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Comment: Re:Applications Don't Matter Anymore (Score 1) 1091

by djnewman (#39443901) Attached to: Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop
Spoken like a true hater. Show me how using open office will allow me to collaborate with Microsoft office at work where it counts. Show me how open office runs Excel macros or how I can drag and drop my files into whatever open source sharepoint replacement you pick. I guesss this makes me a hater as well, but I just want to get my work done. All of Microsoft productcs might be crap, but until Linux has a killer app that only works there and is necessary for business it will always be a hard sell.

Comment: Re:I am amused standing in a cashiers line (Score 2) 489

by djnewman (#39232017) Attached to: Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?
18 years in the grocery business tells me that when the cash registers started figuring out the change was the end of checkers that could count. (here comes the when I was young story) When I started, the registers were mechanical and did their best to add the bill. When the order was done, you asked the customer for $18.75 and got a $20. You counted back the change - ".25 is $19 and $1 makes $20". If you handed the customer $1.25 like they do now, you'd be looking for a job. It still drives me crazy.

Comment: Re:Welcome to our world (Score 1) 1205

by djnewman (#39231943) Attached to: The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
I totally agree. In southern California we have made a decision over the last 60 years to drive cars and now we are paying the price. It would be great to have mass transit, but I work 25 miles from home (that is about average for the area) and there is no bus or train that will get me to work in less than 3 hours. Riding a bike is also not an option because drivers think bikes are a target.Until we act as a group to get real mass transit again, and we are willing to pay for it, the car will be king even if gas goes to $20 a gallon.

Comment: Re:Good luck getting the protestors to support tha (Score 1) 744

by djnewman (#38881325) Attached to: Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions
Another reason is that Americans are too cheap to pay for things built in the USA. Look at Walmart... I don' think you will see anything made in thee USA there. It would probably add 50 to 100 dollars to build a computer here and we will never pay that much moreeven to save our own economy.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 848

by djnewman (#38271078) Attached to: Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?
Ok so it's just 99.9% that won't code. Most users just want to get their work done and whatever platform that is easiest to use at that time will be their favorite. If mainstream media says that Mac or Windows is better or easier users will flock to it. I really doubt that most users understand that OSX is UNIX, and they don't care either.

Comment: Re:Doesn't have to be unsafe if native (Score 1) 616

by djnewman (#37147356) Attached to: C++ 2011 and the Return of Native Code
More to the point of using native code vs high(er) level languages, the usual complaint here is garbage collection that takes arbitrary amounts of time and possible stalls the applications. I think the real issue is not language, but compiler design. With current multiprocessor systems threading can cover up a ton of garbage collection and make high(er) level languages APPEAR to be more efficient. Compilers should take care of this for us. From a developer quality standpoint, the developer that can churn out high quality code (no bugs, does what was intented) in the shortest time is the winner. What language is used or is currently popular depends on speed to develop with and how slow the application can be to still run acceptably. That's whay better compilers and run time libraries are expensive. The rest of us get lowest common denominator systems from M$ and open source, and have slow, memory hogging and leaking applications to show for it. As developers we should be aware of what we are doing, try to use the right tool and bitch like crazy to language and compiler developers that we need better tools.

Land of Lisp 330

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
vsedach writes "Remember the 1980s and BASIC, when programming was simple, brains flew through space, and everyone ate lasers? Computer magazines came with code listings, and classics like David Ahl's BASIC Computer Games offered a fun and easy way to get started in computer programming. Conrad Barski remembers, and with Land of Lisp, he's set out to demystify programming in the 21st century." Keep reading for the rest of Vladimir's review.

Comment: Re:Can't buy the OS for $200? (Score 1) 531

by djnewman (#31821466) Attached to: Ubuntu on a Dime
I fully agree. When you get down to the actual, usable OS with applications that work, Microsoft is the hands down winner. I have to wonder how many of the Linux crowd have completely moved away from Windows? I bet 90+% have at least 1 Windows box available "just in case". The last PC I put together with Ubuntu was not usable for the same reasons most Linux is not usable - no drivers for my stock standard recently purchased hardware. Just try to get an nVidia card to work right the first time. I last tried Jaunty, and it was great. Up and running in about 15 minutes without a reboot - it found my network and my network printer, but when I tried to use them, I had to change all of the networking back to IPV4. After I did reboot, Jaunty never did figure out the GeForce 9500 card again. I would not waste the dime on this book.

Comment: Re:Audio Books Were A Revelation (Score 1) 390

by djnewman (#31500374) Attached to: I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...
I love audio books for non-technical. I can get them from the Library for free most of the time, and I play them in the car when I'm going to and from work. e-Reader books are very difficult. I'm not going to take an e-reader into the bathroom. Technical books need to be on paper. Prefereably with a spiral binding so they open flat, and non shiny paper.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce