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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Nutria Re:Null Terminated Strings (725 comments)

If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better.

Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend. Even back in the day, CompSci professors loathed/disdained it, and the most popular textbook series was from the grossly incompetent Shelly & Cashman.

Once I re-learned it from people who grokked the language, I discovered how powerful it is at it's intended task.

Finding people willing to write in it is hard, though, so -- before Java -- many managers decided that business apps would be written in C rather than the appropriate language.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Nutria Some COBOL features I like (725 comments)

- Variables can start with a numeric, since whitespace is the token separator. This has some distinct uses in a globally scoped language, when combined with PERFORM THRU.
- "Concatenated OR". It lets you write code like IF 8 = A OR B OR C OR D OR E THEN ...
- 88 Level variables

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Nutria Re:Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

Tape has always had a limited life-span and is too easily damaged to completely trust with high-value archival data. Instead, archival on tape usually means "we're not quite confident enough to just delete this crap".

Maybe the cheap crap. I've pulled 7 year old data off of SuperDLT tapes.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Nutria Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

Enterprises have been doing this with tape for 30 years.

In fact, modern tape technology probably has a higher "volumetric" density than BD.

about three weeks ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Nutria Re:not true at all (133 comments)

Damn, you beat me to it...

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria Re:2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Are you in the habit of being an asshole?

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria Re:2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Resolution is measured linearly, not quadratically.

Why? The surface of the Earth is two-dimensional (three, if you want to be picky), not one-dimensional.

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria 2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Or 4x the resolution (a 50cm square being 4x as large as a 25cm square)?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Nutria Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Just ask the Germans what happened to their request for their gold stored in the US.

Are there any "THE GOLD IS MISSING WERE DOOOOOOOOMED!!!" sites that are not scaremongers?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Nutria What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Ask Slashdot. Instead I'd go to forums where actual field ecologists -- the ones who actually go out and sample water, etc -- to see what they suggest.

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Nutria Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

and prove that the IP they have is going to right place.

Eh? It's gmail. The need is to associate a gmail account with a person, not with an IP address.

And doing that depends mainly on how much PII the person tells Google when he registers the account.

about a month and a half ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Nutria Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

The majority were a buncha eggheads who thought it was cool they'd found someone willing to fund them,

And willingly worked 12,000 "undesirables" to death.

put the blame where it belongs

Square on Frank Malina's shoulders for wanting to do something else.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Nutria Re:Federation of Am... Soc.. for Exper... Biology? (63 comments)

so I imagine they came to a similar conclusion at some point.

Twelve other Societies and the FASEB also have the same Bethesda address, but different phone numbers. Maybe FASEB is contracting out administrative functions?

about a month and a half ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Nutria Re:The lesson here isn't to be quiet, but... (928 comments)

This way, he doesn't lose out on the rage of the moment,

Or he could remember that throwing temper tantrums when you don't get your way is what we putatively teach children not to do.

about 2 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Nutria Re:user error (710 comments)

The economy can adapt to the needs of the environment and our aggregate needs as a people.

Sure it can adapt, by shipping jobs to un- (or bogo-)regulated China.

about 2 months ago

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