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Comment: Re:BeOS? (Score 1) 392

by Soluzar (#45859331) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
I don't really care for that idea, since (as I mentioned in my previous post) BeOS is very much a recent development in the field of computer operating systems. It came along in the late 90s, once Windows was already relatively mature and Linux on the desktop was already practical. Comparing it to religions both ancient and widespread seems entirely wrong to me. BeOS was not all that significant. Clever and nicely done, maybe... but it didn't carve out a very large place in history.

Comment: Re:Don't hold your breath (Score 1) 221

by Soluzar (#45859281) Attached to: NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer
Please note that I didn't say it was currently a meaningless buzzword. I said that I believed it to be such when I first heard the term. I'm aware that something meaningful has come out of it since then, although exactly how much is still a matter of which I'm largely ignorant.

I appreciate you making me aware of the fact that there have been some working quantum computers now. They may be small, but even the first one was a huge step. I'm somewhat surprised to learn that the first real steps were quite a long time ago.

I wonder if I'll live long enough to see a quantum computer on the home desktop. It would probably run The Elder Scrolls 37 really well. :D

Comment: Re:Step One (Score 1) 146

by Soluzar (#45859161) Attached to: How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

For me if I have to use cash I'm already against the purchase. It's horribly inconvenient for me, and isn't accepted for online purchases which is where I do all my important shopping other than clothes and groceries. Since I can pay for both of those things on my card as well as at pretty much any restaurant, I've got no need for cash that I can see.

Even convenience stores are happy to accept a card (with no surcharge) for very small purchases. I admit that has changed in recent years, and until that change I did grudgingly have to withdraw cash to shop for those items.

I don't really care to carry currency which can be lost or stolen, and then never recovered. If I lose my card, all I have to do is contact the bank and let them know. They will cancel it for me and I can soon get a new one. Under those specific circumstances I would use cash, of course. Since I am deprived of all the better options.

I see things are different for you, but I prefer to handle as little cash as humanly possible.

Comment: How far away is it? (Score 1) 221

by Soluzar (#45857973) Attached to: NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

Has anything practical actually been demonstrated in the field of quantum computing yet? I understand that a lot of exciting and complex (if you're into that) math has gone into describing a model for how quantum computing should function, but as far as I'm aware nobody has actually managed to build any prototype devices yet.

When I first heard the term "quantum computing", I believed it to be a meaningless buzzword. I think at that time it may have been so. Now it is obviously a real concept, but unless I may be better informed, I think it is still a very long way off.

I wonder if programming for a quantum computer will be anything like programming for the digital (is that the proper term to use in contrast?) computers we have now. I can't help but feel that it would be both very different and rather more difficult.

Comment: Re:POSIX ME HARDER (Score 1) 392

by Soluzar (#45827919) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
The article did mention that POSIX is the Nicene Creed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed If Windows is to be considered an "Abrahamic religion" under the metaphor, then it's no surprise that they follow the POSIX creed. It may come as some surprise to the adherents of Windows how much they share in common with the shunned UNIX brethren, though.

Comment: Re:BeOS? (Score 1) 392

by Soluzar (#45827895) Attached to: If UNIX Were a Religion
I don't think BeOS was ever a sufficiently major player to be compared to Hinduism. The place it holds when compared to other religions would rightfully bear comparison to something of a comparable age and importance to UNIX. I'm not sure what if anything fits that particular description. Possibly something from the IBM Mainframes. BeOS was very nice and very clever in the way it did things, but it is a recent development and achieved only a limited user base. Since it used some GNU tools, I think you could compare it to a small and radical offshoot of Christianity. Within the metaphor, I consider BeOS to be another "Abrahamic religion".

Remember the good old days, when CPU was singular?

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