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Comment Re: We Need More Programming Languages! (Score 1) 128

I posted about this last time the python wars were on ;)

there should be 2 concepts that are never co-mingled. there is 'define a block' for the computer and 'define a block' for humans.

python's mistake was that they combined them. what we SEE (and makes sense, based on our 2d vision/brain abilities) needs to be something to show us, quickly, what a block is. indenting works and that's fine.

what the computer PARSES does not need visual 2d help. the computer parser needs to be so robust that it is immune to our petty 'what we SEE' things. for this, we use brackets or begin/end blocks or what the hell bash uses (never liked it, but its also a block structure that is immune to spaces, more or less). and you can post code that is messed up by good old html and 'webmasters' and then extract it via a download, compile it and it will work.

with python and other misguided languages, a simple mistaken space format change - which often happens when posting code to forums - will totally blow your code reliability. it MAY or may NOT work. even if it works, is it actually correct? yeah, that can be pushed left. and that, too. it still 'works' but is it RIGHT?

sigh. this is fucked up, guys. it happens enough that we need to learn our lesson, say 'nice try' but it did NOT work out.

we need to keep the computer parser block stuff separated from our 'presentation layer' that we, humans, use to create and edit and read source code.

give me brace-based c code, totally mess up the spacing and I can run it thru a beautifier (for me, just plain emacs) and I'll SEE what you meant by your code. just cannot do that with the python style languages.

please, language creators of the next generation: learn from this. guido is a smart guy, but he's not perfect and he was 100% wrong when he decided to COMBINE those 2 concepts. good try, pat on the back and all that, but admit it didn't work out and lets move on, already!

Comment Re:Screw you (Score 1) 133

Yup, this.

I've got a lawn for peopel to get off because I've been saying it for years. More like over a decade: Provide a reasonable cost, easy to use, LEGAL alternative and people will use it.

When Netflix had a reasonably full catalog (instead of focusing so much on their own content) the number of downloads "a friend of mine" did was severely reduced. It was quick, easy, cheap, and had much of what he was looking for. Fast forward a bit and now there's a half dozen major and a few dozen minor streaming services. Each with their own quirks, app, content, cost, and rules. Oh, and I still can't watch them on a plan or subway. I mean he. He can't watch them on a plane.

So when it's time to watch some movie there's a ~15 minute delay while the torrent protocol 'caches' the movie and then it's watches. It's LESS convenient than what COULD (and HAS) been offered but more convenient than figuring out the BS of a dozen different streaming platforms or trying to figure out somewhere to legally buy/download from and them export/import into whatever I want to watch on.

Comment Re:Good news for me (Score 5, Informative) 180

you don't know the whole story.

lenovo is many companies. their business laptop division is nothing like the 'yoga crap' that they sell consumers with crapware.

that said, there are issues you need to know about hp and lenovo (those are the 2 that come to mind). they both lock down the pci-e slot so that you can't install your own wifi mini-pcie card due to a blacklist/whitelist in the bios. I bought a t420s laptop a few years ago since it was what we used at work and they seemed very reliable and repairable, too. only after I tried to install an intel gig-wifi card (ac) did it refuse to boot on me. I did find a hacked bios on one of the forums and it works fine, but I have NO IDEA what is really going on and if there is spyware in that hacked bios due to the 'helpful user' who made the bios hack for me. I really cant be sure what was done to that hacked bios, but at least I do get to use the wifi card I want.

other than that, its been a good laptop, it has been repairable and its built pretty well.

the spyware and phone home stuff does not tend to exist on the business level lappies. business guys would not put up with that, generally; only 'yoga users' (lol, what a name!) would.

so, pick the right model of lenovo and be sure you get the right wifi card from purchase. oh, and I tried BUYING the 'right' wifi card after the sale. impossible to do. no one would sell me one and even lenovo would not. incredible. you have to configure it with the ac wifi you want when you buy it. or, take your chances with hacked bios, which I would not really want to do again.

Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 324

There's some shelf life concerns. Typically drugs break down slowly and lose potency over time. A 5 year old epi pen may have half the potency (wild ass guess) and the breakdown time line is what's supposed to drive the expiration.

In reality, it's a combination of profits and paranoia about being sued. 90% potency and someone, somehow dies because it wasn't enough...where a full 100% dose would have saved them? maybe? Yeah...there's a lawsuit and $xyz settlement.

I agree though, it's largely about profits and convincing people that 'expired' medicine is useless, dangerous, or somehow bad for ... something.

Comment Re:Incoming lawsuit in 3...2... (Score 1) 324

They won't because they won't need to.

The problem is their device is *certified and approved* while the epipencil (and any similar mass-produced device) would not be.

