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Comment: Re:What do you mean by text? (Score 1) 876

by LaughALot (#46193499) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
The problem with APL is it was a write only language which was very difficult to read. Perl is another example of a hard to read easy to write language. Visual programming - not to be confused with Microsoft's hijacking the word visual and using it incorrectly - visual programming has never been able to really address more complex problems easily.

Comment: Winodws XP has lasted (Score 1) 503

I no longer use windows xp, but I use windows 7 but in windows classic mode which pre-dates xp but comes from windows 2K. I personally find find it to be clean and uncluttered. I also have Linux Mint Cinnamon which is very similar to windows classic and as a metaphor it works admirably. I dislike the mac interface of one common menu and the unity emulation of that interface be it a side app menu rather than a bottom app menu. In fact I am writing this on Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon. Linux mint 15 and 16 work virtually the same way. I think that operating system vendors think they they have to have new UI's in order to resell themselves every 3 years. I think it is high time that Microsoft gave away the OS and just sold extra apps to run on it. I doubt I would buy any of their apps however.

Comment: When will homo sapiens go extinct. (Score 1) 122

by LaughALot (#45867265) Attached to: The Far Future of Our Solar System
I am sure we will go the way of the neanderthals and the denisovans and the whole bunch of bipeds in our region of the evolutionary tree. I suspect that there may be other beings that use their brains for more than just moving around in earths future. Perhaps we may be able to upload and download our consciousness and employ various new senses.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 796

by LaughALot (#45859993) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
In the late stages of the Second World War, Evelyn Waugh was trapped in Europe in the company of Randolph Churchill, the boorish son of the wartime prime minister. "In the hope of keeping him quiet," he wrote to Nancy Mitford, "Freddie and I bet him £20 that he cannot read the whole Bible in a fortnight. Unhappily it has not had the result we hoped. He has never read any of it before and is hideously excited; keeps reading quotations aloud... or merely slapping his side & chortling 'God, isn't God a shit!'."

God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man.