articles to explain why that is. An example: http://www.byte-vision.com/ProductivityArticle.aspx
The only thing I can think to do to help out reporters is to publish my personal schedule so they can see when it might be useful to bug me. If you're constantly on a 3 hour deadline with no heads up, you're shit out of luck, sorry.
In the end having a project but no story is better than having a story and no project
How many programs have you ever seen in business that require more than the most basic mathematics? 3?
How many programs have you ever encountered that were hard to read?
You know, there are a lot of people who don't have a problem combining religion and science... so I don't see how that part of your comment has anything to do with anything...
Grandparent is talking about a possibly irrelevant personal experience, but sort of stays on topic (mentioning the name of a science hero). You are responding to the personal experience only and are thereby completely off topic (by your own definition).
To me it's actually quite interesting to provide my kids with a way to evolve their thinking beyond needing religion, but as you suggest, they can look up to science hero's before doing that.
Yes, rail travel requires resources of iron and such to lay down infrastructure, but that infrastructure is used and maintained for many years and pays off over the long haul. Once down, a diesel locomotive can move immense amounts of cargo for a lot less per mile than other modes of transportation, so it should balance out.
Yeah, it should shouldn't it... so why are you avoiding any kind of quantitative arguments about it? The point is to figure out if it *does* balance out.