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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Fished Whatever (359 comments)

I was an Emacs dude for a long time and still use it. Then I tried RubyMine, and eventually upgraded to IDEA. The IDE features are sometimes handy. I also use vi very regularly for quick edits of small scripts.

I would no more stick to one editor than I would stick to one programming language. Right tool for the job is the key.

about 2 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Fished Re: lol (499 comments)

You're a fool. Once I realized that "willpower" is a metabolic state, not moral success or a moral failing, and I learned how to manipulate that metabolic state, I lost 150 lbs.

But go ahead, haters gotta hate!

about 4 months ago
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The Steady Decline of Unix

Fished A distinction without a difference (570 comments)

The distinction betwen "Linux" and "UNIX" is virtually meaningless. All of the traditional proprietary unixen are massively customized from the original System V/System 7 sources over the past thirty years -- such that it's hard to say that they have a common core even. The only real difference is a marketing difference.

So, say it with me!

Meh.

1 year,2 days
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Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations

Fished Missing the point... (419 comments)

The point is not what the NSA has done with the information. The point is what they could do. Having "legally" (I use the term advisedly) obtained all this information on every American, they could now use it for any nefarious purpose. Having done so in secret, they hardly seem trustworthy.

I'm old enough to remember the days when we posted garbage at the end of messages for the "NSA line eater." Time to do that again.

about a year ago
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Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

Fished Re: Dictator hating free speech, news at 11. (418 comments)

Dude, I could drive a bus through the factual errors in your post. By the fifth century, the Roman Empire had no trace of democracy, it was a brutal dictatorship. Nor did kings have any real restraint in medieval Europe. Not did Islam have its origins in the late Roman Empire - Byzantine, MAYBE, but by the seventh century their control if Arabia was sketchy at best. Nor was Byzantium remotely democratic.

That dog won't hunt, and it's amazing to me that people are actually agreeing with you!

Sources: phd in New Testament and early Christianity, university of Virginia.

about a year ago
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

Fished This is news? (409 comments)

I work at a Very Large Company (who must remain nameless.) We've got Solaris boxes that were last rebooted in the 90's. Yes. Really. Running Solaris 2.6, even.

about a year and a half ago
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Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

Fished Re:Double Standard (443 comments)

The other catch is that the public defender will be payed less -- usually dramatically less -- to defend you than the prosecutor is paid to persecute you. In Virginia, the state pays public defenders $120 to represent you for a class 1 misdemeanor, which carry up to five years of jail time.

At the standard legal rate around here, that means you get half an hour of representation, if you're lucky.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

Fished Re:at the most they can shed light.. (252 comments)

Again, not defending the US government. I am just saying that I don't think the Japanese internment was comparable to the Nazi "final solution", and that you water down the horror of the holocaust when you act as though it was.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

Fished Re:at the most they can shed light.. (252 comments)

Hitler engaged in a decades long persecution of Jews, and the purpose of the concentration camps was to provide a "final solution" by exterminating them. Over 7 million were killed.

Roosevelt allowed the internment of Japanese Americans after the US was sneak-attacked by their home country without provocation. He and his military commanders felt that Japanese Americans with easy access to the cost might assist the Japanese government with an invasion, so they moved them away from the coast. The

I'm not denying that racism played a role in making the US Government regard Japanese with suspicion (while not so regarding German Americans, for example.) I AM saying that there is no evidence that there was ever any intent to kill Japanese Americans en masse. I am not defending the internment, I AM saying that it wasn't genocidal.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

Fished Re:at the most they can shed light.. (252 comments)

While I'm, no big fan of the US government, do bear in mind that there's a huge difference between "concentration camps" as Japanese detainment: with rare exceptions the victims survived. Moreover, most detainees were treated reasonably (but not very) well, so long as they kept the rules. I don't think the comparison is helpful. These were two very different things.

about a year and a half ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

Fished I did this` (264 comments)

I had an Intel Q6600 system (quad 2.4Ghz cores), and it wasn't able to keep up with some new updates in games my son wanted to pay. Bought a new GPU, and now I can play what he wanted to play (WoW) at maximum settings, no problem. Your mileage may vary, but it worked for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

Fished Re:No working Skype for Android either (372 comments)

Which is the Achilles heal of Android -- between vendor customizations, carrier customizations, and many different hardware models, it can't provide a consistent experience. If I were Google, I'd lock it down and say, "don't mess it up, keep the Interface the way it is"
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about a year and a half ago
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Scientology On Trial In Belgium

