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Comment Please people it is a proposal (Score 1) 56

The legislation is a proposal from Mr. Dobrindt who is famous for his unsuccessfulness and stupidity. He wanted to introduce road tolls for non Germans, which is of course illegal . Therefore the project ended in disaster. He proposed WiFi in long distance trains, but the real problem is limited track capacity. He is the worst minister for transportation we had and we had quite a few stupid ones. Nowadays he is also responsible for the Internet and telecommunications. That is why we suck there too.

Comment Re:What's a mile? (Score 3, Interesting) 119

On space.com they provide the measurement in kilometer alongside mile

The exact size of 2015 RR245 is not yet known, but the researchers think it's about 435 miles (700 kilometers) wide. Pluto is the largest resident of the Kuiper Belt, with a diameter of 1,474 miles (2,371 km).

Therefore, this is most likely an international mile. However, who cares? They also provided the diameter in a present day standard for length.

Comment Re: Man, I'm glad I got out of IT (Score 1) 331

Yes you are right. It is exhausting to learn all the oddities which come in play after you realized and implemented 80% of the project. However, the most oddities you encounter in the second phase of language and platform learning. First, you learn the grammar and simple project and build setup. Second, you learn APIs and will realize or participate in a bigger project. This is also the time when most oddities are haunting you. Yes, I agree there should be none, but I also agree there exist. Furthermore, there are new oddities in every version of the tooling. Finally, after a couple of month (depends on your employer or customer) you know 80-90% of all nastiness of the new platform, tooling and language(s). Therefore, the number of show stoppers become seldom. This is because some oddities appear regularly. These you learn quickly, which reduces the amount of time you are surprised of them (and you usually evade them). It is like learning a human language, you need only a tiny vocabulary to be able to make most conversations. The vast majority of vocabulary is only the icing on the cake (even though no icing makes the cake experience dull).

You are also right that it sucks that in such things like UI widget sets, there are still issues and that there appear new issues and that they stay. It is also interesting to see that all past stupidities are repeated every 10-20 years.

Comment Re: Man, I'm glad I got out of IT (Score 1) 331

Yes you are right, but still UI libraries are all very similar too. They all have some sort of canvas, buttons, sliders, scrollbars, composite views, and a set of options how you can layout them. Many of them have a boxing model similar to HTML, but there are also "rule"-based approaches and some with absolute positioning. In the end it is just more of the same. The same applies to databases. Yes every SQL DB has their specialties, but there is always a way to get an auto increment index ,views etc. No-SQL databases are a little bit more diverse, but they store records/objects/rows or nodes (which you should know from graph theory and which should be familiar to you from datamodels/meta-models which have the same property). It is also no big difference between protocol realized via functions (like in Corba, RPC and similar stuff) and via request URIs. True you have to learn how a "call" is expressed, how values are passed and whether you can pass references or not. Therefore, usually you need a month transitioning to a new area.

Comment Re: Well... (Score 3, Informative) 331

60 looks a little bit too mich, but Ehen I look back, I learned several BASIC dialects, Z80 assembler, Turbo Pascal, 8086 ASM, Fortran, C, Modula-2, Scheme, Elisp, Prolog, Objective-C, PHP, Java, Xtend. That are 15 counting the Basiscs AS two languages. I also used XSLT, XSD, Corba which are a transformation language, a data model language and a component interface declaration language. I also know some stuff in HTML, CSS, SQL, EQL,bash, csh, make, ant and maven.
So if I count all those DSLs as programming languages, I am close to 30. Maybe he can provide us with a list.

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