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Comment Re:WHY? (Score 1) 123

Yes, there are still devices that run on pc/104 and other embedded x86 platforms. The older ones still running ROMable versions of DOS.

Z80 support would be nice for me, I'm still using SDCC so I'm still stuck in C land. Of course I'd also like 68hc11 support too, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Sure, some people still use Pascal. Some people still use Java even though it's obvious that Oracle is eventually going to screw it up.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 219

The freeloaders, parasites really, are the ones buying and selling my personal information for targeted advertising.

I have (almost) no ads now, but for the last few years I still manage to buy services and content. Sites like /. would be in trouble of course, and they might have to move to a wikipedia-like funding/shaming model. Eventually the stuff people aren't willing to pay for will wither and die, and we'll have to learn to accept that. I'm not willing to let my PC participate in blasting me in the face in ads.

Comment Sell OS and Computer seperately (Score 1) 491

No pre-installed anything, you take the OS you already paid for on your last computer and install it on your new computer. It's just another piece of software. Or you buy a newer OS for your old computer. A lot of our problems could have been resolved if we never had so much damn lock-in that granted one company control over all our PCs.

Comment Re:No Goddamned grey text (Score 1) 491

Hey man, I don't want my CRT to get phosphor burn. It's not "light grey" it's regular intensity, versus "high-intensity". It was for bitmap fonts on CRTs that weren't really capable of multiple font weights, so different intensities were used to simulate different weights.

How would you like it if all text had the maximum weight?

Comment Re:Either math or real language (Score 1) 304

I depends on the language's architecture. 'var' and 'fun' might do exactly the same thing or they might be fundamentally different. I like languages where 'fun' is just syntax sugar for 'var'.

call, eval, () and numerous other mechanism exist in the wide universe of computer languages.

My own language is somewhat weird in that a function is an array of objects (procedure really), and declared the same way. applying an array of objects applies every one of them recursively, which will push them on the stack or recurse into them (call them). A quote object is used to contain an object as data that can't be called and won't be recursed. A kind of braindead hack related to a more elegant mechanism found in Lisp. The point of a quick overview of my own language which nobody else is likely to ever use is that there are so many viable programming languages out that that it's hard to make broad assumptions about how they should work or what conventions are correct for users of the language.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead