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comment Is the meaning and usage of the term “ROM” different in different devices?
In my younger years learning programming on a Xerox Sigma 6 mainframe, the compiled files that were linked to create an executable were called Relocatable Object Models (ROM.)
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comment Dealing with profanity in source code
@Wolfger: I found these articles about comments in source code: fosspatents.com/2012/05/to-dispute-infringement-of-oracles.html, catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/24.92.html#subj7, static.usenix.org/event/evtwote09/tech/full_papers/appel.pdf, shibin.in/irunway/image_email_wide.html.
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comment Can the language make us stupid?
C, Pascal, Java, C#, Smalltalk, Haskell, Lisp, etc. are all pretty much the same language (process-flow). If you want to really see your problems from a different point of view try APL or LabVIEW, which will take you into the lovely world of data-flow programming.
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comment Can the language make us stupid?
@Falcon: Dijkstra's quote about BASIC has become quite outdated. BASIC from the '60s and '70s is a far relic compared to the various flavors of Basic available today.
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comment My boss wants a narrated line-by-line English explanation of our code
COBOL was meant to be read in English.
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comment Are there still any companies/academic centers that use mainframes from 60s-70s?
That explains the ugly picture that got printed on my driver's license.
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comment Do you sign each of your source files with your name?
One reason you might want to attach your name to a piece of code is if you personally own a patent or copyright for the algorithm that's implemented in that code. Otherwise the code (usually) belongs to the company who's paying you for your work.
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comment What are the drawbacks of Python?
@Brendan Long: I think in this case "objective opinion" is an opinion that acknowledges its own limitations.
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comment What's the worst question you were ever asked at interview?
"Married" and "single" are mutually exclusive, so the correct answer should be "Yes."