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Looking at what the world has come to, I am happy that I am as old as I am.
I recognize that youth of today have the same right as I had when I was that age, to go for their own generation's music, movies, litterature (or rather: lack of it), social conventions, food habits, ... you name it.
But it isn't my way. Quite far from it. It is far from my ideals and tastes. I could of course turn into a grumpy old man, spending the rest of my life complaining about how bad youth are today, how they ruin the world. It would be of no use - grumpy old men never stopped a society from developing.
I know well that today's young generation doesn't create a very much "worse" world than our generation did, it is just different. So different that I don't feel at home in it. If I had an opportunity to sit watching it for another 100 years, moving further and further away from my wishes every year, I would have gone crazy from frustration. I would rather lie down when I still feel that I can "tolerate" the modern world, even though I am far from enjoying it. I guess I can take another 20 or 30 years, but not much more. I wouldn't mind if it happened much faster.
Just seen part of the Imitation Game on Film4 a movie channel in the UK, all I can say is location right, pretty much everything else wrong. Alan Turing builds the worlds first programable computer?
No, try Tommy Flowers of the GPO (who put his own money in when the Govertment said no). Single handedly designing the method for braking the Enigma, no a Polish guy did it and invented the machine they appear to be giving credit to Alan Turing. Turing tradic hero, money making movie, the real people not so much. If you have never heard of Tommy Flowers look him up, we owe him more than we do Turing (this is not a nock at Turing, just people appear to giving him too much credit, too late). Mathematians taking credit for Electrical Engineering again this week, I have had too much to drink but it's Friday and I don't care...
Frank Wilhoit: “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition …There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.”
We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon the requisite contempt
It's the difference between strongly typed vs. duck-typed. So you get real Intellisense and compile-time type checking, which when coupled with an IDE like Visual Studio (one option among many) you get to see the type errors before running the program. Some of the type definition syntax is more functional programming-like, so you can say "this type is of type A or B", which is neat.