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Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

thanasakis Re:007087 (510 comments)

+1. Not only that, but the new features introduced after 5.8 have to be explicitly enabled(perldoc feature to know how). Otherwise, the behavior is consistent with 5.8. Somebody took extra extra care so that there are no surprises after upgrades.

more than 2 years ago
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'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

thanasakis Re:Full Kernel without C* (406 comments)

Just to be clear, I didn't say anything about C#. As a matter of fact, I agree that C# IS interesting in many pleasant ways.

more than 2 years ago
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'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

thanasakis Re:Full Kernel without C* (406 comments)

Perl has regexes. It also has a really twisted OO system -- elegant in its own way, but I don't know why you'd choose that if you have alternatives. It has ugly syntax, even when you know what you're doing. Anti-patterns are the default -- like, say, ignoring errors unless you explicitly handle them.

This criticism that used to apply 15 years ago, but is not really relevant anymore. The Perl community has gone to great lengths to address these things.

For OO, nowadays there is Moose, which is an excellent and extremely capable OO framework for Perl. Please check it out if you like.

For the anti-patterns, please note that strict mode is now the default on Perl 5.14 and I cannot think of a modern library ignoring errors by default. The error ignoring behavior is there for a bunch of built-in stuff that needs to maintain compatibility with old code, but you can, and are encouraged to, include the autodie pragma to change even that behavior.

About the syntax, it's probably a matter of personal taste, so I can't say anything about that. But I believe that personal taste doesn't have to do with whether you know what you're doing or not.

Lastly, writing Perl doesn't mean that your code has to be ugly and error-prone. May I suggest Damian Conway's Perl Best Practices, which IMHO is an excellent book with recommended coding practices.

Hope this helps!...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

thanasakis Re:Dogmatic nonsense (279 comments)

Thanks for taking the time to read all this way down the comments! I do not know whether this "dogma" as you say applies to Apple, but I sure hope that it doesn't because I really like this company (typing comment on my iPad). But nevertheless this quote of C.N.Parkinson is the first thing that came to my mind when I read the article. Hope I'm wrong. So let's say that it was meant more as a warning rather than as a dogma. If there's one company that can escape being cast into stereotypes, it might as well be Apple.

By the way, good call, you are right about the name ;)

Best regards.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus

thanasakis Perfection of planning is a symptom of decay. (279 comments)

During a period of exciting discovery or progress, there is no time to plan the perfect headquarters.

C. Northcote Parkinson

more than 3 years ago
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Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism

thanasakis Re:A "troll" religion? (585 comments)

I don't think trolling counts as a "religion".

And yet it is being adhered to with religious devotion by many slashdoters :)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Voice Discovered Allowing Pure VoIP Calls

thanasakis slightly offtopic but maybe of interest (110 comments)

Gizmo5 (acquired by Google) will be shutting down on April 3rd. So no more SIP from them. Does anyone know whether it will become possible to make calls to normal numbers by using a google account? Right now it is possible to make calls from within gmail by adding credit to one's account. What is not possible is to use SIP equipment (many good adsl routers and ATA devices have fxp ports and VoIP SIP functionality) to make these calls. So many of us that were using gizmo5 SIP are left in the cold. Any good gizmo5 alternatives anyone?

more than 3 years ago
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Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

thanasakis ipv6 cpe survey (174 comments)

Very thorough survey here.

more than 3 years ago
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Got (Buffer) Bloat?

thanasakis Re:That is a battle which was lost 20 years ago (121 comments)

Well, no. In my (limited) experience, you'd use CLNP instead of IP if you were using OSI. And instead of IP addresses you would have NSAP addresses. It's a whole different world actually.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome 10 Beta Boosts JavaScript Speed By 64%

thanasakis Re:Chrome loads pages slower than FF (169 comments)

Mod parent up. Firefox is vastly preferable if you are trying to access the network behind a slow connection, like a GPRS cellphone for example. With Chrome you have to wait until everything is loaded before you are able to see the page, whereas Firefox does a decent job trying to render what it has loaded up to the present point.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Wants Power To Block China's Tech Buying

thanasakis Re:Under what power? (203 comments)

In fact, that's incorrect in several aspects. First the EU- bureaucracy is not intended to be a government in the sense for the US, second the EU has enforced a large amount of rules onto its members. Just because you are not aware of it, it doesn't mean that it does not exist.

So what kind government are we going to have? A federation, a confederation, something more loose? I'm sorry but you avoid answering the original post's argument, that without a real constitution we won't be able to have a real European Union. And (IMHO) this is not going to happen soon because a large percentage of Europeans doesn't want it. When everything used to go fine it was grudgingly acceptable, but now that the real difficulty is at hand we fail miserably.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

thanasakis Re:Looking at the bigger picture (266 comments)

Except Solaris, what else was under CDDL? Some other pieces of software were under the GPL if I remember correctly.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

thanasakis Re:King Midas (266 comments)

"not a Midas touch of Gold, but a Midas touch of death"

more than 3 years ago
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Summarizing the Apple-Android Patent Battle

thanasakis Re:on the one hand, on the other (126 comments)

they have been copying, cloning, and stealing other people's ideas

Pray tell us, whom they where copying from? Microsoft perhaps?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom

thanasakis Oh, another threat to freedom? (354 comments)

In the best /. tradition, I won't even bother to RTFA.

Since the loss of Sun Microsystems, which in retrospect seems to have been one the most open companies ever and with open source contributions surpassing those of almost any other organization's in the world, I have grown extremely suspicious of people dictating to me that this or that is evil, all in the name of "freedom". All those guys that had been bashing Sun must be really happy now that Oracle has taken over.

I can think of several companies that by /. standards can easily rival the "evilness" of Apple, but almost magically they seldom get mentioned as threats to net freedom. Until I see everyone else get their fair share of bashing and flames, I'll assume articles (and comments) of this class as astroturfing.

more than 3 years ago
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The A-Team of IT — and How To Assemble One

thanasakis step 1 (246 comments)

get a big cigar and practice saying "I love it when a plan comes together" while smoking it

more than 3 years ago

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