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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Dom2 Re:Horrible. (2254 comments)

That's not true. The same byte sequence is either valid UTF-8 or it isn't. One of UTF-8's distinguishing features is that you can tell with fairly high probability whether a sequence of bytes is valid UTF-8 or not. Unlike (say) ISO-8859-1, which could be ISO-8859-2. You can't (easily) distinguish without human intervention.

The fact that the site declares itself to be both UTF-8 and iso-8859-1 is just ludicrous however.

more than 3 years ago
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Myths About Code Comments

Dom2 Re:One person's myth is another person's fact. (580 comments)

I actually did one of those comments a few days ago. There wasn't a better way to do a particular piece of code, so I put the comment in "// This is ugly, but there isn't a better way to do it.". It's a note to myself and future developers not to bother trying to fix an insignificant ugly piece.

Which is absolutely fine, just so long as you explained why in the next sentence. Or preferably three. As somebody above mentioned, comments should explain the why, not the how.

Much like commit messages, but that's a rant for another day

more than 4 years ago
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Thunderbird to Leave Mozilla Foundation

Dom2 Re:Poor thunderbird (239 comments)

I need to schedule a meeting with 20 people, and book a conference room.

Don't you have some work to do, instead of wasting everybody else's time? Seriously, a meeting with 20 people, you might as well go to the pub, it'd be at least as productive.

more than 7 years ago

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