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BT Blocks Access To Pirate Bay

kaens Re:The link to solve the problem (360 comments)

On 3G? Really?

While I don't like the blocks at all, I'm a bit confused as to who was downloading torrents on their phones anyhow. Everytime I've used a 3G network, it's been slow as all shit - torrents were out of the question, let alone TOR.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

kaens Re:PHP? (962 comments)

I personally think "The Whitespace Thing" is a good thing for new programmers. It's more-or-less how most coders indent their code anyhow, and the last thing you want is to have to deal with reviewing code written with a bunch of different brace / indentation styles (there are, of course, editor-based solutions to this on your end, but why not just cut out the middle-man?)

I took a comp-sci course in high-school, and the teacher enforced a specific style. It was a bit of a pain to keep up with at first, but as the class got more complex, everyone thought that it was a good thing that we all wrote code in a similar manner.

Not to mention that Python's whitespace thing makes the code look pretty similar to pseudo-code - which is good for beginners, IMO.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

kaens Re:PHP? (962 comments)

Sorry, but Python the language is indeed object-oriented (at least from the "everything is an object" standpoint), it just doesn't force you to write code in an object-oriented manner.

more than 5 years ago
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What Programming Language For Linux Development?

kaens Re:I like Python (997 comments)

4 spaces. Not 5. 5 is right out.

more than 5 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks?

kaens Redundant title (516 comments)

They're all stupid regex tricks, however useful they may be.

more than 5 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks?

kaens Re:Regexp-based address validation (516 comments)

Well, the module will let you do that. The regexp will only work on addresses that have comments stripped out.

Of course, I don't think that I've ever seen a comment in an email address (I'm too young for that).

more than 5 years ago
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How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?

kaens Re:Wrong question (230 comments)

I'm not trying to say that USENET isn't useful.

Part of my point, which you seem to have missed, is that a good bit of the content on groups like comp.lang.python is not generated by people who even know that USENET exists.

comp.lang.python is mirrored as the python-list mailing list - I'm fairly sure that the vast majority of the traffic on it comes from people subscribed to the mailing list.

comp.lang.ruby is the other way around - the mailing list (ruby-lang) is mirrored as the newsgroup - and again, the vast majority of traffic on it comes from the mailing list.

This is, as far as I can tell, the case with a lot of the programming-language specific groups.

more than 5 years ago
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How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?

kaens Re:Wrong question (230 comments)

comp.lang.c is the exception. Quite a few of the usenet groups that still have useful content are mirrors of mailing lists.

With the explosion of the web, a lot of people got into programming that never heard of usenet. Saying "people are no longer answering questions on usenet" is obviously false, but for a lot of "modern" programming languages, the usenet group is just a mirror of the mailing list - and a lot of people using (for instance) python have probably never heard of usenet.

I don't think that usenet is dead, but I don't think that it's necessarily the best place to turn to for an answer off the bat anymore.

Also, I doubt that the GP is employed by stack overflow. I think that site is ran by two guys, and is more of a "let's try to provide a useful service" type of thing than a "let's turn a crazy profit" type of thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Space Litter To Hit Earth Tomorrow

kaens Re:"toxic ammonia"? (443 comments)

I know what cat piss tastes like, but I've never tried salmiak.

more than 5 years ago

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