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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

funky_vibes Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (664 comments)

Stroustrup has just recently said that C is obsolete.
Not that I care, C++ is his baby. But, is it in your opinion humble, to call the most popular language in existence obsolete?

"I also get upset by people needlessly sticking to C because they don't understand C++ very well. Your point?"
Case in point.
You think that people don't understand C++ if they don't prefer it for every project.

That's the core of why people dislike C++, it's not necessarily the language, it's the whole culture around it, which reeks of self-entitlement and navelgazing.

C++ may have been created as an extension of C once upon a time, but clearly people disagree on the benefits of C++ on some types of projects.
I'd say that C++ tends to kill productivity on some larger projects because people get bogged down into arguments about language details instead of getting work done. And in this case kill is an understatement, because refactoring tends to make up half of commit history.
C++ isn't helped by this hodge-podge pile of junk like stl and boost that people see as some form of standard library. Things like Qt had to come in and save C++ from early death, so things are starting to look up.

Anyhow, for low level code, C is much preferred because it doesn't hide things and that the developer culture is much more mature, often more skilled and result-oriented.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

funky_vibes Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (664 comments)

C++ proponents aren't very humble, neither is the language itself.

I also get upset with people constantly trying to shove C++ on top of C projects, just because they don't know C very well.

yesterday
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

funky_vibes Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

Java was not widely used when it was chosen, it eliminates good programming practices and it doesn't have a decent *anything*. It's really just evidence that langue du jour rules the day when it comes to decisionmaking no matter how utterly shit the language is.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

funky_vibes Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

Yeah let's switch from one annoyingly shitty language to another.

Seriously, these are the worst languages ever invented, with absolutely zero redeeming properties.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

funky_vibes Re:Only if... (427 comments)

You're of course correct.
But if you look at the development of phone radios.. you'll see that the handsets are getting so over the top ridiculously complex, with like 30 different frequency bands, MIMO and at least 5 topologically different radio technologies. They need those 4 core CPUs in "smart" phones just to handle radio comms.
Just try fitting all those antennas and other crap inside a watch.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

funky_vibes 6-24 months battery time. (427 comments)

I'd say 6 months is the minimum battery time for a device to be called a watch and not a wristband-PC.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

funky_vibes Re:Two necessary requirements (427 comments)

It is feasible, (1-3yrs) just depends how smart your watch really is.
These full blown PC-operating systems running on "watches" with full colour displays are obviously never going to have more than a few days battery time.

about a month ago
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Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

funky_vibes Re:Safe Buffer? (65 comments)

Because it's not the right solution for every problem, and if you make languages that *force* this kind of behaviour, the shitty programmer will just put their bugs elsewhere.
The solution is to simply write better code.

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

funky_vibes Re:Older people can be inflexible (370 comments)

That's not how it works, old solutions are still being used because they work incredibly well, and if not, they are improved.
The younger engineer may not know that and sometimes gravitate towards advertised solutions.

When talking about development, in most cases there's nothing new under the sun. Programming languages and tools haven't really improved for the last 40 years.
Most of the new stuff is simply hot air, has been tried before and failed, and the experienced developers know this. They also have the ability to more readily recognise when something truly is novel and an improvement.
Development is one of those areas where age is clearly a massive factor in the quality/productivity of a worker since younger engineers have had less time to learn their job.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

funky_vibes Re:Just what we need, another C++ clone (636 comments)

In terms of features and overall syntax.
Details are unimportant when most new languages arguably are doing the same things as languages from 20-30 years ago.

I'm actually vehemently against using multiple languages, especially languages with large runtime requirements.
We already have too much fragmentation of incompatible code libraries getting written in 300 different scripting languages.
It's especially pointless when you realize there really is nothing new under the sun.

A language isn't just a tool. The situation is the equivalent of people writing down technical literature in Esperanto and everyone else picking their own language.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

funky_vibes Just what we need, another C++ clone (636 comments)

I'm sure everyone was thinking, we don't have enough languages that are basically a badly implemented subset of C++. We need to make another one.
Let's see if Android will respond by creating an even less compatible C++ clone than Java.

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

funky_vibes Re:No thanks (583 comments)

I'm of the same opinion, I like cars that are easy to muck around with, like jeeps etc. when something fails.
And what's one of the most common modes of failure in modern cars?
You guessed it, broken computer.

And no, I don't want to pay for redundant systems, I'd prefer a compromise where you might have steering separated to simplistic joystick control for when your "big" mcu inevitably fries.

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

funky_vibes Re:NO. (493 comments)

I'm appalled by the polarity and extremism on this topic, even from a /. standpoint.
Different vaccines are not created equal. Many have been so successful in eradicating disease, that there's no question about their effectiveness.
But lately, the medical industry has grown accustomed to hiding large parts of unfavourable test results, as we are now starting to find out.
There's ample evidence (or lack thereof) to be worried about and avoiding some vaccines.
As with anything, extreme measures require extreme amounts of evidence.

about 2 months ago
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How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors

funky_vibes Re:Will this be cheaper? (167 comments)

Case in point, that's why they're freezing the water around the reactor.
Radioactive slushies is the next big thing.

about 5 months ago
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How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors

funky_vibes Re:Will this be cheaper? (167 comments)

Ever heard of ground water?

about 5 months ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

funky_vibes Re:Desperate vs. sensible (392 comments)

Did they produce cars in Detroit?

about 5 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

funky_vibes The car horn could be used for communication (267 comments)

The car horn will be used for wireless communication between cars because radio and light are just not cool enough anymore.

about 6 months ago
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Israeli Group To Attempt Moon Landing

funky_vibes PR stunts cannot erase wrongdoings... (150 comments)

PR stunts cannot erase the bloodstained governance that plagues this military-apartheid state.

about 6 months ago

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Error free genome editing made possible by breakthrough.

funky_vibes funky_vibes writes  |  about 9 months ago

funky_vibes (664942) writes "The method, which is being called "Crispr" has been described as "jaw-dropping" by one Nobel scientist, and has stirred up intense excitement among DNA experts around the world.
A pre-programmed RNA molecule is inserted into the body of the organism. Using a special enzyme called CAS9 it will attach and cut the target DNA, whilst inserting data in between. It can be used for both adding and subtracting DNA at any chosen point.
The scientists also claim that the method causes no errors at the insertion points.

What will this new breakthrough be used for first? Penis or breast enlargement? You decide."

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Cloudpaging, hype or a marketing department with bad taste?

funky_vibes funky_vibes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

funky_vibes (664942) writes "Numecent say their new concept called Cloudpaging can deliver full, unchanged Win/Linux applications with hard requirements, such as games and CAD, virtualized, over-the-net and offline with a reduction in memory and cpu footprint on the client. They claim this works with *any* application.

Another focus of the company is restricting the user, with licensing stuff and patents."

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