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Comment Re:The PC is for job search (Score 1) 178

Then what PC should one use to search for a job?

easy the one at the library

Without a PC, how should one find the money to buy a car to commute back and forth to the library to find a job?

its not that hard even part time after school for a child to save up 60 bucks

It is under child labor laws, which end up entirely banning children under 16 from at least one of the essential duties of each of most service sector occupations that I have researched. In Indiana, someone under 16 can't do any job in a restaurant other than server/cashier, for example, and a lot of fast food chains require even cashiers to be 16 to allow for training for other positions in the restaurant. Lawn care is allowed from 12 but works only for the first enterprising kid on the block, not the second.

Comment Re:sudo apt-get install wine (Score 1) 178

How many mainstream Linux apps are proprietary and not compiled for ARM?

Just from the top of my head:

But how many remain in wide use? I don't know what decade you're posting from, but the majority of apps you listed were superseded years ago.

Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator

Discontinued in favor of SeaMonkey.


Discontinued in favor of LibreOffice.

Sun/Oracle Java

I thought most GNU/Linux users were on IcedTea now instead of using Oracle binaries.

Comment O(n+m) vs. O(nm) (Score 1) 240

But à, á, â, and ä are different characters altogether

But can be represented using the code point for 'a' followed by the code point for a diacritic. True, Unicode includes redundant precomposed code points for many accented Latin letters and for Korean hangul, but it's trying to represent older encodings that likewise had precomposed code points. With emoji, there are no such older encodings, so the consortium can save code points by encoding them decomposed. Likewise with accented Latin letters that do not appear in a legacy encoding.

There is no reason for a particular emoticon to eat up more space in the Unicode space.

Five code points for skin colors aren't significant "more space". Imagine if all Latin letters with diacritics had to be precomposed, not just the ones in legacy encodings. That would take more space. Decomposed characters take O(n + m) code points; precomposed ones take O(nm) code points, which is much bigger.

Comment Re:Just buy a laptop (Score 3, Interesting) 178

Just buy a cheap laptop (chromebooks spring to mind), wipe it and put linux on it.

I was under the impression that a Chromebook wiped and reinstalled with GNU/Linux would beg the user to reenable OS verification (which wipes the drive) every time it's turned on. If you're referring to other cheap laptops, there's a good chance of those not working well with GNU/Linux either.

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out! -- Ken Thompson