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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

aralin Re:Best short programs (178 comments)

If you think in terms of as much stuff done in as little characters as possible, there is no competition for PERL.

I think this particular competition though is counting bytes of machine code. I thought I was pretty good myself with reducing a printer driver into 136 bytes, but Chess in 500 that is really something.

yesterday
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

aralin Re:Perl, my favorite language is rated higher... (383 comments)

Readability always depends on the programmer. Indentation does not give you readability by itself. You need modularity, comments, compactness, good symbol selection, etc. There is so much more to readability. Maybe you just saw a python written by very good programmers, but I saw python scripts written by mediocre programmers and they are not any more or less readable than any other program in any other language that I run through indent.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

aralin Re:Perl, my favorite language is rated higher... (383 comments)

A lot of sysadmins, devops and product integration people using perl for quick filters so they don't have to learn awk or sed with:

cmd | perl -e 'stmt;stmt;stmt;stmt;stmt' | cmd

You cannot do the same thing in python easily and that is an issue as you mentioned. Another issue is that the whitespace is creating havoc in bigger team and multi-platform projects where people work with many different environments and editors and small whitespace changes are sometimes not so easy to catch and can have code changing impact.

PERL has the write hundred ways quality, but in enterprise you can agree on standard way to write and then a larger team can be more productive in PERL than Python. PERL is also so much better at language embedding if you need to implement core routines in C.

On the other hand Python excels in the new to scripting, small (5) cohesive team market. They got that pretty much cornered now.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

aralin Re:Perl, my favorite language is rated higher... (383 comments)

Yes, for C the effect is especially strong. It's not like it would not be easier to use other languages, like Swift or Java, but somehow C is up there all this time. There is a reason.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

aralin Re:Perl, my favorite language is rated higher... (383 comments)

PERL has a staying power. Other scripting languages come and go in popularity. Ruby for example. But eventually the large base of PERL programmers turns out new generation of PERL programmers by mentoring and language selection from being in position of senior / principal engineers and architects. Python is still surprisingly staying up there, being propped by Google and few other corps., but if not for Google, Python would go the way of Ruby. There is a slight chance that Python will manage to stay long enough to build a large base of libraries and examples, so that it will stay and maybe even replace PERL eventually, who knows. But you gotta understand that every 10 years or so, all the old languages get a push from the above mentioned change of guard in the development positions.

about a week ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

aralin Re:Apple is a horrible counterexample (141 comments)

All your counter examples are from before 1998, also known as the "Second Coming of Steve Jobs". It was a different company back then.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

aralin Re:Glass was doomed from the start (141 comments)

... and that is why I go with Apple products. At least I know that Apple goes 100% behind the devices they release and they will be around in 5 years and supported. Otherwise you end up with Zune or Google Glass or some other of the plethora of wanna be products from wanna be device companies.

about two weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

aralin Re:Can we stop worshipping Swartz already? (189 comments)

95% of cases are handled like this. Prosecutor will charge everything under the moon to scare the victim into accepting a plea. It does not matter, what is the size of the sentence, your life is ruined forever. So they don't care how much they actually give you first time, just that you do some jail time and have a record. That's the goal. Tough on crime, so many evil people behind bars. Need to start the governor campaign early on.

about three weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

aralin Re:Pierce, Buchanan, and now Obama (189 comments)

Look, the constitution guarantees you right to petition government for redress of grievances. There is no guarantee for the government to address those grievances. They made a website, you can petition them, so the constitution is served. Move on citizen. If you like your congress representative, you can keep your congress representative. If you don't like your congress representative, tough luck, you are stuck with him anyway. Demagogracy 101.

about three weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

aralin Re:So, what does that make the record ? (189 comments)

There is no need to invent words like Cronycapitalism. It is called Oligarchy.

about three weeks ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

aralin Re:As Russian (265 comments)

This guy is not Russian. First of all, he is using the propaganda points that US is spreading in Russia, the fear that China will take part of their territory. It is one of the talking points. Second, he is making homophone mistakes (doubt -> dough) that only native speakers make or sometimes people who use english for 10-20 years or so and he is not making any of the grammar and preposition mistakes common for foreign speakers. It is sad to see our discussion here on slashdot tainted by spooks.

about a month ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

aralin Synergies through Mergers and Acquisitions (222 comments)

If we only provide value through synergies resulting from M&A activity, we will eventually end up with one large company spanning the entire state and will have the perfect example of communism :)

about a month ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

aralin Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

It's a third comment picking on the missing word "compiler" in my comment... "C compiler won't optimize"... geese. That seemed like a pretty clear thing... no comment edits on slashdot though :(

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

aralin Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

The thing is, if you use structures with bit fields, C will not optimize the manipulations with them correctly. So you end up doing a lot of hand-holding in driver development in C. You have to be very much aware of the code being produced. It is not uncommon that you check specific inner loop sections to see exactly how they are being compiled and then based on the result and number of instructions might need to rewrite the C part or even just insert the assembly code directly.

