That's it? I was hoping for something at least the size of Texas...
Especially this part, from toward the beginning:
> Before I get into the details of what Y actually is, I'd like to address the question of why you, as a programmer, should bother to learn about it. To be honest, there aren't a lot of good nuts-and-bolts practical reasons for learning about Y. Even though it does have a few practical applications, for the most part it's mainly of interest to computer language theorists.
The article goes on to explain why you should learn it, anyway, but, still, it's not like monads and Haskell. Despite the concept's intellectual cachet, you don't need to understand it to be an effective lisper. That said, this opinion is mine and mine alone, and stands in direct contradiction to the sentiment expressed in the following paragraph.
Let's continue tying the Dutch into this discussion. The war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was in the Hague. One of the official languages there was BCS: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Not three of the languages, but one of the languages. Can you imagine anything more damning than being charged in a court of law, and not understanding the charges? Fortunately this was not the case, as the languages are in fact identical. That a court of law sees them as identical is a very objective standard. There are many other examples.
You are also doing Croats a disservice by presenting them as a hive mind that rejects certain notions in unison. Some of them disagree explicitly that the languages are separate, and a lot of them disagree implicitly (if not most!). For example, only a couple years after the war there was a Serbian movie in Croatian theatres, and it was subtitled. This was met with widespread ridicule in Croatia, and the practice has been, as far as I know, abandoned. So even if people don't want to open this can of worms (that I unfortunately did here), when faced with the full consequence of it, a large number of them will find it ridiculous.
To be clear, I am a native speaker of this language, or if you wish languages. I also speak English and German, and have spent some time in Switzerland. I believe my experience is adequate to say that we are in fact speaking one language, and the differences are nothing more than regional differences, that exist everywhere else in the world.
Historical levels are irrelevant. Only present and future levels matter.
> If someone is to be blamed for climate change, it's them.
Blaming dead people is irrelevant.
The solutions to those problems is to use better fonts, terminals, and editors. Using Unicode characters is fine but some people do have legitimate problems with them.
Really, the thing with old batteries isn't so much that they degrade (though a few cars had problems with it like the early Nissan Leafs), but rather that the technology is getting better all the time, and even if degradation isn't a factor, a twenty-year-old battery will be based on twenty-year-old tech, whereas newer cars will be have more range, charge more quickly, and be lighter.
Rosetta took 10 years to match pace with and orbit a comet (which had a closest approach to the Sun less than 1 AU) using a number of gravity assists.
They play a good game.
Now here in Canada you pay something like half of your tax rate and its different whether they're "eligible" or not and such things. But all that is only outside of tax sheltered accounts and at least on my end I don't make enough to worry about calculating that. Then again at least here in Canada you also need to be aware of the whole withholding tax thing on US stocks and the implications for your dividends coz the US recognizes RRSPs as tax sheltered but not TFSAs...
Of course I won't really know whether I maybe make more in retirement than I do now but I personally believe that I will definitely make less than I do now. And if I really do earn more in retirement than I do now then I am probably very well off an it will in part be because my RRSP and TFSA contributions were able to grow without loosing 25% of the dividends all the time. So if compounding then does its thing and make me rich (I doubt I'll actually be rich from that though) then I'm fine with being taxed on it then.