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Jun
30
comment Quitting a small start-up where you are a primary developer?
I've been thinking about exactly this problem and it keeps coming back to that: the fact that they cannot provide you the working conditions you need is their fault, not your, and the fact that they need you does not create an obligation on your part. That said, yes, don't be a jerk about it.
Jun
29
comment Be a better programmer or an irreplacable employee?
"The graveyards are full of irreplaceable men" (DeGaulle) "If you want to see how irreplaceable you are, stick your thumb in a bowl of water and then pull it out and observe the resulting hole." (Harvey Mackay)
Jun
24
comment Can we technically un-blur images?
Think of blurring as a function, like rounding. If round(x) is 3, was x 3.1? 2.9? 3.499? 2.501? No way to tell. The information has been removed.
Jun
21
comment How do I publicize a cool bookmarklet?
I submitted it to ykombinator, let's see what happens. (Ironically, there's a ykombinator submission bookmarklet.)
Jun
21
accepted How do I publicize a cool bookmarklet?
Jun
21
asked How do I publicize a cool bookmarklet?
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@Carson63000 -- hey, I quoted him first! (vide infra)
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
A patent is very different from a copyright. You have to apply for it for one thing, you have to pay (a lot) for it, and it's a lot weaker. It has a short lifespan, and violating a patent is only a tort, it can never be a crime, so the FBI won't help with a "crackdown".
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@DavidThornley -- yeah, I remember that. Wow, FORTRAN sucked; haven't seen it in 20 years easy and haven't missed it a bit. Strange how some really great, or at least interesting, languages were designed in the '60s (LISP, Pascal, APL), but the really awful ones got all the attention (FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC).
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@Rein Henrichs -- No, ++3 == 4 isn't true. It won't even compile, in C, C++, or Java. Try it, the compiler will tell you what I have been trying to tell you all night: required: variable, found: value
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@Rein Henrichs, honeybunch, I don't know what point you think you're making, but you're not making it. It's very simple, integers aren't mutable. 3 remains 3 for all eternity. In most languages, integer-typed variables -- hugely different things -- are mutable. I said "lacuna" because I meant "lacuna" and if you wish to discuss word-choice take it over to english.stackexchange.com .
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@ReinHenrichs -- Are you under the impression that i=3;i++; would cause 3==4 to be true? If you are, you're nuts. If you aren't, but still think "integers are mutable" you have a tremendous conceptual lacuna around the difference between a variable and value, and reciting the names of programming languages isn't going to help.
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
@ReinHenrichs -- integers are immutable. In a most languages, the variables that contain them are mutable (can be set to different integers). In a few languages, variables are immutable (or more strictly, there are no variables, only identifiers) -- Haskell and Clojure are two good examples. I'm not aware of any language where integer-typed identifiers are always immutable but other types are not.
Apr
29
comment Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
Copyrighting algorithms is not a sore subject. It don't exist. You can't copyright an algorithm. You can try to patent it, it's legally permitted, but don't hold your breath.
Apr
29
answered Is it wrong to copy ideas from other languages?
Apr
29
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Apr
6
comment How to Code Faster (Without Sacrificing Quality)
I don't have an answer for you but I do have something that may make you feel better. However slow you may be as a programmer, however inefficient you might feel, your manager is much, much worse. What kind of idiot says, "Hey Bob, you're too slow" without helping you to improve? Might as well tell you you're too short. That's not leadership, it's just heckling. I guess I do have a suggestion: find a job with a competent manager, one who will work with you to overcome your shortcomings.
Apr
6
comment Is there an (open-source) ReST-based blogging/forum package out there?
I'm astounded by the sheer volume of documentation about Abdera that doesn't exist. It looks -- emphasizing "looks" -- like a solution, but do you of any project that is using it?
Mar
19
answered Career Shifters: How to compete with IT/ComSci graduates
Mar
2
comment Is there an (open-source) ReST-based blogging/forum package out there?
Jeez, almost perfect, but a miss is a good as a mile. If I use Blogger as such, I have to use their identification/authentication model. My users are already signed into my website, I need a way they can blog and comment without sign in again. Is the Blogger code open-source [ crosses fingers forlornly ]