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Google Go Capturing Developer Interest

Idiot with a gun Re:Alternatives? (434 comments)

My coworker and I got in a big argument about Scala earlier.

I hate it when people call it functional. I'd far prefer multi-paradigm, and here's why.

No proper Tail Call Optimization. In simple cases the compiler inlines your function as a loop, or it uses a trampoline function. This can make make writing functional code (which has no loops generally) inefficient (and ugly). That's what you get for sticking on the JVM I guess.

Introduction of non-pure functions through inclusion of systems library. The argument for Scala is that you have access to any Java library. The issue is that none of these libraries are pure functions, so you ruin the pure nature of your program.

Does this make Scala bad? No. But I think to call it a functional language is to be disingenuous. Is it handy having functional constructs (yay partial application and maps!) in an OOP language? Heck yes. But it's not really designed for pure functional programming, so I really wouldn't call it functional.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Go Capturing Developer Interest

Idiot with a gun Re:"many developers are so intrigued" (434 comments)

Google Go is in basically the exact same position Java was. Both are technically OSS, but both are also controlled by a single company. I'm sure this exact same thing happened in Usenet back before Java was popular, and look where it is now.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Go Capturing Developer Interest

Idiot with a gun Name (434 comments)

Whatever happened to the previous language named Go? Did the creator settle with Google, or did Google just ignore him?

more than 4 years ago
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FAA Data Shows Exploding Batteries Are Rare, Small Risk

Idiot with a gun Re:Not the Problem (183 comments)

How do you manage to breathe so much and not choke?

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Experimental Fiber Network

Idiot with a gun Re:What is Google's interest? Data Tracking? (363 comments)

Plus, many ISPs are trying to strip ads from pages, and insert their own in the fly. Comcast even redirects not found DNS queries to their own ad-covered site. It's in Google's interest to ensure you receive the pages as they were sent (with their ads instead of Comcast's).

Personally, I want it (Google's ads are less offensive, and 1Gbps? Yes please).

more than 4 years ago
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A "Never Reboot" Service For Linux

Idiot with a gun Re:Huh? (321 comments)

What kind of stock broker needs his system up when the markets are closed?

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Idiot with a gun Re:This is not science. (505 comments)

1) Almost. Our politicians are retarded, and more interested in appeasing people than actually fixing things. They'll act on bad data. 2) So? There are trolls on the internet too. They're receiving grants, get some lawyers. 3) Clearly it didn't work too well. 1 sig fig.....

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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Idiot with a gun Re:This is not science. (505 comments)

Irrelevant. If you can't take some trolls, maybe you shouldn't be in such a controversial topic. The accuracy of your data is far more significant than your petty emotions, especially if your data will be affecting trillions of dollars worldwide.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks

Idiot with a gun Re:Ipod (211 comments)

They make a relatively strong effort to prevent you from doing that. Specifically the firmware has to be signed. Now, we can fake it these days (Since you can put Linux on your iPod), but it was quite a reverse engineering feat to do this, IIRC.

more than 4 years ago
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US Grants Home Schooling German Family Political Asylum

Idiot with a gun Re:Theory versus reality. (1324 comments)

It's called observation bias. You could never know how well your social skills would have developed if you were public schooled. I used to be incredibly socially awkward, and now I'm doing a lot better. Why? Age, probably. But had I been home schooled, then gone to a public college I would've blamed it on home schooling. Would I have been worse? I dunno, I didn't live my life that way.

more than 4 years ago
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75% of Linux Code Now Written By Paid Developers

Idiot with a gun Re:Statistics (368 comments)

As a console lover myself, I do lament to some degree the increasing lack of interest the modern Linux user has in it. But, perhaps it's for the better, as the community is becoming far stronger (even OSS projects need writers and artists for polish). And I would definitely agree with your analysis on Gnome and KDE. Although I think compatibility has changed drastically recently, as Linux is now geared towards being compatible with commodity hardware, not just workstations for the computer literate.

more than 4 years ago
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75% of Linux Code Now Written By Paid Developers

Idiot with a gun Re:Statistics (368 comments)

You have the unmistakable stench of someone who judges from a high chair. Did you try Linux in the late 90's? Have you been running it since then? I hopped in in around 2006, and let me tell you that device support has changed drastically. And IMHO, device support is one of the most significant parts of a kernel (and the surrounding projects). Because who cares about an OS if it doesn't work on your machine?

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Revamp Imminent?

Idiot with a gun Re:Ogg is out for technical reasons (297 comments)

That's patently false. Even among lossless codecs there can be a drastic difference in sizes with the same bit rate. A great example of this is WAV vs. FLAC. FLAC is lossless, so all data is preserved (just, represented differently), yet it can be 30-50% smaller than WAV on music. And things get even more complicated when you start looking at lossy codecs (like many video codecs) that are willing to throw away "useless" data.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Revamp Imminent?

Idiot with a gun Re:Ogg is out for technical reasons (297 comments)

Maybe, combined with some legal pressure, our ISPs would actually start upgrading their backbone, and delivering on their promises (or promising more reasonable things).

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Revamp Imminent?

Idiot with a gun Re:Ogg is out for technical reasons (297 comments)

MPEG-4 is still patent encumbered. So if we switch to it, we aren't really gaining that much. How about we finally go to audio/video standards that people can use without worrying about being sued?

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Revamp Imminent?

Idiot with a gun Oh please oh please oh please (297 comments)

I have been calling for Flash to be killed with fire for a long time. It's by far the worst internet technology still in use. It even beats out ActiveX (possibly even for vulnerabilities too!). I strongly hope google does this.

more than 4 years ago
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CES, Reporter Breaks "Unbreakable" Mobile Phone

Idiot with a gun Re:What's with the nationalism (316 comments)

You sound like those crazy sociology professors who get pissed at words like "manhole" and "mankind." It's part of the presentation style, relax.

more than 4 years ago
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INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

Idiot with a gun Re:Don't be silly. (450 comments)

They basically don't. The summary and title is flat out wrong. They basically were granted some tax freedoms, that's all.

more than 4 years ago

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Favorite Programming Language

Idiot with a gun Idiot with a gun writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Idiot with a gun (1081749) writes "There have been some complaints lately about the "Ask Slashdot" submissions being easy, yes or no questions. So, here's a more complicated question (with only a slight risk of starting a flame war): while no programming language is suitable for all tasks, every programmer seems to have a favorite language. If you program, what is your language of choice, and why?"

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