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

makq Re:Powershell (726 comments)

Are you sure that we did not settle on UTF8 because of C, ASCII assuming legacy code and null terminated strings? With those in place, UTF8 makes sense. When stuck in a crappy situation, it may have been the best alternative?

about two weeks ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

makq Re:As a guy whose worked in marketing... (126 comments)

As someone who does not work in marketing, it seems like ad development is more like a crap shoot than a science. There are some major successes, but it seems there are 100's of failures for each of those.

about three weeks ago

Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

makq Re:What happened to serious research? (126 comments)

If you cannot see how it would benefit anyone, you do not have much of an imagination. It could benefit marketers or anyone who wants to spread a message. This could include public service announcements or charity groups.

about three weeks ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

makq Re:What? (708 comments)

As long as the tree is growing more than it is decomposing, don't they sequester carbon internally?

about three weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

makq Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

The cool kids may not like it, but they can thank Java or more specifically the JVM for Scala.

about three weeks ago

C++14 Is Set In Stone

makq Re:Still... (193 comments)

Various black hats appreciate your dedication to C.

about a month ago

C++14 Is Set In Stone

makq Re:Stone (193 comments)


about a month ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

makq Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

You may overestimate your own mental capacity. I only say this because you are casting population statistics onto an individual in a way which ignores the variation of the population.

about a month ago

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

makq Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

And this is a great demonstration of why people hate IT departments.

about 2 months ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

makq Re:just like EE, ME, CE, finance...... (608 comments)

Minor correction. Burger flipping in a modern fast food establishment is the epitome of specialization. The difference is that it does not take a high level of skill. This is by design.

about 2 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

makq Re:How can you take this list seriously? (285 comments)

Actually, it should have started at 0 and gone to 15. That's how the greats did it. Someday I wish we would stop being so great.

about 2 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

makq Re:19,000 (401 comments)

All the software anyone needs has already been written.

I would bet that 99.9% of software that people will need in the next 100 years and could get utility from has not yet been written. Not to mention upgrades to the software that currently does exist, and is pretty crappy.

about 2 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

makq Re:nice work (468 comments)

I took me back to last week when my Internet was down for 24 hours and I felt so helpless. All my devices useless. My iPad, my smartphone, my smart TV, my laptop... expensive decorations.

That is strange - all of those things work for me even if I have no internet.

about 2 months ago


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