It's ridiculous, but even things that utterly fail the patent test because they're virtually identical and obvious do NOT automatically get certified for medical use. IIRC there's another manufacturer getting their epipen (which they will call something else) certified because ... it's worth it to spend the $ and they can still hugely undercut on the price.

IDK if they laws explicitly require this *exact* epi device in schools or requires a "FDA approved epi auto-injector".

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 1) 272

dead wrong.

in fact, this reminds me of an EEVBLOG post I read that addressed the rigol scope market (I think it was rigol) and that they made 2 scopes on a model # - one for non-china sales and one for china-only sales. the china-only one was really dangerous and underdesigned. lots of failures - total POS. the reason it was sold to china only is that its easier to sell shit to them and they can deal with the problems locally (not expensive to mail it back to the factory, etc). if I mailed a bad scope from the US to china, it would cost half of the value of the scope, itself.

china does not keep the 'better stuff' to its own people. its the exact opposite, in fact. china has more people than they need and care nothing for human life. individuals are not respected, the 'whole' is the only thing that matters to their culture. quite backward from how I grew up (in the US) and this divide is one major difference between us that I can't see ever changing.

china educated engineers also tend not to be very creative and also generally not very good (sorry if the truth hurts).

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 0) 272

chinese modern culture assigns NO value to human life.

I should not have to list product news items to demo that to you. everyone knows this, at some level.

the chinese CAN design and build serious things; but mostly, money matters more than anything to them and ethics simply does not enter into 'profits'. when profits are all that matters, we are done for. they learned TOO WELL from us, it seems (damn.)

china capacitors will be here to plague us until we cease as a species. and that's just one of the fucked up things they did to the world. impossible to buy gear that does not have the fake china caps inside ;(

Comment england, today, would make orwell cry (Score 1) 165

I used to travel to the UK quite regularly, in the 80's and some in the 90's. I would not recognize it now, in many ways. they have gone so far into the nanny state and citizen spying, I would never voluntarily move to england and I don't even really want to fly there anymore.

england has jumped the shark and they have so many problems, it would be absurd for a new tech company to move there. the only reason would be for localized business or to have local feet on the ground. but to start a tech company there? LOL, indeed.

Comment Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 294

when the 'right way' wont work, do it any fucking way you can.

"I learned from watching you, dad!"

(so to speak)

rules are for little people. so, the hacker decided it should follow the rulebook of some other class of personhood.

I understand. I know that our system is filled with broken-ness. and when you lose faith that the system can work, you go rogue.

I fully understand. it sucks that we have gotton to this, but we have.

Comment We're done (Score 1) 529

Let's see. . .

I'm dry. I'm warm. I'm cool. Year-round.

I'm clean. I'm safe. I'm secure. From every danger, always.

I've got a giant tvision, with infinite entertainment. I've got access to all the world's knowledge and communication with anyone on the planet within seconds from my pocket.

I've got food, year-round, in a clean kitchen, at the touch of a few buttons -- be it the stove, the oven, or the microwave, I can cook food in minutes.

Instead of spending my like canning to preserve food, I have winter-in-one-box-and-the-arctic-in-another.

I've got laundry machines that can wash every piece of cloth in the entire house in one day. The only reason I don't use it every day is because I'd need to fold it all.

I've got porn, fast-food, and a couch actually called a lazy-boy.

I've got infinite music for pennies. Infinite movies for a few dollars. Infinite tvision for a few dollars more.

I've got an inexpensive sports car.

I've got farm-fresh food minutes away.

I've got friends and family and neighbours readily available for fun times, or to help me when I need help.

I've got as few or as many pets and children as I'd like. Which reminds me, I've got free healthcare and free education too.

You've got problems? Really, the laundry folding isn't that bad.

Comment Re:Tax (Score 3, Insightful) 538

when government ensures that everyone can get power, and mail, and water and sewage (etc etc) - are they doing it with some alterior motives? strings attached? join 'our club' or else?

the government, in the ideal sense, exists to empower people with a higher standard of living that they can achieve collectively, that they could not individually. we have roads and utilities and all that - NOT because its a 'good business profit' reason, but because its what is Right and Good and what everyone knows down deep is the real meaning of life.

'profit' is some excuse that is being trotted out at every chance in order to justify greed and inhumanity toward each other. companies have no ethics, no reason to exist to further mankind. governments, arguably, DO exist for the common betterment.

the fact that all governments have become evil and corrupt, well, that's what we created for ourselves. we let things get to this point, all of us, somehow. some more than others, but ....

but in essence, you can't expect companies to exist to improve life. governments, WERE supposed to be there to improve quality of life and not care about 'profit'.

religion has a motive. and it makes selective 'gifts'. to get the soup, you have to listen to the BS sermon. no listen, no soup. that's not a group of people I want running things.

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