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Amazing, especially, how it maintains balance over very uneven and unstable surfaces!! But it's weird to me looking at the ones that don't have some kind of "head". Or maybe I am humanizing it too much!?!
2 weeks ago

Tim Holloway wrote:And the fact that Alaska spends more and more days being warmer than Florida shouldn't mean anything



I am not denying there is some truth as to the impact we are having on climate change, but, the fact that they are seeing vegetation beneath ice and snow that has receded in recent years, would indicate there wasn't always ice and snow covering the vast landscape of the Arctic. The earth has seen it's share of ice ages, large-scale fires, shifting land masses, disappearing islands, etc...In fact, has there ever really been a period where earth was at a complete standstill, relatively speaking?

My attempt at being philosophical for today.

Sorry Ron, as I am in the habit of doing in this particular forum, I have strayed from your original topic...
2 weeks ago
To be honest Paul, unfortunately, seldom does this happen where a company digs this deep and resolves the problem, at least in my experience. Usually it's one of those "Company so and so is at fault, take it up with them" type of responses. So glad it worked out in the end!  
1 month ago
A very unfortunate incident Paul! I feel bad for both A and B...A because he wanted to gift his friend with a high-end laptop, and B, because he didn't want to upset his friend over getting a low-end laptop. I have to agree with Dave in that the burden falls on Office Depot to provide proof that they issued the refund. This is a classic case of business "A" blaming business "B" and vice versa, and the customer is left out in the cold. I would suggest not giving up. As for legal recourse, if you happen to have a lawyer, having even just one session with him/her might be worth the fee, at least to find out if you do have legal recourse.

Going through small claims court can be expensive, which is why a lot of people don't bother taking their case to court. If you win it works in your favour - sometimes the person you are seeking a settlement from ends up having to cover your legal costs as well. But please don't take this as solid legal advice. I am by no means a legal expert. I am just putting it out there based on experiences of others who have taken their case to small claims court and their experiences with that process.

I sincerely hope this has a happy ending. Cheers my friend.
1 month ago
I am thinking of situations where comments are inserted simply for the sake of inserting comments, rather than taking the time to add comments that have some thought behind them, that offer some insight into what the purpose of the class, method or variable, is. Regardless, I find comments can be invaluable if properly used. I look at them as kind of like time capsules, information we can look at down the road and get a feel for what is going on, saving time and frustration.
2 months ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote: I read somewhere recently that code is written once and read many times, so its legibility is very important.



So very, very true. Consider a situation where a developer writes code and includes meaningful, clear comments, then leaves a company and some time later another developer has to work with same code to apply updates, etc...If the comments are lacking/confusing it could make what may be a simple task much more complicated and frustrating. I have been tasked over the years with updating programs that were several years old, and if the previous developer took the time to include relevant comments, and put some thought into the logic and structure of the code (read: logical, concise methods and meaningful variable names), it made things go much smoother. But if comments were missing or useless (e.g. "This getter method gets value"), and the logic hard to follow....  
2 months ago

Tim Holloway wrote:Ah, you mean It Doesn't Work Is Useless.

I think we also have a canned "Do My Homework" entry, but I'm too lazy to check.



That's it!  Someone once began their response to a vague post with "we're not mind readers...". My thoughts exactly!
7 months ago
I prefer coming here for reasons pointed out in previous replies to this post. Offhandedly, if you want something akin to looking up answers in the back of the book go to sites like SO. However, if you want to break down the problem, look at it from different angles and perspectives, and ultimately come to an understanding of the problem and how to resolve it, then you come here.

Slightly off-topic, but one thing that really bothers me is when people post very vague questions, provide little or no information on what their intent is and what they have done thus far to try and fix the problem. This isn't a defence of sites like SO where you often see people being berated for their post, it's never okay to blatantly put people down because they don't understand how something works, or how to proceed on fixing a problem. However, I think one can be forgiven for getting a little agitated when someone does not take the time to submit a meaningful, clear and organized post. The "I do this, but it doesn't work..." phrase we see all too often is, dare I say, an insult to the people who volunteer their time, energy and skills freely to help others resolve their problem(s). The other I see quite often is the "...here's my homework question, do it for me..." type of post.

I'll leave it there.

My venting for the day...
7 months ago

All Hobbs wrote:Wow yall are old



Maybe, but like fine wine we have gotten better with age...or something like that.

I remember figuring out how to structure the flow of a program first in a flowchart (had to prove to the teacher that you fully understand the intent, structure and outcome of your program before even touching code), then in pseudo-code, and then, only if it passed the teacher's utmost scrutiny (and in my case multiple trips back to the drawing board until I had it right), were we allowed to then transcribe it to code. In my case I started with BASIC (the ol' LET A = 1). Once you had the code done, you took 80-column punch cards and pencilled in each column the appropriate character that made up the individual lines of code. Then you took the stack of cards to the card reader, hoping and praying you didn't have an endless loop that would send the machine into a tailspin. Once I cut my teeth on BASIC we moved on to FORTRAN (very cool language, at least in my opinion). Unfortunately, I graduated before I got a chance to really get into COBOL.

Fun times...
7 months ago
Thanks Jeff, always interesting to get someone's perspective as to where they see these languages down the road. Cheers.
Hi Jeff,

Congrats on this book! I really like working with both XML and JSON. Personally, I just find it refreshingly satisfying to be able to take a java object (complex or otherwise) and convert it into nicely organized XML or JSON format, that can then be used to do everything from passing it to a web page to be viewed in a table or report, etc..., to dropping it into a table (or tables) in a database. Where do you personally see those particular technologies going in the next few years? Do you envision them being around some time yet to come?

Again, congratulations Jeff!
That is so cool, especially the blood red moon picture. Thanks for sharing these salvin!  
8 months ago
Welcome Peggy! At a quick glance, some very interesting topics in your book. All the best!  
9 months ago
Given the rather important address that would show on police systems, can you just imagine the number of police vehicles that would race to the space centre? I could also imagine this would quickly show up on gov agency radars, like the FBI...

This poor astronaut will go down in history for this error, and probably never live it down, no matter where he goes. Conversations would go something like:

"We're having an astronaut come to give a speech at our convention."
"Who is it?"
"I forget his name, but he's the one who accidently dialed 911 that time from the space station."
"Ah, that would be AndrĂ© Kuipers...."    
9 months ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:Aren't Oracle going to deprecate serialisation?



I heard they were....

Although articles still abound on the Oracle website about serialisation (one example is this old article here), I have heard "rumblings" that indeed Oracle appears to want to deprecate serialisation, mainly due to security gaps. Some in the tech media are speculating the beginning of it's demise (such as DZone).

To their credit, Oracle did produce documentation warning about serialisation/deserialisation (Secure Coding...).  

9 months ago