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Comment Re:link to the actual thing (Score 1) 76

You're right. I must be thinking of something else. Intellivision had overlays for the controllers. Sinclair had the rubberized chiclets though, so it wasn't that. I know the Odyssey 2 had the kind of keyboard I'm thinking of, but I don't remember if they sold overlays for it with the games. The Atari 400 (not the 400 XL) had the little bubble membrane keyboard but I'm pretty sure it wasn't that.

Comment Re:link to the actual thing (Score 1) 76

Thanks for the direct link. It looks neat. It's reminiscent of the TI 99/4A and its overlays for the membrane keyboard, but with multiple levels of pressure sensitivity like a single-touch drawing pad.

I think the flexibility could be nice, and it may work as a quick input device for my phone. There's no way that little mat is going to replace a mechanical keyboard for gamers, software developers, sysadmins, or others who use a keyboard heavily though.

Comment Re:i think it shows trends in GitHub's demographic (Score 1) 132

You can also make a box of toothpicks and a handful of rules written in crayon on a piece of notebook paper for how to arrange those toothpicks on a tabletop Turing complete. It still doesn't make it a suitable programming tool. Also, 9*111 was not, the last time I checked, equal to 99. So it doesn't seem to be a very successful desktop calculator in Chrome 44 on OS X at least. HTML is a markup language and CSS is a styling and presentation language. Yes, one can press them into service to write crude programs given enough effort.

I find it interesting they've been found Turing complete as a pair, but it still doesn't make them programming languages, especially individually.


The Top 10 Programming Languages On GitHub, Over Time 132

An anonymous reader writes with a link to VentureBeat's article on the information that GitHub released this week about the top-ten languages used by GitHub's users, and how they've changed over the site's history. GitHub's chart shows the change in rank for programming languages since GitHub launched in 2008 all the way to what the site's 10 million users are using for coding today. To be clear, this graph doesn't show the definitive top 10 programming languages. Because GitHub has become so popular (even causing Google Code to shut down), however, it still paints a fairly accurate picture of programming trends over recent years. Trend lines aside, here are the top 10 programming languages on GitHub today: 1. JavaScript 2. Java 3. Ruby 4. PHP 5. Python 6. CSS 7. C++ 8. C# 9. C 10. HTML

Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Encryption 494

An anonymous reader writes: Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has called on tech companies to form a more "cooperative" arrangement with intelligence agencies. During a speech in South Carolina, Bush made clear his opinion on encryption: "If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job — while protecting civil liberties — to make sure that evildoers aren't in our midst." He also indicated he felt the recent scaling back of the Patriot Act went too far. Bush says he hasn't seen any indication the bulk collection of phone metadata violated anyone's civil liberties.

Comment Re: Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 Years Ahead (Score 1) 108

First of all, I didn't reply to you. I replied to the AC who replied to you. That AC said " Which is why we can't expect true innovation from the Linux world. They only will build what they can already see around them. Finland, start your photocopiers!"

How my telling that AC their reasoning falls short becomes me telling you that your reasoning falls short is beyond me unless you replied to yourself as AC and are now claiming that post.

There can still be true innovation in the Linux world. Just because it doesn't come from the maintenance team doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Linus's role isn't to be the pioneer. He's too busy paving the roads the pioneers cut.


Do Old Programmers Need To Keep Leaping Through New Hoops? 242

Nerval's Lobster writes: In recent years, it seems as if tech has evolved into an industry that lionizes the young. Despite all the press about 21-year-old rock-star developers and 30-year-old CEOs, though, is there still a significant market for older programmers and developers, especially those with specialized knowledge? The answer is "yes," of course, and sites like Dice suggest that older tech pros should take steps such as setting up social media accounts and spending a lot of time on Github if they want to attract interest from companies and recruiters. But do they really need to go through all of that? If you have twenty, thirty, or even forty years of solid tech work under your belt, is it worth jumping through all sorts of new hoops? Or is there a better way to keep working — provided you don't already have a job, that is, or move up to management, or get out of the game entirely in order to try something startling and new.

Comment Re:I don't think planning 10 years ahead is sane (Score 1) 108

The Linux kernel is already built. It already meets Linus's needs. Linus is no longer an architect. He's the head of maintenance. Other people create new things. He chooses which ones don't break the stability of what's already there and merges them. IBM, RedHat, RackSpace, and others do the long-term thinking. Linus provides them a stable common foundation on which to build.

Comment Re: Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 Years Ahead (Score 1) 108

Your reasoning falls short. Linus isn't the driver of new features. He's the head maintainer. Many other people contribute code they need to do new things. He vets it and makes sure it doesn't break the rest of the kernel. He enables other people to do the innovative things by giving them a well-maintained place to put them.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

No. The ideal fix is to go in the opposite direction. You're absolutely right about that part. If any documentation stands in the way, that documentation should be cheap (free if necessitated by the voter's circumstances) and easy to get.

To register in Texas you either have to have a driver's license number, personal ID number, or a Social Security number or you have to check a box saying specifically that none of those have been issued. You must also have a residential address and optionally a separate mailing address. You then must be able to receive your registration card at an address via the postal service. You don't necessarily need to show your ID, but you must have something identifying you as a resident of your voting precinct.

If you don't have a birth certificate, SS card, state ID, driver's license, or a mailing address that accepts mail in your name, then yes you're going to have a hard time voting. Meanwhile, there are over 400,000 people in my city who are in the country illegally. How much easier should we make it for them to vote?

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

No. I know nothing about how to vote. I've only voted in three different states, six different cities, and eight different voting precincts over the course of the last 21 years. That doesn't mean I know a thing about what it takes to vote. I also gave you the links to how to get the Texas EIC. But that also doesn't mean I know anything about what it takes to vote. I also don't know how to log in to Slashdot, or how to type.

Why don't you get the fuck over yourself and stop attacking people?

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

He couldn't have registered to vote, or for credit, or for an apartment, or for a lot of other things without that. Registered voters are the only ones allowed to vote. So if he didn't have the documentation needed to register, how is lack of a photo ID at the poll the real barrier?

I think the fix to your anecdote is making it cheaper and easier for people without the means to get their birth certificate and social security card, not to let them go through life unidentified because that's cheaper.

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