Fished Re:Here it comes... (540 comments)

One godhead, three "faces". As originally construed, Jewish monotheism was never intended to analyze the internal character of God, but to say that you should not worship any God other than YHWH. Interesting thing is that, for a very long time, nobody had a really terrible time with the trinity. It's based on a Platonic philosophical view, and doesn't make sense if you're not a Platonist.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientology On Trial In Belgium

Fished Re:Here it comes... (540 comments)

Moreover, Mountain Meadows was not so much driven by a matter of doctrine or religion as by the perception that the Federal government was going to run them off their land (as indeed the government of Illionois did in Nauvoo 50 years before.) On a whole, the Mormans have been much less the persecutors than the persecuted.

BTW, I too am not a Mormon. Just an interested observer.

about a year and a half ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

Fished Whatever happened to renewals? (309 comments)

I wouldn't have a problem with these long terms if there was a requirement to renew every 10 years or so. What pisses me off is the works that no longer have commercial value, you can't even find the "owners" without spending many thousands, and yet still I'm a felon if I copy them. That makes no sense. Set a 10 year renewal with a modest fee,

about a year and a half ago
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GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

Fished 2000 called (476 comments)

The year 2000 called. They want their "obvious" back.

about a year and a half ago
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Ada 2012 Language Approved As Standard By ISO

Fished Re:ISO? We don't trust them any more. (165 comments)

Operator overloading is not "discouraged" in Python. Rather, you're encouraged to use it to make your objects "Pythonic" (i.e. support a similar range of features to a built-in python object) and to make sure the semantics are basically the same. Eliminating operator overloading from languages entirely is one of the things that makes Java suck so much and so frickin' verbose, in my opinion.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

Fished Re:Kudos (1061 comments)

Westboro Baptist Church has nothing to do with Jesus, "zombie" or otherwise. You do realize that there is no Christian body of any size, anywhere, that supports them? That they are a standalone congregation of about 40 people, most of whom are related to Phelps, who make their living by stirring up controversy and suing for their civil right to do so?

Don't even consider them Chrsitians. It's a business scheme.

about a year and a half ago

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What If Texas Executed an Innocent Man?

Fished Fished writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fished writes "In the debate on the modern death penalty, proof that an innocent man has actually been executed in modern times has become a grisly milestone--proof that even with all the modern safeguards, the death penalty is still fundamentally flawed. In the words of Sandra Day O'Connor, 'execution of a legally and factually innocent person would be a constitutionally intolerable event.' Regrettably, as detailed in this article from the New Yorker, which includes fascinating details on the science fire investigation, that milestone appears to have been met. On February 17, 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for a fire that killed his 3 daughters, a fire that was not, after all, arson. May he rest in piece."
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Best language to learn functional programming?

Fished Fished writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fished writes "A couple of recent articles here on Slashdot have made reference to Functional Programming, which forces me to admit a weakness. Despite programming since the age of 6 (literally) and using snippets of Emacs LISP for almost 20 years, I've never really mastered a Functional language. Since I learn a new programming language every year to keep from getting stale, I've decided that this year I'm going to correct that. So, here's the question: first, what's the best language for a new-comer to functional programming? I recognize that Python and Ruby incorporate some functional features, but I want to learn a pure functional language that will force me to master the functional paradigm. Obviously, LISP is a choice, but I'm not sure that its the best choice. Ideally, I want a language and an environment that will let me write something useful. Second, what books, websites, and tools would you recommend for someone new to Functional programming?"
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Fished Fished writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fished writes "This may be a selfish question, but so far as I can tell it hasn't been asked before. I'm currently a Solaris System Engineer in a Very Large Company. This Very Large Company has predictably standardized on Windows as their corporate desktop. However, they are also of the opinion that nobody needs anything but Windows on their desktop. While this may be true for most employees, as a System Engineer I find that my productivity is much lower when I am forced to use Windows on my desktop. I spend way too much time overcoming the ways in which Windows is just different from UNIX, and not enough time getting my job done. Loading Solaris X86 is not an option, since we are required to use a bunch of software that is Windows only (much of it sloppily written, IE only internal websites, with fun things like ActiveX controls.) VmWare works, but is certainly less than ideal. So, I have two questions. First, if you're a UNIX/Linux systems engineer/administrator in a large company, do they give you a desktop for the platform you manage? Second, have you any tips on justifying your need for a second, UNIX-based desktop to the powers that be? I'm hoping enough people will write in that I can point management at this article to demonstrate that we're not just being picky."

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