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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Shompol Re:Been a while (391 comments)

Teaching toddler Python was priceless, and this is just the beginning of the awesome process of passing nerdiness to the next gen.

...and I still find time to assemble my hardware, so there.

about three weeks ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Shompol Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

All of lower Manhattan (south of 34th St) could not flush toilet for two weeks after an explosion at local power station (due to hurricane Sandy). Where have you been with your "large diesel generators"?

about a month ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Shompol Re:ISIS Caliphate (361 comments)

Judging by the map it is mostly Iraq and some Syria so far. Thanks, Bush Jr!

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

I have to manually adjust indentation because the editor can't figure it out

Try using a Python editor? I don't want to start the next "emacs vs vi" round, but seriously...

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

...and my editor will correct the formatting. For python, I would also have to manually...

Just like a C editor "corrects the formatting" for C, a Python editor "corrects the formatting" for Python.

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

A friend of mine, a physics major, is using Python to do his finance math (he secretly prefers Matlab) -- managed to write same exact code in Python, since chaining statements with ;'s is still allowed. All variable names are exactly one letter long, no spaces -- a wall of text margin to margin with no blank lines. His code will be dumpstered the moment he is not available to maintain it.

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

My senior colleague also does not get it. The thing is, with C-syntax you need braces + indentation. So python halves your work out of the box. In C when indentation and braces are mismatched you read the code one way, but the computer interprets it differently. In Python: fixed.

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Shompol Re:Good! (619 comments)

What? US has middle class? ...not really

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Shompol Re:Python Perl (466 comments)

Everything is relative. I admit that Perl is heaven compared to C or MASM. It is possible to write millions of lines of code in Perl. It is, however, a nightmare compared to Python: just the appearance of Perl code is an eyesore.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Shompol Re:The Nightmare on WINDOWS(TM) Home Street (186 comments)

I see windows boxes at relatives houses and they are all infested with viruses and botnets, their browsers hijacked, mostly not from viruses but from "free" stuff they installed from the internet. By contrast, all the linux machines are pristine. Even two computers in the same household - one Linux and the other one Windows - there is no comparison.

You can downmod me all you want and tell stories how you managed to secure a Windows machine with your ninja IT skills, the average household's computer is like the "house" from TFA.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Shompol Python Perl (466 comments)

From someone who used Perl for over a decade: as soon as your project evolves beyond a couple of package files Perl degrades into a nightmare. I learned Python from scratch a few months ago and it is easier to code and manage by leaps and bounds. Character encoding and number of existing libraries also shines compared to Perl, even for Python 3

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Shompol The Nightmare on WINDOWS(TM) Home Street (186 comments)

You see, my house has a virus again. Technically it’s malware. But there’s no patch yet...

a) Do not let a Windows machine control your hose. US Navy tried that. Bad idea.
b) Going by the past history there won't be a patch from Microsoft. Wait for a third-party A/V software to come out with a fix.

about 2 months ago
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LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

Shompol Only give corporations your junk mailbox (50 comments)

Have a separate mailbox that you divulge to corporate entities without hesitation, but can still open it on per-need basis. This way all spam goes directly to recycle bin.

about 3 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Shompol Re:Wrong question (634 comments)

FORTRAN and Lisp (and BASIC and C, only somewhat later) made programmers about as productive, within a reasonably small constant factor, as anything since.

I recently switched from C to Python, and my productivity shot up ~100 times. For example, I created a tree of hashes to perform pattern matching on large data sets in linear time. It took me 2 hours from concept to production run. Also factor in a huge library that does everything needed on this planet, ease of maintaining 100x fewer lines of code and 0 memory management hurdles.

The downside is that it runs 100 times slower than C, but since it is the programmer's productivity your are talking about, you are very wrong.

about 4 months ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Shompol Re:They kept it SECRET so lots can be kept secret? (183 comments)

Because "do some emergency welding work" and "weld here" is not newsworthy.

I am more curious about what the reply was to the undegrad student and how did they keep him quiet. Also, did he get a congressional medal for saving 1000s of lives?

about 4 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Shompol Re:Better not ask them... (155 comments)

...and end with a no-fly list

about 4 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Shompol Re:Shareholders know less than nothing (150 comments)

Hello police? I would like to report a murder followed by cannibalism. Victim was known as Nokia...

about 4 months ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Shompol Re:The King of 18th Century England Called (220 comments)

Free trade works well on a level playing field. Factories that process their waste cannot compete with those that dump waste in rivers and smog rest into the air. Workers in free countries cannot compete with slave labour in the overpopulated third world, where 50% of engineers sit unemployed, while the "lucky" ones commit suicides on a regular basis.

about 4 months ago

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