about a month and a half ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

aralin Devices / Appliances using Linux - C (641 comments)

A lot of HW related companies use mostly just C. Any sort of small device development or most appliances (switches, storage, etc.) have software written in C. Any driver development, etc. It is still the language anyone can pretty much agree on.

about a month and a half ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

aralin Re:Um, what? (433 comments)

She will oversee our merger with Canada.

about 2 months ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

aralin Re:No you don't, you just remember incorrectly (231 comments)

Since US does not exist even those 500 years, let's look at what happened during the 250 that it exists: Continent wide Genocide of Native Americans, Slavery, Apartheid, Kukkluxklan, One major Civil War, Close to 100 covert CIA operations to change regime of other countries, Only country in history that used Nuclear Weapons on civilians. Want something more recent? Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, What about NSA having surveillance system that KGB openly envies? FBI collecting dossier on politicians for blackmail since its inception? Now this gets even better: 25% of world's prisoners or 2.2 million people in prison, that is 0.5 million more than China, which is considered a totalitarian state with repressive regime and has 4 times the population of US. Not just that, but 750,000 of those are usually for low level drug offenses like marihuana, which is safer than alcohol. Prohibition is a matter of policy, not public safety, so you can easily say that those are political prisoners. Still sitting on your high horse?

about 3 months ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

aralin Re:It's Not Racism In The Tech Industry (459 comments)

Well, there is hiring on merit for sure, but you can look at any major tech company chart and see that asian managers hire asians almost exclusively. We had one Indian VP, who made 20 consecutive hiring decisions and all hires were Indian, even if there would be 50% Indian engineers in the valley, the chance of this happening randomly is 1:1,000,000. The Chinese managers often hire Chinese not based on racism though, but the language difficulty. A lot of the brilliant Chinese engineers I worked with had english difficulties, if interviewed in english you'd think they cannot count to 5, but when later interviewed in Mandarin, they looked like genius. So you can see some amount of racism, but its mixed bag.

And yes, we only had one black guy out of about 100, which is very low. But he was hired definitely on merit. One of the two best engineers we ever hired.

about 3 months ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

aralin Re:No you don't, you just remember incorrectly (231 comments)

France indeed has its hay day in the past, although they made up for it in 16th to 19th century. England ... you should talk to the Irish and Scottish and Welsh citizens. If someone cleans up their act for 50 years, after centuries of horrible repression, I'd say they are not quite reformed yet. US, I think you might check with the immigrants for current situation, check with gays for anything up to 5 years ago and with women and blacks for anything up to 50 years ago. People tend to forget some horrible abuses quite quickly it seems. I should have added Germany, Austria, Japan and China to the mix, but they are sort of obvious.

The point is that you have places like Iceland, Danemark, some countries in Central Europe, like Switzerland and to some extent Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, maybe even Hungary, if you ascribe the communists to Russian influence and many others where things like slavery, oppression, wars of conquest, are simply not on the menu for 500 years or so. There are places where people are kinder and peaceful by nature.

about 3 months ago

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Does Steve Jobs listen to Podcasts?

aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin writes "Steve Jobs isn't exactly known for going easy on products he finds difficult to use. He has called iPhone the best iPod ever and others agree. But I find it the worst iPod yet for listening to Podcasts. The problems are plenty, you cannot see the full title of episode before or after selecting it, you cannot see the show notes at all, which would be very useful for the links in them could be instantly looked up. Many popular podcasts like IT Conversations or PodTech use variable Author and Album field for names of their guests and subsections. That clutters the Author and Album lists, prevents you to find your music easily and polutes the Cover Flow view as well. Not to mention it takes me 15 seconds to pause a podcast when someone interrupts me. This all leads me to a question: Do you think that Steve Jobs listens to podcasts on his iPhone?"
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AT&T iPhone Family Plan Rip Off

aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin (107264) writes "All AT&T Family Plans list price for first two lines, with additional line for $9.99. Except for iPhone family plans(click Family), where obviously family starts with one person. I do understand the additional data charge of $20 for each phone. But the $9.99 charge for a second phone is quite unprecedented. You can hear Cali Lewis from GeekBrief rave about it and threaten to return her iPhones, until she just accepted the rip off the next day, like many of us. Yes, there is a fine print somewhere, but the way the family plan is presented is at the very least deceptive and sleazy. Par for the course with AT&T."
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aralin aralin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aralin writes "We all heard the stories of entrepreneurs being denied funding from VC firms for fear that Google will come and eat their lunch. Google enjoys the public image of an agile giant. But does it still hold true? What does the Slashdot crowd think?

Google has been lately very unresponsive to user feedback. Even bugs reported by many different users are not even answered in weeks, much less fixed. New features in many products appear once in a blue moon and are well tested. Case in point being Blogger, just to single out one really rotten apple. So when existing products are neglected in this manner, what is the chance Google will be able to enter new markets and really take a bite of your lunch? Is anybody still afraid? Google will be 10 years old soon, so are they turning into yet another large and slow corporation?"

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