* Posts by sabroni

2326 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Microsoft's C# to converse with dynamic languages

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@ oh here we go

Why do I post flame bait comments if I can't be bothered to read the essays that are posted in response? Dunno, it's a laugh isn't it....

however >>Or computer and computer, or computer and network, or computer and hardware << is not right. VB and C# go between computer and human, there are many more efficient ways for computers to communicate with each other. The point of both these languages is to allow humans to instruct computers.

As far as ambiguous goes, I thought C# was like C++, undecidable. See here:

http://yosefk.com/c++fqa/defective.html

When I looked at this it looked very similar to C#....

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@Carl

Carl, read what I said. Non-programmer english readers can make sense of a lot of VB. They'd have a much harder time with similar code in C#. I read and write in both and don't find C# indecipherable (though you can't deny it is often ambiguous).

Condescending much?

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All you c# snobs

your language is becoming VB!!! Ha! If you weren't all so bloody stuck up about it we could just do most of our code in VB and be done! But no, coding in VB doesn't make us feel clever, so we'll just shoehorn all it's features into c# instead.

I genuinely believe the only reason developers prefer C# is becuse it's indecipherable to most people. Well written VB, on the other hand, can often be understood by anyone who speaks english.

So what's the job of a programming language then? To make developers look clever or to interface between computer and human?

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Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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Dawkins is a scientist?

He met with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake when making "Enemies of Reason" for Channel 4. Dr. Sheldrake had provided him with some papers from research he was doing, via controlled experiments, on whether people could tell who was calling them on the telephone from a random selection.

When asked about the evidence Dawkins replied "I don't want to discuss evidence"

A scientist who isn't interested in the evidence? How is that scientific?

(The conversation makes interesting reading (Fortean Times 232: 55 if you're interested))

Seems like this man is just as irrational as those he seeks to disprove.....

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'Podestrian' risk rising for drivers, warns insurer

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Shunting the car in front

Shunting the car in front are only ever caused by bad driving. If you don't have room to stop if the person in front suddenly slams on the brakes, you're driving too close for the speed your doing!

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Music and pics coming to next-gen Nintendo DS

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RE: I WANT TO BE A PSP

my son's psp doesn't have a camera on. And you could get a plug in camera for the original gameboy. So who's copying who again?

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UK launches major road signage review

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Signage?

doesn't it read just as well if you write "UK launches major road sign review"? Signage is just a word invented by sign companies to make what they do sound cleverer, isn't it?

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Google publishes Chrome patch details

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Why i don't like being updated without being informed

because if there's a silent update mechanism that can be compromised. Duh!

We already know chrome shipped with a buffer overflow error (wow, that's an unusual one) How do we know that error can't be used to trigger the update mechanism maliciously?

When microsoft started pushing out updates silently it was deemed a bad thing. This is no different. Why haven't google allowed users to configure the update process? If you trust them with your pc then you enable silent updating. Personally, I like to know when my executables are fussed with so I prefer a "Updates are available" dialog. It's just politeness!!!

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The Google-isation of all the net's access points

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Separate processes per tab

This is just gui flim-flam! Back in the day browsers didn't have tabs, each window was it's own process. It's not exactly a revolution to go back to that, even if you wrap it in a fancy window.

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Over engineered

That comic strip, which is just a series of pages with a graphic on each, won't work without javascript enabled. If google have to over-engineer a simple thing like that I'm not keen on trusting them with something more involved....

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Telegraph explains 'Why Heath Ledger will blow us'

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not just computers

years ago the pub we drank in at dinner time had a similar thing on it's jukebox, where "Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are" by meatloaf appeared as "Meatloaf - Objects in the rear"

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Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears

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@ Bruce Leyden

Hey, if you can be condescending so can I. I thought your original post was condescending ("nonce-sense"?) so I replied in kind. So, it's not worth being pedantic about this unless you're the one doing it?

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@ Bruce Leyden

Um, Birth Day, the clue is in the name.......

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Sun dreams the impossible Java on Jesus Phone dream

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@ Mr B

Sorry, I don't understand your post. As it was @ me thought I should ask for clarification, I can't tell if you're agreeing with me or no.....

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@Oliver Jones

"As a user, I'd vote for a natively-compiled executable over Java any day - any developer who can't take the pain of writing sufficiently bug-free code to pass muster with C/C++/assembler isn't good enough to develop code for my use. End of."

