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Comment Re: 'There's no substitute for cubic inches' (Score 2) 345

This isn't particularly surprising. When the A380 went into service, it was assumed that hub-and-spoke traveling was the way to go:

Boeing on the other hand bet on convenience. How many flyers prefer direct flights over having to make a connection?

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 365

Perhaps they need to be exposed to machine language as part of their CS curriculum. Hopefully it isn't being dropped from current programs. I was forced to take an introductory course in it and got quite a bit out of it (even though it was technically for an "obsolete" CPU).

Comment Re:so? (Score 3, Informative) 79

Whats odd is this model is a downgrade over the refreshed W541. Unless you really need a Broadwell CPU, the W541 offers Thunderbolt, Expresscard, and double the memory capacity of the W550s. Heck, the optional battery for the W541 is higher capacity (99WHr) than the one for the W550s (72WHr).

Comment Re:"got practical" (Score 1) 154

It depends on the school's curriculum. I had to take an assembly language programming course (VAX!) when I was in college 10+ years ago. Pretty sure nobody had a class on hardware performance. The only time I was exposed to multi-threading was in an operating system theory class (mostly the concept of critical sections and semaphores). Linked lists usually appear in a second semester data structures programming course along with heaps, trees, queues, and stacks. I was first exposed to them in high school in AP Computer Science class. The same teacher also taught object oriented programming even though it wasn't required for the AP test.

Still despite all this, I know people who graduated with a Comp Sci degree that really didn't know how to program.

Comment Re:OS/2 better then windows at running windows app (Score 1) 387

That was OS/2 2.0, the 32-bit version released well after Windows 3.0. Windows 3.0, unlike the contemporary 16-bit OS/2 1.x, allowed one to finally use all their RAM (plus virtual memory in 386 enhanced mode) and multitask DOS applications, which could also use extended memory. See: http://virtuallyfun.supergloba...

Comment Re:Who needed it? (Score 2) 70

NetUSB is used by some printer servers to allow use of USB only All-in-One printers and scanners over a network. I had to fix a setup once, and it was nothing but a buggy mess. The printer and its drivers were never designed to be used in a shared environment and the client machines needed some really ugly "Virtual USB" driver to fool the AIO's software into thinking it was directly connected to the machine. It worked sometimes, just never EVER try to print or scan from multiple machines at once.

Comment Re:Old DOS Borland Developer Tools. (Score 1) 244

I encountered this with the Cairo Graphics library. They do have very basic tutorials, but nothing that covers the advanced functions. Any graphics library/API should show the desired output alongside the code since a picture is worth a thousand words. :P The best example of this I have encountered is Postscript: A Visual Approach. The book's examples showed the source code on the left page and the actual output of the code on the right page. The book also did a good job of explaining how coordinate transforms work, something that is important when dealing with vector graphics.

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