Jeepers, get off your high horse! Anyone who doesn't realise that managed code can produce a much more robust and secure environment for both developers and users is stuck in the 1990's. Yes, I have worked in assembler, it's incredibly tedious and long winded, allows you to do all manner of dangerous things and it's really not appropriate for business level development. If you want to write a device driver then C++ or assembler are probably the best bet, but when you need to write a business process use something more appropriate.

(I would say something about "typical C++ programmer's" looking down their noses at other developers, but that would be a crass generalisation, however true...)

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EU commissioner backs record biz on copyright extensions

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But if I made it....

..it should be mine, shouldn't it? How many other possessions "time out"? It seems bizarre to me that you can record a piece of music and then lose the rights to it, however old it or you may be.

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Drink rats' milk, suggests battling Heather Mills

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@GrahamT

Vegan children are small and stupid!? Could you back that up with some sources? Sounds like the sort of stuff I was getting told 25 years ago (but then, as I mentioned before, I am dead, so maybe there's something in it.......)

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@ David Evans

Classic indeed! I'm not sure it's quite so straightforward though, aren't farm animals fed on a number of foodstuffs? (except for anchor cows obviously).

I don't know, I tend to avoid veggie/meat eater arguments but there seemed to be such a lot of postings from meat eaters I thought I better chime in.

ooh, just been poking around wikipedia (yeah, I know, but sources are listed) and found this:

"According to the USDA (united states department of agriculture), growing crops for farm animals requires nearly half of the U.S. water supply and 80% of its agricultural land."

So maybe we could grow something other than grass on that 80%?

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@ Karl Latimer...

think it through mate. Animals eat plant food and produce more food than they've eaten? I was told 7lbs of veggie protein = 1lb of meat protein (though that was by some crazy vegetarian organisation, so.....). Sounds like you've got some magic animals there......

And carnivores can't survive on vegetable matter, that's why I'm dead! Are you sure you're not an omnivore.....

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thank god she said something stupid

so we can all go on eating meat and ignore that stupid UN report!

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Jack Thompson sets about Halo 3

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but...

despite his stupid words, what he's really trying to do is make it illegal to send games rated 18 to people under 18. All talk of murder simulators aside, does anyone here think retailers should be allowed to sell mature titles to children?

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Wii wins console war, market watcher claims

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selective "Factoring in"

>> Factor in PS2 and PSOne sales, of course, and Sony remains the market leader in games consoles <<

while conveniently ignoring handhelds......

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Cat senses impending death

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Science doesn't know

If cats can smell when people are going to die then why haven't scientists managed to make a electronic sniffer that can do the same thing? This will become the standard "scientific" explanation for this story though because it sounds reasonable.

Likewise, showers of frogs or fish, relatively frequently reported, are supposedly caused by waterspouts that suck the animals up, though we have no evidence that that's what happens.

Though the simplest solution is the most likely, the most likely solution isn't definitely the correct one.

Without proper analysis of when the cat goes where, we're all just guesing. Be honest, we don't know if the cat senses death and if it does, no one knows how. It's fun to guess though. (i'm torn between "it's people's perceptions" and "the cat sees the reaper" myself...)

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Fancy an earful? Click here for tech support

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The correct response

would be to ask the user what platform and browser they're running on. If it appears ok to you and not to the user chances are that's the root of the problem. Maybe he's running a beta of safari on vista?

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Big Brother housemate canned for racist slur

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I hear that word all the time

but it's only ever used as another term for mates or friends. HipHop is full of people saying nigger to mean friends, after you've heard it a couple of thousand times it starts to mean that.

If you check the transcript, she's not the only person to say nigger, so surely it's racist to only evict her!

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Amnesty backs Google shareholders

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worth having a go

>> Andy, I'm not sure you can avoid sweat shop created goods nowadays, even if you pay a premium. <<

Probably right, but does that mean trying to source things in a more ethical manner is pointless? The sudden uptake of fairtrade goods by all the major supermarkets (even Lidl now have a fairtrade brand!) proves there's a market for ethical products. Ethical consumerism is probably the only mechanism that ordinairy people can use that actually effects the behaviour of large, capitalist organisations....

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